B4021. Brilliant History of Color in Art / Finlay B4021. The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay. 2014. 128pp. 9"x10.15". Hardcover
This is no dry discussion of pigments, but rather an engaging and entertaining exploration around the colors artist use and how they came to be. The author tells of Cleopatra and purple, Napoleon and the graphite pencil, cobalt blue and forged Vermeers, and much more as she brings us into her quest to uncover the origins and science of color. All is related in the warm conversational style that helped make Finlay’s earlier book on color so popular. But unlike that earlier book, this rich narrative is illustrated in full-color throughout - with 166 major works of art, most from the collections of the Getty Museum.
B3334. 100 Flowers / Yang O-shi 100 Flowers: Chinese Techniques for Painting Flowers by Yang O-shi. 240pp. 8.25"x12". Paper
Victoria Pittman has taught a popular flower painting class for many years at the summer calligraphy conference. Her flowers are made with a few strokes - ideal for envelopes, cards and small calligraphic pieces. As a resource for that class, she highly recommends this book: "This is a particularly good book, with many great examples and great illustrations." It provides sequential steps for painting 100 different flowers, from simple to fairly complex, along with finished paintings. Does not cover the basics of watercolor, just painting these flowers.
B3044. Art Expose/Judy Melvin Art Expose: A Collection of Techniques for Creative Expression by Judy Melvin. 2008. 20pp. 8.25"x8.25". Paper.
Judy Melvin has put her workshop notes into book form. It's a book of how to make beautiful artwork using the techniques for creative expression that she teaches. Full color.
Includes: Sumi Ink & Sink Art, Sumi Ink & TECH Ink, Gesso, Pastels & Stencils, Bleach & Pastels, and Walnut Ink.
B3340. Creative Mixed Media / Kahn Creative Mixed Media: Paint Print Stitch Stamp Embellish by Sherrill Kahn. 2009. 112pp. 8-3/8"x10-7/8". Paper
16 creative techniques to try with paper and fabric, using everyday items such as baby wraps, hair gel, and shower mats in out-of-the ordinary ways. The techniques range from stamping and paper embossing to working with stencils, digital images, and glue batik. Includes a color gallery of the techniques. Provides guidelines on design and composition. Full of colorful inspiration. "Excellent" - Cherryl Moote
B3209. Designing Faces, Figures, Florals /Schneider Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More: Contemporary Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by Linda Schneider. 2009. 85pp. 8.5"x11". Paper
A great instructional workbook for pointed pen flourishing. You learn the basics of flourishing and how to apply those techniques to ornament your work. Linda's flourish style is unique. Instead of feathers and birds, she uses the flourish strokes to create delightful flowers, ladies, dogs and even the Eiffel Tower.
B3446. Collage With Color / Davies Collage With Color: Create Unique, Expressive Collages in Vibrant Color by Jane Davies. 2005. 128pp. 8.5"x10", Paper
With concise instruction and color photos, you learn how to make rich patterned papers using sgraffito, drip transfer, stamping, masking, stippling, and other techniques. Then you use your papers for cut-paper collage projects. Covers papers, paints, and brushes and color theory.
B4023. Calligraphy / Calzolari & Salice B4023. Calligraphy: A Course in Cursive Script with Pencil, Pen, and Brush by Barbara Calzolari and Alessandro Salice. 2018. 256pp. 5.75"x7.75". Concealed-spiral hardcover
A new instructional book for lettering with pencil (monoline Roman majuscules), gel pen (monoline script), pointed pen (Copperplate), and brush (Barbara’s brush script). Warm-up exercises, exemplar alphabets, letter-by-letter instruction, and writing exercises are included. The book starts with an illustrated history of calligraphy with many historical examples and ends with a gallery of 16 scribes with a bio, a photo, and an example or two of their work. Text is in English.
B4060. Bowl of Olives, A / Midda B4060. A Bowl of Olives: On Food and Memory by Sara Midda. 2014. 128pp. 5.5"x7.5". Hardcover
Sara Midda is a watercolorist whose delicate and beautiful paintings shine like jewels, evoking the sweet purple of a blackberry or the silvery greens and gnarled burnt umber of an olive grove. She is a collagist, weaving together photographs, line drawings, her personal swatches—all the hues of a spice cabinet, or the sensations of a picnic, the colors of the breeze, sunshine, laughter, the cooling grass. And a she is poet, in love with words that sing, like podding and wicker, nettle and snug. Sara Midda is the author of In & Out of the Garden and South of France.
B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters / Sacks B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters by David Sacks. 2010. 240pp. 9"x11". Hardcover
This lavish colorful collection, from A to Z, of alphabetic examples explores the language of letters in a fascinating and largely visual way. Starting with the origins of the written word, it then explores the alphabet through illustrations, found objects, graphic design, art, conceptual typography, graffiti, and much more. It features letters of all shapes and sizes and alphabets ranging from Victorian classroom aides, Dr. Seuss’ ABC, and the alphabet’s use in art, to ABC Blocks, phonetics, Braille, and alphabet ice cube molds. This beautiful compendium will inform and entertain.
A visual romp through and about the alphabet in a wondrous array of its forms, even a few calligraphic ones, and a bargain at less than eight bucks!
B4095. Illumination: Gold and Colour / Lovett B4095. Illumination: Gold and Colour by Patrica Lovett. 2015. 164pp. 8.25"x8.25". Paper
A practical guide to the use of gold and color, both for easy and quick projects using basic materials, and for more involved projects with vellum and parchment, quills, color, gold, and gesso. All lead up to a presentation of the step-by-step stages in gilding and painting a medieval miniature. Instruction boxes make the processes easy to see and follow.