Search Press

Search Press
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Search Press Ltd is the leading art and craft publisher in the UK, specialising in fine art, textiles, general crafts and children’s crafts. I particularly love their huge range of watercolor painting books and drawing books, which I’ve listed at the bottom of this post

The company was founded in 1970, when Charlotte de la Bedoyere published her first book – Basket Weaving in an attic room in Kensington. Translated from a German book, this was to be the first of many titles. The format was good. The books were small, reasonably priced and packed with information, offering crafters and needlecrafters new ideas and inspirational designs. Lotti, as she is known to everyone at Search Press, went on include hot trending topics such as pin and thread and candlemaking. The market loved them and she so she continued, introducing full colour publications and a successful series of practical art books – the Leisure Arts.

Move to Tunbridge Wells

In the early 1980’s, Lotti moved to Tunbridge Wells, establishing a warehouse and offices in a quiet corner of the North Farm Industrial Estate – where they are today. She continued to publish an increasing range of popular books, developing new series and commissioning larger titles. Then, in 1997 following her decision to retire, her son, Martin de la Bedoyere, took over as Managing Director, with his wife Caroline, their Sales and Marketing Director. Both directors from Heinemann publishing, they have continued with the strong traditions at Search Press Limited that Lotti had built up over 27 years.

Publishing over 100 titles each year

With a team of 26 people, most of them long-term employees, Search Press now publishes up to 100 of its own titles each year, as well as distributing titles for other publishers. From the commissioning of an original idea to the final delivery of books into the warehouse, the publishing process is carried out ‘in-house’. A few books are bought in from other sources and labelled with the Search Press ‘stamp’, but they are always checked by them before they are printed, so that they fit in with the Search Press style and publishing policies. Search Press have a strong and dedicated team, with everyone playing their part in the process, from the warehouse staff to the sales and marketing team, production department, accounts and designers and editors.

Recent expansion

Recently, the Search Press offices and warehouse were extended and they now have a craft room which can be used for workshops or demonstrations by their customers, authors or organisations. Having also established themselves with offices in Australia and the USA Search Press are continuing to expand and develop their list with new exciting ideas.

New Search Press website

The biggest development to date is their new website (link below). Through their new website Search Press are planning on keeping everyone up to date with their books, news and happenings on a regular basis and you will be able to place your orders online for all of their latest titles.

Inspiring my watercolour journey

It’s no coincidence that most of the watercolour books in my possession are published by Search Press. Not only do they cover such a wide range of watercolour techniques and cater for all levels of technical ability, they’re all very easy to follow, they’re wonderfully inspiring, and they make you feel that no matter your skill level, anything is possible.

Connect with Search Press on the internet

Search Press have several websites and social media accounts, use the following links to connect with them and keep updated of competitions, new releases, and free projects:

40th Anniversary Celebrations

Search Press watercolour books in my collection

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Title
Links
Animals in WatercolourAnimals in WatercolorAnimals in WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Read my review
Figures In WatercolourFigures In WatercolorFigures In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Read my review
Painting Watercolour Landscapes The Easy Way Terry HarrisonPainting Watercolor Landscapes The Easy Way Terry HarrisonBrush With Watercolour
Painting Watercolour Landscapes The Easy Way
Buy on Amazon
Read my review
Painting Watercolour Landscapes The Easy WayPainting Watercolor Landscapes The Easy WayBrush With Watercolour 2
Painting Watercolour Landscapes The Easy Way
Buy on Amazon
Basic Drawing Techniques by Richard BoxBasic Drawing Techniques by Richard BoxBasic Drawing TechniquesBuy on Amazon
Charlie's Top Tips for Watercolor ArtistsCharlie's Top Tips for Watercolour ArtistsBuy on AmazonCharlie's Top Tips for Watercolour Artists
Drawing Landscapes by Ronald SwanwickDrawing Landscapes by Ronald SwanwickDrawing LandscapesBuy on Amazon
Drawing Trees by Denis John NaylorDrawing Trees by Denis John NaylorDrawing TreesBuy on Amazon
Flowers In Watercolour By Wendy TaitFlowers In Watercolor By Wendy TaitFlowers In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Geoff's Top Tips For Watercolour Artists by Geoff KerseyGeoff's Top Tips For Watercolor Artists by Geoff KerseyGeoff's Top Tips For Watercolour ArtistsBuy on Amazon
Landscapes In Watercolour by Ray Campbell SmithLandscapes In Watercolor by Ray Campbell SmithLandscapes In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Light In Watercolour by Jackie BarrassLight In Watercolor by Jackie BarrassLight In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Mountains And Moorlands In Watercolour by David BellamyMountains And Moorlands In Watercolour by David BellamyMountains And Moorlands In WatercolourBrowse in shop
Painting With Watercolours by William NewtonPainting With Watercolors by William NewtonPainting With WatercoloursBuy on Amazon
PerspectiveBuy on Amazon
Ready To Paint: Country Landscapes In Watercolour by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Country Landscapes In Watercolor by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Country Landscapes In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Ready To Paint: Ireland In Watercolour by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Ireland In Watercolor by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Ireland In WatercolourBrowse in shop
Ready To Paint: Paris In Watercolour by Geoff KerseyReady To Paint: Paris In Watercolor by Geoff KerseyReady To Paint: Paris In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Ready To Paint Watercolour Barns by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Watercolor Barns by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Watercolour BarnsBuy on Amazon
Ready To Paint: Watercolour Doors and Windows by Wendy JelbertReady To Paint: Watercolor Doors and Windows by Wendy JelbertReady To Paint: Watercolour Doors and WindowsBuy on Amazon
Ready To Paint: Watercolour Landscapes by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Watercolor Landscapes by Terry HarrisonReady To Paint: Watercolour LandscapesBuy on Amazon
Ready To Paint: Watercolour Trees And Woodlands by Geoff KerseyReady To Paint: Watercolor Trees And Woodlands by Geoff KerseyReady To Paint: Watercolour Trees And WoodlandsBrowse in shop
Skies Light And Atmosphere In Watercolour by David BellamySkies Light And Atmosphere In Watercolor by David BellamySkies Light And Atmosphere In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Still Life In Watercolour by David WebbStill Life In Watercolor by David WebbStill Life In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Terry Harrison's Sea And Sky In WatercolourTerry Harrison's Sea And Sky In WatercolorTerry Harrison's Sea And Sky In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Terry Harrison's Watercolour FlowersTerry Harrison's Watercolor FlowersTerry Harrison's Watercolour FlowersBuy on Amazon
Terry Harrison's Watercolour Mountains, Valleys And StreamsTerry Harrison's Watercolor Mountains, Valleys And StreamsTerry Harrison's Watercolour Mountains, Valleys And StreamsBuy on Amazon
Terry Harrison's Watercolour TreesTerry Harrison's Watercolor TreesTerry Harrison's Watercolour TreesBuy on Amazon
Terry's Top Tips For Watercolour Artists by Terry HarrisonTerry's Top Tips For Watercolor Artists by Terry HarrisonTerry's Top Tips For Watercolour ArtistsBuy on Amazon
The Watercolour Landscape Painter's Pocket Palette by Adelene FletcherThe Watercolor Landscape Painter's Pocket Palette by Adelene FletcherThe Watercolour Landscape Painter's Pocket PaletteBuy on Amazon
The Watercolour Waterscape Painter's Pocket Palette by Joe Francis DowdenThe Watercolor Waterscape Painter's Pocket Palette by Joe Francis DowdenThe Watercolour Waterscape Painter's Pocket PaletteBuy on Amazon
Water In Watercolour by Joe Francis DowdenWater In Watercolor by Joe Francis DowdenWater In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Water Soluble Pencils by Carole MasseyWater Soluble Pencils by Carole MasseyWater Soluble Pencils by Carole MasseyBuy on Amazon
Watercolour Tips And Techniques - Painting Estuaries And Coastal Scenes by Ray Campbell SmithWatercolor Tips And Techniques - Painting Estuaries And Coastal Scenes by Ray Campbell SmithWatercolour Tips And Techniques - Painting Estuaries And Coastal ScenesBuy on Amazon
Watercolour Tips And Techniques - Painting Water by Joe Francis DowdenWatercolor Tips And Techniques - Painting Water by Joe Francis DowdenWatercolour Tips And Techniques - Painting WaterBuy on Amazon
What To Paint - Landscapes In Watercolour by Terry HarrisonWhat To Paint - Landscapes In Watercolor by Terry HarrisonWhat To Paint - Landscapes In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
What To Paint - Trees, Woodlands And Forests In Watercolour by Geoff KerseyWhat To Paint - Trees, Woodlands And Forests In Watercolor by Geoff KerseyWhat To Paint - Trees, Woodlands And Forests In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Wild Flowers In Watercolour by Wendy TaitWild Flowers In Watercolor by Wendy TaitWild Flowers In WatercolourBuy on Amazon
Ready To Paint: Venice in Watercolour by Joe Francis DowdenReady To Paint: Venice in Watercolour by Joe Francis DowdenReady To Paint: Venice in WatercolourBrowse in shop
My watercolour book library here>

 

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