25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs
Incorporating patterns such as a pink, cat-shaped pyjama case and a long-limbed Cheeky Monkey, this manual, which includes clear instructions, templates and advice on yarns and techniques, combines classic designs with contemporary ideas for toys that make ideal gifts. Slightly off-mint.
The Big Book of Candles
Over 40 Step-by-Step Candlemaking Projects
After listing essential materials and equipment, this illustrated guide presents 40 projects for novice and experienced crafters. There are classic column and container candles, and designs that use more advanced techniques such as hand-dipping and incising, all with clear, step-by-step instructions and colour photographs.
Five Ways to Rescue Desperate Watercolors
Susan Webb Tregay presents a practical guide to 'rescuing' watercolour paintings that seem to have gone hopelessly wrong and from would-be disasters, creating successful works. With many before-and-after examples that show her techniques in action, and stressing the need for flexibility and daring, Tregay explains five steps to achieving success: correct any disliked elements, break up boring spaces, enrich with colour, unify values and colour, and add something surprising.
Detailed studies of 15 different species make up this guide to depicting birds in oil paints. There are field sketches and reference photos for each one; demonstrations that focus on details such as feather types and facial features; step-by-step instructions for your preparatory drawings and the painting itself; and suggestions for adding extra details such as the flowers common to each bird's habitat. The projects are graded from easy to more challenging compositions. Written for an American readership.
How to See, How to Draw
Keys to Realistic Drawing
Starting from the premise that anyone can be taught to draw to a level of representational competence, this practical manual sets out a programme for achieving convincingly realistic drawings. With simple tips for assessing scale and perspective, observing and recording accurately and understanding light and shadows, the hundreds of examples and exercises offer advice on the rendering of all subjects, from landscapes and still lifes to animals and the human figure.