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Learning a new craft is a fantastic way to unwind and be creative, and crafters are always looking for new techniques to learn. The books below are perfect for your gift guide, providing expert instruction and delightful projects for your readers. Carve cute critters or build your own book – these titles have something for every maker! I am enjoying all of these craft books, they have given me some new crafts to work on, they are wonderful books. These books would make wonderful gifts for anyone who loves to create, they are must have books in your collections.
Do something creative every day! In A Year of Creativity, learn how to throw the perfect creative party with your friends—with organizing tips, 25 project ideas, and even recipes for snacks.
A “craft date” is a fun get-together with a handful of creative friends in which you surprise each other with craft and DIY projects using cool materials, inspire each other, and make beautiful things together. At each date, a group of participants share a self-made project to be re-created by the other attendees. Materials are individualized for each participant and given as a unique personal gift along with the instructions for the project. A craft date is different than a workshop since you get to choose the lovely people that you invite, and as the organizer, you get to participate in all the projects. Invitees can put their own spin on the project by using their favorite colors, materials, or techniques. This way you end up with a range of different interpretations and results, leading to new inspiration and ideas.
Start making beautiful crafts from polymer clay! Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners is your guide to this fun, easy kiln-free craft.
Polymer Clay for Beginners introduces artists, art hobbyists, and polymer clay enthusiasts to this versatile, accessible medium. Because polymer clay does not require the use of a kiln and needs only baking in the oven, it is an easy, approachable art form for even the most inexperienced artist to learn.
Professional artist and experienced author Emily Chen demonstrates how to make adorable animal figurines, flowers, cookies, cakes, beads, and more through easy, step-by-step projects. Each project features colorful, styled photographs demonstrating how finished pieces can be used, displayed, and gifted. A comprehensive tools and materials section and detailed information on techniques, baking, and glazing guide artists in their quest to become polymer clay pros.
A modern approach to sculpture art, polymer clay is the perfect choice for beginners and crafting enthusiasts.
Kawaii Origami has everything you need to make your very own Kawaii origami creations—from an origami ice cream cone to an origami cat—all in one pack! With 50 sheets of adorable origami paper and 25 Kawaii-style origami projects with step-by-step instructions from Paper Kawaii expert Chrissy Pushkin.
Jump right in and start folding your way to cute with these Kawaii origami creations—from a multi-flavored ice cream cone to a super cute kitty cat—everything you need to get started is included in this pack! From the creator of the popular website Paper Kawaii, author Chrissy Pushkin combines two beloved Japanese art forms, Kawaii pop-art style and origami, in this book and paper pack.
With a tutorial on basic folds, 25 easy-to-follow and illustrated projects, and 50 colorful origami papers to get you started, you will be creating stunning and unique origami pieces like a pro in no time, like a traditional bento box, a shimmering twinkle star, a mini drawer to stash your stuff, and an origami trash bin, which received 3 million YouTube views alone!
In Ultimate Soap Carving, Makiko Sone—founder of the Mizutama.Soap YouTube channel—shares her secrets for designing and hand carving a variety of beautiful soap designs by cutting, shredding, shaping, sculpting, and other oddly satisfying techniques that fans of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) will love.
Inside, you’ll find:
- Essential Supplies: Discover which knives and soaps work best for carving.
- Key Techniques: Learn how to prepare soap for carving, hold a knife correctly, and make grooves, incisions, triangles, waves, and other basic cuts through eleven designs in eight step-by-step lessons. You’ll also find easy recipes for making soap and other products using shavings and cuttings.
- Thirty Step-by-Step Projects: Find instructions and templates for carving super-cute animals, exquisite flowers, fun fashions, sweet accessories, and more.
Packed with guidance and inspiration, Ultimate Soap Carving will teach you everything you need to carve your own stunning soap designs.
Block Print Magic is the perfect reference for a wide range of printmaking enthusiasts. The easy-to-follow illustrated instruction takes you through every step of the process, beginning with choosing and caring for tools and setting up a studio, through design essentials, carving techniques, and printing techniques. Those techniques include multi-block printing, reduction cuts, puzzle blocks, and rainbow-roll printing. Advanced carving techniques for creating textures, crosshatching, and three-dimensional shading will give you the opportunity to expand and strengthen your expertise.
Among the visually stunning projects you’ll learn to create:
- Colorful, multi-block hex sign
- Reduction cut sunflowers print
- One-page pocket zine from a single block
- Fabric wall hanging embellished with embroidery
The Art of Modern Quilling breathes new life into a time-tested craft with innovative instruction and creative projects you will love to make and wear!
Colorful strips of paper and a few simple tools are all you need to create an infinite number of amazing projects with author and quilling expert extraordinaire Erin Curet! Erin shows you a host of innovative techniques and provides plentiful inspiration in The Art of Modern Quilling.
New to quilling? That’s no problem! It will only take a few minutes of instruction for newbies to be able to create modern paper crafts. You’ll soon be making quilled jewelry, works of art that will dazzle, and fun household items that are as interesting to look at as they are useful. No matter how you cut it, quilling is the greatest craft that you have never heard of. Well, until now, that is!
Written by the experts at the Center for Book Arts in New York, Bookforms presents all the instruction you need to craft by hand a comprehensive array of historic bookbinding styles from all over the world. Bookforms traces the functional roots of each structure, explains their appropriateness for various uses, and provides projects for making an essential structure for each style of binding.
Topics covered include:
- Why books work: General bookbinding principles for functionality and what we can learn from the past
- What you need to know for planning a special book or embarking on an edition
- How materials affect function
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