Books of the week! 11/7/2021

With Art Makers: Empowered Embroiderylearn to sketch and stitch strong, recognizable women from all walks of life. Featuring sketching and illustration instructions, basic stitches, embroidery techniques, and 6 projects with portraits of famous women (Maya Angelou, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, Michello Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman), this book is a must-have tool for hands-on artists and crafters. If you’re a beginning embroiderer, start with the basic stitches and embroidery instructions at the beginning of the book. Essential tools, warm-up exercises, tips for embroidering facial features and hair, and general information on embroidery will give you the know-how you need to get started.

If you love to do embroidery, you will love this book!

The Art of Paint Marbling takes you through all the tools, techniques, and tips you need to create your own marbled artwork. Closely following the successful The Art of Paint Pouring and its follow-up, The Art of Paint Pouring: Swipe, Swirl & SpinThe Art of Paint Marbling features a similarly easy-to-follow format and appealing aesthetic.  Paint marbling serves as a fun hobby for beginners, a new art form for more advanced artists looking for alternative techniques, and a family activity perfect for artists young and old. With The Art of Paint Marbling, you can learn to use paper, paint, and water to create your own on-trend artwork!

I really enjoyed this book and love that it is also for beginners! What a wonderful hobby to start this holiday season!

I am a big Nature lover so I really enjoyed this next book!

In Nature Painting in Watercolorthe focus is all on the great outdoors—specifically, the plants that grow there. Beginning and aspiring artists can learn to create their favorite ferns, leaves, trees, florals, as well as animals, using the popular watercolor medium. Start by learning about the tools and materials needed to paint in watercolor; then dive into a thorough and fun painting techniques section, which covers washes, glazes, how to add detail in watercolor, and much more. If you’d like to spend more time outside (who doesn’t?), check out the section on finding inspiration outside for tips on viewing and gathering natural painting subjects, such as trees, grasses, flowers, and many other plants.

You can find these and many more books at https://www.quarto.com/

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.

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