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The Art of Creative Watercolor: Inspiration and Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting

The Art of Creative Watercolor: Inspiration and Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting Lowest new price: $22.49
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Author: Danielle Donaldson
Brand: North Light Books

Designed to get your brush moving, this book makes practice feel like play. Danielle Donaldson teaches start-to-finish illustration projects with a fresh take on color theory, perspective, composition and much more!

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Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner

Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner Lowest new price: $14.21
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Author: Claire Watson Garcia
Brand: WATSON-GUPTILL

Based on the author’s successful courses and workshops, Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner really does start at the beginning, helping new painters find "what works" while providing information on all the necessary tools, tips, and techniques they’ll need to create a representational painting.

The chapters follow a progressive sequence that teaches basic skills through practical, accessible exercises–how to handle a brush, achieve the right paint consistency, mix color, and create dimension–building a solid foundation that readers can rely on as painting projects grow more challenging.

A special feature is the artwork and commentary of real students, which helps beginners set realistic goals and shows them how other artists at the same level of experience have worked through inevitable setbacks to achieve success.

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  • Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner

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Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language

Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language Lowest new price: $22.46
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Author: Jane Davies

Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language examines and articulates a vocabulary of visual elements from which you build images, abstract or otherwise. As you examine line, shape, pattern, texture, depth, and color in detail, you become more aware of the elements that make up a painting, and better able to observe your own work without judgment and self-criticism. Generously illustrated with over 200 color images, this book will open your eyes to a whole new way of seeing your paintings as they develop, allowing you to be more personally expressive and authentic in your artistic expression.

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Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More than 500 Color Combinations for Skin, Eyes, Lips & Hair

Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More than 500 Color Combinations for Skin, Eyes, Lips & Hair Lowest new price: $5.87
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Author: William Powell
Brand: Walter Foster

From Caucasian to Latino and East Indian hues, this convenient book features master mixes for an arry of skin colors, plus recipes for hair, eye, and lip colors. The concealed wire-o bound book also includes a plastic color-mixing grid for measuring out paints, as well as a handy conversion chart for finding acrylic equivalents of oil paints and vice versa.

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Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble

Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble Lowest new price: $11.65
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Author: Denise Scicluna
Brand: Scicluna Denise

Great uses for rocks: throwing, skipping, kicking…how about painting? Rock painting is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression known to man. The varied surfaces, shapes, and sizes of rocks also make them perfect for crafts. From brooches to bookends, paperweights to place cards, miniature owls to patterned pebbles, you can create just about anything with the right rock and a bit of imagination. In Rock Art!, visual artist Denise Scicluna provides inspiration and advice for rocking our artsy side with:

  • Tips for finding and identifying rocks and preparing them for paint
  • Techniques for creating the perfect "rock" from polymer clay
  • A guide to gathering tools, from paint, pencils, and brushes to wood filler and varnish
  • Dozens of projects for bringing pebbles to life with personality and style
    Simple, step-by-step instructions, and more than 250 full-color illustrations that practically pop off the page make this fun and unusual book perfect for crafters of all ages.

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    • Rock Art Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble

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  • Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour

    Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour Lowest new price: $19.69
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    Author: Billy Showell
    Brand: Search Press

    Billy Showell is a well-respected botanical watercolour artist, and her exceptional eye for detail and ability to re-create the form, texture, colour and patterning of a wide range of plants have earned her a formidable reputation worldwide. Her compositions are given a contemporary, sometimes playful twist, while retaining all the beauty and accuracy of traditional botanical paintings. In this inspiring and indispensable guide for botanical artists, she reveals the materials, methods and techniques she uses to attain her stunningly beautiful portraits of flowers, fruit and vegetables. There is expert guidance on tools and materials, working from life, observation, and drawing and painting techniques, as well as detailed sections on pattern, texture, and colour and colour mixing. With numerous step-by-step studies, close-up photographs and examples of Billy's exquisite paintings, this book is not only packed full of invaluable advice and information but also a visually stunning showcase for the work of this amazing artist.

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    • Billy Showell s Botanical Painting in Watercolour

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    Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour

    Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour Lowest new price: $15.39
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    Author: Jean Haines
    Brand: Search Press

    Meditative, peaceful and calming, watercolour painting offers a sense of control and self-worth to everyone, with no judgement or goal beyond the joy of painting itself. This book shows you how to calm and enhance your outlook through the movement of brush on paper.

    Master artist Jean Haines leads you on a journey through paint, showing you how to wipe away your worries with the soothing, gentle strokes of watercolour paint.

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    • Jean Haines Paint Yourself Calm Colourful Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour

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    Composition of Outdoor Painting

    Composition of Outdoor Painting Lowest new price: $43.49
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    Author: Edgar Payne

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    Colored Pencil Painting Portraits: Master a Revolutionary Method for Rendering Depth and Imitating Life

    Colored Pencil Painting Portraits: Master a Revolutionary Method for Rendering Depth and Imitating Life Lowest new price: $16.25
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    Author: Alyona Nickelsen
    Brand: Watson-Guptill Publications

    Colored pencil painter Alyona Nickelsen reveals how to use the medium to push the limits of realistic portraiture.

    Colored Pencil Painting Portraits provides straightforward solutions to the problems that artists face in creating lifelike images, and will prime readers on the intricacies of color, texture, shadow, and light as they interplay with the human form. In this truly comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step demonstrations, Nickelsen considers working from photo references versus live models; provides guidance on posing and lighting, as well as planning and composing a work; discusses tools, materials, and revolutionary layering techniques; and offers lessons on capturing gesture and expression and on rendering facial and body features of people of all age groups and skin tones.

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    • Watson-Guptill Publications

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    The Art of Lent: A Painting a Day from Ash Wednesday to Easter

    The Art of Lent: A Painting a Day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Lowest new price: $9.26
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    Author: Sister Wendy Beckett

    This delightful book describes and interprets a series of paintings for each day of Lent. Artists often address subjects that our culture seeks to avoid, and Sister Wendy's brilliant and perceptive reflections will help you to read these paintings with a more discerning eye and encounter deeper levels of spiritual meaning than may at first appear.

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