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  • Letter Crafts

    Clare Youngs

    Product Code: LETC
    Paperback
    Hand-picked favourites
    It's as easy as A, B, C to bring a touch of typography into your home decorations.

    In this practical craft book, Clare Youngs offers 35 quirky and cool projects to make from inexpensive and easily sourced materials including recycled fruit crates and old T-shirts.

    All the projects have accessible instructions and there's even a tools and techniques section to help you brush up your crafting skills, whatever letter you choose.
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  • Paper Pom Poms

    Paula Pascual

    Product Code: PRPP
    Hardback
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    This beautifully photographed paper craft book takes you through 20 easy-to-make and inspiring pom-pom decorations that will transform your home, garden or celebration.

    You can discover lots of creative and imaginative pom-pom ideas - from huge, floating 'cloud' pom-poms that hang from the ceiling to centrepieces, cake decorations and party favours.

    With easy step-by-step instructions, as well as tips and suggestions, this will help you quickly gain the skills needed to create the projects and variations on them.
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  • The Little Book of Chanel

    Emma Baxter-Wright

    Product Code: AWOFE
    Hardback
    This monograph on Coco Chanel chronicles the life and legacy of one of history's most influential couturiers. From her early days of millinery, through her revolutionary inventions in sportswear and jersey fashions for women, the classics that have made her name, such as the Chanel cardigan jacket and the little black dress, to the global empire of the brand under the helm of Karl Lagerfeld, this beautifully illustrated book offers a fascinating account of Chanel's evolution and innovation. Detailed photographs and sketches of her designs, along with fashion photography and catwalk shots, pay tribute to one of the world's most highly regarded fashion houses and the woman behind it.
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  • Coco Chanel

    Megan Hess

    Product Code: APHCZ
    Hardback
    Fashion is ever-changing, influenced by the key designers that capture a moment in history; and Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women s fashion in the twentieth century. "Coco s World" is a compilation of Megan Hess stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel s history, from Coco s incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld on the company and the incredible items that have become iconic of the brand the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld and other key fashion icons of the era, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives."
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  • Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals

    Angela Nguyen

    Product Code: BZBDU
    Paperback
    (2)
    RETURN TO PLANET CUTE!!! Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Animals teaches you how to draw almost 100 different creatures in an adorable manner. Don't believe seagulls and stingrays can be cute? Think again! You don't need any specialist tools or materials to start drawing cute stuff: all you need is a biro or marker pen, then you're ready to go! In her latest book, artist and illustrator Angela Nguyen starts by teaching you the essential techniques of kawaii through quick and easy exercises on the basic shapes, effects and style. From there, jump straight into drawing the myriad beasts - small and big - you can find inside the book, from household pets to the exotic animals in the seas and skies. The clear and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams are great for visual learners, and make following the instructions for your kawaii critters a breeze. As a brand new addition to this series, interactive pages have been included to encourage you to get drawing straight away, and practice alongside Angela's examples. A perfect book for beginners - add cute-appeal to your furry 'n' feathered companions in no time at all! Other title in the series is the incredibly popular Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Stuff
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  • Art

    Simon Schama, CBE

    Product Code: CAVFZ
    Paperback
    `Great art has dreadful manners... ...The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock and proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality.' In inimitable style, our greatest historian and master storyteller Simon Schama makes an irresistible case for the power of art and its necessary place in our lives, examining art through the prism of the troubling life and works of Italian master painter, and murderer, Caravaggio. Selected from The Power of Art VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis 'Great Ideas' series: Religion by Karen Armstrong Science by Ian McEwan
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  • How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way

    Stan Lee

    Product Code: ABWFU
    Paperback
    Stan Lee, the founding father of Marvel Comics, and John Buscema, artist of the classic Silver Surfer series, give professional advice and instruction for budding comics artists. Learn how to draw the Marvel way, courtesy of this lavishly illustrated, step-by-step guide to all facets of the process.
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  • Fame

    Andy Warhol

    Product Code: BMGWO
    Paperback
    'Good b.o means good "box office." You can smell it from a mile away'The legendary sixties New York pop artist Andy Warhol's hilarious and insightful vignettes and aphorisms on the topics of love, fame and beauty.Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
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  • Origami Paper 500 sheets Rainbow Patterns 6 inch (15 cm)

    Tuttle Publishing

    Product Code: CAXYE
    Other
    This pack contains 500 high-quality origami sheets printed with colourful Rainbow Patterns. These illustrations were chosen to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. The pack contains 12 patterns unique to this pack, and all of the papers are printed with coordinating colours on the reverse side to provide aesthetically pleasing combinations in origami projects that show both the front and back of the papers. This origami paper pack includes: 500 sheets of high-quality origami paper; 12 unique designs; Vibrant and bright colours; Double-sided colour; Small 6 x 6 inch squares; Instructions for 8 easy origami projects.
    • £10.09
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  • So Audrey

    Cindy De la Hoz

    Product Code: ASOJE
    Hardback
    Little black dress? That's so Audrey! Ballet flats? Now you're stepping it up. A generous spirit? Well, it doesn't get any more Audrey than that. Legendary superstar, trendsetter, and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn remains the epitome of style, charm, and grace for women of all ages. The name "Audrey" has even become a byword for expressing appreciation of simple good fashion sense. Filled with fashion and lifestyle tips inspired by Audrey, paired with gorgeous photos, this Miniature Edition imparts dozens of little ways to put some Hepburn in your step.
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  • Create Dangerously

    Albert Camus

    Product Code: BMHGL
    Paperback
    'To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing'Camus's powerful lecture, as relevant today as ever, argues against 'art for art's sake', while his Nobel Prize speech brilliantly sets out his vision of the artist's role and responsibilities.Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
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  • Vogue on: Coco Chanel

    Bronwyn Cosgrave

    Product Code: AFCKN
    Hardback
    Hailed as 'the most influential female designer of the twentieth century', Coco Chanel pioneered classic easy-to-wear fashion for the modern woman. She arrived on the fashion scene when feathers, lace and ostentatious beads were favourites, and proceeded to re-invent couture using new materials, like jersey, for outfits that were suitable for everyday wear yet still elegant. With original illustrations and images from celebrated photographers, such as Cecil Beaton, Bronwyn Cosgrave traces the story of Coco Chanel's iconic designs and glamorous, racy life. In 1921 Coco opened her Chanel boutique in Paris - still a destination store today - and launched her first perfume, Chanel No.5. Perhaps her most important contribution to the fashion world was the simple, much-imitated 'little black dress' which made its debut in 1926. Other landmark creations include the Chanel suit and the quilted handbag. A testament to her lasting influence, these legendary designs remain as popular today as when they first appeared. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion. With a circulation of over 160,000 and a readership of over 1,400,000, no brand is better positioned to present a library on the great fashion designers of the modern age.
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  • You Will be Able to Draw Manga by the End of this Book

    Laura Watton

    Product Code: CBRGB
    Paperback
    The perfect book for any budding manga artist! Learn to draw manga from scratch, and get a crash course in creating your own characters, worlds and stories with the help of this guided sketchbook. Get started with easy step-by-step instructions for drawing manga facial features and bodies. Next, put your new-found drawing skills into practice, with guidance on developing a scene and planning your storyline. There's plenty of open space in each section to fill with your sketches, along with advice on the best materials to use, and expert tips on perfecting your technique throughout. In no time at all, you will gain the skills and confidence needed to start creating your very own manga.
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  • Dot Art: Sticker Van Gogh

    Yoni Alter

    Product Code: CCDOF
    Paperback
    Van Gogh's A Wheatfield, with Cypresses and Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres are two of the most famous and popular paintings in London's National Gallery. These activity books allow adults and children to understand how the two artists used colors to create vibrant and luminous scenes. Opening with a brief informative essay, each book contains thousands of colored round stickers and a poster "canvas" of colored outlines - readers simply need to match the stickers to the outlines found on the poster to recreate the paintings. It's not necessary to place each sticker on precisely the right outline. As a result, every finished poster will be its own original work of art. With a handy folder-style flap that allows for easy storage and transportation of the artwork in progress, this activity book is perfect for hours of entertainment, relaxation, or meditation, as well as for unwinding at the end of a busy day.
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  • The Pebbles on the Beach

    Clarence Ellis

    Product Code: BRMAK
    Paperback
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    This fascinating guide to pebbles shows you how they are formed, what they actually are and how to identify individual stones in the best pebble-spotting grounds in the UK.

    Both witty and knowledgeable, Clarence Ellis explores pebble-hunting as a hobby and shows you the difference it can make to a trip to the beach, lakeside or riverbank!

    Including a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, this illustrated guide will help you to know your chert from your schist and your onyx from your agate.
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  • How to Talk to Children About Art

    Francoise Barbe-Gall

    Product Code: BMMRX
    Paperback
    This is a children's art book for grown-ups. In everyday language it shows how to explain to children what to look for and how to enjoy paintings as diverse as a Renaissance religious scene, an impressionist portrait or modernist masters like Kandinsky and Picasso.This new edition of How to Talk to Children about Art examines 30 paintings by great artists, from 1500 to the present day, in galleries around the world. The book gives examples of the kinds of questions a child might ask about the paintings, and provides straightforward answers. 'Who are the people in this painting?' 'Why has the artist used those colours?' 'How did the artist choose what to paint?' The book demystifies art appreciation and reveals that the simplest questions can be among the most pertinent. There is plenty that will stimulate children's interest in art and enlighten grown-ups too.
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  • The Little Book of Prada

    Laia Farran Graves

    Product Code: AWOFF
    Hardback
    Celebrating this family brand and representing a summary of Miuccia Prada's key collections and pieces, including the launch of the Miu Miu line, the brand's emphasis on understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and originality of design. We follow a biographical chronology leaping from the pages of the origins of the brand as a leather-goods manufacturer, the life and career of Miuccia Prada, and the collections, collaborations and themes, such as art influences and the perfume and beauty lines. Beautiful photography of her finished designs, along with close-up details, portray the innovation of this influential fashion house andzz the woman behind it.
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  • Draw Like an Artist: 100 Realistic Animals

    Ms. Melissa Washburn

    Product Code: CCXFD
    Paperback
    Featuring 600+ sketches depicting a vast array of beautiful animal forms, detailed faces, and more, Draw Like an Artist: 100 Realistic Animals is a must-have visual reference book for student artists, scientific illustrators, urban sketchers, and anyone seeking to improve their realistic drawing skills. This contemporary, step-by-step guidebook demonstrates fundamental art concepts like proportion, anatomy, and spatial relationships as you learn to draw a full range of creatures, all shown from a variety of perspectives. Each set of illustrations takes you from beginning sketch lines to a finished drawing. Author Melissa Washburn is a skilled illustrator whose clear and elegant drawing style will make this a go-to sourcebook for years to come. Draw Like an Artist: 100 Realistic Animals is the third book in the Draw Like an Artist series following Faces and Figures and Flowers and Plants.
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  • Origami Paper 300 sheets Tie-Dye Patterns 4 inch (10 cm)

    Tuttle Publishing

    Product Code: CAXYH
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    This pack contains 300 high-quality origami sheets printed with groovy Tie-Dye Patterns. These illustrations were chosen to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. The pack contains 12 patterns unique to this pack, and all of the papers are printed with coordinating colours on the reverse side to provide aesthetically pleasing combinations in origami projects that show both the front and back of the papers. This origami paper pack includes: 300 sheets of high-quality origami paper; 12 unique designs; Vibrant and bright colours; Double-sided colour; Small 4 x 4 inch squares.
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  • The Manga Artist's Handbook: Drawing Basic Characters

    Junka Morozumi

    Product Code: BZGNJ
    Paperback
    This book provides a revolutionary new 3-step tracing technique that beginning artists can use to quickly learn to draw manga characters just like a pro! Every page presents a classic manga pose, from walking and running to jumping for joy, in three different steps: 1. A simple outline of the body2. The defining elements of the character (like clothes, hair and facial expression) highlighted for easy tracing so you can practice placing them onto the basic body outline3. The finished drawing (for inspiration). Popular manga artists Junka Morozumi and Tomomi Mizuna guide you through a series of carefully graded lessons to build up your skills gradually. Chapter 1 deals with the basic poses of standing, walking, and running.; Chapter 2 presents signature manga poses such as turning around in surprise and being angry with hands on hips.; Chapter 3 practices various sitting and sleeping poses.; Chapter 4 deals with drawing perspective, looking at characters from above, below and diagonal viewpoints.; Chapter 5 focuses on 2-person manga poses including the classic prince with a princess in his arms.; Chapter 6 lets readers try out the skills they have acquired by tracing and copying a full-page manga illustration containing multiple characters.. These six lessons are supplemented by exercises for capturing the right facial expressions, drawing the clothes and getting the perspective and body proportions right. Beginning manga artists are in good hands with Morozumi, who lectures at art academies in Tokyo, and Mizuna, whose work has been exhibited in the U.S., Europe and beyond. If you've been looking for an easy-to-use guide to drawing manga, The Manga Artist's Handbook: Drawing Basic Characters is the perfect place to start!
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  • The Chronicle of Western Costume

    John Peacock (University of So

    Product Code: CCDBM
    Paperback
    Here, in more than one thousand full-colour illustrations, is the history of Western costume, from ancient Egypt to Paris fashion. John Peacock's meticulous drawings are organized in chronological sections and accompanied by detailed descriptions of each figure, including the individual items of costume shown and the many types of fabric, cut, pattern and colour that have been used over the centuries. An illustrated glossary gives additional information on technical terms. The Chronicle of Western Costume is the unrivalled reference work on its subject. No student or designer in the performing arts, costume and fashion enthusiast, collector or social historian will want to be without it.
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  • A Touch of Asia Coloring Book

    Tuttle Publishing

    Product Code: BWMIH
    Paperback
    This adult colouring book featuring stunning Asian designs and high-quality paper and is the perfect stress-reliever for fans of Asian art motifs. Artistry is in the details, and A Touch of Asia Coloring Book presents over 50 colouring patterns drawn from the exquisite traditional porcelains, prints, manuscripts, textiles, mosaics and many other artworks of Asia. Each design gives you a taste of the rich culture, history and variety found in this part of the world. Apply your pencils and fine markers to drawings based on: Chinese porcelain designs; Islamic tiles; Persian rugs and other Asian textiles; Japanese prints... and more! This is a colouring book for both relaxation and exploration. Choose a simpler design for a more restful mood or a detailed pattern when you want more of a challenge. Each single-sided page can be torn out for sharing with family and friends or for framing your finished masterpiece.
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  • How to Draw Dogs & Cats from Simple Templates

    Christopher Hart

    Product Code: BXKRZ
    Paperback
    Learn how to draw your favorite furry friend! With Christopher Hart's simple templates, any pet owner can do it. Whatever your pet, you can capture it in a beautiful drawing! Chris Hart, the world's bestselling art instruction author, has created templates that work for pups and kitties of just about any shape and size--from poodles, dachshunds, and Bernese Mountain Dogs to tabbies, Persians, and Siamese cats. Every template is easy to follow so you'll get adorable results worthy of framing . . . no matter what your skill level.
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  • The Queen's Castle at Windsor

    Elizabeth Newbery

    Product Code: BUQAE
    Paperback
    The official children's guide to Windsor Castle, containing fun activities to break up the commentary or enhance a visit -Combines historical accuracy with humor and a lightness of touch appropriate for the 7-11 age range -Illustrations by the award-winning Elizabeth Newbery Windsor is the oldest inhabited castle in the world - for over 900 years it's been home to kings and queens, including the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. This colorful activity book reveals the secrets of the world's oldest inhabited castle and the Kings and Queens who have lived there. Over time it has been a royal fortress, a King Arthur-inspired palace, a Victorian Christmas wonderland and home to The Queen (and her corgis)! There's also a mini palace inside - Queen Mary's Dolls' House has hot and cold running water, two working lifts and even flushing lavatories! Jousting and feasting, deaths and dungeons, childhood games and celebrity events - lively illustrations and fun facts bring the Castle's colorful history to life.
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Let your arty side take over with one of our books on art, design and architecture.

Interesting art styles

Learn all about the history of art from all around the world. Whatever artists or art styles interest you; we have plenty of art books to grip your attention.

Explore a huge variety of design and architecture forms

Whether you are interested in fashion, interior or web design, or something else entirely, we have loads of design books for you. Plus, if you want to learn all about architecture, we have architecture books on a huge range of styles for you to explore.

Learn new skills

If you’re new to art, design and architecture, we have great guides to help you learn the basics or build on the skills you may already have to become master artists, designers and architects.

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