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Art Books We Love

If you’re the creative type with a true interest in expressing your artistic qualities, this page is for you. Do you draw, paint, sculpt, or do crafts? If not, what are you waiting for? Now’s a great time to take the plunge into self-expression. If you’re a newbie, starting out as a novice in any endeavor, especially an artistic one, can be both intimidating and frustrating. While drawing outside the lines is highly regarded by the artistic elites, there are some fundamentals that all new artists should learn when starting out. Practice is important. But the wrong kind of practice can really hold you back. If you stay within the guardrails early on, you’ll quickly get the hang of it and expand your creativity to new heights. Here are a few excellent how-to art books we came across that provide both inspiration and guidance to beginning artists and designers.

Everyday Watercolor, Jenna Rainey

This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning artists. Learn to paint watercolor in 30 days.

A Well-Crafted Home, Janet Crowther

Simple, creative details that will tailor a space to your taste. These carefully designed projects call for good materials–like linen, leather, and wood.

Crepe Paper Flowers, Lia Griffith

With 30 projects and an introduction to both crafting paper flowers and working with crepe paper, this book is full of inspiration for beginners. 

The Gift of Calligraphy, Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

An easy-to-follow guide to learning the art of calligraphy, with 25 gorgeously photographed projects that use calligraphy to make beautiful gifts and home décor.

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