Ophelia Pang's Interactive Art Book
Start with a Shape to Colour, Draw and Design
Based in Hong Kong, artist Ophelia Pang is known for working with bold colours and simple shapes. In this interactive book, with coloured pages and templates to cut out, she encourages novice artists to create 30 projects by exploring different colour schemes, experimenting with drawing, and making a series of collages. Age 7+
20 Creative Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials
Aimed at those with no previous experience, the 20 creative projects in this guide are illustrated and explained one stage at a time. Beginning with basic information about what to look for when sourcing materials, Max McMurdo then demonstrates how to create bespoke pieces such as a pallet-wood upholstered stool and an illuminated side table made from a washing-machine drum. For easy reference, the final section outlines all the necessary tools and techniques required.
A Grammar of Chinese Rubbings
Ink rubbings of culturally valuable material have been central to Chinese culture since at least the 6th century and can be all that remains of the original work. This first comprehensive study of them in English explores their development, materials and techniques and demonstrates not only their importance to history, art and archaeology but their position as works of art in their own right.
50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades
After explaining the basic techniques and equipment needed to make lampshades of different shapes and sizes, this illustrated book shows how to embellish them to suit different interior styles. Ideas include a beaded bohemian chandelier, retro paper designs and upcycling fabrics and other objects for a contemporary look.
Hirameki: Draw What You See
36 Placemats for Mealtime Doodling Fun!
A springboard for creative doodling, these paper placemats feature blots of colour that just need a few pencil strokes to become monsters, vehicles or birds. Ideal for mealtimes or rainy days, there are 4 mats of 9 different designs.
Mazes Colouring Book
An Anti-Stress Coloring Book with 60 Illustrations, 60 Mazes to Complete
Once complete, the paths through the 60 mazes in this book each create the outline of an animal. The mazes are surrounded by intricate line drawings inspired by the natural world, to colour in, detach and display.
Colour Your Own Medieval Animals
Sourced from the British Library's extensive archive of illuminated medieval and Renaissance poetry, bestiaries and religious manuscripts, the 22 animal pictures in this colouring folio are printed on tear-out pages that are blank on the reverse. The original artworks are reproduced in colour on the inside cover.
Here's One I Made Earlier
Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s television programme, is known for its famous ‘makes’ – creative projects which transform everyday household objects into toys and gifts. This collection reproduces some of the most memorable designs, including the Advent Crown, the Doll’s House and Tracy Island, and has a foreword by Valerie Singleton and contributions from former presenters and the ‘Queen of Makes’, Margaret Parnell.
A Kew Colouring Frieze
Sue Mason’s finely drawn frieze takes us on a colouring-in journey through the exotic habitats where wild animals roam and spice plants grow – tamarind and giraffes in tropical Africa, vanilla and iguana in Central America, cardamom and peacocks in Sri Lanka, and six more scenes of animals and the spices’ foliage and flowers in a continuous, pull-out frieze.
Extreme Maze Challenges to Complete and Color
With three inventive puzzle types – Bridge, Multi-floor, and Warp – these large and intricate mazes will challenge the most experienced solver, and in case you complete them in record time, these complex shapes can also be coloured in. Fortunately, there are solutions at the back of the book.
Crafted in Britain
The Survival of Britain's Traditional Industries
Essential to the brewing and whisky distilling industries, malt has been made from barley in the traditional way at Warminster Maltings in Wiltshire since the 1850s, raking out the grain onto large floors for it to germinate for several days and then drying it in a kiln. From bell casting and stone masonry to brick making and book binding, this book reveals the processes of 27 craft industries still alive and well in Britain today.
Happy Birthday Bagpuss
With Easy Projects to Make
Published to celebrate Bagpuss’s 40th birthday, this affectionate compendium includes a foreword by Peter Firmin, activities, board games and stories, as well as instructions for making sugar mice, a lavender-filled Madeleine, a beanbag Gabriel, and a knitted or pyjama-case Bagpuss.
400 Japanese Motifs
The crane and the cherry blossom commonly feature in Japanese art but animals and plant motifs of all kinds can be found in the unique and highly influential decorative tradition. This sourcebook draws on Japanese designs found on a range of works from silk kimonos and delicately glazed porcelain vessels to paintings and temple bronzes. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed
After providing basic information about materials and colours, each chapter in this DIY guide focuses on a specific material – including wood, thread, clay and wax – explains how to use it, and offers two or three easy projects to try. From making your own tea-lights to spray-painting a dining chair, these unusual designs can make a striking difference to your home. (References to websites may no longer be valid.)
Tom Smith's Magical Invention
For over 150 years, Christmas crackers have been part of our Christmas festivities, but who created this wonderful fandangle? Little is known about Tom Smith, the accepted inventor of the cracker, but Peter Kimpton draws on a wealth of archive material to tell the story of Mr Smith and his amazing invention. Among the many aspects of cracker history revealed are box designs, how the love motto was ousted by the corny joke, pyrotechnic crackers, and crackers in wartime.
Gustav Klimt: The Founder of the Vienna Secession
Klimt (1862–1918) is one of the key figures in 20th-century art and 20 of his paintings, including The Virgin, both portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer and The Kiss, are reproduced in this book alongside outlines to colour in and brief introductions to the artworks.
The Knitter's Handbook
Over 90 Stitches and Techniques Explained
For new knitters who want to learn the basics, or experienced knitters wanting to try more complex patterns, this practical book provides clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations for more than 90 stitches and techniques. Beginning with an introduction to yarns, equipment and casting on and off, the guide has chapters on following a pattern, special textures, knitting in the round, colour work and embellishments and advanced techniques. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.