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Woodworkers Are CleverWoodworkers are often faced with challenges while building. The best woodworkers are quick to come up with one, if not a dozen solutions to these complications. No, they're not all original solutions. But the cleverest among us learn from others, and that's what this book is all about.Take advantage of years worth of collected cleverness by learning from the tips and tricks collected here: starting with basic tips on how to set up your shop, and following with wisdom on finishing, joinery, shop math, tools and more.601 Woodshop Tips & Tricks also offers helpful hints on keeping your shop tidy and efficient, and we've even tossed in some tricks to use around the house.Remember, the smart woodworkers may not have all the answers, but they do know where to find them!
Unlocking the Secrets of the Puzzle Box Have you ever thought inside the box? These band-sawn boxes could be the most intriguing and fun projects you've ever made. Author Jeff Vollmer describes his boxes as key-and-slide–cut a dovetail key, cut a slider piece, cut another key, cut another slider. That's the puzzle or "combination" you use to get to the chamber or heart of the box. Then you cut out the guts of the box to create a chamber. But wait, there's more! Then you cut another box from the guts, then another box or drawer from those pieces, then another and maybe another until things get too small to handle safely. Any type wood can be used to make these boxes–wood with holes, cracks, splits, insect and wormholes, spalting and burls. Jeff calls these flaws "opportunities" to become creative. Please note that the digital version of this book does not include the accompanying DVD.
How to paint your world in watercolor...and have fun doing it! The day Sterling Edwards watched an artist paint an entire sky with three deft brushstrokes was the day he committed to trading his tiny oil brushes and photorealistic style in favor of big, bold strokes of watercolor. In the years since, he's developed not only a wonderfully fresh, luminous painting style, but also an approach that takes the intimidation out of this beautiful but often-mystifying medium. In this book, he shares both. Initial chapters lay the foundation for successful paintings, from choosing the right brushes to achieving vibrant colors, interesting textures and strong compositions. Step-by-step demonstrations illustrate techniques for painting rocks, skies, trees, foliage, buildings, water and other landscape elements. An easy-to-follow, four-step painting process makes for easier starts and stronger finishes, complete with rich darks and sparkling highlights. Eight complete painting projects cover a range of breathtaking scenes and seasons. Whether you're dipping into the medium for the first time or you're a watercolor devotee on a quest for clearer color and more personal statements, this book will help you make the most of the time you spend with brush in hand.
It's time for your creativity to come out and play! Remember the carefree spirit you had as a child? It's time to recapture that sense of wonder and excitement in your art with Collage Playground! Come play with author Kimberly Santiago as she introduces you to 10 simple techniques and 25 projects that take the "work" out of collage and bring back in the fun. As your imagination is reignited, you will: Discover textural ways to create with papers, fabrics, paints and more Learn tips for building up and using your own collage stashReceive plenty of inspiration and encouragement from beautiful variations and helpful sidebars Grab your pencil box and supply pail and join in on Collage Playground!
Simple secrets for colors that sing Don't settle for colors that just sit there. Inspired by the work of the great Impressionists, Color Harmonies shows you how to use analogous colors (colors next to each other on the color wheel) and their complements to achieve lively, glowing effects. By keeping palette-mixing to a minimum, placing pure color notes side by side, and applying other simple but powerful color tricks, you'll create sparkling passages of color that attract your viewer's eye, engage the imagination, and make your paintings shine. 5 demonstrations illustrate the step-by-step creation of stunning light-filled paintings. Includes expert instruction on drawing and composition, techniques for adding texture and interest, making the most of light and shadow, and more. Richly illustrated with gorgeous landscape, flower and figure paintings. Brimming with 30 years' worth of instruction by a veteran workshop teacher, Color Harmonies offers a strong foundation for artists just starting out in watercolor, as well as groundbreaking advice for advanced artists in search of more effective and personal approaches to color and light.
Create beautifully textured jewelry that reflects your true self! The self-expressive elements we put into the works of art we make can be transferred to the jewelry we create. Colors, textures, symbolism and more make up the works created in our art journals. Author June Roman shares how she draws inspiration from her own journal pages and guides you through the process for making your own wearable works of art that are an expression of your passions, dreams and secrets. A String of Expression takes you on a journey through five chapters - each exploring a unique facet of our world such as the colors we love, the places we've traveled, the people who have inspired us and the fantasies we tuck deep in our hearts. In addition to discovering how to transcribe all of these things into the components that make up your own jewelry pieces, you'll learn creative new techniques such as: working collage into a pendant knotting beads with leather creating your own toggles from unusual beads developing successful asymmetrical design wire-wrapping making your own bead caps and more! Take your design skills on an unexpected journey and let A String of Expression inspire you to transcribe your life into jewelry today!
Overcome the obstacles to your artistic expressionImproving your artwork can be as simple as learning how to trust your eyes. Your Artist's Brain shows you how to portray even the most complex subjects by focusing on what you really see - not what you think you see.Expert art instructor Carl Purcell shows you how to overcome dependency on the "intellectual brain" and listen carefully to the more observant "artist's brain."With Your Artist's Brain, you'll learn visual skills and artistic techniques that will instantly make you a better artist, no matter what your medium.22 step-by-step demonstrations on key relationships between shapes, spaces, subjects, backgrounds, angles, sizes, values and moreEasy examples and fun exercises teaching you how to "see" and design great compositions "Points to Remember" sidebars that allow you to quickly grasp each conceptMaximize the power of your artist's brain today and embark on the path to creating better art.
YOUR MISSION: Discover the tactical secret of self expression--the art journal! Harness the artistic explosion ticking in your head, just looking for a creative way to detonate. Prepare to be bombarded with ideas, techniques and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. The Journal Fodder Junkies are on a mission, ready to arm you with all that you need to explore artistic ways of recording your life and thoughts. Part sketchbook, part diary, part notebook, part dream journal, part daily planner, part to-do list and part doodle pad, the art journal is different things to different people. Whatever it is for you, the Journal Junkies Workshop contains all the covert inspiration and know-how you'll need to get started. Uncover your own path, your own voice, your own style. Inside you'll find: Basic information on the supplies and materials you'll need to start your journal experience. Step-by-step presentation of techniques using water colors, acrylic paint, image transfers and more. Chapter-by-chapter demonstration that follows the Junkies' techniques as they layer a page, taking it from blank canvas to dynamic document. Ideas on how to get started writing in your journal, covering both what to write and inventive ways of writing it. Gallery spreads taken straight from the authors' journals that give you a unique opportunity to peer inside the heads of two experienced art journalists. Grab a journal and begin basic training today with Eric Scott and David Modler to become a Journal Fodder Junkie!
Sophisticated Home Decor Made Easy Nothing can transform a room quite like paint! In this groundbreaking guide, professional decorative painter Gary Lord presents 30 brand-new finishes for your walls, floors, ceilings and furniture. Designed by Gary and 23 of the top names in the industry, these cutting-edge finishes bring style, sophistication and value to every part of your home. Each project shows you step by step how to use the newest tools and painting products on the market to achieve elegant, updated home décor without the expense of hiring a professional. Everything you need to do-it-yourself successfully is included, such as: Complete lists of tools and materials Large, full-color step-by-step photos Tips from the pros that help you customize your project and avoid mistakes Detailed instructions for room and surface preparation Inspiring photos of completed projects in actual homes Whether you're a seasoned home decorator or a novice faux finisher, with this guide you'll have the inspiration and knowledge it takes to create a truly unique and beautiful home. Best of all, the designers featured here keep you ahead of the curve with their up-to-the-minute styles and techniques. From floors and walls to ceilings and beyond, make your home the best it can be. Please note that the digital version of this book does not include the bonus DVD.
Assemblage ole! Bring your artistic yearnings and sense of adventure along on a journey to the land of Dusty Diablos. Inspiration seeps from every page, and inside here you'll find: a tasty mix of ancient folklore (from the ancient metropolis of Teotihuacán to the miracle witnessed by Juan Diego); colorful pop culture (who knew that Western-Horror was its own film genre or that there's an entire island overrun with misfit dolls?) and informative art-making how-tos (like the Tricky Burnt Paper Routine and crafting your own Nicho). Join author Michael deMeng on an artist's pilgrimage south of the border and experience a culture as rich as it is beautiful and as genuine and down-to-earth as it is humorous and fascinating. While being mesmerized by all the amazing assemblage pieces, you also learn such nifty things as: Mixing up Michael's favorite paint washes to achieve "rusty" results in your own work Crafting your own slithering serpent Creating miniature story boxes Aging bottle caps with beer and so much more! Indulge your senses and come along for a trip through crowded marketplaces, a thrilling taxicab ride and the intoxicating festivities of Dia de los Muertos and discover the allure of Dusty Diablos. You might not want to leave.
Glazing Techniques for Paintings that Glow Bring new life to your paintings using transparent glazing. Step by step and layer by layer, this book will show you how to use this classic approach to infuse your work with radiant color, exquisite texture and a breathtaking sense of light. 5 simple studies focus on using glazes to evoke a wide variety of realistic still life textures–fruits, flowers, silver, glass and more 5 full-length demonstrations show the creation of stunning still-life paintings from start to finish Features expert instruction on everything from prepping painting surfaces and selecting colors, to artfully composing light and shadow Plus an entire chapter devoted to painting strong complementary backgrounds for realistic, fluid compositions Radiant Oils is perfect for oil artists who want to explore the beauty of glazing, watercolor artists who want to try their hand at oils and any painter wishing to achieve stunningly realistic effects using classic, straightforward techniques inspired by the Old Masters.
Paint a World of Beautiful Butterflies Delicate, majestic and diverse, the butterfly is an eternal source of inspiration and wonder. Now you can learn to capture the radiant beauty and delicate details of the world's most spectacular butterfly species in glowing oil paintings. Renowned artist and teacher Sherry C. Nelson takes you on a global expedition featuring more than 50 captivating butterflies and blooms for you to paint, study and admire–all in an easy-to-use reference-book format. You can do it! Sherry makes painting butterflies achievable with simple steps, visual examples, and clear instructions. Starting with the basics, you'll learn how to transfer designs, select and mix colors, and create a range of harmonious backgrounds. Next, Sherry guides you from start to finish through 54 step-by-step demonstrations for painting butterflies, moths and flowers of all sizes, shapes and colors. Each butterfly is painted in a vignette featuring flowers and foliage that are part of its native habitat or food source. Sherry also includes crisp reference photos and traceable line drawings that allow you to paint the demos exactly as they are, or you can incorporate them into your own paintings of the natural world. The creative possibilities are up to you. With this guide, you can capture your most beloved butterflies with skill and satisfaction. No net required!
Are you a busy Momma who loves art but can never fit it in? When you have kids to feed and errands to run, finding the time to create meaningful art can be difficult. In The Artistic Mother, Shona Cole, mother of five and mixed media artist to boot, helps you make the time and space in your life for your artistic passion while incorporating your love for your children into your art.Shona guides you through the Artist's Workshop, a 12-week course that includes step-by-step instructions for making artwork inspired by your children. You'll also be introduced to seven other artistic mothers from whom you can draw inspiration and encouragement.Discover within the pages:The Artist's Workshop, a 12-week art course that teaches you how to bring creativity back into your lifeStep-by-step instructions for more than 12 finished art pieces celebrating motherhood and familyA weekly action plan to help you make the best use of your timeArtist Spotlights that introduce you to 7 inspiring artist-mommasTips on creating time and space in your life for your artA beginner's guide to each of three much-loved arts: poetry, photography and mixed mediaDon't go another day without bringing together your two passions: motherhood and art!
Use souvenirs, keepsakes and everyday objects in your own brand of storytelling. Objects of Reflection brings you a new form of visual journaling–that of assemblage–by creating art that is extremely personal and evokes your fondest memories. Inspiration pours from every page as author Annie Lockhart takes you on a journey inside of her own heart, sharing her stories for building pieces with tiny treasures and common objects. Specific elements of each project are displayed in a legend, detailing what each object symbolizes and will have you thinking about what similar objects might represent to you. In addition to providing insight on her own art-making process, Annie will guide you through her favorite step-by-step techniques for attaching elements with simple materials like string, wire and tape; aging objects to give them a bit of charm; adding texture with modeling paste and more. Dare to color outside the lines. Discover a new way to tell your own story and start using objects as "words" today. You'll also receive insight on valuable lessons such as: Quieting your harsh inner critic Seeing the beauty in objects that are broken Looking at the things you love with new perspective Realizing art need not be permanent to be enjoyed
Add life, color, texture and individuality to your work! If you're ready to go beyond the basics, and see what watercolor can really do, this is the book for you! Inside, a wealth of "creative departures" will take you out of your comfort zone, making the difference between pigment on paper and original, expressive works of art. Updated and better than ever, this edition of Watercolor Tricks & Techniques features: 30+ new watercolor materials and applications along with fresh insights on many tried-and-true techniques 15 step-by-step demonstrations showing techniques in action for beautiful finished paintings 3 possibility-packed sections–Liquid Aids, Dry Helpers and Indispensable Tools–exploring the possibilities of powdered pigments, granulating mediums, liquid mask, Yupo paper and much more Whether you're an advanced beginner ready to add a little zing to your repertoire or a seasoned painter looking to push your watercolor boundaries, this book will make the journey as exciting as the final destination.
Inspired by life, created by you Create distinctive pieces that evoke wonderful memories, reflect your passions, or simply make you smile. A Bead in Time shows you how to take even the smallest slices of life and turn them into beaded works of art. From a favorite vacation spot to a beloved "furry family member," you'll design meaningful jewelry pieces using a familiar source of inspiration: your life! A Bead in Time features: 35 exquisite jewelry projects inspired by personal memories and experiences serve as a basis for creating new looks. Beautiful designs suitable for beaders of all experience levels. Unique stringing techniques - from wire wrapping to the peyote stitch - are explained in clear, easy-to-follow steps. Get Inspired! sections offer suggestions for designing pieces based on your personal memories. Make a creative statement with your jewelry that's uniquely "you." Let A Bead in Time help you tell your story - through jewelry!
Hungry for new knitting techniques? Try knitting brioche! Knitting Brioche is the first and only knitting book devoted exclusively to brioche stitch, a knitting technique that creates a double-sided fabric. This complete guide will take you from your first brioche stitches to your first (or hundredth) project, and even to designing with brioche stitch, if you desire. Whether you're new to brioche knitting or experienced at "brioching," author Nancy Marchant provides the information and inspiration you need. Inside Knitting Brioche, you'll find: Detailed instructions and step-by-step photos that will guide you through all of the techniques you'll need for brioche knitting. A stitch dictionary including 60 beautiful stitch patterns with many multicolor options. 25 patterns for garments and accessories, all made with brioche stitches, some combined with other design elements including cables, lace, intarsia and more! Grab your needles and yarn and take a bite out of brioche knitting.
When life, or the spirit of experimentation, or the whim of watercolor itself leads artists outside their comfort zone, conditions are favorable for something new and wonderful to happen. Splash 11: New Directions features 126 such somethings, representing the best watercolor work being created today.As intriguing as the paintings themselves, the artists talk about what inspired these new directions - anything from a trip around the world to a bowl of apples passed by a hundred times before. Find out how a workshop, a new brush, or a new perspective (like painting into the sun) injected these works with fresh energy, emotion and inner reflection.In true Splash tradition, the sheer diversity of work within is stunning - from thick, dark and dramatic to light, loose and washy . . . in some cases all in the same piece. You'll find work from favorite Splash watercolorists, along with quite a few new artists never before seen in print.Anyone who has a passion for art will appreciate the thrill of discovery and freshness of technique that fills these pages. For painters who aspire to keep their own art lives fresh and exciting, this work - and the stories behind it - offer powerful inspiration to change it up, stand in a new place, and paint that painting you think you can't.
Fall in love with beading Add a romantic twist to your creative time with Beaded Allure. Inside you'll find projects and techniques to give your beadweaving the soft and romantic aesthetic you've always dreamed of. Author Kelly Wiese will lead you through the ins and outs of variety of stitches, and you'll use those stitches in 25 step-by-step projects. 10 beadweaving stitches and techniques detailed enough for beginners, yet still a great reference for more seasoned beaders. 25 projects have detailed instructions-including clear step-by-step photos-that beaders of all skill levels can complete. Easy to find tools and materials means you can get started today creating these beautiful necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Let Beaded Allure bring out the romantic in you.
A Complete Guide to Capturing the Charm and Glow of Children Making your subjects look age appropriate is vital to successful children's portraiture. Many artists fall short with features that are too severe, skin that lacks that glow of youth or proportions that are too much like those of adults. In this book, you'll learn how to use tried-and-true oil painting techniques to achieve fresh skin tones, shiny hair, crystal clear eyes...all the qualities that will make your portraits look truly authentic. Complete instructions and color palettes for painting luminous skin tones and hair 11 complete step-by-step demonstrations covering a broad range of complexions, ages, poses and sweet expressions Quick tips and expert tricks for making your subjects look natural–not stiff or posed Victoria Lisi's instruction is friendly and easy to follow, delivered with the belief that the process of portrait painting should be as enjoyable as the finished product–beautiful, touching portraits of kids having fun, playing in the sun and being themselves.
Open this book, and enter a realm where fantasy springs to life in dreamlike colors, luscious textures and graceful compositions. Continuing the journey of the original Dreamscapes, this second book by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law explores-in words and beautiful watercolor imagery-more legends of the sea, sky and earth. Learn Stephanie's secrets for calling forth maidens, mermaids and bewitching moonlight, for evoking dragons, enchantresses and tricksters, for turning seeds of legend and lore into spellbinding characters, creatures and settings. Follow along with 13 full step-by-step demonstrations to create unicorns, tree spirits, witches and other iconic fantasy figures. Discover a wealth of techniques for painting mermaid scales, Phoenix feathers, glowing dragon eyes, flowing gowns, silken hair and a host of other dazzling effects. Get inspired by the ancient origins and folktales behind each mystical being.
Smokin' chicks at your fingertips! You are holding the ultimate guide to drawing kick-ass comic book babes, from sultry eyes and succulent lips to the killer bodies that go with them. Whether you want to capture the likenesses of girls you know or bring fantasy women to life on paper, this book tells you everything you need to create super-heroines, damsels in distress and other original female characters. Step-by-step instruction for drawing eyes, mouths, hands and more Drawing instruction on hairstyles, clothing, facial expressions, ethnic and age variations and much more Expert tips on working with models and photo references, drawing dynamic poses and pumping up the drama with cool lighting effects Five full-length demonstrations simulate real-life "assignments," from cover art to a complete comic-book page Packed with tons of sexy chicks and sweet tricks for boosting the "babe factor" in your own creations, these pages will rock your drawing world.
Get Rolling on Your Most Inventive Artwork Ever! What lurks in the shadows of your imagination? This book takes you deep into the dusty corners and dark recesses where your most original ideas lie in wait, showing you how to lure them out into daylight, and shape them into fantastic yet believable concept art. Experimentation is the cornerstone of Fantasy Genesis. A series of dice rolls and corresponding word lists present you with an infinite variety of jumping-off points and visual problems to solve. The challenge (and the fun) is to meld seemingly unrelated and everyday elements such as a caterpillar, seashells, fire or a hammer into exceptionally curious, grotesque, oddly beautiful and totally unexpected creations. 40+ step-by-step mini-demonstrations illustrate basic techniques for drawing a wide range of fantasy elements and forms 3 game variations (complete with game sheets) lead you to create fiercely imaginative objects, creatures and humanoids 3 full-length demonstrations show how to play the game from your first rolls of the die to finished concept drawings Use this art-game as a warm-up, a bulldozer for creative-block or a daily sketching exercise to generate a stockpile of inspired beasties, heroes, costumes, weapons and other never-before-dreamt creations. It all starts with a roll, a word and your imagination.
Street + Art = InspirationDesigners Daniel and Klaus Bellon have been photographing street signage around the world for more than 17 years. This book celebrates their love of typography, and highlights the beauty of type in its truest form; not as a profession but as a necessity of everyday life. The images captured here are at times humorous, unexpected and even charming. But for those who understand the rules that are being broken, these explorations of type design are refreshing and inspiring. Even though graphic designers often think of themselves as the keepers of letterforms and typography, they do not own them. Typography belongs to everyone. Typography belongs to the people. Includes a royalty-free CD with 15 original fonts inspired by signs in the book. Type images were collected from countries around the world, including the United States, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Get ready to go on the paper adventure of a lifetime in Paper Wonderland! From the moment you step foot in the Neighborhood, you'll meet new friends to accompany you on your travels. Go hiking through the Forest with woodland creatures, and then relax with a dip in the Ocean. Trade your beach towel for a safari hat and go on a Jungle excursion that will have you swinging from the trees! Finally, return to the Big City to take in some fabulous sights. So sweet they make your teeth hurt, Michelle Romo's characters are begging to be brought to life with just scissors and tape. Besides adorable animals and people, the collection also includes a pirate ghost, a toaster oven, cute mustaches you can wear and much, much more! Come on! Grab your scissors and tape and let's visit Paper Wonderland! This book includes: 32 paper toy templates to cut out and build Downloadable PDFs of each paper toy template Step-by-step photographic instructions to make each toy Beautiful illustrations, colorful patterns and lots of fun!
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