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2020 could be the year you pick up a new hobby or craft. In the store,
we have a “Creative Wall” where you can find all of our how-to and DIY books. Here’s a selection of offerings to get your creative juices flowing.
We’ve recently added several great books on bookmaking. Doug has an interest in this art and has made some very beautiful and helpful selections. Here’s one to pique your interest:
Making Books: A Guide to Creating Handcrafted Books (Creating Books, Bookmaking Book, DIY Introduction to Bookmaking)
By London Centre for Book Arts
From the London Centre for Books Arts, the internationally recognized, open-access studio at the forefront of the book-craft community, comes this definitive manual for creating hand-bound books. Through hundreds of vibrant photographs and clear illustrations showing step-by-step instructions, Making Books leads readers through six bookbinding projects, from pamphlets and concertinas to multisection case bindings, for aspiring binders to learn and master.
While we’re talking about bookmaking, how about adding some calligraphy to your skill set? The guide below is from the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum.
Calligraphy and Lettering: A Maker's Guide
By The Victoria & Albert Museum
A fresh, contemporary, and practical guide to calligraphy and lettering, with 15 projects inspired by the V&A collections. Calligraphy—along with brush lettering, sign writing, and the chalkboard—is undergoing a surge in popularity. Perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about calligraphy and lettering, this practical introduction showcases many examples from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection, and will offer a new understanding and appreciation of letterforms. Projects include a handmade booklet, banner, menu, gift tags, a monogram rubber stamp, greetings cards, and more.
And, here’s something for our tropical paradise:
Kew: The Watercolour Flower Painter's A to Z: An Illustrated Directory of Techniques for Painting 50 Popular Flowers
By Adelene Fletcher
From azalea to zantedeschia, this unique watercolour artist's guide offers easy-to-follow, plant-specific information on how to paint, in a crisp and natural style, over 50 of the most popular species of flower. Includes step-by-step photographs, details, and instructions on capturing the individual essence of the flower. Glorious full-colour photographs of the finished watercolour show the depth and variety of the plant portraits, from the exquisitely executed passion flower to the bold luminosity of the oriental poppy.
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