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New Arrivals - Arts & Crafts eBooks

Check out the arts and crafts eBooks recently added to the library's collection.


Allison Says: 500 Poses for Photograping Brides: A Visual Sourcebook for Digital Wedding Photographers
Amazon Says: Containing numerous contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual concerning wedding portraits explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create more...
Amazon Says: Containing numerous contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual concerning wedding portraits explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create a flattering, feature-specific photograph--one that focuses on the head, shoulders, arms, legs, or torso--in different levels of close-ups, from head-shots to full-lengths. less...
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Allison Says: Score, Fold, Create!: The Ultimate Guide to Paper Crafting with Scor-Pal
Amazon Says: Stunning paper crafts with unique and inspiring designs can be found in this collection of projects. Crafters can learn how to use the Scor-Pal scoring boards and tools to the more...
Amazon Says: Stunning paper crafts with unique and inspiring designs can be found in this collection of projects. Crafters can learn how to use the Scor-Pal scoring boards and tools to their full potential with the aid of easy-to-follow tutorials, detailed assembly instructions, and graphs. Lovely handmade cards, gift boxes, and decorative pieces are among the brand-new project ideas that will be treasured by friends and family for years to come. Those who are new to the art of scoring and folding paper and those who have been practicing these skills for years will find creativity-sparking ideas in this eye-catching assortment of designs as well as practical information on utilizing the helpful Scor-Pal tools. less...
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Allison Says: Cloth Doll Artistry
Amazon Says: In this unique and beautiful book, beloved doll-designer Barbara Willis guides readers through various approaches to doll design and basic and advanced construction techniques more...
Amazon Says: In this unique and beautiful book, beloved doll-designer Barbara Willis guides readers through various approaches to doll design and basic and advanced construction techniques. Through the creation of three complete step-by-step projects, readers will develop color boards, learn to use vintage images, create both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional cloth dolls, learn sophisticated costuming techniques, and gain knowledge of elaborate soft sculpting. A gallery shares the inspirational work of several well-known doll artists who have created their own versions of each project. Complete patterns and templates are included. less...
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Allison Says: Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching
Amazon Says: Adding a touch of comfort and style to a crafter's home decor, the patterns in this collection can be made from a variety of yarns and colors and by crocheters of all skill le more...
Amazon Says: Adding a touch of comfort and style to a crafter's home decor, the patterns in this collection can be made from a variety of yarns and colors and by crocheters of all skill levels. With 26 designs, this book features full-color photographs and detailed instructions on stitching and incorporating motifs and patterns such as granny squares, Tunisian lace, pineapples, shells, ripples, and more. Beautiful, whimsical, and practical, these afghans make perfect gifts and home accents. less...
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Allison Says: Painting With Pastels: Easy Techniques to Master the Medium
Amazon Says: Come enjoy the art of pastel painting with beloved workshop instructor Maggie Price. In this step-by-step guide, she teaches you everything you need to know to make the most o more...
Amazon Says: Come enjoy the art of pastel painting with beloved workshop instructor Maggie Price. In this step-by-step guide, she teaches you everything you need to know to make the most of this accessible art form. From selecting the right materials to learning the fundamentals of composition, Maggie starts with the basics and progresses to 21 complete pastel demonstrations that detail specific painting techniques and effects.You'll learn how to:Create depth and movement with colorPaint using a range of strokesBlend colors to create luminous skies, reflections and moreUnderpaint to achieve brilliant light and deep shadowsMix pastels with watercolor and gouache to create fluid effectsCreate new compositions from photographs In addition to step-by-step guidance, you'll be inspired by the work of ten nationally renowned pastel artists. Their contributions to this book illustrate the limitless possibilities of pastel painting and offer additional insight for working with this versatile medium. Maggie also includes dozens of helpful sidebars to help you save time, avoid mistakes and work more efficiently.With its blend of visual instruction, thorough guidance and breathtaking artwork, this is the only guide you need to experience the joy and satisfaction of painting with pastels. less...
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Allison Says: Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow
Amazon Says: A Celebration of LightLight has the power to make an ordinary flower extraordinary. Inside, Jan Kunz shares simple, step-by-step techniques for capturing that celebrated "glow more...
Amazon Says: A Celebration of LightLight has the power to make an ordinary flower extraordinary. Inside, Jan Kunz shares simple, step-by-step techniques for capturing that celebrated "glow" in watercolor. A classic approach to a timeless subject, this encore publication of Kunz's best-selling book covers a fabulous range of inspirations, from lilacs artfully arranged in a sterling vase to daisies skipping along a picket fence. Beautifully illustrated pages feature:20 special floral painting techniques6 paint-along demonstrations, complete with preliminary drawingsa comparison chart of 21 pigments and their special uses for the flower paintercoverage of everything from selecting materials and arranging flowers, to mixing glazes for radiant effects Kunz explains how composition, color theory and other important elements of painting apply to painting flowers, distilling years of experience into key techniques artists can take straight to their work for sparkling results. It's the perfect pick for artists who want to spend more time at the easel and less time reading about it. less...
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Allison Says: Lee Hammond's Big Book of Acrylic Painting: Fast and Easy Techniques for Painting Your Favorite Subjects
Amazon Says: Basic Acrylic Instruction—Amazing Results!This resource is packed with the best of Lee Hammond's lessons and tips on working with acrylics, including more than 80 step-by-st more...
Amazon Says: Basic Acrylic Instruction—Amazing Results!This resource is packed with the best of Lee Hammond's lessons and tips on working with acrylics, including more than 80 step-by-step exercises and demonstrations that will have you creating amazing paintings in no time flat.Success is easy—just follow along with Lee!With just seven to nine pigments, you can paint anything. You'll learn how to add layers and details, one stroke at a time. Along the way, Lee 's friendly encouragement and quick tips will help you work past what she calls "the awkward stage," so you can complete your paintings with confidence.In addition to detailed information on selecting materials and mixing colors, you'll also get complete visual instruction for painting subjects of all kinds, including:Still Life: Get proper proportions every time, using easy graphing techniques. You'll also find demonstrations for painting the tricky parts, such as glossy textures and reflective surfaces.Landscapes: Lee shares proven tips for creating depth and realism in subjects ranging from forests and mountains to prairies and seascapes. She also shows how to paint realistic clouds, trees, water and more.Animals: This chapter provides step-by-step guidance for painting all your favorite creatures. There's even extra instruction for getting the eyes, noses, fur and feathers just right.People: Painting people can be especially challenging, but success is easy with basic steps and practical guidance. One feature at a time, you'll learn simple techniques for painting faces of all kinds—male or female, young or old. You'll also find in-depth guidance for creating realistic fleshtones, eye color, hair and more. This is a complete acrylic painting course right on your bookshelf. Follow along from beginning to end or refer to this guide when you need a quick lesson. Either way, after learning from a master like Lee Hammond, you won't be a beginner for long. Get started today! less...
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Allison Says: Faces & Features: Learn to Draw Step by Step
Amazon Says: Successfully drawing the human face is one of the most challenging yet rewarding artistic experiences. In this step-by-step book, Debra Kauffman Yaun invites you into her arti more...
Amazon Says: Successfully drawing the human face is one of the most challenging yet rewarding artistic experiences. In this step-by-step book, Debra Kauffman Yaun invites you into her artistic world as she shows you how to draw a variety of portraits in pencil. She shares her personal methods for rendering the human face in all its expressiveness as she introduces tips and techniques for approaching babies, children, teenagers, and adults of all ages. The book includes in-depth information on specific facial features as well as detailed, step-by-step exercises that explore ways to develop complete portraits. And the wealth of beautiful, inspiring examples ensure that Faces & Features will be a welcome addition to any artist’s drawing reference library less...
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Allison Says: Character Design: Learn the Art of Cartooning Step by Step
Amazon Says: Learn the art of cartooning step by step. This addition to the Cartooning category of our How to Draw and Paint series features the guidance of accomplished cartoonist more...
Amazon Says: Learn the art of cartooning step by step. This addition to the Cartooning category of our How to Draw and Paint series features the guidance of accomplished cartoonist Sherm Cohen -- a co-director of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The book teaches artists the basics of creating cartoon characters, from using basic shapes and conveying age and mood to adding props and costumes and much more. It also brings the artistic process up to date by touching on the use of computers in cartooning. Featuring step-by-step instructions and a wealth of original images, this book is a must-have resource for any aspiring cartoonist! less...
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Allison Says: The Art of Drawing Dragons: Mythological Beasts and Fantasy Creatures
Amazon Says: Easy-to-follow instructions for drawing a variety of creatures, from an Eastern dragon to a hairy trollThe ever-increasing popularity of mythological and fantasy creatu more...
Amazon Says: Easy-to-follow instructions for drawing a variety of creatures, from an Eastern dragon to a hairy trollThe ever-increasing popularity of mythological and fantasy creatures in film, graphic novels, and television creates high demand for instruction books on drawing these fantastic beasts. In this newest addition to our Collector's series, aspiring artists will find 144 pages of clear, step-by-step instructions for drawing everything from fire-breathing dragons to seven-headed monsters and magical fairies. Information on the origin and history of mythological creatures gives this book an extra-special appeal. The author's helpful tips on shading and drawing techniques show readers everything they need to know to create their own impressive beasts.Although there are fantasy-themed drawing books on the market, this book is unique because it features a wide range of fantasy subjects rather than focusing on only one type of creature (such as dragons or fairies). It also sets itself apart from similar books with its helpful information on combining graphite pencil with other media, such as charcoal and black watercolor paint or ink. In addition, this extraordinary book features dragons and other mythological creatures from around the world, including those originating in Egyptian, Irish, Norse, and Greek mythology-whereas most other fantasy books include generic, non-regional subjects. less...
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