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You'll never look at an ordinary wooden spoon in quite the same way after browsing this book of fun loving, whimsical, and wacky designs for anything and everything you can do with wooden spoons.
Here you'll find ideas for transforming a wooden spoon into a mobile for having above an infant's crib, plant markers for the garden, table and wall art, party favors, and even friendly-faced toothbrush and washcloth holders for the bathroom.
Projects are easy to make with simple instructions and basic materials. Using acrylic paints, a plain wooden spoon comes to life as any number of colorful characters from a honeybee to a scarecrow and Santa Claus. These projects are suited for adults and are also excellent for crafting with kids of all ages.
Bestselling international author and artist Jean Haines' new book takes readers on an exciting journey through painting. Not just a book for artists, this is for anyone looking for a way of enhancing their life and mood through paint. It's also a way into art for people who have never painted and may even have been told they 'can't paint' at an early age. If you love the idea of sitting down and playing with colour and paint as a distraction from the stresses of modern life, then this is the book for you! All of Jean's books have promoted the life-enhancing effects of painting, and this is especially relevant in Paint Yourself Positive. Whether you can already paint or not, the aim of the book is for you to create in a way that you find pleasing, increases your self-confidence and leaves you feeling energized. Jean will very soon have you wanting to pick up a paintbrush and start to paint - and loving every second of it.
Students and professionals alike will benefit from this focus on
the figure in the overall composition of a sketch or drawing. Its
solid instruction and many fine examples make it a particularly
valuable tool for intermediate artists.
This is a full-colour compendium of paintings by renowned and anonymous artists of every era and from all over the world. The paintings are organised into subject categories, including human life from birth to death, man's emotions and beliefs, and work and leisure.
The world has gone activity book crazy, and the trend is set to go even dottier, with Extreme Dot-to-Dot: Day of the Dead. Unique, challenging and expertly produced, the Extreme Dot-to-Dot: Day of the Dead is for grown-up kids of all ages who want to relax and unwind and create something from nothing! Extreme Dot-to-Dot: Day of the Dead invites you to engage with your inner artist, to pick up a pen and create something truly amazing. Taking inspiration from Day of the Dead, this exciting new book of activity book will help you create art masterpieces, one dot at a time. Beautifully packaged, challenging to perfect, Extreme Dot-to-Dot: Day of the Dead lets you create your own magical works of art: all you have to do to join in the fun...is join the dots.
For the past fifty years, Tamarind has breathed life into the once-underappreciated art of lithography. From Josef Albers and Philip Guston in the 1960s, to Ed Ruscha and Kiki Smith in recent decades, contemporary artists have teamed up with professional printmakers at Tamarind to create an archive of exceptional lithographs. In 1960, in an effort to generate interest in lithography and make it accessible to artists, June Wayne founded Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fifty years and many thousands of prints later, it is difficult to imagine what lithography in the United States would be without the influence of the renowned Tamarind. Showcasing the broad aesthetic capabilities of lithography, Tamarind Touchstones demonstrates the diversity of the artists who have embraced lithography and their increased facility and comfort with the medium. Highlighting the ninety lithographs in the exhibition, reproduced in full color, this catalogue also includes glimpses into the recent activities of Tamarind, the psyche of the professional printmaker, and the curatorial perspective that guided the selection for this National Endowment for the Arts--funded traveling exhibition. With its trademark passion, Tamarind enters the next fifty years committed to its original goals to invigorate and fortify lithography and to expand its reach throughout the world.
From grasping perspective to balancing your composition to mixing colours and learning how to create new effects, Drawing and Painting Step-by-Step is an accessible guide through practical lessons for the budding artist. Beginning with a section on the equipment needed, the book covers the different drawing and painting tools from pastels to acrylics to oils and water, the papers and brushes used, how colours can be combined and mixed. More advanced techniques include painting without a brush, painting on glass and curved surfaces, while other skills include how to capture movement, how to paint reflected light and understanding tone. After all the lessons, there are also tips and hints on breaking the rules. Each lesson is packed with colour photographs and artworks, with helpful tips as well as step-by-step guides keeping you clearly on track. Including instructive examples of classic works by artists such as Pieter Brueghel the Elder, David Hockney, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh and Alfred Sisley, Drawing and Painting Step-by-Step is an expert companion for the home artist.
'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you feel you have little talent and you doubt you could ever learn, or you enjoy drawing but have not been able to get much beyond a childlike level, this book will show you how to gain the skill that you have always wanted. If you are already drawing as a professional artist or are an artist-in-training, it will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception.
This new edition of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' has been dramatically revised, with more than fifty per cent new material, including:
See how the astonishing success of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' – responsible for teaching millions to draw – can work for you, too.
Extreme Dot to Dot: Classic Pin-ups invites you to engage with your inner artist, to pick up a pen and create something truly amazing. Taking inspiration from Gil Elvgren's glamorous pin-up girls, this exciting new book of activity book will help you create art masterpieces, one dot at a time. Beautifully packaged and challenging to perfect, Extreme Dot to Dot: Classic Pin-ups lets you create own magical works of art: all you have to do to join in the fun...is join the dots.
Only a thoroughly accomplished artist such as Borough Johnson--a
nineteenth-century landscape and genre painter--could manage to
illuminate the technique of pencil drawing in these exquisitely
simple terms. Artists at every level of experience will appreciate
the wealth of information he offers on everything from choosing the
right tools to drawing the nude figure. With a host of helpful
"how-to" illustrations, as well as a "mini-gallery" of finished
compositions, this invaluable guide offers clear direction for
artists who want to learn to draw--or sharpen their skills.
Add colour to this captivating collection of tranquil ocean mandalas and feel instantly relaxed. Whether you're colouring in a pod of serene whales, or adding the finishing touches to some intricate seashells, The Tranquil Ocean Mandala Colouring Book will help you practise mindfulness for hours. With over 120 blissful designs to colour, this activity book is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to de-stress and is a fantastic source of inspiration for anyone creating their own designs.
Create unique protest graphics with the Protest Stencil Toolkit, revised and updated for modern-day activists. Combine the 42 robust stencils, and the typeface, to create slogans and visual messages. Includes symbols from a variety of important protest movement
"Life drawing is not only about learning to draw the body accurately; it also teaches you to translate our complex three-dimensional world... to the confines of a sheet of paper." Eddie Armer Improve your drawing skills and learn how to observe the human form with this simple practical course. By applying a few basic rules, the shape of a body can be both accurately and artistically captured in as little as two minutes, using only a small selection of artist's materials. Feel encouraged as you start your life-drawing journey by accomplishing an effective, straightforward pose, formed across a few straight lines and drawn with a standard pencil. Then, work with ease through each of Eddie's beautifully drawn projects to tackle fundamental methods for sketching, designed to steadily introduce you to invaluable techniques that will bring your work to the next level. Every project includes fully-illustrated step by steps and helpful advice on the drawing method used. Pore over the accompanying gallery of stunning pieces by Eddie at the end of the chapter, showing examples of the demonstrated technique and providing inspiration for your own poses and style, once you've built your confidence. From line, tone and shade through to positioning, drawing hands, feet and faces, this is the ultimate guide to learning to draw the body.
Whether you're trying your hand at painting for the first time or honing your artistic ability, Artist's Painting Techniques is the handiest guide to teach you how to paint. Starting with the basics such as observational skills and learning how to draw, Artist's Painting Techniques will guide you into working with watercolours, acrylics, and oil paints. Discover everything you need to know about tone, colour, pattern, brushwork, and composition to create your own masterpieces with confidence. Learn a range of key watercolour, acryllic, and oil painting techniques, including laying a flat wash, painting fur, and creating impasto sculptural effects. Embark on exciting artistic exercises and projects to discover your style and grow as an artist. Follow the fully illustrated step-by-step guides and get inspiring advice and encouragement from practising artists. Kickstart your creativity and develop your own style with Artist's Painting Techniques.
Even beginners will be able to produce beautiful watercolour paintings of birds with the help of the guided projects in this book. Fifteen original artworks by acclaimed artist Emma Faull have been reproduced as outlines on high-quality watercolour paper, so that you can achieve beautiful results and enjoy the relaxing practice of watercolour painting. At the front of the book, you'll find inspiration in Emma's original artworks, as well as the recommended colour palettes to use. You'll also find advice from the artist on how to get started and guidance on professional watercolour techniques. To get started, simply choose an outline on watercolour paper and pull it out of the book, then follow the artist's step-by-step advice on creating beautiful watercolours and use the gallery of finished artworks as a guide. The professional paper will also work beautifully with other media, such as acrylic paint, artists' pencils and art brush or marker pens. Includes the following birds: European Goldfinch Peacock Hummingbird American Blue Jay Woodpecker Wren Mandarin Duck Golden Eagle ...and more.
Water-soluble and oil-based coloured pencils are becoming increasingly popular for botanical painting asthey are easier to use than traditional watercolour and are more forgiving, yet they produce the same stunning effects. They are especially suitable for the accuracy needed to paint in the botanical style of illustration. In this book Ann Swan gives helpful advice on all aspects of working with coloured pencils, including the techniques you will have to master - underpainting, layering and burnishing. She also demonstrates how to mix and build up colour, and how to add those finishing touches that will complete your painting successfully. Several full step-by-step demonstrations are included to show how these techniques are put into practice. The book concludes with a gallery of coloured pencil works by the author, students of botanical painting and other professional botanical painters, providing a wonderful source of reference and inspiration.
A deceptively simple adventure into the unknown using only paper, a pencil and a single line Wreck This Journal had a simple premise: destroy the book in all the ways you can imagine. The Line is even simpler: find pencil, start a line. As you move through the pages of Keri Smith's newest book, you'll be asked to let your line meander, explore the book's gutter, and jump around the edges of the pages. You'll hide your line, cut your line and even let someone else take over your line for a bit. The farther you get into the book, however, the more you'll discover that maybe things aren't as simple as they first seemed. The line has a mind of its own, and it's up to you to discover what's at the end of the line (hint: it's just the beginning).
Landmarks of Architecture looks to the some of the finest and most astounding man-made structures as a source of inspiration and contemplation. It also provides a philosophy for interacting with our environment and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us. Take a break from the stresses of the everyday by bringing life and colour to these outstanding buildings.
By the time you finish this book, you'll have all the skills you need to achieve a striking likeness in a drawn portrait. From understanding and constructing the head and shaping the hair, to checking the relationships of the features and achieving a lifelike expression, every aspect of the portrait process is examined, along with advice on what materials to use and how to find a model. Learn to draw facial features Understand the angles of the head Develop textures for the skin Experiment with light and tone
Bestselling artist and author explains how to use light and shade in watercolour painting to add lifelike detail and create engaging artworks. Mastering light and shadow is the key to successful watercolour paintings and in this book you can learn how to paint like an expert. The book is packed with Hazel Soan's colourful and varied paintings, as well as step-by-step exercises and handy hints. Beginning with how to see the values of light and shade through the eyes of an artist, the book then shows how watercolour is the perfect medium to represent light and shade. Learn how to balance light and shade through compositional design and how to establish the shadow of individual components within the composition. Hazel demonstrates clever techniques such as conserving white paper to show highlights, how to mix the right tonal values and how to balance detail in your painting. Finally, the book looks at using light and shade to create atmospheric effects, tonal patterns to look out for and how to bring it all together to create fantastic artworks.
Often referred to as the "gateway art," watercolor is one of the most accessible and popular art mediums to explore. With Watercolor Workshop, author and artist Sasha Prood brings a sense of freedom and fun to watercolor instruction, while still covering all the skills you need to get started. Through 100 different experiments, Sasha teaches you traditional techniques like wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and flat washes, and also encourages you to play with the paint through colorful ombres, unique bloom textures, and added elements like salt and sponging. The goal of the sketchbook is to explore all of the fantastic ways you can use watercolors while gradually building confidence in the medium. Each experiment is accompanied by beautifully painted examples and space to practice your skills directly in the sketchbook. Printed on thick, uncoated paper, with a lie-flat binding, Watercolor Workshop is the ultimate guide to contemporary watercolor techniques.
Get up close to the beauty and detail of nature through the artwork of award-winning UK artist, Julia Trickey. See how ordinary and sometimes overlooked subjects, such as leaves and fading flowers, can be centre stage and come to life in this beautiful showcase of some of Julia's best-loved botanical watercolours. Having been a tutor of botanical art for many years, teaching as far afield as Moscow and New York, Julia loves to help others explore the potential of watercolour and to discover the keys to a good botanical portrait. In this book she shares some of these insights as well as the motivation behind some of her favourite projects, together with the process and watercolour techniques involved. Take inspiration from these glowing, contemporary watercolours in a book that is both beautiful and useful.
Anyone can draw, and anybody who can already draw can always learn to draw better. In this book, best-selling author and art tutor Jake Spicer gives you all the skills you need to sketch the human figure in just 15 minutes. Good drawings aren't always the ones that you've spent a lot of time over; some of the best pieces are swift, energetic studies that capture the feel of the subject in a few well-placed lines. This book contains a series of exercises that develop the core skills for drawing people, all of which can be completed in a quarter of an hour. * Master the basic figure. * Build confidence in mark making. * Understand anatomy. * Play with proportion and foreshortening. * Capture details such as hair, hands and feet.
Drawing people out in the world is exciting; there is an immediacy and honesty to the art you create, and each sketch contains a host of memories, not just of the individuals captured on the paper, but of the place and the moment in time that the sketch occupied. But it can also be a challenge: how do you spot people who are likely to stay still for you and how do you draw movement, for those occasions when they don't! This book provides straight-forward, practical help to give beginner sketchers the confidence and ability to draw all sorts of people in a variety of situations. With detailed advice on how to put together an Urban Sketching toolkit and the best media to choose for particular situations, it will teach you new ways of looking at your subject, and different techniques to help you draw more quickly and explore new styles. Clearly written and fun to read, this book is bursting with inspirational artwork and candid advice, which will improve your drawing skills and change the way you sketch forever.
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