In simple, direct language, accompanied by purposeful illustrations, teacher and master watercolorist Ted Kautzky shows beginners how to handle the medium. Widely regarded as the author's best work, the book discusses color pigments, paper, and other supplies; washes, strokes, and the use of accessories for special effects. Important chapters follow on the characteristics and techniques of handling limited and full palettes. Valuable instructions on composition and related subjects are interwoven throughout the text. In addition to many demonstrations, there is also challenging practice material.