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Many novice artists are intimidated by the prospect of trawling through very technical drawing books, especially given our busy day-to-day lives. Five-Minute Watercolour is a handy companion as you explore your artistic potential by sketching in watercolour - in five minutes you can produce a great painting that you'll be proud to keep and share. Discover 55 bitesize exercises, written in jargon-free language, to help you make watercolour painting a part of your day. Starting with advice on the basic supplies you will need, professional urban watercolour artist Samantha Nielsen takes you through all the techniques required to begin and pursue your creative journey - from brush control to using warm and cool colours, followed by advice on implementing these techniques such as painting skies, seascapes or people. Samantha then helps you take it further by showing you how to capture movement and create depth. Every spread in the book features five expert tips and ideas, as well as examples of amazing five-minute watercolour sketches to inspire you. For new and aspiring artists everywhere who've dreamt of making art a part of their working lives, this pocket book is perfect for you.
As Picasso said: 'It took me a lifetime to Paint Like a Child'. Raw Drawing is not an art class - it is a unique philosophy and a practical resource that teaches you how to draw spontaneously and creatively without any inhibition. Learn how to use signs, lines and shapes to create a new visual language. It's a non-judgmental technique to help you visualize your thoughts, express your emotions, develop your ideas and, why not, relax with a pen or pencil. Since he launched the Raw Drawing initiative in 2017, Italian artist Alessandro Bonaccorsi has given dozens of courses across Italy, helping people expand their creativity. This book brings together all of Alessandro's core teachings, making the power and creativity of raw drawing accessible to everyone. The book is recommended for those over 14 years of age, who are open to let themselves become children again and draw with a carefree mind. Use Raw Drawing to get closer to the heart of things, and learn to appreciate the beauty of the spontaneous.
Transform your home with this collection of beautiful crocheted homewares by talented crochet designer and blogger Emma Lamb. Choose from 20 different projects to prettify your home such as gorgeous flower garlands, vintage inspired blankets and throws, and delightful doilies and cushions. Talented designer Emma Lamb brings her unique style and eye for design to this stunning collection of contemporary crochet projects. Whether you are new to crochet or an experienced stitcher looking for wonderful new project ideas, this book is sure to appeal. Emma's technique for combining colours and subtle but stunning designs makes these projects stand out from other crochet titles. Includes techniques and crochet charts as well crochet patterns.
Happy, bold, and whimsical! Sew house-themed quilts to welcome you home. Best-selling author Erica Kaprow shares three new medallion quilts with playful pieced backgrounds and perky applique. Using a mix of cotton and wool fabrics, you'll hand stitch houses, flowers, vines, and more. Basic applique instructions and full-size patterns are included. With each border, you'll fall more in love with the these textural quilts infused with colour!
Hotties, hunks, heartthrobs, beefcakes, dreamboats, studs. It doesn't matter what you call them, all that matters is that they make your eyes water with joyous delight. Well, Swoon has all that in spades. Swoon is the perfect gift for that person in your life who daydreams of stroking Jude Law's tight torso or Brad Pitt's perfect face. And now they can! With a pen! So, get your felt-tips ready and colour in Ryan Gosling's sultry face, George Clooney's silver hair, Harry Styles' dreamy eyes and, deep breath, Bradley Cooper's bufftastic abs ... as well as many, many others! Swoon will have you weak at the knees as your pens caress the chiseled features of 60 of your favourite pieces of manly eye candy. From Aaron Paul to Zac Efron, modern day hotties to brooding beefcakes of yesteryear; all the guys are barely contained (and clothed) within this book and can't wait for you to come give them a damn good colouring in. So, what are you waiting for?
"Charming book for creative types who find a blank page a little too overwhelming." - The Guardian "In her charming journal-cum sketchbook, Matilda Tristram inspires us to look at the everyday things in life in a new way. As well as encouraging us to explore the extraordinary in the ordinary, she also provides guidance, insights, tips and inspiration." - Flow Magazine "If you've ever struggled with the enormous pressure that a blank page or canvas demands of you then Matilda's 'My Year in Small Drawings' is just the ticket to ease you back into the joys of drawing or help you have a go for the very first time! "Whether you're on the train to work, in the park on your lunch break or people watching at your local coffee shop, Matilda's book will help you see the world through fresh eyes!" - The Big Draw. Explore the extraordinary in the ordinary with this charming visual diary like no other! Create and collect the small details around you and build up dozens of dinky drawings for your own uniquely personal record. From tangles of cables to window frames to tree buds, learn to see everyday things in a new way and explore their simple - and sometimes surprising - beauty by drawing them. With expert advice on how to simplify what we see; which pens and pencils to use; colour; and using perspective plus suggestions for drawing every day of the year, this is an opportunity to embrace your creativity and build up a unique and delightful personal sketch collection.
Clearly detailed diagrams and captions explain all the steps for an
entire year's worth of holiday projects -- from Chanukah dreidels
and a menorah with candles, to Passover pyramids and an image of
the Red Sea parting. Great for synagogues, schools, and homes, this
easy-to-follow guide offers beginning paperfolders a unique,
fun-filled way to celebrate Jewish culture. 24 models.
The latest volume in Collins & Brown's bestselling Ultimate series reveals all the techniques you need to begin make beautiful projects in paper. First, the chapter on tools, materials and basic techniques will help you decide what equipment you will need to get started, although for many of the techniques in the book, not much more is needed than paper, scissors and glue. Once you've got the basics covered, you will be amazed at the variety of paper techniques there are to explore. Various paper treatments are covered in Colouring, Decorating and Texturing. Learn how to make beautiful cards for family and friends in the Cardmaking chapter, and add a special personal touch to gifts by making your own Envelopes, Giftwrap and Gift Boxes. The Scrapbooking chapter is packed full of ideas on ways to preserve memories of trips and events. Decorative techniques can be found in the Papercutting and Origami chapters, and there is a final chapter on Other Papercrafts which includes techniques such as papier mache, decoupage, quilling and advice on the best ways to make your own paper.
In today's busy world, it can be difficult to find time to slow down and make time for the simple joy of making, so Clare Youngs has designed a wide range of beautiful and tempting projects to help you experience the pleasure and satisfaction that making something with your own hands can bring. The best thing about practising mindfulness through craft is that you have something tangible to show at the end, and you can start small with the coral reef-inspired embroidery hoops, or just by making pompoms and tassels to be added to the edge of a cushion or blanket. You can learn techniques such as block printing, punch needling, shibori dyeing, weaving, macrame and quilting, all of which encourage a mindful approach, and a way to experience a feeling of 'flow'. Make unique things for yourself and your home, using natural materials such as wool, cotton, linen and leather. Clare is a believer in making new things from old, using what you have and adapting old fabrics to counteract a throwaway society, and all her designs have a Scandinavian-inspired, modern aesthetic.
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.
150 All-time favourite crochet blocks brings together the classic patterns of the blocks that all avid crocheters love. Each block is categorized by skill level, a crochet chart and row-by-row instructions. A short description focusing on each block’s special features and characteristics has also been included. The crochet charts are large and colour coded to the crocheted sample. The chosen yarn palette will remind crafters why they fell in love with a particular block the first time around or, for newbies, it could be the start of a new life-long hobby.
Nourish your knitting skills with valuable information on plant-based
From soil to skein to finished project, working with plant-based fibers is a joy with PhotosyntheKnits--green thumb not required.
A fresh, fun and contemporary book of 100 DIY paper projects, with modern and quirky styling and smart, achievable ideas by talented designer-maker and regular Mollie Makes contributor Kirsty Neale. Paperie features a myriad of innovative ideas and easy-to-master papercraft techniques across a huge variety of popular themes. You'll find clever ideas for unique stationery, creative home decor, cute paper jewellery, inspiring wedding ideas, upcycled gifts and one-of-a-kind accessories. All the techniques are provided with simple step-by-step instructions and diagrams - including origami, stamping, stencilling, embossing, transfers, stitching on paper, collage, papercutting, decoupage, screen printing and papier mache. For those who can't wait to get started or who need an instant craft fix, the tear-out pages at the back of the book offer stunning patterned papers and templates that can be used to create some of the projects right away! Discover unique projects for: * Stationery - notebooks, clipboards, envelopes, greetings, gift wrap, calendars, business cards...* Parties - banners, garlands, masks, decorations, badges, crackers, hats, puppets...* Home - wall art, lighting, bowls, storage, vases, boxes, planters, maps, birdhouses, egg cups...* Accessories - shoes, necklaces, spectacles, cufflinks, buttons, beads, bracelets, bangles...* Wedding - pinatas, confetti, guest books, invites, flowers, favours, photobooth props...* Gifts - mobiles, phone cases, dolls, kites, pomanders, picture frames, portraits...and much, much more!
Explore the cartographic treasures of the British Library's extensive map archive, and add your own colour. Early maps are often much more highly decorated than our own, featuring fantastical drawings of real or imaginary people and animals that may or may not occupy unknown places. Medieval maps look very different to the maps of today. Significant places were given prominence and historical or religious events were frequently included. This new colouring book is packed with a series of fascinating hand drawn maps carefully selected from the extensive collection of the British Library, which includes charters and seals, medieval historical and iconic atlas' from Queen Mary I's personal collection and King George III's to detailed drawings from well-known artists such as Nicolas Sanson and William Hack. Each of the original maps is reproduced in colour, so that you can decide whether you prefer to choose your own colours, or to use the colours that the cartographer intended. With key facts about each of the maps, this is the perfect book for geography lovers, history buffs and colouring-in fanatics alike.
Step into a world of daring knights, brave princesses and fire breathing dragons! Bestselling origami artist Joel Stern has created this engaging new kit to spark children's imaginations and keep them playing happily for hours without a computer screen. The easy-to-follow instructions and colourful folding papers in My First Origami Fairy Tales Kit make it easy to create your favourite characters and use them to tell stories. Kids will have fun folding up the characters and applying dozens of fairy tale stickers to add finishing touches to their models. The characters can be moved around in front of the included story backdrops to re-enact classic stories or even to set off on brand new adventures! This kit includes: 36 folding sheets for 11 different characters that are easy for young kids to fold; 6 interchangeable story backdrops; Over 50 stickers to use in decorating the characters and backdrops; A full-colour book explaining the stories and showing you how to fold the models. The materials in this kit play up a child's own natural storytelling ability and imagination, using characters like the following: The chivalrous Knight who comes complete with a gleaming sword and a shield and a good thing, too, because a nasty Dragon awaits!; A fearless Princess who can sport any of four different dresses perfect for daily use around the castle, yet rugged enough to contend with a marauding Witch!; The crafty Gnome conjures up a brimming, glittering bag of gold, but a brutish Ogre is in hot pursuit to seize it!; A cunning Wolf spies on an unsuspecting Pig but let's hope Piggy has built his house with bricks to keep the Wolf out! This origami for kids kit is sure to inspire hours of play time, while also allowing kids to improve dexterity and learn about geometry (without them ever realizing it!) thanks to the practice of folding origami.
Colourful and contemporary embroidery for the modern stitcher. There's something magical about embroidery - some thread, some stitches, some time, and suddenly a plain piece of material is transformed into a picture, a pattern, or a piece of geometric art. Embroidery today is moving away from the traditional to the modern, with motifs including everything from cacti to crystals, simple white stitching on coloured cloth, decorative stitches on denim, and mandala patterns as wall art. Laura Strutt has designed 35 modern makes taking you from the simplest of stitches to more sophisticated techniques. Each make has full step-by-step instructions and there are coloured charts where needed for you to recreate the look exactly - but of course you can always choose your own colours if you prefer. With tips on everything from finishing pieces to colour theory, and a techniques section covering all the stitches you will need to know, you can hand-embroider any of these projects with confidence.
First Knits is a charming collection of 20 practical yet beautiful hand-knitted garments, toys and nursery accessories for novice and experienced knitters alike.
Established author and children's knitwear designer, Debbie Bliss, returns to what she knows best with this enchanting new book. Catering for all your baby's knitwear needs, First Knits includes everything from snuggly baby blankets, irresistible tops, cosy sweaters, a cute romper, little bootees and much more. Each project is knitted in classic yarns that are not only soft and gentle against young skin, but are also practical and easy to wash and care for.
To help even the most inexperienced knitters, each project includes key information on how to knit the key stitches that are featured throughout the designs. Debbie will guide you through the knitting basics and work up to the trickier double moss, feather, fan and rib stitches.
First Knits is the perfect project book for anyone looking to build on their knitting skills and create a wardrobe of contemporary knitwear for the baby or toddler in their life. Put your new crafting skills into practice or simply refresh your repertoire with this charming book.
Discover how to create odd and endearing one-of-a-kind creatures from all your old socks. Stray Sock Sewing blends lovable how-to projects with zany and whimsical narrative. A thorough basic techniques section breaks down the sewing essentials into easy to follow lessons. Eight full step-by-step projects show you how to use your new-found skills to make cute and cuddly creations such as the lotus kitty, sock pig and Indian elephant.
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