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This complete guide to the crisp, precise finish of botanical painting marries traditional technique with contemporary style and includes sections on colour, drawing, continuous tone, composition and dissection.
Michael Lakin makes botanical art approachable with simple exercises and a variety of step-by-step instructional approaches, making this a fantastic guide for aspirational beginners.
Look inside the book.$36.99
Having shown us how to master monsters in Edward's Crochet Imaginarium and capture our friends and family in Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium, Kerry Lord is back with patterns for everyone's favourite pups.
Including patterns for 50 classic dog breeds, Kerry also shows you how to adapt the patterns so you can perfectly capture your own furry best friend in crochet form. With step-by-step instructions for all the basic crochet techniques needed, this book is perfect for all skill levels. Illustrated by irresistible lifestyle photography featuring the crochet dogs alongside their real life muses, this book would make a pawsome gift for crafters and devoted dog-lovers alike.
The 50 classic dog breeds featured include: Afghan Hound, Bedlington Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Husky, Basset Hound, German Shepherd, Scottie Dog, Weimaraner, Labrador, Poodle, Westie, Red Setter, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pug, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Collie, Springer Spaniel, Schnauzer, Chinese Crested, Old English Sheepdog, Shih Tzu, Boxer, Chihuahua, French Bulldog, Chow Chow, English Bull Terrier, English Bulldog, Puli, Whippet, Dogue de Bordeaux, Samoyed, Wolfhound, Pekingese, Border Terrier, Shar Pei, Lakeland Terrier, Corgi, American Water Spaniel, Mudi, Rottweiler, Beagle, Mastiff and Newfoundland and more!$29.99
The Watercolour Enigma is based on a practical course by artist Stephen Coates, and is designed to take the student through a process of learning rarely seen in other practical art books.
By examining the basic science of watercolour including the properties of water and colour pigment, and through a series of practical, straightforward, step-by-step painting exercises, budding painters will leave Stephen's book not only with a mine of watercolour knowledge but with a selection of stunning paintings they can proudly say are their own.
Understanding the medium and how to use it will turn potential failure into success, and discovering the truth about how to use watercolours is exciting, liberating and enormously rewarding. So fulfil your dream and, with Stephen's guidance, learn to paint like a true, watercolour expert.
Look inside the book.$34.99
Pearl: Cardigan with front casing and drawstring to ruche, cascading side panels, back waist seam, long sleeves and narrow hems.
Suggested Fabrics – Knit: jersey, ponte, novelty sweater knits. Woven: linen, rayon, wool, silk, and novelty weaves. Wrong side of fabric will show.
Opal: Unlined, hip-length jacket with three buttons and shawl collar. Pleat opens to form front drape. Back princess seam, all-in-one back side panel and back sleeve.
Suggested Fabrics – Linen, wool, rayon, silk and cotton wovens. Wrong side of fabric will show.$35.00
Mira Manek's style of food is a modern interpretation of the Indian classics, creating utterly delicious and naturally healthy dishes. Whether you want to cook a Saffron and Lime Chia Pot, an Indian Summer Salad, a Thali, a Masala Almond Milk or a Mango Shrikhand Cheesecake, Saffron Soul combines the best of the core elements of Indian cooking with original health-promoting twists.
As well as offering the best and most naturally healthy Gujarati recipes, Mira also recreates some perennial favourites, replacing traditionally used grains and sugar with more nutritious ingredients such as millet, chia and jaggery, and cutting down on oils and fats, to make her dishes even healthier. Whether cooking a filling spicy curry, a soulful brunch, a nutritious light meal or a luscious dessert, Mira's dishes vibrantly burst with colour and a richness of flavour and spice, each fit for a feast.$39.99
Origami master John Montroll pays tribute to man's best friend with this guide to creating origami dogs.
Suitable for folders of intermediate to advanced skills, the book presents step-by-step instructions and full-colour photographs for each model. More than two dozen breeds range from the familiar Beagle, Chihuahua, Yorkie, Boxer and Lab to the more exotic Basenji, Akita, Otterhound and Bernese Mountain Dog.
Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, the author offers readers meticulously developed folding sequences that allow them to create better models with fewer steps.$35.99