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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.

David Bellamy's Complete Guide to Landscapes

David Bellamy's Complete Guide to Landscapes

Bellamy, David
$29.95
Be inspired by watercolor masterclass artist David Bellamy and learn how to paint glorious landscapes, capturing the natural countryside in all its moods.

Renowned watercolorist David Bellamy brings you a collection of his finest watercolor landscape paintings in one outstanding resource. From mountains, rocks and crags, to moody skies, cloud types, shafts of light, haze, mist, and capturing tranquil water and raging seas, David's expert knowledge will guide you through to depict your own stunning scenes in lively watercolor.

David imparts in-depth practical advice on painting and sketching, clearly setting out all the techniques required, such as misty atmospheric effects, tackling frost and capturing the essence of each season.

David's inspiration from his extensive travels shines through in his paintings, capturing the ever-changing and rugged landscape in all its moods from all over the world.

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.
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.

Color in Art

Color in Art

Gage, John
$24.95

The complex phenomenon of color has received detailed attention from the perspectives of physics, chemistry, physiology, psychology, linguistics, and philosophy. However, the people who work most closely with color--artists--have rarely been canvassed for their opinions on this mysterious subject.

John Gage sets out to address this omission by focusing on the thoughts and practices of artists. Color in Art is concerned with the history of color, but is not itself a history; instead each chapter develops a theme from a different scientific discipline, as seen from the viewpoint of such diverse artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay, Bridget Riley, and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Drawing on examples through the ages, from ancient times to the present, the many topics covered include flags, synesthesia, theosophy, theater design, film, chromotherapy, and chromophobia.

Featuring a new foreword by art writer Kelly Grovier outlining contemporary developments in the study of color and an updated bibliography, this new edition of this classic text offers a wide-ranging and engaging introduction to the place and power of color in life and art.

Captivating Forms: Structural Package Design in Japan

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.
How to Paint Transparent Watercolour Flowers

How to Paint Transparent Watercolour Flowers

Koelsch, Olga
$29.95
Learn how to create 6 delicate, see-through flowers in watercolor with the immensely popular artist, botanical illustrator, and pattern designer.

Renowned YouTube and Instagram tutor, botanical watercolor artist and surface pattern designer, Olga Koelsch shares her techniques with beginners and advanced artists alike in achieving beautiful and unique watercolor creations.

In her debut book, Olga gently guides artists through the process of painting flowers that combine the accuracy of botanical illustration with the expression and freedom of modern watercolour. Here you'll find:

  • A concise introduction with the key items you'll need to get started
  • Olga's most-used watercolor methods
  • 6 different stunning plant projects: magnolia, eucalyptus, bellflower, rose, peony, and iris
  • Clear photography and step-by-step instructions for every project
  • Traceable outlines at the back of the book for beginners needing help
  • Inspiration from Olga's stunning collection for what to do with your finished artwork: cards, invitations, wall art, fabrics, and more

  • Whether you're looking to start painting flowers with a nod to botanical illustration, or to learn how to create beautiful flowers to adorn personal items, you'll be struck by the timeless and unique artwork that fills How to Paint Transparent Flowers.

    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.