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With a fresh, modern spin on this majestic subject, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor is a comprehensive resource, packed with beautiful illustrations and expert instruction, for beginners and intermediate artists.
- Information on the necessary tools and materials for both sketching and painting, including pencils, paints and brushes, palettes, supports and mediums
- Basic drawing and painting techniques and colour theory
- How to create compelling compositions, achieve depth and render realistic textures
The book is excellent value, containing 100 projects covering a wide variety of crafts from papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint.
All projects (such as a knitted star, a pompom Santa Claus, a polymer clay bear, a felt winter owl, a crocheted Christmas tree heart and a Christmas Tree papercut) are simple enough for experienced beginners (and will also appeal to seasoned crafters. The tools and materials are inexpensive and widely available and these charming Christmas items make fabulous gifts for family and friends.
Look inside the book.$34.99
Keith Negley's playful and emotional art tells this story of a new father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. He looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.
Recommended for ages 3+.$24.99
Making Art from Maps is equal parts inspiration and fun.
Jill Berry brings her expertise in maps and wide-ranging skills as an artist to take you on a gallery tour, introducing you to the work of some of the most exciting artists creating with maps today. Designer interviews are accompanied by 25 accessible how-to projects of her own design that teach many of the techniques used by the gallery artists.$29.99
Take-Along Tangles is easy to tuck into a pocket or toss into your bag. The package includes a 32-page instructional booklet to guide you along and a 104-page pad filled with five-inch square tangle drawings, waiting for you to colour them in.
The instructional booklet offers colouring basics, as well as easy- to-follow techniques for shading, highlighting, creating textures and enhancing dimensions. The tangle pad's 104 pages are filled with designs calling out for colour! The pad's pages are loosely bound for easy removal. The paper used in the booklet is high quality, making coloured drawings suitable for framing or using for handmade greeting cards.$17.99
Retro in style and theme, but very much a contemporary cookbook in its approach, Milkbar Memories is the author's ode to wonderful old-fashioned treats connected with her 1970s childhood.
Food strongly associated with memories of simpler times: the maltiest of milkshakes; wickedly delicious lollies like musk sticks and fruit jubes; golden fish and chips; flaky-pastried meat pies and sausage rolls; vanilla slices and custard tarts. These 'fun foods' over – 120 in total, including lots of exciting variations – are all made from scratch with real, natural ingredients for a 21st century audience.
- The Lolly Counter
- The Icecream Cabinet
- Fish 'n' Chip Shop
- Corner Store