Soraya French encourages you to experiment with mixing media and to create more adventurous paintings and broaden your artistic horizons using acrylics, pastels and collage. She shows how to bring the best out of mixing these media with handy tips, some simple projects and several step-by-step demonstrations. The book features:
- Seasonal chapters, with each section dealing with the colours, shapes, patterns and textures particular to each season
- Information on mixing colours relevant to each season
- Interesting ways of painting flowers and other details of nature, how to create exciting compositions and how to add architectural aspects within the landscape
- Figures may be added in order to animate the composition and create a narrative
Doodling is really just mark making ... marks that happen when you are otherwise occupied. These intuitive marks that flow from you naturally while you are doodling are an expression of your true style, like your handwriting. This book looks at our doodles as resources; treasures from which we can create full-sized paintings. Even if you don't consider yourself a doodler, the exercises and techniques in this book will give you a fun way to tap into your personal style, the voice that comes from deep inside.
Through the exercises in this book, you will dig into your creative life to find a style that is authentically yours. The invitation starts with a pencil as you work through automatic and specific doodle assignments. Eventually, you will learn how to size up and combine these doodles into larger compositions. Then, you will begin mixing it up with watercolour paints and, finally, with acrylic paints.$27.99
Apart from stimulating the world's most important creative minds, the pencil has become the modern creative's ultimate fetish.
This book presents a unique collection of close-up pictures of pencils from some of our foremost artists, designers, writers, architects and musicians. What makes these pictures compelling is the fact that they somehow reflect the creative personalities of their owners: Philippe Starck's is a stylish black and red, Paul Smith's is a classic jewel-like thing worth £3,000 (a present from Jonathan Ive), while Anish Kapoor's is sculpted into a mini ArcelorMittal Orbital tower.
The pictures are complemented by material such as sketches, quotes and brief interviews, giving a further insight into the workings of these great creative minds.$19.99
For author Flora Bowley, making art and expressing herself creatively have always served as potent forms of personal evolution and holistic healing. Creative Revolution is the culmination of Flora's life's work as an artist, offering guidance for others to embrace their authentic selves through paint.
The book is the next best thing to taking a course from Flora and readers will gain a deeper connection to their intuition, increased confidence to make bolder choices, freedom to let go and explore various options, an understanding that everything is transformable, the trust that it will all work out in the end and a renewed sense that creating can be fun and playful.$29.99
Once Upon a Colorful Canvas offers something completely new, a stunning and delightful visual journey of discovery!
Readers are treated to a simple yet sophisticated look and learn approach to learning to paint by the brilliant and dazzling artist Kindah Khalidy. As she shares insights into the artistic process, Khalidy's playful compositions and clever visual clues illuminate various approaches to the art form, spark ideas for creativity and encourage aspiring artists to take risks, allowing space for unexpected and sometimes wonderful accidents to occur.
A hardcover case holds the 112-page paperback book two canvases to paint on.$29.99
Folk Art Fusion explores the colourful combination of art styles present in modern folk art paintings.
Learn how traditional folk art continues to influence today's painters, and discover how to create contemporary folk-art paintings with approachable, step-by-step projects featuring traditional subjects painted with creative techniques and popular style, including flowers, animals, architecture, sugar skulls, portraits and more.
Colourful, contemporary and inspirational, this book enables artists of all skill levels to discover the joy of creating modern, globally-inspired art in this time-treasured genre.$27.99
Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks. Roger A. Caras, Animal Welfare Activist
1000 Dog Portraits is a compilation of quirky, fun, fanatical illustrations, paintings, collages and drawings from designers and artists around the globe. From hounds to herding dogs, and mutts to terriers, there is a diverse range of artistic renditions from naïve and abstract to traditional portraiture.
Artist and designer Robynne Raye curates this collection that is a study guide on style for the budding artist as well as a book of inspiration to the practicing professional. There's even a chapter called, "How Many Ways Can You Draw A Beagle?" showing the myriad of ways an artist can depict a single breed of dog.$29.99
Dawn Sokol features more than 1000 new, captivating pages from artists across the globe.
Lists of techniques and materials used for each page, plus behind-the-scenes interviews, give readers a glimpse inside the minds of new and established artists, making this a stimulating compilation sure to inspire beginners and seasoned art journalers alike.$29.99$17.99
This step-by-step resource updates traditional botanical paintings, adding an elegant, modern flair to flower portraiture.
Each chapter offers case studies, close-up details, and explanations of various styling techniques and finishing methods that give more than 30 flower portraits an organic feel, emphasizing their botanical nature.
Includes tips for buying the best materials for successful results as well as basic brushstroke and surface techniques-such as wet-into-wet, colour blending, lifting out, layering glazes and dry brushing.$46.99
Would you love to take your art in a new direction?
In Abstract Art Painting, you will enter a realm of tactile, intuitive excitement, combining pastel and acrylic to achieve results as unique as you are. You'll learn how to explore the use of colour theory in abstraction and to use underpainting to bring structure and depth to your art.
In addition you'll begin to understand how to work in a series and how this can help you develop your own personal style.$34.99
Learn to create vibrant abstract art that reflects the variety of the four seasons.
Waltraud Nawratil shows you how to combine a love for nature with a passion for expressive painting. It is divided into helpful sections to teach the reader how to use acrylics, watercolours or airbrushing, as well as natural materials such as sand, bark and leaves, to create captivating pictures full of colour and vitality.
There is a wealth of stunning abstract pieces by Waltraud which will provide inspiration for more experience painters as well as the beginner. The book covers the variations through all seasons, teaching the reader to see the natural world with creativity and a fresh new perspective.
Look inside the book.$34.99
Where do you find inspiration for an abstract painting? How do you start? What materials should you use? Are composition and perspective important?
These questions and others are answered in detail in this impressive book, with a clarity that guarantees success. Whether you want to purely abstract your ideas, thoughts and feelings into colour and mood, or whether you want to base your pictures on subjects that interest you, such as landscapes, flowers, or music, you will find much to guide and fascinate you here.
Rolina Van Vliet is an enthusiastic teacher, and she offers a brilliant insight into what makes good paintings, with 50 stunning projects, each accompanied by expert tips and a full palette of exciting and fun techniques. With help on what materials to use and how to use them, she includes many photographs illustrating different ways to create smooth, textured, collaged, vibrant, powerful and atmospheric abstract art.
Beginners will love the way Rolina encourages experimentation and more experienced artists will find much here to inspire them.$34.99
Abstracts: Techniques and Textures takes a more in-depth look at the practical nature of abstract art. With a detailed explanation of the technical aspects of painting, it covers figurative elements, composition and construction work specifically.
This is a comprehensive handbook for amateurs, professionals, teachers and students alike to learn the intricacies of painting abstracts. It features 50 studies detailing dozens of techniques and textures readers can use to practise achieving abstract and non-figurative painting.
The book also includes more than 350 selected images to inspire and guide the reader's eye.$34.99
Adventures in Mixed Media Art is a guidebook for beginning your mixed-media adventure. Starting with a few motivational readings, not only will you harness the creative energy you already have, you'll also learn how to keep that energy flowing.
Then it's time to jump right in by creating an art journal using guided mixed-media techniques. This journal will be the ideal place to practice your hand lettering, and basic painting and collage techniques. When you're ready, you'll move outside the journal to create canvas paintings, collages and assemblage pieces.
- 20 mixed-media projects
- Learn techniques such as hand lettering, embossing, mark making, mixed-media portrait painting and more
- Upcycle your less-than-stellar pieces into pieces you'll be proud to display!
Kickstart your art journaling journey today! With back-to-back journal pages from more than 100 art journaling enthusiasts, you'll embark on an exploration filled with top-notch techniques and the kind of journal fodder that your artistic soul has been craving.
- 140+ original art journal pages
- Dozens of journaling prompts
- Time-tested advice
- Unbelievable inspiration
- Mixed-media secrets
- Funky materials
Let your art journaling transformation begin today as you uncover the simple strategies that will take you to the next level in your artistic journey.$39.99
Art Journey Animals is a soulful and beautiful showcase of inspiring animal and wildlife paintings and drawings. More than 100 hand-selected drawings and paintings by a wide variety of top contemporary artists have been carefully curated to capture the wonder of nature, from the family room to the farm and the sea to the savanna.
This gorgeous, oversized full-color book, includes observations into the texture, innovation, style and significance of each piece. Accompanying in-depth interviews with the artists offer meaningful insights into nature, the creative process and the human condition.$85.00
This book is a stunning volume of more than 100 award-winning abstract works showcasing the colourful and expressive nature of contemporary abstract art.
Pieces have been hand-selected from the Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 competitions and The Artist's Magazine's annual competitions, hard-bound to provide years of beauty and enjoyment. Each painting is accompanied by an insightful critique from the artist. You may discover oil painting tips, watercolour techniques, details about creative process, artistic inspiration and revelations on why abstraction is an important art form.$85.00
Covering a tantalizing range of styles, these works illustrate the many ways today's best artists choreograph shape, value, line texture and colour into compositions that create drama, tell a story and pull the viewer in.
Featuring unusual perspectives, enticing contrasts and other dynamic design elements, Art Journey: Portraits & Figures delivers fresh inspiration for artists of every skill level and medium.
- Art and inspiration from 109 contemporary artists working in charcoal, pencil, pastel, coloured pencil, scratchboard, pen and ink, and more
- 107 masterful works – the best in portraiture and figure work – demonstrating a wonderful diversity of styles
- Expert tips and advice and insights into the stories behind art
This is the definitive instructional guide to the art of botanical illustration, published in association with The Society of Botanical Artists and featuring detailed step-by-step demonstrations by members of the Society.
This beautifully illustrated book covers all aspects of the subject and is an essential book for all serious students of botanical painting. The book includes useful information about materials, basic plant anatomy, flower and leaf shapes, and then explores the techniques for drawing and coloured pencil work, as well as painting with watercolour and gouache. Subjects include exotic and common plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers in the garden.
Packed with step-by-step demonstrations and stunning illustrations, this is an inspiring, practical guide, as well as a visual treat.$29.99
In The Art of Chalk, noted street painter Tracy Lee Stum takes an inspiring look at the many exciting creative applications for this easily accessible medium. With a historic overview of chalk's origins as an art medium, and how its artistic uses have evolved over the centuries, this book is a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to get creative with this time-honored art medium.
Featuring the impressive work of some of today's most prominent artists and designers, The Art of Chalk explores helpful and inspiring techniques used in typography and lettering, fine art and the intricate, elaborate and mind-bending chalk designs known as street art. In the resources section, you'll even find a detailed listing of chalk festivals held around the world.$29.99
The Art of Spray Paint showcases the grand and imaginative scale of spray paint art and design. Inside, you'll find jaw-dropping spray paint creations from around the world! You'll discover the process of each art form, as well as tricks of the trade, from small clever projects to huge art installations.
Much more than a book about "cool" spray paint designs, Lori Zimmer guides you through amazing large-scale art production, immersive environments, working from intuition, collaboration, the artist's role in society, alternative creative economies, contemporary mythology, storytelling, DIY projects and more. With such a readily available medium, what will you create?$29.99
In this beautiful book, Naomi Okamoto passes on her experience and knowledge of Sumi-e – traditional Japanese ink painting that uses only ink, white space and simple brushstrokes to capture the essence of an object, person, animal or scene.
With her deep understanding of both the technical and spiritual aspects of this ancient art, she guides the reader expertly through the materials required and the techniques involved, successfully conveying as she does so the cultural and historical background to this exquisite artform. There are numerous ink paintings and simple exercises throughout, making this book ideal for anyone wishing to acquire the skills associated with Sumi-e, as well as an understanding of the philosophy behind it.
Look inside the book.$42.99
Art on the Rocks offers a colourful, modern approach to rock painting by taking artists and crafters through a dynamic exploration of numerous techniques and projects that both inspire and teach the art of creating beautiful painted stones.
Following a comprehensive overview of the craft, including a review of the tools and materials, as well as how to gather and prep stones, three talented rock-painting artists demonstrate a range of contemporary techniques and 25 fun step-by-step tutorials that demonstrate how to create a variety of painted stones featuring patterns, dots, animals, mandalas, nature motifs and more. Each project includes easy-to-follow instructions and invites creativity and originality, encouraging readers to customize the projects to their own taste.
Packed with creative ideas, loads of tips, and endless inspiration, Art on the Rocks makes a wonderful addition to any artist or crafter's bookshelf.$27.99
Designed for beginning artists, Art Studio: Dogs combines a variety of step-by-step art projects, including drawing, painting, mixed media and more, to help you transform your love of animals into fine art.
Opening with a helpful overview of basic tools, materials and techniques, the book then dives into more than 50 step-by-step projects to help artists get started drawing and painting animals in any medium. With helpful tips, techniques and methods for creating animal artwork in a variety of artistic styles, the book helps artists of any skill level find inspiration, explore different tools and materials, and have fun in the process.$27.99
Designed for beginning artists, Art Studio: Flowers combines a variety of step-by-step art projects, including drawing, painting, mixed media and more, to help you transform your love of flowers into fine art.
Opening with a helpful overview of basic tools, materials and techniques, the book then dives into more than 50 step-by-step projects to help artists get started drawing and painting flowers in any medium. With helpful tips, techniques and methods for creating floral artwork in a variety of artistic styles, the book helps artists of any skill level find inspiration, explore different tools and materials, and have fun in the process.$27.99
In Artist Toolbox: Color, painters will learn how to create impactful work with an understanding of basic colour theory. Topics include the colour wheel, hue, saturation, value, temperature, relativity, colour relationships and colour mixing.
Artists will learn how colour captures mood and helps communicate meaning as well as how to use colour to create personal, expressive works of art. Step-by-step projects and accessible technique demonstrations show colour theory in action, making this book a useful reference for any beginning artist's library.$19.99