Best Painting Books of 2020

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The Top 25 painting and printmaking books of 2020

At Jackson’s we have hundreds of useful and inspiring books for artists to help you get the most out of your painting time and materials. Since many in-person courses and workshops have been cancelled, a book or DVD might be a good alternative. They also make great gifts, by themselves or with some art materials.

Our bestseller list of 2020 is headed by an especially popular book about cold wax painting, which is the book in the image above. The other bestsellers are practical art books mostly about the mediums of watercolour and printmaking, with the most popular subjects being painting flowers, the figure, and colour. But there are some books about oil and acrylics as well, and some favourite titles from last year are still going strong! To browse our Book Department, filter your results using the tick boxes on the left side of the screen or the finder tool at the top of the list, and add a book to your materials order. Learn something new!


  1. Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations
    Rebecca Crowell And Jerry Mclaughlin

  2. Linocut for Artists and Designers
    Nick Morley
  3. printmaking books


  4. The Modern Flower Painter: Creating Vibrant Botanical Portraits in Watercolour
    Anna Mason
  5. The Modern Flower Painter: Creating Vibrant Botanical Portraits in Watercolour book by Anna Mason


  6. Chinese Brush Painting: Traditional and contemporary techniques using ink and water soluble media
    Cheng Yan
  7. Art Instruction Books


  8. Watercolour Workshop: Projects and Interpretations
    Ann Blockley
  9. Ann Blockley


  10. Painting Water in Watercolour: 30 Minute Artist
    Terry Harrison
  11. Top 25 Art Instruction Books at Jackson's


  12. Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga
    April Vollmer
  13. mokuhanga


  14. Billy Showell’s Botanical Painting In Watercolour
    Billy Showell
  15. Billy Showell


  16. Making Collagraphs Prints Suzie Mackenzie
  17. Collagraph


  18. Jean Haines’ Colour & Light in Watercolour: new extended edition
    Jean Haines
  19. Top 25 Art Instruction Books


  20. Colour Mixing Guide: Watercolour
    Julie Collins
  21. colour mixing book


  22. Colour Mixing Guide: Acrylics
    Julie Collins
  23. Julie Collins


  24. A-Z of Flower Portraits
    Billy Showell
  25. Billy Showell


  26. Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour
    Jean Haines
  27. Top 25 painting books


  28. Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour
    David Coles
  29. David Coles


  30. Colour Mixing Guide: Oils
    Julie Collins
  31. colour mixing


  32. Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
    James Gurney
  33. james gurney colour


  34. The Oil Painter’s Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practising Artist New Edition
    Marilyn Scott
  35. oil painting books


  36. Making Woodblock Prints
    Merlyn Chesterman and Rod Nelson
  37. Making Woodblock Prints


  38. Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications
    Suzanne Brooker
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  40. Kremer Pigmente Recipe Book
  41. paint making book


  42. David Bellamy’s Skies, Light and Atmosphere in Watercolour
    David Bellamy
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  44. Drawing and Painting People: A Fresh Approach
    Emily Ball
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  46. Art of Sumi-E: Beautiful ink painting using Japanese brushwork
    Naomi Okamoto
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  47. Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome: Drawing Course
    Gerald M. Ackerman
  48. painting books


Did your favourite painting books make the list?

Click on the underlined link to go to the current offers in the Art Instruction Books Department and see the Top 25 Books on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.

Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £45.





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