Designed for beginner watercolor painters, Watercolour lays the groundwork for mastering the craft, with a complete guide to the necessary tools and materials, an introduction to the basic techniques, and 10 step-by-step paintings.
Included as a bonus are three feature spreads that focus on areas of particular interest for beginners, including painting special effects, trees, and skies. Clear instructions and helpful tips provided throughout are perfect for beginners, but even intermediate painters will find the techniques and projects worthwhile.
With just one wood carving knife and two simple patterns, you can carve a whole community of characters, including a policeman, hard-hat road worker, monk, baker, professor, football player, and more Patterns for these delightful folks are included in Whittling Little Folk, written by the master of the Scandinavian flat-plane style of carving, Harley Refsal. The whittled little folk are full of personality and can be made by mastering Refsal's step-by-step instructions for Kristian, the Scandinavian husband donning a work shirt, and his wife, Thea, holding a broom. Once the couple is complete, carvers can use the same whittling techniques to complete 18 additional patterns, with some subtle alterations. Also included is a brief overview of the Scandinavian flat-plane style of carving, as well as instructions for painting each little whittle. Each pattern is presented with 4 perspectives - the front, back and both sides - for a complete 360-degree view of the character. While the whittling projects are easy to complete, and won't take up too much time, they sure don't lack personality. With their rosy cheeks, toothy smiles, humorous outfits and clever names, the little whittles are a caricature carver's dream come true.
Finishing is one of the most popular and challenging woodworking topics. This new book by finishing pro Michael Dresdner uses a Q&A format to address the most commonly asked finishing questions in a logical way. It's long on solutions, not theory, and it doesn't require hours to digest. This is an essential guide to keep on hand throughout the finishing process--from sanding to final polish.