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Landscapes in Acrylic teaches aspiring artists everything they need to know to get started painting beautiful landscapes in acrylic. From choosing paper and brushes to painting techniques, composition, and development, it is bursting with valuable skills and lessons to help beginning artists master this approachable medium.
Talented artist Tom Shropshire guides readers through an exploration of painting classic landscapes in acrylic, covering basic painting concepts and techniques, including rendering realistic textures. Building on these basic techniques, artists can practice their craft with step-by-step projects that cover a variety of landscapes, including a waterfall, a spring storm and a classic winter scene.
With comprehensive instruction and artist tips and tricks, this is the perfect resource for beginning acrylic artists.$14.99
With limited space and time to care for plants, it is important to be selective. 1001 Plants You Must Grow Before You Die features species suitable for the smallest spaces, from windowsills to yards. There are also selections to provide seasonal interest in a suburban plot, as well as tasty edibles for vegetable patches and herb gardens. It will steer you through the hype of marketing to find the most rewarding plants – and, along the way, you'll discover what characteristics to look for when choosing varieties.
The selected plants delight the senses. Edibles produce ripe fruits, tender vegetables, or fresh herbs. Ornamental plants provide beauty in flower, foliage colour, or evocative scents. Some have a pleasing architectural shape or a contrast in texture - from sharp spines on cacti to leaves so soft you can stroke them. Other entries concern suriosities of the plant world that make great talking points.
The flowers, tress and herbs are selected by an expert team of garden writers and plant lovers – but with the home gardener in mind. The book is the equivalent of a knowledgeable friend on hand for when you browse garden centres or search online for seeds and plants. Some of the 1001 are quick to delight; others look after themselves year on year. A further few present rewarding challenges.$39.99
A clear, comprehensive guide to colour mixing for the artist using oil paints.
It begins with simple colour theory and a colour wheel, with a template provided so that readers can paint their own; a vital step towards understanding colour. There is vividly illustrated guidance on complementary, warm and cool colours, colour tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and factoring in local colour. There follows an array of essential colour mixes using widely available Winsor & Newton colours.
A beautifully presented and practical guide to understanding and mixing colours.
Look inside the book.$19.99
Use the special guides in this book to doodle your own Mandalas and then colour them in. It's easy, fun and challenging – the designs get more complex as you work your way through the book! At the back of this book there are some extra templates so that you can design and doodle mandalas of your own. You can colour or stipple your designs when they are complete.
Start in the middle, using the dots and circular guides to form the shapes, and work outwards to build your Mandala. There are endless design possibilities. Use our examples to copy, or create beautiful shapes of your own.$16.99
Using just a few simple sewing techniques, discover the easy way to create fun and stylish outfits for young children (0–5 years). By combining a few easy-to-learn stitches with great fabrics and trims, expert seamstress Emma Hardy explains how to make beautiful yet practical clothes for your children.
Choose from 25 different projects, including party frocks and pinafore dresses, simple shirts and elasticated trousers, sleepwear and accessories, such as hats, bibs, bootees and aprons. There are clothes for young boys and girls, toddlers and babies, plus full-size paper patterns that can easily be scaled to suit different ages.
Packed with useful tips and sewing techniques, Making Children's Clothes provides a comprehensive guide to creating fantastic items that your child will love to wear.$29.99$14.99
Arne and Carlos, the innovative knitting designers, have now created a wonderful collection of cute and cuddly knits, all in their own inimitable style.
With the emphasis placed very firmly on having fun, the dynamic duo provide easy-to-follow patterns for knitted eggs, bunnies, chicks and rabbits, all based on traditional Scandinavian designs. All the projects are quick and easy to make and can be used to decorate the home or to give away as gifts (if you can bear to part with them).
Suitable for adults as well as children, you will be enthralled and delighted by the range of projects in the book, all accompanied by fabulous photos, and you will not fail to find something that you just have to knit.$24.99