• Colored Pencil Collage

    Discover the beautiful bits of nature all around you and learn unique ways to incorporate them into your mixed-media collages with the help of Colored Pencil Collage.

    You will learn all the basics you need to use coloured pencils in your nature paintings. Then you will practice creating and arranging appealing designs and compositions. Finally, the collage projects demonstrate mixed-media techniques for a variety of surfaces as well as featuring in-depth instruction for creating life-like nature drawings.

    • 28 lessons teach composition, design and coloured pencil techniques
    • 17 mixed-media projects
    • 21 drawing templates to help you get started

  • Contemporary Landscapes in Mixed Media

    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

  • Create Perfect Paintings

    Discover an innovative self-critique method that will empower you to answer the artist's most common questions, Now What? and Is it Finished? as you learn to identify and overcome painting issues faced by artists regardless of medium or style.

    With hundreds of insights, tips, illustrated techniques and ideas, Create Perfect Paintings shows you how to push your work to the next level by strengthening your perception, technical skills and visual thinking. Exercises and examples illustrate how to critique your own creations and then evaluate them step-by-step for further improvement. You will compare illustrations, and learn to identify and modify artistic choices – from negative space and colour ratio to controlling eye movement, depth and contrast – to see their impact and help you use them to the best effect in your work.

    What you'll find inside:

    • Section 1: Essentials Reviews and defines artistic terms and concepts
    • Section 2: Play Phase Shows you how to tap into your right brain.Learn to challenge the process and break habits to free your spirit and inspire variety in your art; also covers materials, tools and surfaces
    • Section 3: Critique Phase Introduces a groundbreaking method of contemporary critique called The Viewing Game a comprehensive, systematic and fun way to analyze, edit and enhance your paintings
    • Sections 4 and 5 Bonus sections explore how to resolve creative blocks, convey artistic messages, boost your personal style, display your work and turn painting into a career

  • Creating Abstract Art

    Creating Abstract Art unleashes the numerous possibilities that abound in your creative subconscious. Familiar obstacles such as "I don't know what to paint" or "How do I know if this is good?" are easily set aside as you explore fun exercises such as connecting dots, automatic drawing, shadow hunting, working with haiku poetry paintings and much more. So turn off the noise in your head, follow your own instincts and delight in what emerges!

    • 40 exercises exploring original ideas and inventive techniques for making abstract art
    • Projects can be done in any order and with nearly any materials – start working right away on any project that grabs your attention!
    • 50 contemporary artists share diverse work and viewpoints on the process of working abstractly

  • Creative Edge

    The Creative Edge invites you to go deeper into your observations and experiences following more than 25 techniques that will take your work in exciting new directions. You'll heighten your awareness of colour, texture and designs as you infuse your work with symbols and metaphors of special significance to you.

    At the end of each exercise, you'll experience the joy and satisfaction of creating an expressive finished piece that is uniquely your own. From the elements of visual language to the objects that eternally inspire us, each section of this transformative book focuses on a different artistic component or subject.

  • Creative Girl

    Creative Girl features art projects that teach you how to draw and paint your story using pencils, watercolour paints and simple mixed-media supplies.

    Danielle Donaldson shows you how to draw the pretty pictures from your imagination, infuse your art with delightful colour combinations and work through creative frustration with simple fixes. You'll learn how to paint with watercolour, tell visual stories with and without words and add depth with layers using mixed-media techniques and little details – all while finding inspiration and gaining confidence in your own artistic style. Draw, paint, layer and create!

    • More than 30 techniques and projects including drawing, painting and adding layers for artists and aspiring artists of all levels
    • Learn how do draw and paint figures such as creative girl, busy girl and tutu girl, then create your own girl to channel your story
    • Find even more inspiration in a gallery from the artist

  • Creative Strength Training

    Artists and athletes alike benefit from strength training. Building creative stamina takes encouragement, mentoring and regular practice. In Creative Strength Training, you'll discover powerful strategies that combine writing and hands-on art-making to overcome creative stumbling blocks, develop a unique voice and make creating art a regular habit.

    • Overcome resistance while dismantling "the Committee" (that group of inner critics)
    • Explore 10 exercises for making art that stands apart as uniquely yours
    • Receive support and inspiration from contributing artists who share how each chapter has improved their practice and helped them evolve

    Begin a fresh approach to your creative practice. Begin building stamina today with Creative Strength Training!

  • Cultivating Your Creative Life

    This is a multi-faceted book where creativity and wonder intermingle to show how to live a creative and balanced life while moving toward your goals. You'll find:

    • Ideas for keeping your creative well full
    • An illustrated guide to healing herbs and plants
    • Basic yoga poses and breathing exercises
    • Tips for moving your artistic career forward

    Alena Hennessy's illustration style combines nature, whimsy, delicacy and a modern sensibility; vibrant pen and ink illustrations accompany relevant quotes ofinspiration, tips and creative journal exercises.

    Cultivating Your Creative Life is not only an interactive creativity guide, it is a work of art, in itself to save and to savor, or to give as a gift to the special creative person in your life.

  • Daring Adventures in Paint

    Daring Adventures in Paint is a colourful, whimsical adventure of a book that explores inspirational paint and mixed-media techniques.

    Written by the artist/illustrator/blogger Mati Rose McDonough, this book's approach to making art is a bit like uncovering a hidden treasure that resides within each aspiring artist. Through a myriad of both practical applications and creative exercises, Mati shows you how to "find their magic" – the place of confidence from which you can access the vision of what you want to share with the world.

  • Decorated Lettering

    The act of writing can be creative, meditative and very enjoyable. Whether you want to personalise your wedding stationary, create unique greetings cards or add a special touch to display your poetry, decorated lettering transforms even the mundane into something personal and beautiful.

    This book is a comprehensive course in all aspects of decorated lettering and is suitable for beginners, experienced calligraphers and all those interested in the magical world of lettering. In fact, it is for everyone who loves letters.

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  • Drawing & Painting

    A comprehensive reference for aspiring and practising artists, covering an extensive range of painting and drawing styles. Bursting with practical techniques, engaging artist profiles and inspirational galleries, Drawing and Painting combines an authoritative approach with a contemporary aesthetic guaranteed to appeal to all artists.

    The book places emphasis on the techniques themselves, encompassing drawing, sketching and a range of painting styles. Specially commissioned photography and artwork accompanies step-by-step guides to the creative use of pen and ink, oils and acrylics, while profiles of contemporary artists provide insight into various working methods, materials and techniques.

    Acknowledging the growing interest in digital tools as a medium, information is provided throughout the book on how effects can be created using Smart Pens, tablets and apps.

  • Drawing & Painting with Water Soluble Media

    Fiona Peart's work is innovative and inspiring, using many different types of water-soluble media on their own and in combination.

    In this book Fiona guides you through four essential ways of working with water-soluble media; each of which can be applied to whatever you have in your cupboard at home – whether you have inks, watercolour or acrylic paints, water-soluble pencils or sticks – and they even encompass multimedia collage.

    Includes illustrated step-by-step example paintings and techniques for ease of use.

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  • Drawing and Painting Cats

    Whether you want to paint playful housecats or majestic big cats, this book will provide you with all you need.

    More than just an instructional guide, this book takes you into the world of Vic Bearcroft, winner of the Endangered Species category of the BBC Wildlife Artist of The Year competition, and self-confessed cat addict.

    Focussing on the practical techniques you need to capture that elusive feline spirit, the book covers a wide range of media from smoky ink used to suggest the misty jungle around a black leopard, to soft pastels for adorable kittens. Whether you're itching to make your first drawing, or an expert looking for new ideas and inspiration, this book showcases the wonderful world of painting and drawing cats.

  • Encaustic Art

    Michael Bossom explains how to get started, from the tools needed to the basic techniques of smoothing, dabbing, marking and working with the point of the iron, and beyond, to creating simple abstracts, impressive landscapes, fantasy paintings and more.

    Clear instructions, helpful tips and step-by-step photographs build the reader's skills, working from simple techniques through to impressive effects with wax. Finally, learn indirect wax transfer methods to produce beautiful, delicate works of art.

    Perfect for beginners to encaustic art, with plenty to inspire experienced artists to hone their skills and branch out.

  • Encaustic Painting Techniques

    Everything you need to know to get started with encaustic painting is contained inside this book. Painting with wax might seem intimidating or dangerous, but have no fear. The myths of encaustic are dispelled as you discover how easy and safe this dynamic art form can be.

    Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced artist, you will experience new inspiration as you experiment with tar, shellac, acrylic, watercolours, paper and more. Inside you'll find:

    • More than 40 step-by-step technique demonstrations
    • 20 projects to inspire gorgeous encaustic art
    • Dozens of tips and words of wisdom for getting the most out of your encaustic practice

  • Exploring Color Workshop

    Finding colour combinations that not only work but excite the eye is one of the greatest challenges artists face. This updated and expanded 30th anniversary edition of a classic teaches artists of all mediums and skill levels how to use and control colour in their artwork and shows how exhilarating and enjoyable the ride can be.

    Learn how to master colour mixing, assemble the perfect palette for your artistic goals, select just the right colour scheme and communicate colour in a way that elevates your designs way beyond the ordinary. Start a handy journal to keep track of your discoveries, with customized mixtures, colour wheels, reference charts and other tools designed to uncover your colour personality and help you work with colour more efficiently.

    Features include memorable paintings from more than 30 contributing artists to inspire you, along with 75+ hands-on exercises, 8 step-by-step demonstrations and countless nuggets of colour knowledge – all in your own private workshop!

  • Fantastic Forgeries: Paint Like Van Gogh

    Vincent Van Gogh's story and (largely) self-taught skills are an inspiration to budding artists everywhere. Fantastic Forgeries is a simple course in the artist's legendary skills, so readers can learn his innovative techniques and then adapt and apply those techniques to their own renditions and drawings.

    Learn to paint like Van Gogh with this simple step-by-step course in the legendary skills of the great master. Re-create eight famous paintings including Sunflowers, Almond Blossoms, and more. Each chapter will focus on a stunning Van Gogh masterpiece and explore the history behind the painting. Learn the techniques, re-create the masterpieces, and then apply Van Gogh's genius to your own paintings!

  • Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee

    Fine Art Tips goes "behind the paintings" to show how 24 of today's top artists transform dabs of paint into incredible still lifes, landscapes, portraits and wildlife art. Along the way, they generously share practical, real-world tips on everything from evoking the illusion of sparkling water to professional networking.

    Plein air afficianado Ken Auster offers an unforgettable lesson on focal point. John Seerey Lester, a rock star in the world of wildlife painting, talks about the power of storytelling in paint. Joe Anna Arnett reveals her secret to painting white peonies, and Daniel Sprick discusses the foundations behind his classical portraits. The advice in these pages can be life-changing for artists, both aspiring and established.

    • Illuminating tips, techniques and professional advice from 24 of today's most highly acclaimed artists
    • 26 step-by-step demonstrations in oil, acrylic and pastel
    • A thrilling range of signature styles and subjects

  • Finger Painting Weekend Workshop

    Leave your brushes behind! Iris Scott's revolutionary finger-painting courses are designed for everyone, especially beginners.

    Working with just five rich oil colours, Iris will show you how to create a brush-free, error-free impressionist painting that flourishes with life, letting the paint do the work. Create impressionist masterpieces in the style of Monet using only five tubes of oil paint, a pair of latex gloves and some paper towels. Complete with five masterpieces and clear step-by-step instructions for recreating each one, this book makes you feel like you are in one of Iris's best-selling classes.

    Perfect for fans of adult coloring books and other forms of art relaxation, finger painting is a classic form of meditative play therapy. The concise instructions encourage artists to complete a painting in a single day, making finger painting an ideal project and hobby for novice artists.