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Create vibrant works of art with MODERN COLORED PENCIL!

Modern Colored Pencil (Walter Foster Publishing / November 5, 2019 / US $19.99) delves into all the basic techniques and concepts required to create fresh, colorful works of colored pencil art. Talented artist Chelsea Ward takes you on a lively, easy-to-follow exploration of colored pencils in this book, which is packed with creative exercises and projects designed to show you how to work with the versatile, approachable colored pencil medium.

The Modern series offers a fun, contemporary approach to working with traditional art media, demonstrating that with the right type of instruction, encouragement, and tips, success can be achieved by any artist or creative type. Modern Colored Pencil begins with a brief introduction to various tools, such as colored pencils, graphite pencils, watercolor pencils, papers, and other tools. This handy book also demonstrates often-complicated concepts, such as color mixing, shading, texture, and more, in an easy, approachable manner. Once you have a handle on the basics, explore how to create dynamic color palettes, use basic shapes and techniques to render a range of subjects, and create various marks and textures.

From beautiful florals and nature motifs to animals and everyday items, Modern Colored Pencil provides a fresh, contemporary, and enjoyable approach to learning how to create vivid artwork in colored pencil.

MODERN COLORED PENCIL

By Chelsea Ward

On-Sale Date: November 5, 2019

$19.99 US · $25.99 CAN · 128 pages · Paperback

ISBN: 9781633228146

Walter Foster, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Chelsea Ward is an art teacher and maker of one-of-a-kind creations. Chelsea currently manages her small business, Sketchy Notions, and an Etsy shop of custom treasures; teaches art lessons through Arts Outreach; co-hosts Bellissima Art Retreats with Gypsy Studios in Tuscany; and is the head chalk scribbler with Chalk by Chels. She is also the artist behind Cursive Cursing, a line of swear-word greeting cards. Her work has been featured in Elite Wedding Collection and The Knot, among other publications. Chelsea is the author of Modern Drawing and Your Year in Art. She lives in Los Olivos, California. www.chelseawardart.com

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Create kawaii characters to gift or keep with CRAFTING CUTE: POLYMER CLAY THE KAWAII WAY!

Make 50 adorable kawaii creations out of inexpensive and easy-to-find polymer clay—a teeny smiling donut, an irresistibly cute sloth charm, a sweet whale planter, and more with Crafting Cute (Rock Point / November 19, 2019 / US $22.99)! Follow the simple step-by-step photos and instructions to create cute characters ranging from small charms and earrings to larger multi-character scenes and desk accessories.

Kawaii—the culture of cuteness, originating in Japan—is everywhere. It’s time to make your own contribution! Join the cuteness revolution with these amazingly easy-to-make projects using polymer clay. A tools and materials section introduces the few things you’ll need to get started, including techniques on softening the clay and color mixing.

The projects are divided into three sizes, beginning with the smallest and easiest. You can choose to make just the characters or, depending on their size, learn how to transform them into earrings, rings, necklace charms, plant containers, and a range of desk accessories.

  • The first section presents instructions on creating 25 itty-bitty and ridiculously cute characters, including a pineapple, French toast, waffles, bacon and eggs, donut, taco, sloth, and unicorn—scaling up in difficulty as you go.
  • The 15 mid-size pieces include adorable whale, hedgehog, unicorn, and pumpkin characters as plant holders, desk accessories, ring holders, and more.
  • Wow your friends with the 10 large “showstopper” pieces that include a penguin North Pole pen holder, a beach-themed piece featuring sea creatures, a campfire scene, and a reading owl perched on a pile of books.

Brighten up your life with these colorful clay characters!

CRAFTING CUTE
By Danielle Clark
On-Sale Date: November 19, 2019
$22.99 US · $28.99 CAN · 144 pages · Paperback
ISBN: 9781631066313
Rock Point, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Since launching her Etsy shop in 2014, FunUsualSuspects, Danielle Clark has risen to become one of the top-ranking artists on the very popular crafting platform. Out of 1.9 million stores there, she consistently ranks in the top 1%. Danielle lives in the Pacific Northwest and her work has been featured several times in Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, and other media outlets.

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Find inspiration in the everyday with DRAW EVERY LITTLE THING

Learn to draw and paint
more than 100 of your favorite everyday items!
Step-by-step projects and creative inspiration make it fun and easy.

With Draw Every Little Thing (Walter Foster / October 1, 2019 / US $19.99), the first book in the new Inspired Artist series, you can learn todraw and paint your favorite everyday items. From learning to capture plants, flowers, and bicycles to the neighborhood café and the contents of the kitchen cabinet, this contemporary drawing book demonstrates just how easy it is to render the world around you with little more than a pencil, paper, and paint.

Following a brief introduction to the joys of simplistic drawing and painting, Draw Every Little Thing familiarizes you with a range of drawingtools and materials, including graphite pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, marker, and gouache, before offering a quick overview of basic color theory. Each subsequent chapter is then devoted to a specific theme—kitchenalia, hobbies, neighborhood haunts, and much more—and packed with simple step-by-step drawing projects.

This accessible book encourages you to jump around so you can draw what immediately inspires you. Interactive prompts, creative exercises, and inspiring ideas make the process fun and engaging. Easy techniques and helpful instructions show you how to develop your own personal style, as well as add color to your drawings using acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. Crafty projects round out the book, allowing you to use your newfound drawing and painting skills.

Filled to the brim with whimsical artwork and loads of creative ideas, Draw Every Little Thing encourages artists of all skill levels to draw any time inspiration strikes.

The Inspired Artist series invites art hobbyists and casual art enthusiasts to have fun learning basic art concepts, relaxing into the creative process to make art in a playful, contemporary style.

Flora Waycott is an illustrator and artist in Perth, Australia. Her art has appeared on book covers, including The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook; children’s bedding and decor; stationery; greeting cards; and within books. She co-authored Creative Folk Art and Beyond. Flora is inspired by Japan, where she lived for five years as a child, as well as everyday objects. Learn more at www.florawaycott.com.

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Tackle classic crafts with our First Time series titles: Window Treatments, Felting, and Embroidery and Cross-Stitch

Learning how to craft has never been simpler! Like having a personal instructor at your side, our First Time beginner’s guide teaches everything you need to know about a variety of needle arts including Window Treatments, Felting¸ and Embroidery and Cross-Stitch!

Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions will have you sewing and decorating with confidence.

First Time Window Treatments

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

by Susan Woodcock

$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN

Paperback, 128 Pages

ISBN: 9781631597855

August 6, 2019

Learning how to plan, make, and install your own beautiful curtains, drapes, shades, and other window decor may sound daunting, but with the expert, step-by-step guidance of Susan Woodcock in First Time Window Treatments, your goal is within reach.

Like having your very own sewing instructor at your side, First Time Window Treatments guides you expertly through the process, including:

  • Measuring your windows and selecting fabric
  • Fundamental techniques of cutting, seaming, hemming, and adding frills and trims
  • Making basic styles of curtains, shades, blinds, and top treatments
  • Essential tips and tools for installation
There’s a first time for everything. First Time Window Treatmentswill help you decorate your windows with your own stylish designs.

 

First Time Felting

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

by Ruth Lane

$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN

Paperback, 128 Pages

ISBN: 9781631598036

September 3, 2019

In First Time Felting, felting and fiber expert Ruth Lane teaches a class for absolute beginners on three classic methods of felting.

Start by learning about the various types of wool fibers used for felting, preparing them for the process, and simple methods for dyeing. Next, discover the basic supplies and techniques for needle feltingwet felting, and nuno felting.

You’ll use those essential skills to make fun, easy projects—artworks, embellished fashions, three-dimensional figures, and more—skills you’ll turn to again and again to create your own original pieces!

First Time Embroidery and Cross-Stitch

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

by Linda Wyszynski

$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN

Paperback, 128 Pages

ISBN: 9781631597978

September 3, 2019

Learning how to embroider and cross stitch has never been simpler! Like having a personal instructor at your side, this beginner’s guide teaches everything you need to know about a variety of hand stitching techniques.

Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for classic embroiderycrewel, and cross-stitch will have you creating and embellishing projects like jewelry, journal covers, pillows, fashions, and more with confidence.

With First Time Embroidery and Cross Stitch, you’ll be personalizing your own amazing pieces with beautiful stitches in no time.

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Teaching Kids #AdoptNotShop with Hand-Painted Book

Companionship and the importance of adopting rescue animals are the main themes in author and artist Donna Carr Roberts’ adorable new story, “The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears.” The first installment in a series, “The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching for a Furry Friend” tells the story of a furry small dog called Mr. Fuzzy Ears, who is lonely in the house by himself and goes looking for a companion to play with.

Mr. Fuzzy Ears begins his search in all the wrong places and finds animals that aren’t quite right for him until his owners finally take him to the Humane Society. There, he meets a variety of animals and listens to their stories about how they came to live at the society. In the end, Mr. Fuzzy Ears gets to go home with not one, but three new friends to play with at home. The book is based directly on Roberts’ own pets at home—the main one being Scamp the dog, who inspired the character Mr. Fuzzy Ears.

One of the most intriguing parts of this book are the traditional watercolor paintings it boasts, which were hand-painted by Roberts herself. “Unlike most children’s books today, I created all the artwork in this book in original watercolors,” says Roberts. “I hope these bring back an old-fashioned feel to the story that will enchant young and old alike.”

Kirkus Reviews describes “Mr. Fuzzy Ears”: “A beautifully illustrated, informative tale with a plucky, likable protagonist… Roberts aptly weaves the important work of the Humane Society into a sweet, engaging story.”

Readers are sure to fall in love with the characters in Mr. Fuzzy Ears’ adventures and eagerly await their new adventures in future books.

“The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching For a Furry Friend”

By Donna Carr Roberts

ISBN: 9781532061707 (softcover); 9781532061721 (hardcover); 9781532061714 (electronic)

Available at the iUniverse Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author

Donna Carr Roberts is an award-winning, classically trained artist in residence at the Slane College of Communications and Fine Art, Bradley University. Her work includes life portraits and still life images. Roberts regularly works with some of the nation’s best artists developing new techniques and perfecting her style to keep her work fresh. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and a Member with Distinction with American Women Artists. She splits her time between Peoria, Illinois and Indianapolis. To learn more about the book please visit https://mrfuzzyears.com. To learn more about Roberts’ art, visithttp://donnacarrroberts.com.

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Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration — the perfect portable resource for art on the go!

Whether you’re traveling abroad or exploring near home, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration, publishing in May from Bay Area artist Betsy Beier, shows you how to employ creativity as a means to document your experiences, capture your memories, and dream of new adventures.

With the approachable instruction and contemporary approach to drawing featured inAnywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration, aspiring creatives of all backgrounds can learn how to make illustrative art on the go using pencil, pen, colored pencil, and more. 

Learn how to make art inspired by your immediate surroundings, wherever you are—whether traveling abroad or exploring at home. Use your art and creativity as a means to document your experiences, capture your travel memories, and dream of new adventures.


After an overview of the suggested tools and materials, explore essential drawing techniques, such as mastering line art and gesture drawing, making quick on-location sketches, and working with color media to complement illustrations. Helpful tips include information for packing and traveling with art supplies, drawing in the open air, and working from photographs. Finally, easy-to-follow and customizable step-by-step projects show you how to creatively express yourself by combining color, pattern, texture, typography, and cultural experience with a variety of projects.

Packed with a plethora of fun and creative exercises, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration is the perfect portable resource for creative types on the go.

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781633226999
Illustrations: 271 color illustrations
Size: 6.5 in x 9.5 in / 165.1 mm x 241.3 mm

In Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration you’ll find:

  • 12 fun and creative projects to tell the stories of your adventures at home and out in the world
  • Instruction for a variety of media including graphite, watercolor, markers, collage, and more!
  • Tips on creating “on-the-go” including how to pack and carry your supplies and how to stay comfortable while sketching.

The author

Bay Area-based artist Betsy Beier creates illustrations, patterns, and lettering that celebrate places, people, experiences, foods, and cultures from around the world. Her career as a designer has allowed her to explore a wide variety of artistic opportunities, from creating interactive games, software, and museum installations to illustrating puzzles, books and home products. She has worked with clients that include HarperCollins Publishers, Budweiser, Apple, Shutterfly, and ABC Studios. Learn more about Betsy at www.wanderlustdesigner.com.

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