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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.
Zen Rock Stacking KIt

Zen Rock Stacking KIt

Editors of Cider Mill Press
$24.95
Create with Zen in mind and build a beautiful landscape all your own with The Zen Rock Stacking Kit.

Learn simplicity, serenity, and balance in the art of setting stones rooted in Zen tradition. Channel positive energy and discover the therapeutic benefits of Zen rock stacking. You will alleviate stress and nurture your creativity with your own unique cairns. This kit includes 1 Zen garden tray, 5 rocks, 1 bamboo rack, 1 bag of sand, and a 48-page booklet exploring the history of Zen. Bring tranquility and balance to all settings, from your desk to your nightstand, and create a meditative space wherever you are with The Zen Rock Stacking Kit.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Edwards, Betty
$20.00
A revised edition of the classic bestselling how to draw book. A life-changing book, this fully revised and updated edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is destined to inspire generations of readers and artists to come.

Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes:

- a new introduction;
- crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain;
- new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.;
- an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood scribbling to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity;
- and new reproductions of master drawings throughout

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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.
Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way : Sketch, Paint, and Doodle Through One Creative Year

Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way : Sketch, Paint, and Doodle Through One Creative Year

Lewis, Jennifer Orkin
$16.95
Conceived by Instagram's daily sketch sensation @augustwren, this guided journal encourages carving out a moment of self-expression every day.

To conquer the intimidating prospect of filling 365 blank pages, Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way is divided into monthly themes, with undated daily prompts that suggest what to draw each day. You can work through the journal from front to back, or jump around and draw whatever appeals to you at the time. Monthly themes include:
  • A month of nature
  • A month of your favorite things
  • A month of characters
  • A month of print and patterns
  • Jennifer Orkin Lewis (aka @augustwren) encourages experimentation with a one-page tutorial at the beginning of each month that outlines accessible ways to draw with different materials, such as ballpoint pens, colored pencils, paint, and collage. Coupled with sections of varying paper types, there is an unlimited canvas available to flourish artistically; brown craft paper pairs well with black ink and white pencil, black paper is great for white and metallic gel pens, and heavy white paper is included for painting.

    The journal is not only useful as a stress-reliever and as a mode of personal exploration, but also as a way of changing visual thinking. And when completed, it will serve as a reflection of its owner.

    With prompts, tutorials, and unique packaging, Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way is a must-have for those looking to sketch and doodle their way out of an inspirational rut.
    How to Draw a Character

    How to Draw a Character

    Mouton, Soizic
    $15.99

    Learn to draw charming characters!

    Filled with colorful illustrations and step-by-step explanations, How to Draw a Character is the perfect introduction to the art of sketching people. From babies to grandmothers, cyclists to shoppers, How to Draw a Character gives readers the skills to draw any kind of character in any setting. The easy tutorials break down seemingly complicated drawings into simple components, so even beginners will soon be drawing confidently.

    The book begins with a handful of simple anatomical rules that lend life and realism to the drawings. It goes on to explore all the essential aspects of figure drawing, from capturing emotions to drawing your characters in motion. Equal parts inspiration and tutorial, the charming drawings are sure to spark the imagination. Soizic Mouton's How to Draw a Character will give anyone who's ever wanted to learn to draw the confidence to pick up a pencil and begin!

    100 Papers with Japanese Patterns: Designed by 12 Japanese Artists

    100 Papers with Japanese Patterns: Designed by 12 Japanese Artists

    Pie International
    $29.95

    A unique collection of 100 writing and crafting papers (50 sheets set of 2), with both traditional, modern and also Kawaii Japanese designs.

    All papers are original designs by 12 popular traditional Japanese paper (Washi) shops and artists. Shiny, glossy, rough, craft, this book is filled with various textured papers. You can use them to write letters, as wrapping paper, craft paper, and so on. Mini origami templates and examples showing how to use these papers are also included.