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Painting Portraits in Acrylic

Painting Portraits in Acrylic

Akib, Hashim
$22.95
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A fantastic, accessible and practical guide to contemporary portraiture. Learn from master artist and author Hashim Akib as he shows you how to produce striking, interesting portraits in your own style.

Hashim Akib's striking portraits are at the heart of this inspirational book. The subject of portraiture is seen by many as the zenith of art, and Hash's easygoing, unpretentious style puts fantastic results within the reach of hobby artists and aspiring professionals alike.

Assuming nothing and starting from the basics - making it suitable even for the enthusiastic beginner - this book includes six step-by-step projects to follow; along with friendly but in-depth advice on color palettes; skintone; composition; working from photographs and models; markmaking; lighting; atmosphere and much more.

The book covers many types of portraiture - from the self-portrait to full-length portraits - all with a striking, contemporary style.

Addictive Sketcher

Addictive Sketcher

Alade, Adebanji
$23.95
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Adebanji Alade believes that everything in art begins as a sketch, and his mission is always the same - to instil his work with the power and immediacy of the sketch. This book will show you how.

Giving an insight into how this inspiring and talented artist works, The Addictive Sketcher passes on Adebanji Alade's infectious enthusiasm and will have the reader reaching for a pencil or pen to have a go. Adebanji has a skill and a passion for speaking and motivating his audience in a fun and engaging way, and this is reflected in his writing style.

Lively, stimulating and instructive, it is packed with numerous examples of the author's sketches as well as examples of his vibrant finished paintings. Covering pencils, coloured pencils, charcoal and graphite, along with finished oil paintings, this book provides a fascinating insight into the author's techniques.

Adebanji's work covers a broad range of subjects, including landscapes, portraits, crowd scenes, urban scenes and seascapes. He's particularly well known for his portraits and scenes of London. This book includes examples from a range of subject areas.

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls

Araki, Yuki
$7.99
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Make your own cute and fashionable clothes for girls with this easy-to-use sewing book.

Author, Yuki Araki is one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-children movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY sewing favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki's simple mix-and-match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they're both cute and comfortable.

Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the sewing patterns in this Japanese sewing book are simple, casual, and look good on any girl. Araki provides westernized patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame.

Sewing designs include:

  • Shoulder-tie camisole top and dress
  • Classic smock shirt and dress
  • Four variations of a basic elastic-waist skirt
  • Shorts and easy-breezy kid-style leggings to pair with any top
  • Button-front and pullover tops
  • Adorable bucket hat
  • Parents will love dressing their kids in these economical and easy-to-make clothes. Nothing could be simpler--or sweeter!

    Draw Your Day : An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal

    Draw Your Day : An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal

    Baker, Samantha Dion
    $16.00
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    An instructive guide to creating an illustrated journal based on artist and Instagram sensation Samantha Dion Baker's unique creative process, featuring information on materials, creative inspiration and instruction, prompts, and helpful tips and tricks.

    Samantha Dion Baker is a widely admired and followed artist on Instagram, where she shares her "sketch journal," an illustrated daily record of her life, drawn in a fresh, modern style. In Draw Your Day, Baker guides you through her inspirational practice and provides guidance for starting your own. Part instructional guide and part encouraging manifesto about how making art--even art that's not museum-worthy--can make your life more mindful and meaningful, Draw Your Day is ideal for both seasoned artists looking for fresh inspiration, as well as aspiring artists who need a friendly nudge to get started.

    Watercolour Painting Step-by-Step

    Watercolour Painting Step-by-Step

    Barrass, Jackie
    $16.95
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    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.

    Drawing & Painting Wild Animals

    Drawing & Painting Wild Animals

    Bearcroft, Vic
    $19.95
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    Award-winning animal artist Vic Bearcroft presents his versatile and complete guide to all aspects of drawing and painting wild animals of all types. Learn how to draw tigers, zebras, pandas, elephants, chimpanzees, wolves and even sloths- learning new techniques, selecting the right paint media and getting the essence of the animal in the wild.

    In this reissue of his popular book, Vic Bearcroft shares his love of drawing and painting wild animals, showing how to capture the personality and distinctive features of a variety of creatures. Using simple steps and plenty of detail, this guide shows you how to create beautiful artworks, from drawing the basic shapes through to realizing your favourite animals in your preferred medium.

    Seashells

    Seashells

    Bilbao, Cindy
    $16.95
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    Seashells are tiny treasures, each one completely unlike any other. Their variety of shapes, colors, and sizes makes collecting--and even searching for--seashells a favorite pastime of avid and occasional beachcombers alike.

    As she did for the ocean's other jewels in Sea Glass and Sea Glass Seeker, photographer Cindy Bilbao captures the ridges, striations, and hues of delicate shells everywhere she finds them. Displaying sun- bleached fragments, glittering, cantaloupe- colored nacre, and scallop shells washed by the tides, Bilbao's photographs embody magic and mystery. From weathered quahogs and mussels on the cooler shores of New England to a rich, chestnut-colored Florida Fighting Conch shell nestled in the sands of its namesake state, she describes in intricate detail how these shells are formed and why they look the way they do. Complete with Bilbao's expert tips for finding the most unique shells and enjoying the hunt, Seashells is the perfect gift for any anyone who loves the beach.

    Drawn from Life

    Drawn from Life

    Birch, Helen
    $18.95
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    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.
    Get Started with Gouache

    Get Started with Gouache

    Block, Emma
    $19.99
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    A modern, easy-to-use, and authoritative guide to painting with gouache, including the basics on this exciting and centuries-old medium, techniques for all skill levels, and practice projects from an experienced author and illustrator.

    This charming and contemporary step-by-step guide to gouache (pronounced "gwash") is perfect for creative people who have dreamed of painting inspiring subjects from everyday life. Gouache is a water-based paint similar to watercolor that has the opacity and layerability of acrylic paints. It creates wonderful washes, allows for layering and texture, and dries quickly with a unique matte finish.

    Illustrator Emma Block presents everything you need to know about this whimsical and fun medium, including expert guidance on tools and materials and techniques that will make it easy to use. Thirty lessons cover subjects from simple, such as your morning coffee cup and bright lemons, to advanced, such as fluffy animals and portraits of your friends and family. All of this is accompanied by her workshop-honed instructions and step-by-step illustrations, which will help you build the skills and confidence to finish beautiful pieces of your own.

    Everyday Sanctuary

    Everyday Sanctuary

    Bloom, Jessi
    $18.95
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    Create a More Sacred Garden Space

    We all need sanctuary--and we can find it in our own backyards. From natural living expert Jessi Bloom, Everyday Sanctuary is a fully illustrated creativity workbook filled with writing prompts and exercises that help you create a garden that will nourish your spiritual and emotional well-being. You will learn how to deepen your connection with nature, establish practices that calm and nourish, and tune in to seasonal cycles. Guided activities will help you select plant allies for health and healing, design and install your own Garden of Eden, and create rituals and ceremonies that are meaningful to you. In the end, you will have an invaluable record of your intentions, choices, and experiences and a clearer plan for creating your personal outdoor sanctuary.

    Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

    Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

    Brodek, Ayako
    $19.95
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    This gorgeous volume offers readers everything they need to know to capture, in paper, the perfect geometry and delicate beauty of snowflakes, sunbursts, and stars. Ayako Brodek (Origami and Kirigami) and Shannon Voigt (Quilling), two of today's leading papercrafters, provide all the techniques for creating seventy-five exquisite shapes that can then be used to fashion a multitude of decorative and practical pieces.

    The book opens with an overview of the three different styles and goes on to explain, in detail, the core techniques of each. Step-by-step photos complement the instructional text, covering paper selection, fundamental skills, and tools. The next section is organized by style (Origami, Kirigami, Quilling), with designs for the three motifs, as well as twenty-five projects for each style.

    The last section is an Inspiration Gallery, with beautiful, full-color photographs showcasing the finished works and providing a list of supplies and detailed instructions. Here the reader will learn how to use strings or ribbons to turn their crafted shapes into gift tags and toppers, napkin rings, and garlands; how to paste their snowflakes, sunbursts, and stars onto greeting cards, canvas bags, glass, etc. Also in this section are instructions for making stencils and wearable art such as earrings, pins, and other accessories.

    Expressive Figure Drawing : New Materials, Concepts, and Techniques

    Expressive Figure Drawing : New Materials, Concepts, and Techniques

    Buchman, Bill
    $24.99
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    Throughout the history of art, figure drawing has been regarded as the very foundation of an artist's education and the center of the art-making process. Bill Buchman's Expressive Figure Drawing presents the classic fundamentals of this genre, but with a distinctly contemporary twist--celebrating freedom, expressiveness, and creativity. This unique method incorporates more than 30 essential exercises, empowering you to draw the figure dramatically and with confidence, no matter your current level of skill. Filled with step-by-step demonstrations, inspiring images, and insightful text revealing a wide range of techniques and concepts, this book presents new ways to think about the figure and use your materials to free the artist within.
    Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs

    Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs

    Carroll, Henry
    $17.99
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    Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs is ideal for the new wave of snapshooters using DSLR, compact system and bridge cameras, looking for top photography tips.

    - A bestselling photography book with over 300,000 copies sold!
    - Learn top photography tips from 50 famous photographers
    - A must-have guide for amateur photographers and professional photographers

    Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs contains no graphs, no techie diagrams and no camera-club jargon. Instead, it inspires readers through iconic images and playful copy, packed with hands-on tips.

    Split into five sections, the book covers composition, exposure, light, lenses and the art of seeing. Masterpieces by acclaimed photographers - including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Fay Godwin, Nadav Kander, Daido Moriyama and Martin Parr - serve to illustrate points and encourage readers to try out new ideas.

    Today's aspiring photographers want immediacy and see photography as an affordable way of expressing themselves quickly and creatively. This handbook meets their needs, teaching them how to take photographs using professional techniques.

    Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is part of the internationally-bestselling 'Read This' series, which has sold over half-a-million books worldwide and has been translated into over 20 languages.

    More titles in the 'Read This' series:

    Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll (9781780676241)

    Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places by Henry Carroll (9781780679051)

    Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs: A Photo Journal by Henry Carroll (9781780678887)

    Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing by Selwyn Leamy (9781786270542)

    Use This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing by Selwyn Leamy (9781786274052)

    Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing People by Selwyn Leamy (9781786275127)

    Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer by Ross Raisin (9781786271976)

    Read This if You Want to Be Instagram Famous edited by Henry Carroll (9781780679679)

    Read This If You Want to Be YouTube Famous by Will Eagle (9781786275134)

    Kew Book of Painting Orchids in Watercolour, The

    Kew Book of Painting Orchids in Watercolour, The

    Cawson, Vivienne
    $23.95
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    Paint inspiring, luminous orchids in watercolour using this practical, contemporary guide from respected artist Vivienne Cawson, published in association with Kew Gardens.

    Vivienne Cawson's luminous painting style and original use of background patterning gives her work a contemporary, beautiful feel all of its own. Published in Association with Kew Gardens as a celebration of their annual Orchid Festival, this stunning book teaches you how to paint a selection of orchids in watercolour.

    The book contains a thorough techniques section that guides you through Vivienne's decision-making, colour-matching and painting process; capture form with speed and confidence, practise painting different leaves, flowers and roots and learn how to create different textures with paint. The book contains exercises that will hone your skills and encourage your painterly instincts, followed by 3 complete step-by-step projects that feature a range of wild and still-life flowers grown at Kew.

    The book is interspersed with historical images from the Kew archives, showcasing the rich variety and beauty of this much-loved family of flowers.

    Drawing Human Anatomy

    Drawing Human Anatomy

    Civardi, Giovanni
    $14.95
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    A beautifully visual and informative guide to drawing the human form from the bestselling and renowned Italian life-drawer Giovanni Civardi.

    From the bestselling, world-renowned life-drawer Giovanni Civardi comes this latest edition of the concise guide to drawing the human form.

    To become a successful artist in figure drawing, it is essential to understand the inner workings of the human body; but the complex nature of our anatomy makes the process of learning to draw it often daunting. In Drawing Human Anatomy, Giovanni Civardi breaks down the numerous components that make up our bodies into easy, absorbable chunks - from the skin right down to the skeleton. Beginning with easy-to-follow summaries on the makeup of human anatomy, along with advice on how to depict the human figure on paper, the book delves straight into our inner mechanics to get you started on your drawing journey right away. In addition, each muscle and skeletal structure is accompanied by a clear diagram indicating its location on the body, and a drawing of the form in Giovanni's much-loved drawing style.

    With dozens of illustrations explaining the relationships between our bones and muscles, and with a wide range of body positions covered - front and back, and rest and motion - this is an exceptional, practical guide to producing anatomically correct drawings for artists of all abilities.

    Sew Step by Step

    Sew Step by Step

    DK
    $17.99
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    Make, mend, and customize your own wardrobe with this highly photographic beginner's guide to machine sewing, featuring more than 200 step-by-step techniques.

    If you've never used a sewing machine before, or if you want to refresh your skills, Sew Step by Step gives you the essentials. Taking you through the basics, including the features of a sewing machine and the qualities of different fabrics, this simple handbook will soon have you making and mending your own clothes and home furnishings.

    Discover how to read patterns and adapt them to different body measurements, and find the right fabric for every project with an easy-to-use guide to different materials. Follow fully illustrated guides to more than 200 key techniques, including how to insert collars, sleeves, and pockets into garments, and how to customize them with delicate finishing touches, including appliqué and quilting. Easy to use and fully illustrated, Sew Step by Step gives you the confidence you need to design, create, and mend with your sewing machine.

    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

    Edwards, Betty
    $20.00
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    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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    Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books

    Ekrem, Erica
    $19.95
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    Bind a book beautifully, with these whimsical and stylish projects from bookbinder extraordinaire Erica Ekrem.With her novel approach to traditional techniques, and the use of repurposed materials, Ekrem has devised creative fun for book artists of all levels. Choose from three categories: Vintage, Nature, and Leather. Make books from mason jars and seashells, a classic leather-bound photo album, and other works of art.
    Origami: 10-Fold

    Origami: 10-Fold

    Engel, Peter
    $12.95
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    Complete impressive origami projects in just 10 steps with this beautiful and easy origami book.

    10-Fold Origami features a completely original take on a very classic subject in this papercraft book, which features beautiful full-colored illustrations and easy-to-follow diagrams for 26 wide-ranging origami models.

    This origami book includes:

  • 96 page, full-color origami book
  • 26 original origami projects
  • Easy-to-follow directions
  • Helpful diagrams and photographs
  • Paper folding basics and tips
  • A difficulty rating is assigned to each paper crafts project, so you choose how advanced your next piece will be. For a rewarding craft that calms the spirit and sharpens the mind, look no further than 10-fold Origami.

    Origami projects include:

  • Pinwheel
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Picture Frame
  • Wedding Ring
  • Goose and Golden Egg
  • Fabulous Paperfolds You Can Make in Just 10 Steps!: Origami Book with 26 Projects: Perfect for Origami Beginners, Children

    A-Z of Bird Portraits

    A-Z of Bird Portraits

    Forkner, Andrew
    $19.95
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    Andrew Forkner's book provides you with all you need to paint a range of birds in acrylics; taking in birds of prey, songbirds and waterbirds from all over the world. It contains information on the materials and preparation you will need to capture the delicacy and majesty of the subjects.

    * Twenty-six striking and characterful bird species
    * Clear and easy-to-follow step by step projects
    * Includes guidance on composition, reference and important bird features

    Botanical Illustration from Life

    Botanical Illustration from Life

    Guner, Isik
    $24.95
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    A visual guide to beautiful botanic watercolour painting from life for artists.

    Botanical artists hold a unique status: they can record plants and show them to the world, unlocking science for people outside that world, enabling them to be seduced by the most beautiful images, drawn and painted by very skilled hands.

    In this beautiful book, award-winning botanical artist, Işık Güner, shares with you her experiences of looking at wild species from around the world, how she does her research, and how she composes her illustrations from live specimens. She will guide you on your own journey, show you how to look for plant samples, and then record them. Straddling the scientific and art worlds, Isik's illustrations help to raise awareness of the valuable knowledge that scientists have been researching and discovering for many years and provide a wonderful inspiration for budding botanical artists.

    Observe, draw, paint, explore and master this wonderful art under Işık's careful guidance. Being inspired by the nature around you is the first step to becoming a botanical artist.

    Orchid Modern

    Orchid Modern

    Hachadourian, Marc
    $24.95
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    "This beautiful book is useful for all of us, novice and experienced orchid lovers alike." --Martha Stewart, author, entrepreneur, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

    Add the vibrant colors and exotic blooms of orchids to your houseplant haven! It's easier than you think with the help of Orchid Modern. Marc Hachadourian, the curator of the orchid collection at the New York Botanical Garden, shares his secrets to successfully growing these sometimes finicky houseplants. Besides the basics, you'll learn his top 120 orchid picks for green and not-so-green thumbs. Ten inspirational, step-by-step projects, including terrariums, a wreath, and a kokedama, provide the confidence to make orchids a thriving, vivid part of your home's signature style.
    Knit Step by Step

    Knit Step by Step

    Haffenden, Vikki
    $17.99
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    The essential beginner's guide to knitting successfully, with more than 200 illustrated knitting stitches and techniques.

    A ball of yarn can become anything you want it to be with Knit Step by Step. Taking you through simple skills, including how to knit, purl, and cast on and off, this simple handbook helps you decode knitting patterns and build intricate designs with eye-catching rib and cable stitches, structural effects, and multicolored Fair Isle and intarsia techniques.

    Alongside more than 200 clearly photographed stitch patterns and techniques, including using circular needles and creating structural effects, Knit Step by Step features 10 fun knitting projects to put your newfound skills into practice. Create a simple scarf, eye-catching home decor, and other items to keep you and your loved ones warm and cozy.

    Easy-to-use and fully illustrated, this book is ideal for beginners picking up their first pair of knitting needles, as well as more experienced knitters looking to build on their skills and refresh their technique.

    Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

    Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

    Hogarth, Emily
    $19.95
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    Start papercrafting with this step by step guide to all kinds of paper craft with 50 sample projects to inspire and thrill.

    The appeal of papercutting is that anyone can try it, the equipment is cheap, and the results are stunning. All you need is practice to perfect the art. This beautiful book will introduce you to the world of papercutting and show you how to create your own exquisite works of art. Beginners will have all the knowledge they need to get started: from basic techniques to creative step-by-step projects. It's also a great resource for the more advanced papercutter: materials, techniques, and inspirational projects all feature. Learn about the history of papercutting and be inspired by the work from many international papercutting artists.

    Includes 50 specially commissioned templates for practice and projects.

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    Captivating Forms: Structural Package Design in Japan

    International, Pie
    $65.00
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    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
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    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.
    Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing

    Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing

    Lacy, Erin
    $15.95
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    Screen printing is made accessible in this beautiful step-by-step guide featuring twelve projects.

    In this Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing, Erin Lacy shows you how to make your own screen using an embroidery hoop and silk fabric, and demonstrates how to create beautiful designs that are easy to achieve. Using modern techniques, screen printing is an accessible and affordable craft!

    Discover how to print onto different surfaces such as wood, cork and fabric, and create twelve stunning, botanical and coastal-themed projects through bright and colourful step-by-step photography.

    The photography, by Belgian talent Virginie De Man, is taken on location at Erin's own studio in St. Ives, Cornwall, as well as in and around the coastal town itself. The book includes full-size templates and inspiration on how to design your own templates and motifs.

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    Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums

    Laplantz, Shereen
    $19.95
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    First published in 1995, Cover to Cover quickly became renowned in the bookmaking community as the definitive guide to the art. This beautiful revised 20th anniversary edition, now in full color, features updated photography and a fresh interior design--while still retaining the foundational instructions that made it crafters' go-to reference. After introducing all the bookbinding basics, it shows readers, step by step, how to create, fold, assemble, and stitch a wide range of books and journals, from simple pamphlets to accordion-folded signatures, using a variety of materials.
    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
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    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.
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    Making Books: A Guide to Creating Handcrafted Books

    London Centre for Book Arts
    $35.00
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    From the London Centre for Books Arts, the internationally recognized, artistrun, open-access studio at the forefront of the book-craft community, comes this definitive manual for creating hand-bound books. Making Books: A Guide to Creating Handcrafted Books offers beginners and advanced artists alike a comprehensive overview of the tools, principles, and techniques used in hand bookbinding. Through hundreds of vibrant photographs and clear illustrations showing step-by-step instructions, Making Books leads readers through six bookbinding projects, from pamphlets and concertinas to multisection case bindings, for aspiring binders to learn and master.
    How to Draw Almost Everything : An Illustrated Sourcebook

    How to Draw Almost Everything : An Illustrated Sourcebook

    Miyata, Chika
    $19.99
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    Not sure how to start your drawing of a flamingo or a flying squirrel? Businessman? Bat? Baobab tree? How to Draw Almost Everything is here to help!

    With over 2,000 images, this visual reference book offers instructions for drawing animals, people, plants, food, everyday objects, buildings, vehicles, clothing, and more. The section on people gives simple tricks for showing emotion (angry, surprised) and action (skipping, doing a handstand). There's also a section on clothing that shows how to draw coats and jackets, shoes and boots, bell-bottoms and skinny jeans. From tricycles to tanker trucks, the book gives tips on drawing all kinds of moving vehicles.

    At then end of each chapter, author and artist Chika Miyata challenges you to synthesize what you've learned and create a scene. At the end of the chapter on animals, the challenge is to draw a zoo. At the end of the chapter on food, the challenge is to keep an illustrated food journal.

    Each entry is broken down with step-by-step illustrations, making this book perfect for beginners or experienced artists in need of a quick refresher and a great resource for those who want to express themselves through illustration or cartooning.

    Each book in the Almost Everything series offers readers a fun, comprehensive, and charmingly illustrated visual directory of ideas to inspire skill building in their creative endeavors.

    How to Draw a Character

    How to Draw a Character

    Mouton, Soizic
    $15.99
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    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 Classical Floral Patterns

    100 Papers with Classical Floral Patterns

    Pie International
    $29.95
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    A collection of 100 writing and crafting papers with European flower designs selected by the well-known Japanese designer Reiko Harajou.


    This book is a collection of carefully selected rare and antique European illustrations, from classic botanical art to floral calligraphy and frames. The beauty of the European floral art in the collection makes this book a perfect gift. All 100 pages are removable and each pattern is printed on a variety of textured papers.

    100 Papers with Japanese Patterns: Designed by 12 Japanese Artists

    100 Papers with Japanese Patterns: Designed by 12 Japanese Artists

    Pie International
    $29.95
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    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.

    So. Many. Stickers.

    So. Many. Stickers.

    Pipsticks®+Workman®
    $12.95
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    50 pages x 50 stickers per page = 2,500 bright, beautiful stickers for any occasion!

    There's no such thing as too many stickers, and this GIANT collection ticks alllllll the boxes. Add them to your stash, use them in your planner, decorate snail mail, or share with your besties!
    Field Guide to Drawing and Sketching Animals

    Field Guide to Drawing and Sketching Animals

    Pond, Tim
    $24.95
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    Artist Tim Pond's lively and engaging book fuses science with art, providing the reader with the skills, techniques and knowledge they need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement.

    There are some very good books written on life drawing, yet when it comes to drawing wildlife, illustrators and artists often revert to working solely from photographs, which can leave the artwork looking lifeless and flat. In this inspirational book, artist Tim Pond shows you how to observe and draw animals in zoos, farms, wildlife parks and aquariums, teaching you some fascinating facts about the animals along the way and ultimately bringing you closer to nature.

    One of the challenges with sketching wildlife is that animals are constantly moving, however having some basic understanding of the biology of an animal, such as knowing that a duck has a cheek or that a cheetah can't retract its claws, can influence how you might sketch them, and results in a lively drawing that captures the form, movement and ultimately the spirit of the animal in question. Combining scientific knowledge with expert practical guidance is key to creating successful drawings of animals, and Tim's ability to convey this in a way that is both accessible and engaging makes this a unique and inspiring guide suitable for artists of all levels.

    Tim's book takes you on a journey of discovery that will enable you to develop the skills, techniques and knowledge you need to sketch a broad range of wildlife, encompassing mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects. It includes quick, gestural sketches as well as linear and tonal studies, in a variety of media - pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour. There are numerous studies comprising how to represent the different patterns of animals' coats, how to capture the plumage of an exotic bird in watercolour, and how to sketch a hippo's hooves, as well as guidance on tools, materials and basic techniques. The result is a treasure chest of fascinating facts, studies, sketches and annotated drawings that will not fail to ignite your enthusiasm for drawing animals from life.

    Crewel Embroidery

    Crewel Embroidery

    Popova, Tatiana
    $29.95
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    A magical collection of modern crewelwork embroidery designs inspired by fairytales.

    Embroidery enthusiasts all over the world have been discovering the exquisite work of renowned Ukrainian embroiderer, Tatiana Popova. In this beautiful book she shows the reader how to create stunning crewelwork embroideries inspired by traditional fairytales, including The Wizard of Oz, Karolcia, the Wild Swans and Cinderella.

    This magical collection takes as it central theme a magnificent embroidery depicting the 'Tree of Happiness'. Each part of the embroidery is then explored in detail through stitch diagrams, explanations of the threads used, and alternative ways of working. There are seven wonderful designs in total, each dedicated to one of Tatiana's favourite fairytales, and all illustrated with gorgeous photographs and informative diagrams.

    In total, over 90 stitches are described in the book, all worked using stranded cotton and cotton pearl thread rather than traditional crewel wool, which gives the embroideries a fresh, modern appeal. Whether you are new to embroidery or an experienced embroiderer looking for inspiration and expert guidance, Tatiana's beautiful book is one you will turn to again and again.

    Grids & Guides Tracebook : Tracing Paper Notebooks for Visual Thinkers

    Grids & Guides Tracebook : Tracing Paper Notebooks for Visual Thinkers

    Princeton Architectural Press
    $18.95
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    Tracebook brings a whole new dimension to our Grids & Guides family. Each Tracebook set includes two books filled with tracing paper. The covers feature two distinct grids, classic on one side and isometric on the other; cover flaps fold inside the book, providing handy structure for your sketches, designs, or lists. Remove the flaps, and your design remains, while the grid disappears. Tracing sheets are perforated for easy tear out. As useful as it is revolutionary.
    How to Make Heirloom Teddy Bears

    How to Make Heirloom Teddy Bears

    Quinn, Sue
    $24.95
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    Teddy bears are an iconic symbol of childhood. They are often our first and best-loved toys right through to adulthood, often passed on to our own children to enjoy. This beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide takes you into the magical world of teddy bear making and shows you how to create your own traditional bear to hand down through the generations.

    The book begins with a short history of the teddy bear, followed by detailed information on tools, materials and essential bear-making techniques. There's guidance on finding design inspiration, and three complete step-by-step projects to get you started. There's then detailed guidance on how to create different eyes, ears, noses and mouths to give your bear a unique personality, and sewn outfits to dress them in. The book ends with notes on care and repair, ensuring your treasured creation will last a lifetime.

    Creative Drawing: 100 Tips to Expand Your Talent

    Creative Drawing: 100 Tips to Expand Your Talent

    Rissler, Albrecht
    $19.95
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    Intended for creative professionals and amateurs alike, this book offers 100 tips, resources and techniques for those who want to take their drawing skills to the next level. Through the work of contemporary artists, amateurs and even children, the author gives the basic concepts of this art form: color, line and style. With his characteristical sense of humor, clarity and direct style, his lessons and tips will engage the reader.
    Pusheen : A Cross-Stitch Kit

    Pusheen : A Cross-Stitch Kit

    Running Press (COR)
    $9.95
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    Naomiki Sato's Origami Roses: Create Lifelike Roses and Other Blossoms

    Naomiki Sato's Origami Roses: Create Lifelike Roses and Other Blossoms

    Sato, Naomiki
    $14.99
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    Decorate your desk, home, wedding or next get-together with these professional looking paper blossoms!

    This stunning book presents detailed instructions for eleven elegant and lifelike paper flower projects that will enhance any home or occasion. Paper flower expert Naomiki Sato starts by showing you how to fold seven types of paper roses using a variety of techniques for four- and five-sided blossoms, along with their stems, thorns and leaves, and how to assemble them.

    Four equally exciting papercraft projects follow, showing you how to make Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Bellflowers, tropical Plumeria (Frangipani) and Bougainvillea.

    Each of the eleven projects has detailed step-by-step photographs, diagrams and instructions that make these sophisticated-looking blossoms easy to make even for beginning origami folders. The book includes basic guides to paper and tools, as well as an introduction to basic origami folding techniques for novices.

    People : Super-Quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings

    People : Super-Quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings

    Scully, Pete
    $19.95
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    Sketching has become an extremely popular pastime. For example, on YouTube, "Tips to Draw Better in 6 Minutes" has 1.7 million views, and "How to Draw Better in 2 Minutes", has 2 million views. Every day, the website @Sketch_Dailies tweets an "inspiration" to 45,000 followers who can upload their work for juried selection. Why the rage? Simply put, drawing is a fun, meaningful and inexpensive way to spend precious time. It's a renaissance of paper and pencil, an escape from digital overload.

    5-Minute Sketching -- People can help artists of all abilities to nurture their creativity and to develop skills and speed. Each spread features six expert tips and ideas. Examples of amazing 5-minute sketches inspire readers who are short on time or short on ideas, showing how easy it is to make drawing a part of everyday life. There are tips on how to focus on the key elements of a scene, how to capture faces and features quickly, how a variety of techniques can help to create mood and movement.

    Here is some of what the book's four sections cover:

  • How to See -- Perspective, scale, foreshortening, viewpoint and resources distance, basic shapes, perfect profiles, proportion, facial features, hair, posture, composition, background, negative space, how to deconstruct figures and faces quickly
  • Who to Draw -- Passers-by, crowd scenes, commuters, children, urban scenes, conversation, quick direct poses, master poses (seated, repetitive, dynamic), dance, sports
  • Useful Techniques -- Basic shapes, proportion, minimal lines, loose lines, tight lines, thick lines, mark-making, contour drawing, negative space, shading hatching and crosshatching, scribbling, texture, shading, light, tonal values, contrast, color
  • Tools and Materials -- Ink, pencil, graphite, colored pencils, markers, paint, pastels, watercolor wash, paper, digital sketching.
  • Sketching has gone global. The Urban Sketchers community has 62 chapters around the world plus 42,000 members on Facebook and 8,200 Twitter followers. The actual number is surely higher. 5-Minute Sketching -- People is an ideal introduction to a rewarding pastime and a source of inspiration for new, experienced and lapsed sketchers alike.

    Gift Wrapping Papers -  Cool Blue

    Gift Wrapping Papers - Cool Blue

    Tuttle Publishing
    $7.99
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    These fine-quality tear-out wrapping sheets feature six Asian-inspired prints, suitable for craft projects as well as for gift wrapping. An introduction details the history and meaning behind the designs and provides some wrapping inspiration.

    Tuttle Gift Wrapping Papers are an excellent value—a fraction of the price of single sheet gift wrap paper from stationery shops

    • Each sheet is removable by tearing along a perforated line
    • Six individual sheets with six different patterns
    • Perfect gift wrap for any occasion—birthdays, anniversaries & various holidays
    Origami Paper - Bird Patterns - 6 Inch 15 Cm : Tuttle Origami Paper: High-quality Origami Sheets Printed With 8 Different Designs: Instructions for 8 Projects I

    Origami Paper - Bird Patterns - 6 Inch 15 Cm : Tuttle Origami Paper: High-quality Origami Sheets Printed With 8 Different Designs: Instructions for 8 Projects I

    Tuttle Publishing (COR)
    $5.95
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    Origami Paper Samurai Prints

    Origami Paper Samurai Prints

    Tuttle Publishing (COR)
    $5.95
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    48 Sheets of origami paper, size 6 3/4" square

    It's fun to fold!

    Origami Paper Traditional Japanese Designs : Large 81/4" It's Fun to Fold

    Origami Paper Traditional Japanese Designs : Large 81/4" It's Fun to Fold

    Tuttle Publishing (COR)
    $6.95
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    This pack contains 48 high-quality origami sheets printed with 12 different traditional Japanese designs.

    This origami paper pack includes durable, authentic origami paper folding sheets with a variety of colors. It's perfect for any folder who wants to add a distinctive flair to their origami projects.

    This origami paper pack includes:

  • 48 sheets of high-quality origami paper
  • 12 traditional Japanese patterns
  • Double-sided color
  • Large 8 1/4'' (21cm) squares
  • Origami basics and folding techniques
  • Instructions for 6 easy origami projects
  • Calligraphy and Lettering

    Calligraphy and Lettering

    Victoria & Albert Museum
    $29.95
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    Calligraphy--along with brush lettering, sign writing, and the chalkboard--is undergoing a surge in popularity. Examples of beautiful lettering and penmanship are all around us, and all over Instagram, depicted on book covers, posters, and invitations.

    Perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about calligraphy and lettering, this practical introduction showcases many examples from the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection, and will offer a new understanding and appreciation of letterforms. Detailed instructions, complete with sample alphabets, lead you through the essentials of classic styles such as Gothic and Italic lettering, on to vintage- inspired sign writing and chalkboard design and even into the elegant, image-led worlds of illuminated capitals and zoomorphic calligraphy. Projects include a handmade booklet, banner, menu, gift tags, a monogram rubber stamp, greetings cards, and more.

    Lettering often has a decorative as well as informative function, and with Calligraphy and Lettering and a bit of practice, it is possible for anyone to elevate their message, whatever it may be, into a personalized piece of art.

    Color Collective's Palette Perfect: Color Combinations Inspired by Fashion, Art and Style

    Color Collective's Palette Perfect: Color Combinations Inspired by Fashion, Art and Style

    Wager, Lauren
    $25.00
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    Aimed to fashion students and designers, Palette Perfect is both a practical guide and an inspirational book that proposes a reflection on the universe of colour combinations, the moods and atmospheres they evoke and how we associate particular places and emotions to special colours. Each chapter explores a particular mood and describes the corresponding feelings and color combinations, using as examples exquisite photographs of objects, still-lives, landscapes, interiors and fashion. At the end of each chapter, a wide variety of palettes representing the chapter's particular mood or atmosphere is included.
    Paper Flower Note Cards

    Paper Flower Note Cards

    Yamamoto, Emiko
    $16.99
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    Create your own elegant greeting cards with the beauty of lifelike paper flowers!

    Paper Flower Note Cards provides all the information you need. With just scissors, craft glue and a few sheets of colorful heavyweight paper, anyone can create stunning floral gift cards, gift toppers and place cards in no time at all!

    Emiko Yamamoto's simple step-by-step instructions explain how to cut and assemble each card for flawless results every time. Templates provided in the back of the book are reusable and allow you to reproduce the designs many times.

    This collection includes more than 30 dazzling designs for creative notes and floral decorations:

  • Pop-up cards with petals that gently splay when the card is opened
  • Decorative cards with three-dimensional flowers across the surface
  • Elegant & subtle floral silhouette cards
  • Cards for specific occasions like birthdays, weddings, baby showers, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween or Christmas
  • Seasonal cards that can be customized for any occasion year round

  • At the heart of each design is a beautiful flower, and there are many to choose from
  • Rose
  • Peony
  • Carnation
  • Hydrangea
  • Cosmos
  • Morning glory
  • Sunflower
  • Poinsettia
  • And more!

  • You'll dazzle your friends and family with these handmade works of art!