Have an interest that was not covered in the other pages of this guide? Looking for more about other popular hobbies that might require a little more skill, special training or knowledge? Look no further, this page and the resources here cover those more unique topics from drawing, to graphic arts, to stained glass, this guide might just introduce you to your next great project.
FineScale Modeler teaches you to build models of aircraft, armor, ships and more. Clear articles show you how to assemble, paint, and finish the latest model kits. Every issue includes unbiased reviews of kits that were built and tested for accuracy, product announcements, tips from the experts, and a gallery of readers’ models.
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Begin by considering the remarkable history of drawing, a history that has produced knowledge, methodology, and techniques that are readily learnable. Assess common misconceptions about talent and genius; discover how learning to see analytically and abstractly helps us draw; and try your first drawing exercise, retracing what our ancestors drew 80,000 years ago
Begin by learning how to embrace the physicality, messiness, and freedom inherent in the earliest stages of a painting. Professor Allman demonstrates how to practice loose, dynamic paint strokes using your entire arm - not just your fingers and wrist - and also goes over some of the basic supplies you will use when starting out.
Engage with a subject that can intimidate even seasoned painters: glass. Learn how to focus on what can be seen through glass objects, rather than on the glass itself, to capture its unique properties. Undertake a simple glass still life, using highlights and shadows to suggest shape rather than outlining or blocking.
Model railroading and model trains have been the focus of Model Railroader magazine for more than 85 years. Whether you're building your first model railroad or are a veteran model railroader, you've come to the right place.
With Artist Toolbox: Drawing Tools & Materials, learn the what, when, why, and how of every drawing tool and materialincluding graphite and colored pencils, pastels, crayons, drawing surfaces, and morethen create your own drawn artwork using the featured tips and techniques.
Forget everything you think you know about traditional watercolor painting-Posh Paint Play will show you how to experiment with paint, use it spontaneously, and have fun--no experience required! Through 21 simple, achievable activities, artist Katie Rose Johnston demonstrates different ways to: mix colors experiment with textures make spatter art create animal print patterns and much more! A series of gorgeous step-by-step illustrations showcase each technique along with helpful annotations in a playful, sketchbook-style layout.
Stunning to look at and exciting to make, stained glass work is perennially popular. Discover the rich and versatile craft of stained glass with this complete beginner's guide. Bestselling author and professional stained glass artist Lynette Wrigley shows you everything you need to know to make beautiful decorative pieces for the home. Thirty-one step-by-step projects range from copper foiled and leaded window panels to candle holders, mirror and picture frames, lightcatchers, and more.
Transform your ideas into powerful visuals--to connect with your audience, define your brand, and take your project to the next level. This highly practical design book takes you through the building blocks of design--type, photography, illustration, color--and shows you how to combine these tools to create visuals that inform, influence, and enthral. Grasp the key principles through in-depth how-to articles, hands-on workshops, and inspirational galleries of great design.