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It wasn't what I expected. I didn't like the kinds of illustrations which were all drawn even the illustrations re paint, brushes, palettes. The pictures were dull, too many black and white. It seemed to be more about the principals of drawing. Finally they didn't take you step by step through a sample lesson.
The book is adequate and in one way I am glad I have it. But too much devoted to setting up supplies, descriptions of items, paper, etc. Not enough bare bones discussion of exactly how to watercolor. That I think is a problem since the title indicates Absolute Beginner.
I have taken only 4 afternoon classes on water color painting and bought this to get more of the basics and some projects to keep trying this out. This book has easy to understand examples and some projects. I paired it with another book and had fun trying it all out.