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Botanical Painting with the Society of Botanical Artists

Comprehensive techniques, step-by-steps and gallery

Margaret Stevens



ISBN: 9781849944526

Price: £25.00

Publication date: 2 August 2018

Category: Art & Illustration

An illustrated, comprehensive guide to botanical painting written by the Society of Botanical Artists.

In this new book the Society of Botanical Artists provides a comprehensive guide to the different styles and methods of botanical painting, harvesting the talent of both Members and Distance Learning Diploma Course students around the world, past and present. Botanical Painting features techniques and materials for all levels and demonstrates how these skills can be used to develop your own expertise.  

There are chapters on drawing with graphite and metal point, coloured pencil, body and watercolour in plant portraiture and illustration as well as ‘The Mixed Bunch’. The inclusion of the historic methods used for egg tempera and metal point, as well as the technique required for working on vellum, makes this a valuable source of advice on subjects not readily available elsewhere. An inspirational gallery of paintings at the end of the book provides a guided walk around an SBA exhibition. 

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout, with comprehensive critiques on the artworks and step-by-step demonstrations. It will be an invaluable and inspirational addition to the library of the more experienced botanical painter. 


Margaret Stevens is the former President of the Society of Botanical Artists and exhibits regularly with the Royal Horticultural Society. She is author of several books on botanical illustration, including The Botanical Sketchbook. 



'This is a complex subject and it and its practitioners deserve to be given the serious attention they receive here.'