Basic Color Theory introduces beginning artists to the elementary concepts related to the colour wheel, colour relationships and incorporating colour in artwork.
The book demonstrates the colour wheel at work and covers all the essentials, including complementary, primary, secondary and tertiary colours; hue, saturation and value; colour mood, temperature and schemes: and how to create a colour chart. Each concept is clearly explained in easy-to-comprehend language. Also included are step-by-step tutorials, as well as techniques for basic colour mixing in different mediums.$16.99
With Painted Botanical Collage, artists of all skill levels will learn to create lifelike botanical artwork – featuring flowers, succulents and herbs – using painted background papers and elegant collage techniques.
This guide takes you step-by-step through creating mixed-media painted papers, then using them – along with tissue paper, art papers and found paper, such as magazines – to create perfect collage materials. Cut these decorative papers into plant and flower parts to assemble your designs, adding details using various media.
Includes instruction on creating flowers, cacti, succulents, leaves and other popular botanicals – over 30 beautiful designs in all.$29.99
Learn the core concepts and techniques for mixing any colour your palette needs! Perfect for aspiring, beginning, and intermediate artists, the concept- and technique-driven approach makes this challenging subject approachable for artists of any skill level.
Loaded with techniques on how to use and create colour for vivid artwork, Beginning Color Mixing explains every key aspect of colour mixing. You’ll see basic colour theory, hue and saturation, value, temperature, and colour relationships and learn to wield colour to create mood and atmosphere.
Each key concept is clearly explained, allowing you to master the core techniques and put them into practice immediately whether you’re working in oil, acrylic or watercolour. Featuring plenty of step-by-step exercises and expert instruction, this is a resource no painter’s library should be without.$27.99
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$19.99
Take a mixed-media journey to the very heart of your creativity! The Painted Art Journal opens doors to your most personal and authentic art yet. Twenty-four inventive, step-by-step prompts help you to:
- Set the scene for making art – from establishing rituals that unlock creativity to curating a personal storyboard
- Draw inspiration from photos, typography, sketches, childhood memories, quotes and more
- Shape your story with timelines, gathered-word poetry and simple approaches to portraits
- Express yourself through an exciting range of mixed-media techniques, using everything from pen and ink, markers and watercolour to image transfers, printmaking with linocuts, acrylic and collage
This 52-week calendar and sticker set guides aspiring artists as they learn about, plan for, engage in and nurture their creative practice. Your art journey opens with guidance on basic hand lettering and writing techniques, mark-making in pencil, pen and marker, working with colour and handling watercolour and acrylic paints.
The weekly format makes it easy to start your creative year at any time. Each week offers 2 to 3 mini-exercises, and basic art techniques, like drawing a simple flower or painting a landscape in watercolour. Plus, this motivational planner includes 500 stickers to encourage you to Take Quiet Time, Make an Art Date, and Explore Something New.$19.99
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
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
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!
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
Parents and children alike will delight in her easy-to-explore art adventures which guide the readers while encouraging them to find their own artistic voice. Inside and out-of doors, 'Art For All Seasons' is the perfect choice any time of year.$43.99
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 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