Annie O'Brien Gonzales felt a passion for art from an early age. But not until 30 years later--after raising a family and working "a real job"--did she get serious about painting. Along the way, she experienced the pleasures and the pitfalls of learning to paint. In these pages, she channels it all to help others discover (or re-discover) The Joy of Acrylic Painting. This guide offers an engaging, streamlined approach for any beginner, but especially those who--due to life detours or lack of time--had previously postponed their artistic aspirations.
In a fun, instantly gratifying style, Gonzales combines the forgiveness of acrylics with the approachability of expressive painting. With special emphasis on the elements of color, pattern and texture, these lessons give you a jump-start on painting with feeling. If now is your time to pursue creative fulfillment, then this is the book to ease your way.
- Strategies for gathering resonant ideas and inspiration
- Practical advice, such as when to splurge and where to save on painting supplies
- Mixed-media techniques for creating character in your paintings
- Inspiration from Expressionist masters, including ways to use their work as a jumping-off point for your own original paintings
- PLUS 8 fabulous start-to-finish painting projects--landscapes, still life, figures and abstracts
- popcorn stitches
- twisted stitches
- and many more...
- A classic hat made using large patterns
- An elegant scarf in lacy patterns
- The ever-popular fingerless mittens
- Thick socks that can be made using various patterns
- A feminine collar using round stitching
- And much more
This Japanese stitch dictionary represents a whole new adventure for knitters and is sure to become a valued reference for experienced knitters.
2017 Mom's Choice Awards Winner
Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling. Her 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity. Every spread invites a new approach to filling a page, from making a visual map of a day-in-my-life to turning random splotches into quirky characters for a playful story. It's the perfect companion to all those blank books and an ideal launchpad to explore creative self-expression and develop an imaginative voice -- for anyone ages 10 to 100
Filled with simple craft projects and fun tips inspired by her daily life in Tokyo, Japanese blogger, crafter, and designer Ebony Bizys captures the humor and originality of the eclectic Japanese experience in this charming handbook. Perfect, pretty projects come together quickly and easily, and they require just a few simple materials to make. This easy-to-follow book offers ideas galore to inspire beginner and advanced DIYers alike. Readers will find:
step-by-step instructions for crafting handmade stationery from
secrets for making handmade memory books to store cherished pieces from their travels
recipes for personalizing garlands and tassels to add fun and sparkle to small soirees
Fun and cute in its entirety, Hello Tokyo is a sweet look into Japan's DIY culture, brimming with clever craft ideas for bringing happiness to the everyday. It will delight any crafter looking to add a touch of whimsy to their DIY adventures.
Everyone who owns a beloved mug that has just the right handle, an agreeably "deep" cereal bowl, or a plate that fits perfectly in the dishwasher knows that once you've found these pieces, you wish you had more of them. In Making Pottery You Can Use, you'll learn how to create the pieces that will work best for you. Each element of the creative process is explained, including:
- Deciding the function of the item
- Working out proportions and making basic drawings
- Choosing the right clay and tools
- Design decisions, techniques to consider, variations to contemplate
- Picking the best method: throwing, slabbing, or coiling
- Choosing food-safe glazes, and more
In Wise Craft Quilts, celebrated quilt designer and crafter Blair Stocker shares ways to use cherished fabrics to make quilts with more meaning. Each of the twenty-one quilts featured here gathers a special collection of fabric, outlines a new technique, and spins a story. By using special fabrics as the starting point for each project--from a wedding dress to baby's first clothes, worn denim, Tyvek race numbers, and more--the finished quilt is made even more special. Create quilts that have a story to tell and you'll find a whole new level of appreciation for what they represent in your life and the lives of the ones you love.
Hone your drawing skills and you eye for design by learning to draw in black and white.
Working with only positive and negative lines and shapes keeps the focus on the basics: composition, balance, and harmony. And using white and black gel, ink, and paint pens on black, tan, and gray papers allows you to experience drawing in a whole new way Drawing in Black & White is a clever drawing and design book that contains 36 inspiring exercises, a gallery of artwork, and 16 black, gray, and tan sheets for drawing, doodling, and experimenting. You'll find lessons on drawing, pattern drawing, drawing with cut paper, and simple collage. Learn to see your drawings a new way by drawing in black and white
MEET TEXTILE ART.
Let's talk about the time when embroidery and textile art met... they formed a unique pairing of modern, chic design using traditional methods. Author Nichole Vogelsinger introduced these two mediums to each other, creating an entirely new way to play with needle, thread and fabric. You'll be amazed by the colorful, chic art you create both on and off the hoop.
Bend the Rules.
UNLEASH YOUR LOVE FOR COLOR & TEXTURE
Embroidery and textile art meet with Nichole Vogelsinger's colorful, bold Boho Embroidery style. The colors and textures that Nichole packs into her stunning textile art creations will inspire you to expand your creativity. The small size of these projects takes the intimidation out of experimenting with patterns and stitch combinations.
Nichole teaches you how to create 16 embroidery stitches. Then she sets you free to wander down your own creative path using her patterns and projects for guidance. Learn how to create simple hoops that feature just a single design, then move onto collage hoops with multiple elements. From there you can expand outside the hoop to wearable accessories and embellishments.
Throughout the book you'll be inspired to find your muse through thrift store finds such as retro tablecloths and feed sacks, and in more typical places like on novelty fabric and in nature. The world becomes a celebration that you can capture with just bits of fabric, and without being confined to four walls. Grab a hoop, break out all of your favorite fabrics and threads, and explore your "boho" side
Add color and punch to your next project with Quilt with Tula & Angela.
Known for her cool, innovative style, Tula Pink will inspire you to toss your color wheel and commit to her signature approach to combining colors. Angela Walters creates the complementary finish and surface texture for each design, resulting in the perfect marriage of color and style for each of the featured 17 quilt projects.
Pairing one shape with one color family in each chapter, you'll step through quilts of varying sizes, at the same time enjoying a front row seat to the creative collaboration between these mavens of style.
In addition to the 17 signature Tula Pink quilt designs and 42 quilt design motifs from Angela Walters, you will also be treated to useful tips on choosing fabrics and mixing up prints and approaching the quilt process.
Featuring bold illustrations and gorgeous photographs, Quilt with Tula & Angela is the comprehensive approach to intuitive color choices you've been waiting for.
Master the impressionist painting style with Painting the Impressionistic Landscape
The Impressionist movement that began 130 years ago set artists free to experiment outdoors, capturing the fleeting effects and many moods of sunlight in their paintings by juxtaposing contrasting colors. Although those colors may not actually be apparent in nature, on canvas and paper they appear spontaneous and naturalistic. The skill is in knowing how to select and apply them. Impressionistic painting has not remained static over the decades. Artist Dustan Knight walks you through the techniques to achieving brilliant effects in a contemporary style. Using easy to work with watercolor and acrylic, she demonstrates through her own paintings, as well as others she has selected, the step-by-steps for dramatic atmospheric vistas and intimate garden landscapes.
With more than 50 tips, techniques, and lessons for creating beautiful illuminated letters and sophisticated lettering projects, The Joy of Lettering takes hand lettering to a whole new level.
Gabri Joy Kirkendall (Creative Lettering & Beyond) and Jaclyn Escalera guide readers through a dynamic exploration of the craft, focusing on typography and illuminated letters and numbers using pencil, ink, and marker in a variety of styles and themes. From there, artists will learn how to create letters using a variety of alternative materials and media, such as watercolor, gouache, and wood. Easily customized DIY projects invite artists to finesse their skills as they learn to letter on different types of surfaces while creating lettered murals, stationery, and signage. Packed with creative techniques and easy-to-follow lessons, this all-inclusive resource is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn or grow their expertise in the art of hand lettering.
Big city style meets classic design in this gorgeous guide for the contemporary crafter Inspired by 20th century architectural elements, Urban Knit Collection offers 18 DIY projects for women and men with a decidedly metropolitan vibe. From Art Deco- and stained glass-inspired sweaters to the beaded Ritz Cowl and Skyscraper Hat, author Kyle Kunnecke's innovative designs evoke the beauty of a cityscape in runway-worthy knits that you can customize to reflect your personal style.
Written for would-be and longtime knitters alike, Kyle's detailed patterns include tutorials on a variety of construction and finishing techniques, from locking floats and knitting on round needles to reading charts and choosing yarn. Whether your style is uptown, downtown, or somewhere in between, Urban Knit Collection has you covered
Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of flowers, Kaffe Fassett's Bold Blooms invites crafters to explore the behind-the-scenes process and fascinating design methods used to create Kaffe's bold fabrics and modern color palettes--from "sketching" with fabric swatches to creating mood boards and renderings to sewing visually striking quilts. Featured throughout are 18 new quilt patterns and seven new needlepoints.
Ideas bloom on each page as eye-catching artwork, inventive quilt designs, needlepoint canvases, and bold ribbon patterns grow from concept to completion. Renowned for his use of color, Kaffe creates unique palettes from nature and his surroundings to create color "moods"--from neutrals and soft pastels to rich, dark tones--and he shares his design ideas, practical quilting advice, and needlepoint techniques useful to both novice and seasoned crafters throughout these colorful projects.
With an emphasis on patchwork and needlework, the inventive designs and fresh color palettes translate to many creative disciplines ranging from mosaic, beading, fiber arts, embroidery, floral arrangements, and home decor. Accessible to quilting and sewing beginners and experts alike, the lively floral designs on each page are sure to inspire and send readers off on a color-filled creative journey, offering something for makers of all skill levels.
Also available from Kaffe Fassett: Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color, and Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes.
Learn how to sew custom, professional-looking window treatments for your home
Have you ever wanted to sew customized window treatments for your home? It's easier than you might think, especially if you have Singer(R) Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments on hand. With this helpful how-to book, readers are guided through the entire process--from planning the project to measuring scale and proportion, to selecting necessary tools, fabric, and hardware to actually sewing the curtains and installing them.
Whether you're partial to Roman shades, gathered curtains, flat shades with dowels, or pleated drapes, there's a clear-cut set of instructions for you in Singer(R) Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments. Also included are lifesaver tips and techniques from an expert in the field, advice about using scale and proportion to enhance windows and disguise flaws, and suggestions for utilizing window treatments to control light and insulate your home. Accompanying photos make learning even easier.
The book covers the following subjects in detail:
Window treatment project planning
Calculating scale and proportion
Fabric and hardware selection
Curtains and draperies
Gathered and ruched curtains
Adding trim, banding, and other embellishments to window treatments
Shades and blinds
Flat shades with dowels
Common tips and techniques
Glossary and resources
So, unroll that bolt of fabric and jump into your next DIY project in the world of curtains and draperies
And all through your place,
Your perfect party clothes were put away without even a trace.
Your guests will drink cranberry cocktails and craft,
While wearing sweaters that are zany and daft.
Put on your ugly holiday sweater and get ready to PARTY Whether you're planning your own wacky celebration or contributing to someone else's festive affair, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way ) ideas for making Christmas merry. Dress up in a crazy Poinsettia Poncho. Serve easy-to-prepare eats and drinks like Strawberry Santa Hats and Jingle Bells Sangria. Play a game of Candy Cane Pickup. You're ready to go: just set the date
Want to save cash, your child's imagination, and possibly even the planet? This is the book you need. Packed with great photos of real families in the outdoors, Born to Be Wild contains easy-to-follow instructions for activities that require nothing more sophisticated than a child's imagination and access to a little outdoor space.
Organized by season and then by material, it lets parents skip straight to Spring, and then to "Blossom," "Grass," or "Earth," according to their present need. Everything you need to engage in all of its hundreds of activities can be found in your kitchen. No expensive art supplies or outward-bound kit required. All you need is the "Toolkit" listed at the front of the book. These ordinary household essentials include recycled food containers, scraps of paper, string, glue, and an empty jar or two.
Along the way, Hattie Garlick talks to families, organizations, cultures, and communities who have rebuilt their relationships with nature--with inspiring results--and introduces scientists, psychologists, and other experts who explain why nature matters in our children's modern lives.
The questions and answers are complemented with approximately 100 instructive color photos and illustrations.
Take a step in a new direction
Go beyond top-down or toe-up construction in New Directions in Sock Knitting. In the eighteen designs curated by knitting super star Ann Budd, you'll be treated to projects that range from traditional sock patterns to more challenging and innovative sock constructions. The socks in this collection use a variety of knitting techniques including double knitting, intarsia in the round, short-row shaping, mirrored color and texture patterns, and multi-directional knitting in both traditional and innovative ways. These techniques will have you casting on and knitting your socks from unexpected places--starting at the heel or sole or even from side to side The instructions are all written in step-by-step detail that will ensure success, no matter which design you choose to knit.
Original, innovative, and unique, it's New Directions in Sock Knitting
Handmade cards are gifts, creative expressions, keepsakes, and relationship builders. Beneath the cardstock and embellishments is deep emotion from the card maker--encouragement, celebration, commemoration, and love. Unlike many store-bought cards that are thrown away, handmade cards are cherished and displayed. They spark connections, express feelings, evoke laughter, and warm the hearts of friends, relatives, and coworkers. There's joy in the process of creating, as well as in giving and receiving handmade cards.
The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking is the ultimate resource on card making. All paper-crafting techniques that can be employed for card making are thoroughly covered, including a comprehensive description of paper types available, folding options and techniques, coloring and image transfer methods, and adding embellishments. Inside, you'll also find methods for using a computer to design and print cards. More than 80 projects give you lots of ideas and inspiration to create cards of your own, using the techniques you've learned. Unique envelope templates and a helpful source list are included.
Expert paper crafter Judi Watanabe provides you with a one-stop reference for making cards for any occasion. This book includes step-by-step photographed instructions for a wide range of techniques, as well as projects to accompany each area of card making. Full of gorgeous cards, The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking explores a wide range of techniques and end products, making it a valuable reference for any crafter. So when the mood strikes, use the artistry you've learned to create personalized greetings for everyone you know