The surface you draw or paint on impacts everything in your artwork, from its texture and brightness to colour and durability. Artist Toolbox: Surfaces & Supports covers the drawing and painting surfaces and supports that all artists should know. You'll learn the basics and finer points of working on:
You'll also learn useful tips and techniques for preparing supports to receive media, see how to work with different media on each support and discover the most effective way to protect your finished artwork.$19.99
From being spray-painted onto walls and trains, to enjoying acclaim in galleries and museums, the graffiti movement has changed. Far from being viewed as mindless vandalism, graffiti, or urban street art, has become prized as a highly valued and socially relevant art form.
The book presents 38 of the most influential and pioneering urban artists from around the world who have driven this transformation, exploring their mediums, methods and backgrounds, and why they've chosen to challenge classical ideas of art to convey messages about urban culture. From well-known names such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Blek le Rat to superstars of the underground movement, these are artists who have moved far away from the cliched lettering and tags to develop individual styles that reflect and critique modern life.
Urban Art Legends is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to learn more about this vibrant, exciting and constantly evolving art form.$34.99$14.99
Jean Haines leads you on an exciting journey through painting. Not just a book for artists, this is for anyone looking for a way of enhancing their life and mood through paint. It’s also a way into art for people who have never painted and may even have been told they 'can’t paint’ at an early age. If you love the idea of sitting down and playing with colour and paint as a distraction from the stresses of modern life, then this is the book for you!
All of Jean’s books have promoted the life-enhancing effects of painting, and this is especially relevant in Paint Yourself Positive. It will encourage you to take up painting as a wonderful hobby that can transform your life.
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You don't need pottery classes, or even a kiln to glaze your creations – you can make gorgeous items quickly and easily by painting plain, shop-bought ceramic items and baking them in a domestic oven.
With 22 colourful projects to make, there are decorative plates, bowls, cups and pots, vases, a lamp and even earrings and a necklace. With simple techniques to follow, all explained in clear and simple terms, you just need a few brushes, some ceramic paints and some plain pottery and away you go!
If you love painted ceramics, patterns and making little gifts this book is for you!
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The Grown-Up’s Guide to Making Art with Kids features drawing tutorials, interactive pages and projects that will teach children and adults to draw and paint fun, simple subjects like unicorns, pets, flowers and more.
The book’s artwork is colourful, approachable and done using ordinary, easily available art tools, including markers, crayons, colored pencils and acrylic paint. In addition to drawing lessons, the book also includes projects and ideas for using artwork created from the prompts to make crafts, including a map, pop-up art and paper dolls. The book teaches valuable drawing, painting and crafting skills to both kids and adults, inspires creativity and encourages family togetherness. What better way to avoid screen time than by drawing, painting and creating together with your kids?$17.99
The Organic Painter introduces innovative techniques for using non-traditional 'paint' derived from materials like coffee, tea and alcohol, to encourage freedom and expression! With a little guidance, you'll soon be painting with everyday materials you'd never considered as an artistic medium.
This inspiring book gives you all the techniques and ideas you'll need to boost your creativity, learn natural paint-making and be more resourceful with your art materials. Each project comes with instructions on how to make the paint, and also includes experiments and explorations for you to try. Plus, a simple painting accompanies each featured material and combines it with other materials or techniques, so you'll never lack inspiration.$32.99
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
Ten 17th century writers described the pigments in use in their countries – England, Sweden, Flanders, France, Spain and Italy. The theme of their treatises was studio practice and the pigments were discussed as they were set on the palette.
Surprisingly, the method was the same – from light to dark, white to black. The 17th century palette was an international palette comprising just over 100 pigments.
This book will be of interest to art historians, collectors, students, conservators and museum-goers.$37.99
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.
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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
A compendium of information, inspiration, new ideas and techniques for mixed-media painting and surface design.
Includes 20 chapters filled to the brim with mixed-media techniques and ideas for painting on more than 35 unique art surfaces, from metal of different types, cast acrylic and resin, to stone, wax, specialty papers, found objects and much more. For each art surface, gather helpful tips and techniques for preparing it, as well as various ways to embellish the surface with different mediums.
Step-by-step instructions and illustrative images not only help clarify the techniques shown, but also provide mixed-media inspiration to help you get your creative juices flowing. In Alternative Art Surfaces you'll find:
- 100+ surface design techniques for working on over 35 unique art surfaces
- 125+ tips for troubleshooting, preparing your surfaces, finishing and mounting your art, and taking your art to the next level
- Over 50 finished pieces of art showcasing the surfaces and techniques, and providing mixed-media inspiration
Anywhere, Anytime Art: Gouache explores this medium in a portable, approachable and contemporary way.
Basic painting topics, such as tools and materials, techniques and colour theory, are presented in an easy-to-read, visual style. The subsequent step-by-step projects focus on various subjects that artists can find anywhere, whether they're home or out and about. Artists can learn to paint their favourite things, including plants, flowers, cats, patterns and more.
The book is filled with vibrant, colourful artwork that's sure to inspire any artist to give gouache a try and get out there and paint!$19.99
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
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
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 Chinese Brush Painting is an excellent way for newcomers to experience this ancient Chinese art form.
The book introduces traditional Chinese ink painting techniques developed over a thousand years ago. In 35 beginner to intermediate lessons, readers will learn to paint towering landscapes; the elegant Four Generals: bamboo, orchid, plum blossom and chrysanthemum; rugged, steadfast pine; animals from the Chinese Zodiac; and basic strokes used in Chinese calligraphy.
The book includes an introduction to the Chinese ink painting tradition and detailed discussion of brushes, paper and other tools and accessories. The lessons are instructive for artists at any level of expertise but are directed to the dedicated beginner.$19.99
If you love painting with watercolour and are ready to experiment with something different, then the versatile medium of gouache could be just the thing for you. Gouache is water-based, quick-drying and, can be painted light over dark as well as dark over light. Ideal for the beginner, it can be used thinly in a watercolour style, or more thickly as with oils or acrylics.
This guide covers all the materials and tools required and has a comprehensive techniques section that includes overlaying colours, colour blending and troubleshooting.
Experienced author Jeremy Ford takes you through three simple, step-by-step projects, each showcasing a unique style of painting with gouache. Numerous finished paintings are included to demonstrate the range of subjects, styles and techniques that you can achieve, and encourage you to develop your own style of painting using this exciting medium.
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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.
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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
Horses & Ponies makes the art of drawing and painting this evergreen art subject accessible and easy for everyone.
Including more than 50 step-by-step projects of a wide range of horses and ponies, beginning artists will learn the basics of working with graphite and coloured pencil; acrylic, oil, and watercolour; pastel; and pen and ink. By experimenting with these different tools and techniques, artists will build their artistic skill level, discover their own unique style, and gain confidence in the process.
Filled with a combination of traditional and contemporary art styles, there is something for every aspiring fine artist desiring to master the craft. Tips for rendering details, an introduction to tools and materials, and an overview of techniques for each featured medium round out this helpful reference.$27.99