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A handy, practical and inspirational little book - perfect for the pocket or art bag - showing watercolour painters of all levels how to loosen up their paintings and maintain spontaneity. Written by popular artist Hazel Soan, the book is arranged in two parts: the first section explains all about watercolour and shows what can be achieved with it in a short time span; the second section suggests specific approaches to painting in particular situations. INCLUDES: covering all the essential techniques, the book focuses on maximising brushstrokes and exploring colours Useful advice on deciding what to include and what to leave out Helpful chapters on painting a wide range of subjects, including people, landscapes, seascapes, buildings, gardens, flowers and still life subjects
Be inspired by the rituals, flavours, motifs and costumes of Mexico's Day of the Dead festival. Create your own celebration with gorgeous handcrafted decorations, stylish make-up designs and accessories, as well as delicious recipes. The Traditional Mexican event of Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") (21 October-2 November), which celebrates the lives of the deceased, has spread internationally alongside the growing popularity of Halloween festivites. Both informative and practical, this book includes 20 easy-to-make projects. Several are based on the flowers, candles and sugar skulls that attract and guide the spirits to the altar, as well as food and drink ideas to create a fabulous centrepiece and treats for your party table. Fun decorations draw on Mexican crafts, including cut-paper banners and festive frills for fairy lights. The book also explains the spectacular look of La Catrina, the skeleton lady, with ideas for costumes and instructions on facial art.
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.
Having shown us how to master monsters in Edward's Crochet Imaginarium and capture our friends and family in Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium, Kerry Lord is back with patterns for everyone's favourite pups in her new book Edward's Menagerie: Dogs. Including patterns for 50 classic dog breeds, Kerry also shows you how to adapt the patterns so you can perfectly capture your own furry best friend in crochet form. With step-by-step instructions for all the basic crochet techniques needed, this book is perfect for all skill levels. Illustrated by irresistible lifestyle photography featuring the crochet dogs alongside their real life muses, this book would make a pawsome gift for crafters and devoted dog-lovers alike. The 50 classic dog breeds featured include: Afghan Hound, Bedlington Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Husky, Basset Hound, German Shepherd, Scottie Dog, Weimaraner, Labrador, Poodle, Westie, Red Setter, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pug, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Collie, Springer Spaniel, Schnauzer, Chinese Crested, Old English Sheepdog, Shih Tzu, Boxer, Chihuahua, French Bulldog, Chow Chow, English Bull Terrier, English Bulldog, Puli, Whippet, Dogue de Bordeaux, Samoyed, Wolfhound, Pekingese, Border Terrier, Shar Pei, Lakeland Terrier, Corgi, American Water Spaniel, Mudi, Rottweiler, Beagle, Mastiff and Newfoundland and more!
Almal – oud en jonk – is tans oor die węreld heen aan die hekel. En oraloor maak die alombekende oumablokkie weer sy verskyning. Hierdie nuwe hekelboek deur ’n topverkoper-outeur bied vars en oorspronklike idees vir motiewe: Marokkaanse, Delftse, Persiese en Mediterreense blokpatrone met interessante tegnieke, soos oppervlakwerk, maak die patrone, wat op verskeie maniere gebruik kan word, anders en interessant. Elke patroon bevat ’n diagram, die grootte, die aantal kleure, die moeilikheidsgraad en die volledige patroon.
Looking for a new calm in this crazy world? The Little Book of Sewing is your pocket-sized guide to creating your own zen with nothing more than a needle and thread.
This little book is packed with essays, anecdotes, quotes, how to guides and practical tips and contains all you need to channel your creative energy and start sewing today. It will show you how to: Sew yourself calm, thread a needle, sew a gift, turn your passion into fashion and much more!
This is a unique opportunity to step back in time and learn how to recreate the earliest dated piece of British patchwork - the 1718 coverlet. The coverlet is the earliest known British patchwork that has a date worked into it and forms a benchmark against which all other rare survivors of early 18th century patchwork can be compared. Learn how to piece each of the stunning 69 quilt blocks - this unique book features a block directory and instructions for how to piece each of the blocks using the original mosaic piecing technique, as well as more accessible modern techniques. The traditional technique used to piece the blocks is known as 'Mosaic patchwork' and is a time-consuming method requiring the use of paper for templates. Some of the paper templates still remain in the coverlet and provide tantalising glimpses of printed and hand written text including bills, letters and printed text as well as hand drawn designs for the quilt. Quilt historian, Bridget Long, explores the fascinating history surrounding the coverlet and its discovery by the Quilter's Guild. Experienced quilt author, Susan Briscoe, explores how a replica quilt was painstakingly reproduced using the original mosaic piecing technique. There is information about the original fabrics used to create the coverlet and what kind of modern fabrics lend themselves best to recreating the quilt, using a variety of different techniques. This makes it perfect for the more experienced quilter looking for a challenge, as well as anyone fascinated by the history of this traditional craft.
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.
Hierdie titel wys jou stap vir stap hoe om 26 pragtige monogramme in lintborduurwerk te maak. Daar is idees vir vinnige, maklike monogramversierings vir items soos baba kombersies en -kleertjies, teddiebeertjies en sagte speelgoed, boek-omslae, kaartjies, trougeskenke en ander items vir tuisversiering. Dit kan vir enige taal aangepas word, hetsy Afrikaans, Frans, Duits, en selfs Russies, met eindelose moontlikhede vir woordsamestellings en projekte. Leer hoe om die 26 letters en ander patroonplate op weefstof oor te dra. Daar is verskeie bykomende ontwerpe in kleur vir geborduurde kaartjies en ander items. Propvol nuttige wenke en raad vir monogramprojekte, en idees om jou gevoelens vir iemand spesiaal in borduurwerk uit te druk. Basiese tegnieke word stap vir stap geillustreer met nabyfoto's en met eenvoudige aanwysings verduidelik.
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.
In Chibi Art Class, renowned anime artist Yoaihime teaches you the art of chibi, step by adorable step. Anime artist Yoai has captivated a huge audience with her adorable chibi drawings, and now she's ready to share her secrets with you! Chibi is Japanese slang for "short," and that's an appropriate description for these tiny doll-like creatures. In this book, you'll find tutorials on recreating their signature features and props, including dreamy eyes, mini-skirts, vibrant hair, colorful bows, and boba cups! You'll also practice drawing, coloring, and shading fully-formed versions of these vertically challenged, baby-faced characters and their kawaii little companions. As a bonus, several pages at the back of the book will allow you to create your own original characters and add your own color and shading to several colorless cuties. With Yoai's expertise and step-by-step guidance, you'll learn the art and technique of cuteness in no time!
In this visually rich hardcover volume, beloved artist Rae Dunn shares her favorite techniques for approaching a blank page. From drawing with your nondominant hand to sketching with objects found in nature, each chapter offers a simple yet surprising catalyst to help readers get in touch with their own creativity. Full of gorgeous watercolors, sketches, original patterns, dreamy photography, and hand-lettered insight from the author, In Pursuit of Inspiration offers a unique glimpse into the process of a successful fine artist. It's the perfect how-to book for artists of all skill levels who prefer freeform experimentation to step-by-step instruction.
All the basic quilting information you need is now right at your fingertips, no messy math necessary! This pocket-sized guide contains 16 quilt charts and easy-to-use formulas, making it a quick, convenient, and accurate carry-along reference! Know standard bed quilt sizes, how to reduce and enlarge patchwork blocks, and even how much fabric is needed for basic quilt blocks. Calculate fabric requirements for blocks, squares, strips, and triangles, and have easy-access to formulas for discovering the fabric needed for quilt backing and quilt binding. Also included are quick quilting reference guides for measuring diagonal blocks, side-setting, and corner triangles, as well as half-square triangles and quarter-square triangle blocks. Compact and great for on-the-go use, this guide is an excellent help the next time you prepare and plan a new project!
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.
Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a kitsch novelty knit - now you can make your own with these, fast, easy, no-knit ideas for one-of-a-kind Christmas jumpers. Once the sort of embarrassing gift you'd only get from your granny, these days seasonal patterned knitwear has gone well and truly mainstream. Whether it's for charity, the office party, the kids' nativity or the big day itself, an ironic Christmas jumper is the only thing to be seen in. With the trend growing each year, it's increasingly difficult to be original. Unless, of course, you make your own. This jolly little book shows you how. Taking any plain jumper as your starting point, you'll find 20 easy and inspiring ways to transform it into a one-of-a-kind Christmas creation, needing little more than a few simple materials, a spare hour or two, and a bit of festive cheer. With all styles covered - be it glitzy and glam, twee and tasteless, laugh-out-loud or cute as a button - you're sure to find your perfect Christmas look, not to mention all the sequins, pompoms and twinkly lights your heart could desire. So whether you choose to deck yourself in boughs of holly, wrap yourself up with a big shiny bow, or transform into a human snow globe, these fun festive ideas will earn you top marks for creativity and are guaranteed to get Christmas started in style.
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.
In the '50s and '60s, Simplicity released their popular line of Jiffy sewing patterns, which had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions, yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This approach appeals now more than ever as stylish women are continuously looking for ways to fit their love of sewing into busy lives filled with family, work, school, and countless other obligations.Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses is Gretchen Hirsch's modern reinvention of this simple idea, focusing on easily mastered sewing skills, minimal pattern pieces, and fabulous designs. And the best part? Readers will end up with a sparkling wardrobe of easy-to-wear, fun-to-style dresses that will fill busy modern lives with retro charm.
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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