VanEver, Amanda, author.
Learn the creative, innovative technique of making art by pouring paint with The Art of Paint Pouring ! Featuring easy step-by-step projects, practical tips, and beautiful art from an established paint-pouring expert, this book will help artists of any skill level make colorful, textured art by pouring acrylic paint onto a canvas.
There are many techniques for making poured art, and this book details them all. You will learn to swipe, pour, and more using the many how-to projects provided in this book. Also included are chapters on the following: tools and materials , including affordable options for items that will help you create poured art; basic color theory and how to choose paint colors that will create pleasing mixtures; eye-catching full-page artwork ; tips for creating the paint consistency that you want; and instructions for keeping your work area clean , even while working with a potentially messy technique.
Written and illustrated by a well-recognized paint-pouring artist, The Art of Paint Pouring is a comprehensive reference that eliminates the need to search online for multiple videos that you would continually have to pause and re-watch. If you are new to paint pouring, you will love the beginners' tips and instructions that allow anyone to master this contemporary craft.
Start creating stunning works of poured art with The Art of Paint Pouring , and then check out The Art of Paint Pouring: Swipe, Swirl & Spin , publishing in May 2020, to refresh your paint-pouring skills and learn new techniques!
Discover the amazing versatility of beadwork in this scintillating selection of more than 30 projects that you can make in just one weekend. From jewellery and clothing to home accessories and embroidered textiles, there's something here for every taste and level of ability.
Projects include lampshades, decorative candles, fringed throws, embroidered table runners, tassel covers, embellished scarves, hair accessories and more. The projects and techniques are designed and written by a team of experienced bead crafters, each one an expert in her field.
Big Book of Weekend Beading teaches an exciting variety of methods, from general beadwork to stringing, bead embroidery and wirework. Simple projects at the start of each section give beginners an instant taste of success, leading them on to try larger-scale projects and more impressive techniques.
Nicholas, Kristin, author.
Jump into the world of pattern--get a crash course on the types of patterns and how they are made; learn how to gain inspiration and ideas from a variety of sources; explore ways of pairing different patterns together; and make patterns of your own to embellish your home. Kristin Nicholas takes us through her unique and dynamic farmhouse--and into her pottery studio and surrounding fields--and shares one-of-a-kind projects along the way. From a Geometric Striped Tablecloth for the kitchen to a Ceramic Tile Fireplace Surround in the library and a Printed Polka Dot Pillow for the bedroom, you'll discover both bold and subtle ways to add pattern to your home. Full of inspiration, and with bright photographs throughout, this is a vibrant guide to creating a home that sings with handmade touches.
Roberts, Kat, author.
Bow-wow-WOW! Get your DIY on with these 36 fun dog-themed projects for you and your pet.
From a cute Pomeranian mug to a bone-shaped welcome mat, this companion to Crafting for Cat Ladies features 36 charming projects for dog lovers and their four-legged friends. There are irresistibly adorable items to decorate your home, accessorize your outfits, entertain guests, and (of course) pamper your pooch. And they're all easy to make, thanks to plenty of step-by-step photos, templates, and beginner-friendly crafting techniques. Bring whimsy to your wardrobe with Dalmatian-print trousers, customize a leash and collar for your cherished pup, design a dachshund shopping bag, create sweet "paw-ty" favors, and so much more!
Lane, Ruth, 1961- author.
In First Time Felting, felting and fiber expert Ruth Lane teaches a class for absolute beginners on three classic methods of felting.
Start by learning about the various types of wool fibers used for felting, preparing them for the process, and simple methods for dyeing . Next, discover the basic supplies and techniques for needle felting , wet felting , and nuno felting .
You'll use those essential skills to make fun, easy projects --artworks, embellished fashions, three-dimensional figures, and more--skills you'll turn to again and again to create your own original pieces!
Carey, Stuart (Ceramic artist), author.
Learn the essentials of wheel-thrown pottery with this approachable and indispensable reference.
Pottery has become increasingly popular, and beginners interested in taking up the hobby will find this all-inclusive guide to wheel-thrown pottery invaluable. Award-winning ceramist Stuart Carey outlines the steps and intricacies of the craft, from preparing your materials to firing your piece in a kiln. You'll work through techniques designed to help you gain a familiarity with the different characteristics of the clay, create classic forms, mix your own glazes, and master the skills needed to make your own beautiful pieces. Stunning visuals and instructive step-by-step photography offer abundant inspiration and valuable guidance, whether you're an absolute beginner or a practicing potter who has already logged hours at the studio.
Yamazaki, Hiromi, author
Learn how to bring a Japanese aesthetic into your life with these elegant works of floral art. Japanese kirigami (cut paper) flowers are delicate and beautiful examples of paper craft, but are surprisingly easy to make. This inspirational how-to guide shows you how to make 31 gorgeous designs that can virtually pass for the real thing--except they will never wilt!
The sculptural quality of these flowers is an amazing and creative way to add a touch of beauty to your home, or to create low-cost decorations for a wedding, a baby shower, or any other special event.
All of the most popular blossoms are represented here, including: 5 different roses --these romantic flowers can be mixed and matched to create a natural looking bouquet Frilly carnations --full of intricate folds and textures, these popular flowers are just as much fun in paper form Colorful tulips --carry a piece of spring with you throughout the entire year Delicate cherry blossoms --enjoy the wonders of cherry blossom season in your own home 3 bold sunflowers --in slightly different shapes and sizes, these cheerful flowers create a sunny bouquet when grouped together Festive poinsettias --blooms that will look fresh throughout the entire holiday season And many more! Simple instructions, templates and colorful step-by-step photos show even novice paper crafters how to create each project, and how to gather them into incredible paper flower bouquets. There are instructions showing how the designs can be used in 18 amazing ways--for decorating, selling, gift giving and entertaining--including: Spectacular wreaths Decorative ornaments Customized photo frames Individualized bookmarks Perhaps best of all, there are instructions for exquisite wearable pieces, sure to draw appreciative comments and perfect as gifts for loved ones: A fashionable floral crown Cheerful brooches A statement corsage Japanese Paper Flowers has all the information and all of the necessary patterns you need! With just some scissors, a few sheets of colorful tant origami paper, and a few drops of crafts glue--all of which can be found online and in paper stores--you can create breathtaking paper flowers in no time at all!
For digital camera and smartphone users, this fun, easy how-to guide reveals the essentials of taking great pictures from an experienced National Geographic photographer.
Written by star National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, this entertaining book shows aspiring photographers how to take great pictures, from framing and F-stops to editing and archiving. Whether you're using your phone or your first DSLR camera, you'll learn the fundamentals of photography--and how to put them to work every day.
Presented as a series of short lessons, Sartore starts with camera and gear and moves on to focus, exposure, composition and lighting. Using examples from his own collection, he explains how to apply the basic rules of great photography to family, pet, travel, nature, and street photos.
Each chapter is enhanced with pointers from the experts, quick assignments, and the behind-the-camera stories of great photographs. Both fun and informative, this book will be your gateway to taking great pictures.
Peterson, Chris, 1961- author.
Upcycle that unwanted wood!
Join home improvement author Chris Peterson for a complete guide to deconstructing and repurposing pallets to serve a new purpose. From quick and easy builds like a bird house and a wall clock to more complex projects like a garden cold frame and a kitchen island, there's something for everyone--and every pallet. Some projects, like the raised bed, showcase the pallet. For others, like the side table, you'd be hard-pressed to guess the wood was free. Peterson also dishes out must-have pallet knowledge, including the basic tools for breakdown, finish options, and key information on pallet safety.
Projects Include: Cold Frame Workbench Child's Sandbox Coat Rack and Shelf Shoe Shelves Bookshelves Kitchen Island Bar Stools Dog House Desk And much more!
Lucano, Sonia, author
Have a bunch of mason jars in your cupboard but not sure what to do with them? Have some fruit crates laying around? Upcycle is a fun, contemporary project book that will show you how to take a range of common objects, many available cheap or free, and craft them into stylish home furnishings and décor.
The projects are practical and attractive, with full-color photography and easy-to-follow instructions. Turn an old wooden pallet into a stylish coffee table or a charming, rustic headboard, a leftover jam jar into an accent light or a hanging plant holder, and dozens more simple home crafts. The lovely "farmhouse chic" esthetic brings a rustic yet modern flare to any home. Each project has a complete list of tools and materials needed, and handy illustrations that even the beginner to DIY projects can follow with ease.
The book focuses on 8 everyday items you may find at a flea market or even free--perhaps in your own home, and shows how each can yield a wide range of projects. Bonus section includes ideas for stencils to trace, or be inspired by to create your own.
Wooden Pallets : Coffee table, Floor lamp, Headboard, Shelves, Fun wall hangings, End table, Key rack, Building blocks, Candle holders
Fruit Crates : Firewood box, Banquette, Book shelves, Shadow boxes, Planters
Cotton Sheets : Round tablecloth with festive matching napkins, Embroidered wall hangings, Stencilled table runners, Dip-dyed curtains, Tote bag, Throw pillow, Light shade
Glass Jars : Accent light, Wall lamp, Suspended vases, Indoor garden, Terrarium, Christmas lights
Wine Bottles : Vases, Planters, Hanging lamps, Mood lighting
Tin Cans : Cozy planters, Stencilled candle holder, Desktop organizer, Hanging silverware holders, Hanging lights
Old Lampshades : Dreamcatcher, Mobile, Revsamped hanging light
Dishes : Candle holders, Wall décor, Working clock, Serving tray
Yokota-Barth, Lena, author
Paint 50 beautiful, iconic motifs in bright watercolours in this vibrant book by illustrator Lena Yokota-Barth. Learn the basics of watercolour painting - how to make the brushstrokes and mix colours effectively. Build up your skills quickly and simply by following the five simple instructions for each design.
Trendy watercolours for beginners!
For those new to watercolour painting, this book offers an easy introduction. All 50 motifs can be painted in five steps which are all detailed clearly so success is guaranteed! Among the motifs are trendy animals, popular plants and fun-to-paint fruits, such as a flamingo, llama, cacti, succulents and watermelons.
The basics of watercolour painting are presented in an easily understandable fashion, and the fifty motifs will give rise to limitless possibilities for designing posters, greetings cards, journal covers or simply as thoughtful, framed gifts.
Vilar, Elena, author
Learn how to create 15 contemporary woven designs and accessories by beloved French blogger Elena Vilar of Deer Jane
A source of inspiration and learning about weaving, through travel photos, unusual places and objects to make yourself ...
You can learn the basics of wall hanging weaving, the manufacture of a small looms and be inspired by achievable modern weaving projects.
Rediscover this traditional craft and enkindle your age-old weaving skills by immersing yourself in the wonderful world of Elena Vilar, professional weaver and beloved French blogger Deer Jane. By following her gentle and easy-to-follow instructions, learn how to create 15 woven masterpieces inspired by this age-old craft with a modern twist.
The richly illustrated techniques section allows you to master the basics before delving into Elena's simple yet sophisticated designs. Discover how to make a cardboard loom, thread a shop-bought loom, dye wool using natural dyes, make jersey yarn, wind pompoms and more, then learn the essential weaving methods you'll need for the projects. Make sumptuously textured wall hangings, plant pot holders, jewellery, dream catchers and more using an inspiring range of materials and fabrics and imaginative embellishments. Each project includes handy tips and know-how boxes, ensuring that both experienced and beginner weavers will be able to make all of the woven creations in the book.