• Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Take your art in a bold new direction—go gouache!

    Take your art in a bold new direction—go gouache! In Creative Gouache, artist Ruth Wilshaw shares her step-by-step techniques for creating brilliantly vibrant effects with this easy-to-master medium, a perfect companion for transparent watercolor. In this comprehensive guide to gouache, you’ll: Get an overview of essential materials and surfaces. Learn basic handling and coloring-mixing techniques, including layering, creating blends, and adjusting opacity, plus troubleshooting tips for common challenges, such as dealing with shifts in color and value from wet to dry. Explore how to paint fun, simple motifs, flowers, butterflies, landscapes, and lettering. Discover fun gouache techniques, such as adding texture and painting gradients and blends. Learn how to incorporate other mediums…

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  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Learn to draw animals! Start with basic shapes, then make them cute!

    With Drawing Lessons for Beginners: Cute Animals, you can learn to draw a virtual ark of amazing animals, from an aardvark to a zebra, even if you’ve never tried to draw before. Written and illustrated by Ai Akikusa, the author of Drawing Cute Animals in Colored Pencil and Drawing Cute Birds in Colored Pencil, this fun and easy step-by-step guide shows you how to outline the basic shapes of each animal’s head, body, and details like ears, legs, feet, and tail in pencil. Then add color and finishing touches like fur, patterns, and textures in colored pencil. You’ll learn to draw: All-time favorites: dog, cat, horse, tiger, bear In the…

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  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    See the beauty in the everyday—and how to capture it with paint

    With Paint Every Little Thing, you can learn to paint your favorite everyday items using watercolor, gouache, ink, pastel, and more. From food and kitchen tools to clothing, gardening supplies, home decor, cosmetics, and more, this book will show you how to see the beauty in the everyday—and how to capture it with paint as well! Start by learning about the supplies you will need with the help of the tools and materials section; then peruse the painting and mixed-media techniques, which include layering, blending, glazing, and more. You’ll also learn how to mix colors. Once you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to dive into the creative prompts and step-by-step…

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  • Art,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    New Children’s Book Tells Story of Self-Identity, Acceptance & Animal Rescue

    Robert Vincent’s real-life tale of son’s black cat saved by a homeless woman Author Robert Vincent has written and illustrated “From the Pocket of an Overcoat” (Friendly Falls Press; Archway Publishing from Simon & Schuster), a children’s book inspired by the real-life story of a black cat named Max who was rescued by a homeless woman in Dallas. “From the Pocket of an Overcoat” tells the story of an affable cat, Max Buckles, through his adventure of finding a new home and family – and being loved for who he is. He goes from the cozy overcoat pocket of Sally in the city, to the country with Farmer Buckles and…

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  • Art,  Gift Guide,  WorldWide

    East meets West as Dodelande and Cheng launch luxury book, Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection

    International collector, John Dodelande has joined forces with prolific name in the global art scene, Adrian Cheng to create the ultimate volume in Chinese art. Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection is a beautifully curated, 194-page monograph looking at present-day Chinese art and society – a dedication to nearly half a century of the country’s greatest masterpieces. Building his collection for over ten years, Dodelande has worked with many of China’s most noteworthy artists. The publication of the book is highly personal. He says: ‘This is not an encyclopaedia of contemporary Chinese art. It is a personal anthology of works that we love and admire.” As a crucial part of his…

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