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.
Make Your Own Christmas Decorations
This kit contains everything required to make twelve hanging Christmas decorations: a guide to the simple stitches used, step-by-step photographic instructions, and a pack of essential materials (felt sheets, thread, miniature pompoms and waxed cotton cord). Suitable for beginners, the Cath Kidston-designed ornaments include a snowman, a reindeer, an angel, a stocking and a holly leaf.
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.
Can you rise to the challenge of dot-to-dot puzzles in three dimensions? Here are 30 views of city life, famous buildings and spectacular skyscrapers, each made up of around 800 dots in three colours. When you have joined all the dots, you can put on the 3D glasses (they come with the book) and view your masterpiece in three dimensions. Off-mint.
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.
Albion's Glorious Ile
The Shyres of England & Wales in IV Volumes
Each of these four volumes begins with verses from Poly-Olbion – a 17th-century poem by Michael Drayton – accompanied by black-and-white maps of the various regions of England, showing geographical features represented by gods, nymphs and faeries. These are colouring books, but not in the contemporary sense: the black-line images should be carefully washed over with watercolours, according to cartographic tradition. Slipcased.
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.
A World of Decoration & Ornament
The world of the shell described by Ingrid Thomas encompasses a tremendous range of artefacts, from a primitive axe made from sharpened Giant Clam shell, to Maggi Hambling’s Scallop (2003) on Aldeburgh beach. Magnificently illustrated with over 500 photographs, the book begins with an introduction to natural shells before exploring their uses as tools, currency, for carving and as jewellery, then goes on to look at the shell – as material and as inspiration – in art, architecture and the decorative arts.
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.
Vincent Van Gogh
Make Your Own Art Masterpiece
With this colouring book you can take inspiration from Van Gogh's paintings to create your own unique artwork. Choose from landscapes, street scenes, interiors and portraits, including Self-Portrait With a Bandaged Ear, Sunflowers, The Bedroom and Starry Night Over the Rhône. The book also provides a brief biography, captions and a guide to the colours originally used in each painting.
Heraldry: Coats of Arms, Crests and Seals
A Colouring Book
In this book a wide range of historic coats of arms, crests and seals are presented in outline form, ready for you to colour in. There are over 90 outline drawings, labelled with the names of the original holders of the arms, but the choice of colours is up to you.