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With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites colourists of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea.
With intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, colour and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi and delicately penned seahorses, visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, and discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Basford fans and newcomers alike will delight in this creative journey into an inky new world.$24.99$14.99
Beautifully simple slim pants that will go with practically anything. These pants close with a side zipper for a streamlined look and easy sewing.
Version 1 is ankle length, with small in-seam pockets set into the waistband.
Version 2 is cropped just below mid-calf.
Skill Level: Beginner
Multi-sized from 0 to 18$29.00
Award-winning garden designer Stephen Woodhams demonstrates how to make the most of any outside space, whether it is a typical urban garden, exposed roof terrace or shady courtyard.
Drawing on his many years of experience designing gardens of all sizes in different climates around the world, Stephen shares his expertise and offers clever design solutions for all types of outdoor spaces in a range of styles. Illustrated with inspiring photographs, plans and three-dimensional visuals of some of his practice's most celebrated projects, Stephen gives advice on everything from conceiving a scheme and planning the layout to choosing surfaces, materials and furnishings that will make your garden an extension of your home that can be enjoyed all year.
There are ideas for devising planting schemes that will provide colour, texture and scent through the seasons, and advice on how to make your garden environmentally friendly and create points of interest with arches, water features and other structures. There are also many techniques for using scale and proportion to create the illusion of greater volume.
Case studies offer detailed insights into exemplary garden layouts, design choices and planting plans, illustrating clever solutions for incorporating all your requirements into your outside space.$54.99
Paper flowers are cropping up everywhere, taking centre stage in upmarket window displays and bringing colour to weddings. They make a great impact, and offer an uplifting hit of colour at times when real flowers are scarce or too expensive. Best of all, they're easy and enjoyable to make.
100 Simple Paper Flowers shows you how to put together dozens of ideas. With templates and projects, discover how a handful of techniques can work across the board, whether you want a bunch of daisies for your desk or an outsize bouquet of lilies for an event.$27.99
Anyone who has ever hankered after a country retreat in which to escape their cares and worries can have one, if only in 1/12 scale.
In her superbly presented book Christine-Léa Frisoni explains how to make a beautiful miniature French country house. Dressed in an elegant style of faded grandeur, the dolls house is full of period features and exhibits plenty of vintage appeal. It will delight all those who love the shabby chic as well as appreciate the antique.
Having made the dolls house, she explains how to build up the wall panels to provide deep recesses, fancy panelling and wall niches to add character – ideas that can be translated to any existing dolls house. Additional features include:
- Instructions to make a range of French-style furniture, fittings and even flowers are included: chairs, a folding screen, ornate light sconces, fireplaces, dressing tables and window dressing right down to the kitchen sink
- Examples of other miniature rooms guaranteed to delight the reader
- A gallery of other doll's houses at the end of the book to inspire
Art students and hobbyists will find reliable answers from experienced professionals about texture and tone, creating reflections in water, contrasting light and shadow, blending and smudging, framing and mounting, and much more.
More than 100 instructive colour illustrations come with step-by-step tips and methods that teach artistic skills and improve on the reader's previously acquired techniques. The practical and sturdy Flexibinding covers make the book ideal both for studio use and for carrying along on field trips.$24.99$14.99