The Grammar of Spice
In her book The Grammar of Spice, Caz Hildebrand matches spices to patterns drawn from Owen Jones’s sourcebook, The Grammar of Ornament (1856). These cards feature the patterns for 16 different spices. The cards and white envelopes are presented in a blue and ochre card box.
100 Postcards of Iconic Bicycles
Touring, mountain, road and recumbent bicycles, BMX bikes, tandems and folding bikes... Each of 100 modern-era bicycles is photographed against an immaculate white background for these semi-matt postcards. There are technical details on the reverse sides and the whole set is contained in a smart red and white card box.
Fantastic Forgeries: Paint Like Van Gogh
A Step-by-Step Course to Painting Van Gogh's Classic Artworks
Each of the eight tutorials in this art techniques guide is an extended dissection of a famous Van Gogh composition, with a list of required materials and colours, a drawing template and illustrated instructions for each step of the painting process (Sunflowers has 32 steps illustrated). Also included are The Bedroom, Wheatfield with Crows and Fishing Boats on the Beach.
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.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Wall Calendar 2020
This varied selection of Mackintosh's profoundly influential work includes architecture (the Hill House), furniture, interior design and watercolours. Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
Wall Calendar 2020
Twelve colourful illustrations from Tove Jansson's original tales of the Moomin family in Moominvalley – probably Finland's best-loved export. Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
Wall Calendar 2020
These vibrant landscapes and still lifes by Samuel Peploe, Leslie Hunter, Francis Cadell and William McTaggart are from the National Galleries Scotland. Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
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.
Icons of Style
Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Françoise Hardy and Debbie Harry are among 20 women – film stars, models, musicians and a president’s wife – who have turned heads and set trends. Their portraits are reproduced in black and white or colour in this set of good quality, semi-matt postcards, presented in a pink paper wallet.
Royal Horticultural Society: In Bloom Writing Set
Decorated with illustrations from the RHS Lindley Library – a delicate pink flower on the writing paper and a small purple spray on the envelopes – this set consists of 32 sheets of fine quality paper, with 16 matching white envelopes in a traditional folding case of decorated card.
Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags
This set of wrapping papers revisits the 1950s with strong, colourful designs that are now enjoying something of a revival. There are ten folded sheets (680x480mm when unfolded) in ten different designs, with perforations for easy removal and twelve co-ordinating gift tags.
London 36 Postcards
These iconic images from photographic agency Magnum span more than 80 years and reflect diverse aspects of life in London, from red buses and the excited crowd watching the 1937 coronation parade to a tranquil morning swim in Hampstead in 2014. The collection includes work by such celebrated photographers as Robert Capa, Inge Morath, Eve Arnold and Martin Parr.
Floral Patterns of India
Gift Wrapping Paper
Taking inspiration from the decorative arts of India as illustrated in Henry Wilson’s The Floral Patterns of India (2016), this book comprises ten sheets of wrapping paper in ten different designs, along with matching gift tags. Unfolded, the sheets measure 680x480mm and are perforated for easy removal.
Floral Patterns of India
Gift Labels, Stickers & Tape
With more than 300 designs reproduced from Henry Wilson’s The Floral Patterns of India (2016), adapted for self-adhesive tape strips, round stickers and oblong gift tags, and printed in many different colours, this book provides the finishing touches for gifts, whether you are using plain coloured wrapping paper or matching Indian designs.
A Puzzling Colour by Numbers Book
There are 20 portraits of cats in this book of Querkles; they are hidden in puzzles made up of hundreds of overlapping circles, the segments of which have been numbered from 1–5. All you have to do is colour or shade the circles and segments, making 1s the darkest and 5s the lightest, to reveal your feline work of art.
Colouring from Nature
Dating back to the 1870s, and familiar to generations of French schoolchildren, the Deyrolle educational charts show varieties of plants and animals, from butterflies and mushrooms to cereal crops and silkworms. This book presents 60 of the best-known colour posters with 60 black-and-white illustrations inspired by them, to colour in.
Map of the World 1000 Piece Puzzle
Based on a vintage bihemispheric map of the world with collaged images evoking the adventure of travel, this absorbing puzzle measures 20 x 27" when complete. The pieces are made from at least 90 per cent recycled paper, and are packaged in a sturdy 8½ x 10 x 2⅛" box. Not suitable for children under three years of age. Age 6+
Cooper Hewitt Object of the Day
Drawing on the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, these semi-matt postcards show 30 everyday or decorative objects as diverse as cutlery and typewriters, with information about the designs on the reverse of the ‘stub’ photographs to keep.
The Kama Sutra Colouring Book
A compendium of advice on love, sex and family life, the Hindu text known as the Kama Sutra was probably compiled in the second century CE from earlier texts, and it is best known for its practical advice about sexual positions. This adult colouring book provides intricate line drawings based on illustrations of those chapters. Sexually explicit.
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.
RHS Peonies and Butterflies Postcards
Presented in a sturdy, drawer-type box, these large postcards (160x115mm) feature 30 different designs based on illustrations in the RHS Lindley Library. While most of the postcards depict two or more peonies in shades of white, pink and red and a variety of butterflies, a few have an all-over design of smaller flowers and butterflies.
Based on a design by Molly McGrath, whose inspirations are the geometry, colours and curves of Moroccan architecture, this notebook has a black, laser-cut board forming a lattice over the vivid pink, orange and pale-green cover. The 128 pages are lined in neon orange, with orange endpapers and decoration at the foot of each page.
Tails from the Booth Notecards
Mutt Shots in a Flash
Enjoying the conceit that canine pals or partners might go into a photo booth to have their mug shots taken, this amusingly styled set provides twelve different photostrips of dogs posing for the camera, with notecards on which to mount them and write a message or greeting, and matching envelopes.
Tails from the Booth
Set of 3 Notebooks
What happens when you put two dogs in a photo booth? Lynn Terry tried it and the result, Tails from the Booth (2015), became a huge success. Here some of the canine mug shots adorn the covers and (in sepia tone) the pages of three notebooks: one plain paper, one lined, one squared.
Super Mario Bros Notecards
12 Die-Cut Notecards
The ultra-low 8-bit resolution of the original Super Mario Bros game of 1985 provides the retro artwork for this set of twelve notecards featuring Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. The cards can be transformed into self-standing cutouts and come with matching envelopes.
Reproduced from Fifty English Steeples by Julian Flannery, 16 pristine, meticulously accurate line drawings celebrate some of the finest medieval parish church towers and spires in England. Each of the high-quality, matt, pale-cream cards (white inside) has a different tower or spire. They are presented in a pale cream and purple box, with white envelopes.
Remarkable Plants Five-Year Journal
With hard covers featuring Parrot Tulips from Album van Eeden (1872) and bound in dark green linen, this attractive five-year journal is based on Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World by Helen and William Bynum and is lavishly illustrated with drawings and prints from the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with 12 Gift Tags
The wrapping papers in this set were inspired by the colourful and almost abstract illustrations of herbs in Caz Hildebrand’s book Herbarium (2016). It comprises ten sheets of wrapping paper, all different designs, folded into the book and perforated to tear out easily, plus matching gift tags.
Decorated Papers Wrapping Paper
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with 10 Gift Tags
Reproduced from An Anthology of Decorated Papers by PJM Marks (2015), these ten richly ornamented and marbled papers, originally used by bookbinders, are now held in the British Library. The book contains ten sheets of wrapping paper (folded) with ten matching gift tags.
The covers of these notebooks feature three decorated papers from the British Library collection: a late 19th century blue and white Japanese block printing; a colourful, dynamic example of 20th century European marbling; and an early 20th century Italian block printing in blue, black and gold. There are two larger notebooks (one lined, one plain) and a plain pocket-size book.
The Book of Kells Postcards
With one of the manuscript’s many depictions of Christ with a peacock on the cover, this boxed set of high quality postcards shows 30 details from The Book of Kells, including miniature paintings of creatures among the lines of script, examples of the fine calligraphy and ornate initials, complex patterns, and portraits of biblical figures.
100 Faber Postcards
Selected from the Faber Archive, 100 classic book covers are reproduced in this boxed set of postcards. One could have fun thinking of who to send Lord of the Flies to, and when might Anyone Can Cook be appropriate; or you could simply admire the distinctive cover designs and lettering by artists including Edward Bawden, Charles Mozley, Edward Ardizzone, David Jones, Barnett Freedman and Berthold Wolpe.