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Geoff Kersey shows people who have never picked up a paintbrush how to paint convincing watercolour landscapes using just three colours, three brushes, a plastic palette and a watercolour pad. There is no colour theory or long-winded mixing information to put off the first-time painter, but a practical absolute beginner's course that shows the three colours in action.
Starting from the simplest of scenes, he builds skills through nine easy exercises, resulting in landscapes to be proud of. Start with a simple sky and progress through a basic scene with a reflected sunset, to landscapes that include simple buildings and even a figure. Clear advice and step-by-step photographs offer everything needed to get painting.
Look inside the book.$23.99
If you want to sew your own clothes but are put off by the idea of cutting out pattern pieces covered with dotted lines and symbols, this is the book for you.
Using Rosie Martin's innovative method, you begin with nothing but a rectangle, circle or triangle of fabric and some basic body measurements. Next, follow the detailed step-by-step photographs and diagrams to complete your garment. You'll need a sewing machine, but no special equipment or expensive fabrics.
With plenty of variations suggested, you can play with the designs to make garments exactly the way you want them.$39.99
This book represents amazing value, comprising 100 projects compiled from best-selling sugarcraft authors. It covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas decorations, dogs, brides and grooms, flowers, shoes, bags and animals, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. The tools and materials used are widely available from major craft stores and are relatively inexpensive.
Sugarcraft is an easy craft to learn and the techniques used in this book are simple enough for beginners to master quickly and easily. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as cake decorations for special occasions and celebrations, or as gifts for family and friends.
Look inside the book.$34.99
This outfit features a slip and a crop top with interesting details both front and back.
Use light fabric for the slop. A medium weight fabric is best for the crop.
Sizes XS – 2XL
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.$26.00
Crayons aren't just for kids anymore! Sculptors use them whole, bundling thousands of crayons to create environmental and installation-size sculptures. Carvers pierce and reshape crayons with scalpels, turning them into mini totems, helixes and portrait busts. Textile designers take advantage of the medium's 120 shades of wax to create brilliant batik fabrics. Landscape and still-life artists layer crayon shades in works on paper that rival paintings in their subtlety and depth. What will you do?!
The Art of Crayon will guide you through a gallery of works by contemporary artists who use crayons as a diverse and dynamic medium. Each chapter includes a specific style of crayon artwork, complete with engaging projects to help you learn different techniques. From sculpture, to carving, to melted wax and drawing, you'll soon become a master crayon artist!$29.99
A fabulous book showing inspirational shots, behind-the-scenes photographs, sketches and prints from fashion designer Matthew Williamson's 20-year archive.
The book features 16 drawings of his prints for you to colour in yourself which are printed on sturdy paper suitable for mounting. Each print has a full-colour example the actual garment displayed that you may choose to use for guidance.$24.99