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Watercolour Painting Step-by-Step

Watercolour Painting Step-by-Step

Barrass, Jackie
$16.95
A comprehensive guide to watercolor painting that draws on the expertise of seven well-loved artists and includes a wide variety of techniques and styles.

This is a practical and comprehensive guide for all watercolor enthusiasts, from the beginner who wishes to explore this popular painting medium to the experienced artist looking for inspiration and ideas. Starting with advice on materials, colour and composition, the book goes on to describe basic and more advanced techniques and the wonderful effects they can produce. Fourteen easy-to-follow, step-by-sep demonstrations show the reader how to paint skies, trees, water, buildings and flowers, and each section is accompanied by a selection of inspirational paintings by the seven featured artists, in a rich variety of styles.

Originally published as 'Working with Watercolour', this book uses material from the 'Leisure Arts' series.

How to Draw Inky Wonderlands

How to Draw Inky Wonderlands

Basford, Johanna
$16.95
A welcoming drawing guide for creating beautiful worlds and wondrous wildlife from bestselling artist Johanna Basford

Through her bestselling coloring books and distinctive illustrations, Johanna Basford's beautiful forests, ocean depths, and hidden magical kingdoms have enchanted millions of people around the world. In this lovely and accessible guide, she shares the fun, simple, no-skills-needed secrets to creating your own wondrous realms through fanciful, expressive line drawing.

With step-by-step exercises, inspiring prompts, and still plenty of pages to color, you'll be free to let your creativity run wild. How to Draw Inky Wonderlands invites you to develop your personal drawing style and master creating marvelous creatures and landscapes using only the pen or pencil in your hand and the wildest reaches of your imagination.

Drawn from Life

Drawn from Life

Birch, Helen
$18.95
Drawn from Life offers bite-size lessons that will help anyone master the classic practice of life drawing. Over 100 pieces of art by contemporary artists illustrate fundamentals such as line, contour, and color, plus surprising and innovative techniques that will take your drawings to the next level. Showcasing a wide range of styles and methods, this is a refreshing new guide to a timeless art form.
This Above All: How to Live an Artistic Life

This Above All: How to Live an Artistic Life

Cannon, Jason
$12.99

There are some doozies in THIS ABOVE ALL: HOW TO LIVE AN ARTISTIC LIFE that straight-up revolutionized my thinking. It is a guidebook to both theater and life that needs to live on every creative person's nightstand.

--Sarah Bierstock, Artistic Director of Pass the Salt Productions


Jason Cannon's book is a must-read. Especially if you are an artist, want to be reminded why you become an artist in the first place - or just have always wondered if you could lead a more artistic life. Its honest and transparent and yet deeply witty and insightful look into this entire profession made me want to get back out there and do it even better. Easily the most truthful and yet inspiring book out there on the making of theatre.

--Sean Daniels, Artistic Director, Arizona Theatre Company


  • Is there something holding you back from what you know you can do? From who you know you can be?
  • Are you always starting but never finishing? Your novel? Your music? Your start-up? Your charity?
  • Do you struggle to maintain passion and balance in your work, your exercise routine, or your relationships?

  • Don't hang your head if you answered yes to any of those questions. Chin up and crack open THIS ABOVE ALL.


    In this galvanizing, pull-no-punches examination of the obstacles and rewards to living an artistic life, award-winning actor, director, playwright, and author Jason Cannon shows readers how to harness their creativity, rediscover their courage, and break free of the forces holding them back.


    Even if you've never picked up a paintbrush, even if you can't carry a tune in a bucket, even if just the thought of getting up on a stage makes you break out in a cold sweat, THIS ABOVE ALL will inspire you to unleash your inner artist and live true.


    THIS ABOVE ALL is brimming with philosophical insights and practical advice for young artists starting out in the world. Cannon shares the wisdom gained from many years of artistic practice, providing the reader with powerful reflections on art, life and truth-telling. Essential reading for anyone wanting to harness their passion into a meaningful and sustainable creative practice.

    --Deborah Brevoort, playwright and librettist


    Cannon focuses on artists (especially directors, actors, and writers) in the world of theater, but his penetrating insights apply to anyone in any profession. The book is a series of short chapters filled with exhilarating ideas about how to live artistically, which is to say how to live passionately, how to live, as Cannon puts it, "with all your heart." You will be tempted to read the book through at top speed because Cannon's quick, exuberant prose pulls you along. But then go back to read slowly, to pause on the many epiphanies about living and learning and refusing to be false to oneself or to anyone (the keen analysis of the speech in Hamlet by Polonius, from which Cannon takes his book's title, is worth the price of admission). Reflect on each gem for an hour or two-and then keep on reflecting for the rest of your life.

    -Jeffrey Couchman, author of The Night of the Hunter: A Biography of a Film


    Those who are struggling to make it in their chosen profession, are questioning what's missing, and haven't found their artistic mojo yet, will reap great benefit from reading THIS ABOVE ALL. THIS ABOVE ALL reminded me that the world of business can be much more meaningful when you slow down, take a beat, enjoy the scenery, and re-examine your purpose.

    --Joel Ehrenpreis, CEO, Business Therapeutics

    John Derian Paper Goods: Wrapping Paper & Gift Tags

    John Derian Paper Goods: Wrapping Paper & Gift Tags

    Derian, John
    $19.95
    A curated collection of wrapping paper sheets and matching gift tags from John Derian's exquisite collection of 19th-century paper designs. The book includes 12 perforated wrapping paper sheets--from flowers to oceans and everything in between--that detach and unfold to 18 7/8" by 25 3/4", along with 12 matching gift tags.

    John Derian first caught the eye of tastemakers and design gurus with his now iconic collectible plates, decoupaged with 19th-century artwork sourced from old and rare books. Derian's home goods empire has since grown to global recognition, including the New York Times bestseller John Derian Picture Book, which perfectly captures the artist's unique and timeless eye.

    Now, for the first time ever, comes a new line of stationery, including wrapping paper, notebooks, puzzles, wall decals, stickers, and more. Each product in the John Derian stationery line features 19th-century imagery, including lush florals, expressive animals, abstract patterns, and hand-drawn letters, all bursting with personality, color, and nostalgia.

    Modern Flower Press

    Modern Flower Press

    Fielding, Amy
    $35.00
    A modern look at a stunning assortment of blooms and the art you can create with a simple flower press

    A contemporary look at flowers, flower pressing, and floral arranging, The Modern Flower Press is a stunning collection of pressed flower techniques and the art you can make with them. Exploring a range of specific blooms, authors Amy Fielding and Melissa Richardson take readers through the process of pressing flowers, the proper techniques to use, the tools needed, and most importantly, the lovely works you can create.

    Filled with projects inspired by the changing seasons, this book is both a catalog of gorgeous flowers and a practical guide to working with their beauty. Fielding and Richardson offer detailed information, with a specific focus on composition, color, and form. From decorated window panes to letters and postcards, the end results are simply enchanting. Whether you're a gardener, floral enthusiast, or simply a nature lover, this incredible gift book has something for everyone.

    Photography Bible

    Photography Bible

    Freeman, Michael
    $22.99
    Covering all of the essentials, this book is all you need to master photography.

    Created by expert professional photographer Michael Freeman, who has sold over 4 million copies of his books worldwide, this convenient book is divided into the four essential areas for photographers to understand; the exposure, light & lighting, composition and editing. It's quick and easy to refer to in the field, or by the computer - wherever and whenever you need some expert tips to help you create the perfect image, this is the book you need.

    In a convenient take-anywhere format, this book packs in a lot of value for anyone interested in photography, and without skimping on quality. You'll find how to get great portraits, perfect landscapes and take outstanding artistic compositions along with important information for whatever camera you choose.

    A perfect accompaniment for anyone interested in photography, The Photography Bible will help sharpen you lens whatever the situation.

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    Captivating Forms: Structural Package Design in Japan

    International, Pie
    $65.00
    Captivating package designs are based on innovative ideas. Discover the secrets of how to use paper folding design tricks to create high-impact packaging in Captivating Forms.

    Beautiful and unique package design makes a product stand out, attracting a customer's attention quickly and effectively. In this era of e-commerce, high-impact design is extremely important in recreating the in-store experience of seeing, touching and feeling the actual product virtually online. This book focuses on innovative "paper folding techniques" which create "captivating forms." The examples showcased in this book, together with detailed diagrams, are actual, successful product designs currently on the market. Designs are categorized into "Decorative Design" (introducing designs that focus on unique and decorative forms), "Motif Design" (showcasing package design that imitates objects and things) and "Design with a Handle".

    This book is the best inspirational reference book for package designers, artists and others seeking to create captivating packages.

    Dressing Your Octopus : A Paper Doll Book for Domesticated Cephalopods

    Dressing Your Octopus : A Paper Doll Book for Domesticated Cephalopods

    Kesinger, Brian
    $24.00
    If you long for the simplicity of toys made from paper, and the tactile satisfaction of D.I.Y. scissorsmanship, then you owe it to yourself to indulge in the crafty elegance of this good, old-fashioned collection of Octo-Victorian paper dolls and costumes. Brian Kesinger's globetrotting duo of Victoria Prismall and her pet land-octopus Otto were made famous through the wildly popular picture books Walking Your Octopus and Traveling With Your Octopus. With the publication of Dressing Your Octopus, fans and friends of Victoria and Otto will be able to create their own adventures using charming paper figures and a whimsical assortment of elaborate costumes that come bound in a beautifully printed, high quality book. Dressing Your Octopus is a lovely volume that will make a handsome addition to any bookshelf or coffee table; but for those who are willing to wield a pair of scissors and a bit of imagination, it will provide a unique opportunity to create one-of-a-kind, personal adventures! We provide the ink-on-paper; you provide the imaginative storytelling.
    Walt Disney Film Archives. the Animated Movies 1921-1968. 40th Ed.

    Walt Disney Film Archives. the Animated Movies 1921-1968. 40th Ed.

    Kothenschulte, Daniel
    $25.00

    One of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Walt Disney created a unique and unrivaled imaginative universe. Like scarcely any other classics of cinema, his astonishing collection of animated cartoons revolutionized storytelling on screen and enchant to this day across geographies and generations.

    This expansively illustrated publication on Disney animation gathers hundreds of images as well as essays by Disney experts, taking us to the beating heart of the studio's "Golden Age of Animation." We trace Disney's complete animation journey from the silent film era, through his first full-length feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Fantasia (1940), right up to his last masterpieces Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) and The Jungle Book (1967).

    With extensive research conducted through the historical collections of the Walt Disney Company, as well as private collections, editor Daniel Kothenschulte curates some of the most precious concept paintings and storyboards to reveal just how these animation triumphs came to life. Masterful cel setups provide highly detailed illustrations of famous film scenes while rare pictures taken by Disney photographers bring a privileged insider's view to the studio's creative process.

    Each of the major animated features that were made during Walt's lifetime--including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians--is given its own focus chapter, without forgetting less-familiar gems such as the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies series and under-appreciated episodic musical films such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time.

    Realizing the Disney style was a collective project and, as much as the master himself, The Walt Disney Film Archives acknowledges the outstanding animators and designers who influenced the style of the studio, among them Albert Hurter, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy.

    Copyright (c) 2020 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

    About the series

    TASCHEN is 40! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible publishing, helping bookworms around the world curate their own library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia at an unbeatable price. Today we celebrate 40 years of incredible books by staying true to our company credo. The 40 series presents new editions of some of the stars of our program--now more compact, friendly in price, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.