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Simply Cards

by Sally Traidman

Over 100 stylish and fun handmade cards! You really can craft a handmade card in a matter of moments. It's simple with Simply Cards! Sally Traidman offers a wealth of beautifully designed cards that are easy to make, but hard to forget. With step-by-step illustrations, complete material lists and plenty of insider tips, you'll be crafting fabulous cards in no time at all!Using gorgeous papers, the latest inks and stamps and some of the coolest embellishments you'll find, these cards are a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion, bring a bit of joy to everyday life, or send a holiday greeting. No experience is necessary with a quick-start guide and basic techniques.Let Simply Cards be your guide to creating quick and easy beautiful cards!

Metal Craft Discovery Workshop

by Opie O'Brien Linda O'Brien

Creating with metal has never been easier!Whether it's jewelry, journals or kitschy keepsakes that spark your fire, Metal Craft Discovery Workshop shows just how easy it is to create 20 fun and funky projects step-by-step, from a miniature journal to an altered lunch box.A nontraditional approach and a comprehensive techniques section will introduce you to the whimsical side of metal. Not only will you learn secrets to cutting and joining metal, you'll also:Explore ways to age and add texture to metalDiscover the numerous types of metal available, including copper, mesh, wire and recycled materialConjure up beautiful patina finishes with several "secret" recipesFind further inspiration in the artists' gallery sectionYou'll love creating these pieces, whether you've worked with metal before or you're new to the medium. Give your recycle bin a second glance and start crafting beautiful pieces with metal today.

Elegant Knotted Jewelry

by Becky Meverden

Explore Maedeup, the ancient art of Korean knotting. Now you can discover the beautiful, traditional craft of maedeup, as you create gorgeous jewelry projects using colorful cording and beads. Author Becky Meverden first shows you how to create the knots themselves, then how to use them in projects from a simple pair of knotted earrings to an intricate dragonfly necklace and a modern wire plus cord watch. Elegant Knotted Jewelry includes everything you'll need to know to create your own maedeup jewelry: Step-by-step instructions that guide you through tying 10 traditional Korean knots 30 beautiful, elegant projects incorporating the techniques you've learned, updating this traditional art for the 21st Century Tips on designing and planning your own original maedeup jewelry-information on everything from how to calculate the amount of cording you'll need to how to tighten the knots Insight into the history and culture behind the craft Whether you're a knowledgeable knot crafter or new to knots, Elegant Knotted Jewelry will inspire you to explore the world of Korean knots and create beautiful maedeup jewelry.

Elegant Ribbonwork

by Helen Gibb

Respected ribbonwork designer Helen Gibb teaches readers how to add an heirloom touch to any garment or gift in Elegant Ribbonwork. Whether it's ribbon embellishments for wedding garments or a special outfit, readers will learn how to create an upscale look for less time than it takes to find the perfect outfit at a store. This easy-to-follow book includes: Ribbonwork history, which gives readers a solid understanding of this exciting craft Techniques for adding beauty and romance to any special occasion, including anniversaries, luncheons, an evening on the town Special projects tailored to today's brides, featuring popular ribbonwork projects from brides of yesteryear Detailed instructions and hand-drawn illustrations offer readers clarity and encouragement as they create upscale designs.

Decoding Design

by Maggie Macnab

Understand the Significance of Symbols in Your Design WorkOur world is comprised of a handful of very simple patterns that have been a part of human design since the beginning of time and have eternal significance.Decoding Design reveals how common symbols and shapes - like circles, squares and triangles - resonate at a gut level and can lend greater meaning to a design. By deconstructing famous logos and other sample designs, you'll learn how to communicate complex information quickly and intuitively with universal and meaningful patterns. You'll also uncover how other disciplines, such as philosophy, math, and physics, influence great design and can help you present ideas in a holistic and compelling manner.Whether you're a designer, student, or marketing professional, Decoding Design will show you the deeper meaning behind the symbols you encounter everyday, and how to better use those symbols to create an impactful relationship with the viewer.

Art Journey America Landscapes

by Kathy Kipp

Showcasing the work of more than 100 top contemporary American master artists of our day, this book features landscapes (a popular subject for art collectors and a tradition throughout American art history) from all across the country-east and west, north and south-rendered in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil and mixed media. Accompanying each painting are the thoughts, techniques and inspirations for the paintings by each artist.

Backyard Projects for Today's Homestead

by Chris Gleason

Maximize your outdoor living spaces through creative woodworking! Today's challenging economic climate has motivated many homeowners to stay in their current homes rather than upgrade, and this has sparked a major trend in what is often called the "don't move: improve!" movement. By putting a small amount of money (and some time) into sprucing-up your backyard, you can create a veritable oasis with the projects in this book. Not only can these projects improve quality of life, but building them can also be a great financial decision. Backyard Projects for Today's Homestead includes: 20 illustrated step-by-step projects that are within the skill level of beginning woodworkers Information on choosing durable materials, working with reclaimed lumber, applying finishes appropriate for outdoor wear More than just outdoor furniture - includes chicken coops, decking, gates, etc

Farm Fresh Flavors

by Randall L. Smith

Preparing and enjoying meals made with fresh seasonal produce from your local grower adds a little magic to your meal times. It's time to treat two of the more important activities of your life, cooking and eating, more seriously. This cookbook is all about using fresh ingredients with a pinch of flair. Most of the recipes can be prepared with tools that most of us have in our kitchens and with ingredients easily found at any local farmer's market or our own backyards. The point of this cookbook is to make eating healthy, fresh food simple so that you will choose it over frozen or processed products. Inside you'll learn: * The characteristics of each food * Multiple techniques for preparing produce * Ways to preserve and extend freshness * Why farm-fresh food is a better choice for healthy eating * How to connect with local farmers

Live Now

by Eric Smith

Inspiration for Every Day When illustrator Eric Smith was diagnosed with cancer, he chose to turn his illness into a gift and started the Live Now Project, a website that collects inspiring, illustrated quotations drawn by designers and illustrators from around the world. Now he's gathered the best quotes into this inspiring little book. Flip though for a quick pick-me-up or take advantage of the perforated pages to display your favorites and share special sentiments with friends and family. Modern and uplifting, each image will help you remember to live now.

The Creative Professional's Guide to Money

by Ilise Benun

The Creative Professional's Guide to Money teaches creatives everything they need to know about the financial side of running a creative business. Creatives - which include anyone promoting their own creative services (designers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators, interior designers, web designers, and more) - are great at their work, but when it comes to running the financial side of their business, most would rather not talk about it. This book focuses on proven techniques and resources used by a wide range of successful creatives to manage their business finances. Expert advisers are interviewed on topics such as accounting, taxes, contracts and financial planning. Using examples, case studies, and real-life stories from actual creatives, this book addresses: How to build the financial structure of a creative business from the ground up How to set up and achieve long-term financial goals and plan for a prosperous retirement Common financial mistakes small business owners make and how to avoid them How to handle taxes and insurance How to perform day-to-day accounting tasks How to create a budget and adhere to it What to charge for work and how to determine a profit margin How to talk about money with clients and prospects

The Strategic Designer

by David Holston

The design profession has been asking itself some important questions lately. How do designers deal with the increasing complexity of design problems? What skills do designers need to be competitive in the future? How do designers become co-creators with clients and audiences? How do designers prove their value to business? Designers are looking for ways to stay competitive in the conceptual economy and address the increasing complexity of design problems. By adopting a process that considers collaboration, context and accountability, designers move from 'makers of things' to 'design strategists.' The Strategic Designer shows designers how to build strong client relationships, elevate their standing with clients, increase project success rates, boost efficiency and enhance their creativity.

Creating Comics from Start to Finish

by Buddy Scalera

You Can Work Professionally in Comics! Jump-start your comic book career! Creating Comics From Start to Finish tells you everything about how today's mainstream comic books are produced and published. Top working professionals detail how comics are created from concept to completion. Dig deep into every step of the process including writing, editing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering and even publishing. Working professionals talk candidly about breaking into (and staying in) this exciting industry. Interviews and advice from: Mike Marts, Editor-Batman Mark Waid, Writer-Kingdom Come, Flash, Irredeemable Darick Robertson, Penciler-Wolverine, The Boys, Transmetropolitan Rodney Ramos, Inker-Green Lantern, Punisher Brian Haberlin, Colorist-Witchblade, Spawn Chris Eliopoulos, Letterer-Pet Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer-Marvel Comics Stan Lee, Former President, Chairman-Marvel Comics

Graff 2

by Scape Martinez

You are here. The original book, Graff, put you in touch with your creative style. Graff 2 is here to help you find your creative soul. Is it wildstyle or bubble letters? Flat or three-dimensional? Black and white or full color? Delving deeper into the elements covered in his first book, graffiti artist Scape Martinez brings you into his world, sharing his approach to letters, color and design. From working it out with paper and pens to working large (and legally) on walls, Graff 2 reveals the nuts and bolts of graffiti style along with ideas and techniques for bringing those styles to life. Preparation, technique, expression and meaning 5 full-scale demonstrations show the creation of wall pieces from start to finish Heavily illustrated with examples and step-by-step instruction throughout Includes an expanded glossary of graffiti terms not covered in the first book Artists and fans alike will appreciate this rare inside perspective on graffiti art. Take it to your wall. You have something to say. Put it out there for the world to see.

Sketch Card Mania

by Randy Martinez Denise Vasquez

In this age of digital everything, presenting someone with an original, hand-drawn piece of art makes a big impression. So it's no wonder sketch cards (trading cards featuring one-of-a-kind artwork) are such a sensation. Packed with cool examples from various artists, Sketch Card Mania shows you how to create your own personal and professional-looking cards with guidance from long-time veteran of the trading card industry Randy Martinez.Basic technique instruction for sketching in pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, colored markers, acrylic, watercolor and mixed mediaThe mechanics of designing and constructing sketch cards, from what to include on the back to printing, cutting and mounting them just right20 step-by-step demonstrations featuring a range of styles and subjects - heroes, villains, athletes, aliens, wizards, elf warriors and moreExpert tips for connecting with other artists, promoting yourself and sharing your work onlinePlus awesome inside tips on breaking into the business from five industry professionalsWhether your goal is to generate fans, get commissions or just have fun, this book will show you how to make stand-out cards that really say something about you as an artist.

Painting Sunlight and Shadow with Pastels

by Maggie Price

Infuse your paintings with light and life! Whether you work outdoors or indoors, understanding the effects of light and shadow is key to making your art lifelike and engaging. Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all recipe for painting light, this book shows you how to capture the particular ambient qualities of any scene before you, be it a gloriously clear morning, a rainy afternoon, or the joyful dance of sunlight on water. Master pastel artist Maggie Price shares techniques for painting beautiful light, rich shadows and convincing reflections. 10 step-by-step demonstrations tackle a diversity of lighting situations, encompassing various weather conditions and times of day. Five contributing artists explore different styles, approaches and subjects, including landscapes, water scenes and people. Concepts are demonstrated with pastel but are applicable to any medium. An illuminating read for beginning and experienced artists alike, this book will help you engage your viewer by achieving that captivating sense of "being there."

The Elemental Journal

by Tammy Kushnir

Create Expressive Books from Salvaged TreasuresRusty doorknobs, cardboard containers and plastic packaging may seem like trash to some, but through the creative mind, they are transformed into beautiful expressions - equally parts artful book and assemblage. The Elemental Journal will show you how to craft a wide variety of journals to hold your secrets or express your inner thoughts, and discover new ways to use wood, paper, fabric, plastic and metal in your art.Peek inside The Elemental Journal and you will find...15 stepped-out journal projects made from unusual materials and found objects, from tree bark to dismantled photo albums to tin boxes.Tips for seeking out materials for your journals in flea markets, garage sales, and in your own attic or trash can.Inspiring gallery projects from 9 contributing artists, including Susan Tuttle, Jen Osborn and Jill Berry.One artist's trash is another's treasure. Discover yours with The Elemental Journal.

Amazing Crayon Drawing With Lee Hammond

by Lee Hammond

Young at art! Combine the familiar charm of crayons with "grown-up" art techniques for surprisingly realistic results Your old childhood coloring friends are all grown up! In this unique book, best-selling artist Lee Hammond proves that crayons are not just for kids anymore but can hold their own as a "serious" (if unexpected) art medium. Use Hammond's easy methods to create striking drawings that feature brilliant color and incredibly lifelike texture. 29 step-by-step demonstrations cover a wide range of subjects--still life, landscapes, animals and people Simple blending, layering and burnishing techniques translate into remarkably realistic drawings Hammond's graphing and "puzzle piece" theories help you draw any subject with true-to-life results Features great tricks you can pass along to other crayon lovers in your life, regardless of age You simply won't believe what you can accomplish with this familiar and affordable medium. Rediscover the creative thrill of opening the "big box," and infuse your art with a fresh sense of play.

How to Paint Living Portraits

by Roberta Carter Clark

Master artist Roberta Carter Clark shares secrets for infusing portraits with life. Since its original publication, this best-selling book has earned a loyal following among students of portraiture. Back in print by popular demand, How to Paint Living Portraits has been updated to help today's artists discover the joys of this time-honored tradition. Hands-on instruction covers a range of ages and ethnicities, offering a practical approach to creating successful, spirited portraits in charcoal, oils and watercolor. Includes 23 exercises for capturing recognizable likenesses, feature by feature Offers instruction on painting the figure, hands and clothing Addresses common stumbling blocks of skin tones and hair colors Illustrates simple and complex lighting set-ups for achieving multiple moods and effects Features 5 step-by-step portrait demonstrations in charcoal, oil and watercolor Clark brings fifty years of experience to this book, from technical expertise on color and composition to practical considerations of working with a live model. One of the most comprehensive guides ever written on the subject, it's a valuable reference for any skill level.

Inspiritu Jewelry

by Tonia Davenport Marie French

Create beautiful jewelry for better wellbeing Discover the power of creating unique pieces of adornment with the intention to heal. Inside Inspiritu you will turn pages borrowed from a dusty "prescriptions book" revealing restorative secrets of a legendary curandera - a woman healer - and will become inspired to create your own unique jewelry pieces to share with others. From creating your own clasps and jump rings to incorporating keepsakes with new elements there is much to discover here. You'll also: Master a variety of metalworking jewelry techniques such as forging, stamping, sawing, wirework and more. Learn the qualities instilled in specific colors and gemstones to truly target the needs of those you create jewelry for. See how easy it is to turn new objects into ones that appear aged and where to go to find vintage treasures to use in your works. Combine vintage elements with new materials to create striking pieces with both form and function. Pamper yourself or others using the plentiful suggestions for restorative teas and other healing treatments. Whether you enjoy making earrings, bracelets or necklaces, start creating beautiful jewelry for the betterment of your mind, body and soul. Look. Make. Meet.

The Artist Unique

by Carmen Torbus

Make your mark your way! Every artist seeks to stand apart from the crowd. But how? Let author Carmen Torbus inspire you to new creative highs in this collection of hands-on techniques and heartfelt stories from 16 artists who have worked through their own artistic struggles and stalls to emerge triumphant, with looks uniquely their own. Whether art is new to you, or you have been at it awhile and are having trouble discovering your own style, this encouraging book will guide you to experiment with different mediums, techniques and possibilities to make a mark that is exclusively yours. Inside you'll find: 17 of the artists' favorite mixed-media techniques shown step by step, with suggestions for how to make them your own Beautiful finished art illustrating how individual artists use and combine these techniques in their own work Easy worksheets to help reveal your artistic skills, strengths and preferences A quick-start guide to various mediums, mark makers and creative paraphernalia Lots of tips and advice for putting yourself into your art Embrace who you are and find out what defines you as an artist. Make your art far from ordinary--become the artist UNIQUE!

Surface Treatment Workshop

by Darlene Olivia Mcelroy Sandra Duran-Wilson

Breaking the Surface Pondering how to begin a new piece of art? Surface Treatment Workshop has the answer! The authors of Image Transfer Workshop are back to show you 45 stepped-out mixed-media techniques that will add depth and texture to your artwork. These techniques are the perfect jump-off point for creating art you will love to look at, and, in some cases, touch! In this comprehensive guide, you'll find: 45 techniques. Exciting new applications such as the use of WonderUnder, pulled paper and plaster-dipped gauze will provide you with fresh ideas--many previously unpublished. Multiple variations. Each technique features swatches and descriptions to take the techniques in multiple directions with multiple mixed-media products. Inspirational style. Fully stepped-out projects from two artists will show you how to combine the techniques into finished works of art that can go in any artistic style. Take Surface Treatment Workshop with you on your artistic journey for beautiful beginnings.

The New Traditional Woodworker

by Jim Tolpin

Working Wood, Not Machining It If you're more interested in working with wood rather than machining it, you will be relieved to learn that expensive powered machinery isn't required to build furniture. You can also forget the dust masks, face shields and hearing protection since many of the safety concerns related to woodworking-the use of power tools-are eliminated. In this book, you'll learn to set up a hand-tool woodworking shop, then discover the toolset, practice the skillset, and understand the mindset-effectively completing a comprehensive course in hand-tool woodworking.

The Strategic Web Designer

by Christopher Butler

Expand your strategic capabilities and technological understanding! Your clients are looking for an expert--someone who understands rapidly changing technology and can provide strategic insight into their web projects from inception and development to launch and beyond. Are you that person? Today, designers are expected to provide a level of web expertise that extends far beyond just good design. The Strategic Web Designer provides you with a foundation that will allow you to keep your bearings in an industry filled with constant technological change. You'll learn to: Plan web projects Organize information in ways that make sense Understand analytics Optimize content for search engines and mobile technology And more! More than a book about building websites, The Strategic Web Designer is your guide to thinking about the web in a strategic and comprehensive manner. Be more than just a web designer--take charge of your web projects and make yourself invaluable to clients.

100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards

by Kimber Mcgray

This title features step-by-step instructions for 100 adorable card making projects, perfect for whether you're crafting a last-minute birthday card or looking to stretch your papercraft skills with an all-occasion 'anytime' card. With 50 basic cards and another 50 cards with an interactive or dimensional feature, there are plenty of options no matter how experienced you are or no matter how much time you have to spend. Step-by-step photos will help readers work through all the tricky bits to create truly memorable cards with swivels, pop-ups, spinners, shakers, sliders and more for birthdays, holidays, celebrations and no reason at all.

Fun to Draw Mini Mangas

by T. Beaudenon

Creative Mini Mangas Big eyes, oversized heads and mischievous minds make mini manga characters (also called chibis) extra fun to create. You can draw them in a snap in just a few simple steps! Follow along with the step-by-step demonstrations inside to make 21 different chibis in no time at all.

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