Combat Springtime Shower Blues with Crafting Ideas from Dover Publications. Happy Crafting!
Spring is here, but April often brings its share of rain! Combat those Springtime shower blues and learn a new skill with craft books from Dover Publications. Dover Publication has everything including paper dolls, instructional books on how to sketch, and how to color like a pro!
Here are a few of my favorites:
How to Color Like an Artist
Improve your coloring skills with these simple, step-by-step instructions for techniques using colored pencils. Intended for beginning artists and coloring book enthusiasts, this guide is ideal for those without formal training but with some experience of coloring with pencils. A wealth of suggestions and exercises will show you how to take your skills to the next level.
Discover how to create volume with such shading techniques as crosshatching, long and short strokes, and color gradation. Learn how to form unique textures that add detail to images. Practice blending techniques and layering one color at a time to control values and colors effectively. Full-color photographs throughout the book illustrate each method as well as lessons in color theory. Eight practice pages from Dover's bestselling Creative Haven® series of coloring books provide the opportunity to test your new techniques.
Romeo and Juliet Paper Dolls
A vivid new paper doll collection pays tribute to the legendary star-crossed lovers! Shakespeare enthusiasts, paper doll collectors, and romantics will prize this charming homage to the Bard's famous sweethearts. Four dolls depict ardent Romeo, lovely Juliet, sympathetic Friar Laurence, and Juliet's jolly Nurse. Their wardrobe, consisting of 24 colorful and authentic Renaissance costumes plus accessories, is accompanied by quotations from the immortal play. In addition, the book's inside covers offer the perfect background: a rose-covered balcony.
About Sketching: The Art and Practice of Capturing the Moment by Jasper Salwey
Written as a sketching artist's companion, this guide by a noted author of art instruction manuals attests to the value of sketching as a distinct art form rather than merely a vehicle to achieve more polished works. Artist and author Jasper Salwey details advantages of many drawing media, from pencil to watercolor, and their application to depictions of interior studies, figures, landscapes, seascapes, and architecture.
Suitable for artists and students of moderate to advanced skills, the book makes a case for why the artist needs to sketch and the importance of sketching to the history of art. Salwey's advice and insights are illustrated by relevant examples that range from works by the Old Masters to those of his great contemporaries, including Frank Brangwyn, Dame Laura Knight, and John Singer Sargent.
I am completely smitten with all of my books from Dover Publishing.
I have always loved paper dolls, and so I have a wonderful collection of my favorites from Dover Publications. Since my daughters are all grown up, I am saving these to work on with my nieces when they visit.
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