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Create stunning jewellery and other items from the vast range of beads available, using techniques such as basic ropes, tassels and lariats, brick stitch and peyote in various applications and combinations. All the designs are original, demonstrated with easy to follow instructions and step-by-step photographs and line drawings. Illustrated will specially commissioned colour photographs of all finished projects, this title will give you both the inspiration and the know how to get started with skill and confidence.
Have you ever wandered around a jewellery shop looking for that little something, but have never been able to find it? Why not be unique and create your own collection? Bling! Complete Jewellery is a sparkling collection of custom-made designs, using techniques a beginner crafter can understand. More complex projects are scattered throughout the list to inspire a more discerning crafter. If you're new to the craft, illustrated diagrams and instructions make the learning process a breeze. Whether you want to make a vintage bead bracelet or teardrop earrings, add the `wow' factor to your jewellery collection and be sure to stand out in the crowd. Collins & Brown is proud to expand on this ever-popular series with this new title that will surely win over cool and sophisticated crafters. Other titles in the series include 'Creative Embellishing' (978-1-84340-461-3), 'Complete Feltmaking' (978-1-84340-369-2) and 'Complete Origami' (978-1-84340-397-5).
Leila Duly's new colouring book is a celebration of a year of flowers. Month by month, follow the progress of the seasons with intricate illustrations of flowers, birds, butterflies and other insects and small creatures to colour in, adding up to a year's worth of colouring enjoyment.
A lovely box containing 50 loose postcards of illustrations that feature in the bestselling Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom. Everything from octopus to elephants, stags to swallows, rhinos to rabbits, these postcards can be sent just as they are to friends and family, coloured in or even framed and hung on walls. These bite-sized cards of beauty can be used for a range of things but will delight anyone who receives one.
Photographs have always evoked strong emotions - special memories caught on camera have their own special magic. But photos must be displayed for us to share their magic with others. Now there are many more display possibilities than placing them in an album or simply framing them.
This book shares more than 75 ideas for turning your photos into attractive and interesting displays. It is the result of much experimenting and trial and error. While some projects are both functional and decorative, others are delightfully quirky. They all have one thing in common: the creative use of photographs, and whatever you have at hand for embellishment. Bases used include canvas, glass, porcelain and ceramics, wood (MDF and soft wood), fabric, candles and skirting boards. In fact, there is hardly a surface that cannot be covered with a photograph in some way or another.
Various techniques are used, including several transfer methods, decoupage, photomontage and covering with resin. Use these ideas to turn your photos into valued gifts by personalising general-use items or simply create eye-catching decor for your home. Once you start, you may not want to stop! Illustrated with step by step photographs as well as magnificent photos of each finished project, the book will both teach and inspire.
So give your creativity free rein and fill your life with your special moments.
Vintage fashion is still highly popular today. This fascinating colouring and craft title explores vintage designs and lets you mix and match an exciting range of colour palettes to create 10 beautiful patterns. Using the book's special templates, these can easily be transformed into gorgeous craft projects, such as gift tags and handmade cards.
'Both essential and informative, useful information and sheer blade porn. Tim Hayward explores the world of knives with enthusiasm and authority.'Anthony Bourdain
'Hayward, one of the ... best food writers alive, every page a different blade, glintingly pictured and lovingly described. Kitchen porn but not sinister: A cook's gotta chop, a cook's gotta mince' Simon Schama in New York Times
Knife is a love-letter to this essential culinary tool - its form, history and creation. The knife can be the most functional utensil or the most exquisite piece of design - avid collectors pay jaw-dropping sums for a piece of Japanese hand-crafted steel, made according to traditions that date back thousands of years.
Through interviews with knife-makers, chefs and collectors, acclaimed food writer Tim Hayward explores how the relationship between cook and blade has shaped the both the knife itself, and the ways we prepare and eat food all over the world. From Damascus blades to Chinese cleavers and sushi knives, at the heart of Knife is a fascinating guide to 40 different types of knife, each with its own unique story, detailed description and stunning photographs.
Lavishly illustrated and designed, and as cool, personal and desirable as the most intricately crafted deba, Knife opens up the world of this most covetable of culinary implements.
This is possibly the coolest book I have ever seen. Glorious in content, geeky in text and engaging in photography. This is every cook's must-have reference book! I love it.' Tom Kerridge
'Tim Hayward is the most serious cookery writer I know. Whatever he says, I will listen. Whatever he writes, I will buy' Len Deighton
'A gleaming, razor-sharp paean to the chef s greatest weapon in Knife by Tim Hayward. Both eloquent and encyclopaedic, Knife is the ultimate book of blades' Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday
As inventors of new beadwork stitches, Melanie de Miguel (Hubble stitch) and Heather Kingsley-Heath (Albion stitch) are no strangers to innovation. And here they are, at it again... This book is the Tudor-inspired, treasure-filled result of their collaboration. Heather and Melanie have created an exciting new elemental approach especially for the more adventurous beader. Now they invite you... to join them on their thrilling adventure to recreate designs inspired by the rich and indulgent jewels of the Tudor and Elizabethan eras. There are 10 fabulous, elemental, Tudor-style designs ready to bead as complete projects. A complete library of over 60 elements makes it easy for you to dip in and mix a unique design recipe. A gallery of completed elemental creations is included, to stimulate your creative beading juices and show how easy it is to create your own versions of Tudor extravagance and splendour. What Tudor Inspirations promises you: two leading bead artists in one book; 10 gorgeously wearable, elemental designs; a complete library of elements to explore; a stunning gallery of inspirational elemental pieces; total jewellery drama and fabulous photography.
Make your mark on a stunning collection of patterns from the Liberty archive - in this beautifully designed, pocket-sized adult colouring book In 1875, Arthur Lasenby Liberty began selling imported fabrics from a small shop on London's Regent Street. Today, Liberty is London's best-loved department store and its cutting edge design studio remains at the forefront of fashion across the world. The Liberty Colouring Book is a unique opportunity to reimagine Liberty's iconic patterns in your own personal style. Lose yourself in paisleys and florals - and fall in love with your favourite Liberty prints all over again.
Switch off from the distractions, stresses and busyness of modern life with the 30 absorbing designs in this collection. Theses puzzles will not only improve your cognitive skills but also provide a moment of calm and focus in our 24/7 world. Give yourself a mental workout with these extreme puzzles that will test your mental agility, focus and concentration. Increasingly people are discovering the power of traditional puzzles and activities to help them de-stress from everyday anxieties and worries, and find a moment of mindful focus in their hectic schedules. Dot-to-dot exercises are the perfect tool for exercising your mind and improving your concentration and focus. We are all guilty of trying to multi-task our way through the day, with only every half a mind on what we are doing. These extreme puzzles force you to set aside any distractions and focus your full attention on the challenge at hand. Set yourself a dedicated time to start deciphering the maze of numbers and be amazed at how sharp your mind is when fully engaged in an absorbing activity. The designs in Dot-to-Dot in Colour have been expertly colour-coded, for you to reveal vibrant artworks as you complete these 30 challenging puzzles. Over 400 numbered points in each pattern create detailed drawings of animals from the plains of Africa to the Amazon rainforests, from the birds that patrol the skies to the strange creatures that inhabit the depths of the oceans.
Get ready to challenge your mental agility, focus and concentration with these extreme dot-to-dot challenges. Unlike the games that you remember from childhood, these intricate designs include upwards of 400 numbered points each and use sketching techniques such as line drawing and perspective to create detailed artworks that magically appear 3D when viewed through the enclosed ChromaDepth (R) 3D glasses. Take a break away from screens, multi-tasking, and the hustle and bustle of the modern world and focus your mind on the absorbing task of completing one of these dot-to-dot puzzles. Each dot-to-dot design challenges you to focus your attention on the process of deciphering the numbers in the tangled web. Like the craze for adult colouring, part of the appeal of these puzzles is their focus on a single absorbing task that takes you away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life and forces you to be present in the moment. Unlike colouring-in designs, however, these puzzles require full attention at all times and test your mental agility and problem solving skills. Using 3D imaging techniques each of the 30 designs in this collection jumps to life as you complete the puzzle. The core concept is simple - the specific colour palette used in each dot-to-dot pattern creates a depth that makes your finished animal leap from the page when viewed through the glasses!
Woodcraft is the latest craze to hit the arts and craft markets. This guide shows you how to cut, paint and assemble a delightful variety of both useful and decorative painted wood items, some of which include humorous and sentimental sayings for added charm. It features instruction for over 50 simple items that can be created by anyone, regardless of skill level. Creating these innovative and original designs is fun, inexpensive, and requires only a few basic tools, making them perfect for you home, craft markets and gift-giving. Templates for every project are included in the back of the title and the informative introduction covers general painting and finishing techniques that will inspire you to create your own original designs. Lists of idioms and saying suitable for various projects or events, as well as examples of easy lettering, are also included.
This best-selling title will be relaunched in September 05 with a fresh new cover design. Alwyn Crawshaw has a very loyal following among amateur painters, and this book is an ideal introduction to this popular medium. Each title in the best-selling Learn to Paint series is written by a professional working artist and offers the leisure painter a personal course of art instruction. Here well-known and loved TV artist Alwyn Crawshaw clearly describes all the basic techniques of painting in watercolour, and provides many practical exercises and step-by-step demonstration paintings. The book includes: * advice on materials and equipment * basic techniques and methods * help with brush effects * how to mix colours * help with composition This is the only guide you'll need to learn how to paint watercolours with skill and confidence.
Dreaming and relaxing, with cats, foxes, owls and many more animals, this beautiful new book will give you many hours of pleasure, and calm. With a range of challenging and more restful designs Cute Animals takes you on an enjoyable journey where the satisfaction of creating stunning artworks is mixed with rediscovering the joy of colouring by numbers. You can use a wide variety of pens: from gel and pencil, to pigment and crayons, from ballpoint and rollerball to highlighters, although it's best to avoid the heavy felt pens. Each page has a colour chart to follow and is perforated near the spine of the book, so you can tear out and frame, or simply place your wonderful creation on the walls of your home, perhaps even send them as a gift to your loved ones. You'll have to make a choice about which design to make, if you want to tear it out, but with nearly 120 to choose from there's more than enough to help you make your decision. Each page is perforated, and ready for you to frame. Bring the Ink to life!
Dreaming and relaxing, with stunning birds surrounded by tropical plants and wildlife, this beautiful new book will give you many hours of pleasure, and calm. With a range of challenging and more restful designs Exotic Birds takes you on an enjoyable journey where the satisfaction of creating stunning artworks is mixed with rediscovering the joy of colouring by numbers. You can use a wide variety of pens: from gel and pencil, to pigment and crayons, from ballpoint and rollerball to highlighters, although it's best to avoid the heavy felt pens. Each page has a colour chart to follow and is perforated near the spine of the book, so you can tear out and frame, or simply place your wonderful creation on the walls of your home, perhaps even send them as a gift to your loved ones. You'll have to make a choice about which design to make, if you want to tear it out, but with nearly 120 to choose from there's more than enough to help you make your decision. Each page is perforated, and ready for you to frame. Bring the Ink to life!
Learn to draw manga with this great value, monster-sized practical sourcebook of hundreds of step-by-step manga drawings. The popularity of manga comics and graphic novels continues to grow in the UK, inspiring considerable interest in learning how to draw in this exciting style. The Monster Book of Manga is divided into sections focusing on the most popular manga figures and themes - girls, boys, monsters, samurai, fantasy and science fiction. Each figure is broken down into six stages, accompanied by step-by-step instructions, taking the reader from an initial black and white sketch to the final colour artwork. Throughout there are many practical suggestions, hints and tips. In addition, there are useful sections on anatomy, lighting and the digital studio.
Shirley Trevena is a successful and popular watercolourist with a huge international fan base. Throughout her career Shirley has pushed the boundaries of watercolour and is regarded as one of Britain's most innovative artists in that medium. Shirley's watercolours are vibrant in colour, visually inspiring and strong in composition. In this book, Shirley shares her thoughts, ideas, stories and sketches of more than 100 paintings to give a valuable insight into the evolving work of a much-loved artist. Shirley breaks the conventional rules of watercolour in many different ways: through her exciting compositions, strange perspectives and above all, the strength and vibrancy of her colour combinations. In this exciting and inspiring book, Shirley gives her personal view of painting and shares her creative process with us.
This beautiful colouring book - designed especially for grown-ups - is the perfect way to kill time or distract you from tiresome chores. Inspired by mystical mandala patterns, this stylish activity book is the perfect gift for anyone looking to explore their creativity.
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