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Hand-stitched Landscapes and Flowers is a beautiful exploration of the potential of embroidery in depicting the natural world.
Katrina Witten uses no more than six simple stitches for each embroidery, plus delicate embellishments and an array of techniques and fabrics to portray pastoral scenes of fields, flowers and creatures with eye-catching three-dimensional effects. There are ten detailed projects to try, depicting, among others, a hedgerow, a bluebell-emblazoned woodland, sunflowers, a poppy field and a summer scene of buddleia, butterflies and bees.
Look inside the book.$47.99
Make Ink delves into the history of inkmaking and the science of distilling pigment from the natural world. Readers will learn how to forage for materials such as soot, rust, cigarette butts, peach pits and black walnut, then how to mix, test and transform these ingredients into rich, vibrant inks that are sensitive to both place and environment.
Organized by colour, and featuring lovely minimalist photography throughout, Make Ink combines science, art and craft to instil the basics of ink making and demonstrate the beauty and necessity of engaging with one of mankind’s oldest tools of communication.$39.99
Bookforms is a comprehensive guide for making books by hand with a focus on functionality in design.
Written by the experts at the Center for Book Arts in New York, this is all the instruction you need to craft by hand a comprehensive array of historic bookbinding styles from all over the world. Bookforms traces the functional roots of each structure, explains their appropriateness for various uses and provides projects for making an essential structure for each style of binding.
Topics covered include:
- Why books work: General bookbinding principles for functionality and what we can learn from the past
- What you need to know for planning a special book or embarking on an edition
- How materials affect function
Bookforms tackles a wide range of projects for all levels of bookbinders. You'll see everything from sewn and ticketed blank books and traditional western codex book forms, to scrapbooks and albums, Asian stab-sewn bindings, unusual structures and aesthetics/embellishments.$39.99
Dan Cooney will show you how to draw credible perspective from any point of view for your own stories, from creating convincing backgrounds to capturing the 'right' angle of the characters that inhabit your world.
It’s all here: the behaviour of light and its importance for drawing from imagination, the concepts of composition, visually engaging characters and environments, perspective (of course) and using references to create fantastic work from unique camera angles.
Discover everything you need to know about drawing perspective and bring your ideas to the drawing board with confidence, in this book that will inspire graphic novel artists and storytellers from beginners upwards.$36.99
Paper collage, also known as paper tearing, is an assemblage of paper in different sizes, forms and colours that heavily involves deconstruction and construction.
This book presents a unique philosophy and concepts based on traditional Chinese painting, elaborating deformation, exaggeration, generalization, simplification, scatter perspective and freehand brush style. It shows how to select the appropriate types of paper and colours, use appropriate techniques such as tearing, splitting, crumpling, pinching and folding to express your thoughts.
With practice, you will be able to develop your own stories and illustrate them through the art of paper collage.$34.99
Life is very busy on Alphabet Street. Open each page to see the shop fronts, then lift the flaps to peek inside each shop and the rooms above.
Who's buying a new suit? Who's painting a fox? And who has splashed himself with a hose? A fun and witty alphabet book that little ones will return to again and again.
Recommended for ages 3+.$24.99$21.99