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Beautiful Oops!
Barney Saltzberg - 2010-09-23
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A spill. A smear. A smudge. A tear. When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful! A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—no...
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - 2013-06-27
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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. Wha...
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The Artist's Way
25th Anniversary Edition
Julia Cameron - 2016-10-25 (first published in 1992)
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This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. First published twenty-five years ago, The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. Perhaps even more vital in today's cultural climate than when it was first published, The Artist's Way is a powerf...
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Press Here
Herve Tullet - 2011-03-30 (first published in 2010)
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Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.Harness the power of imagination and interactivity: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the do...
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Dalí. Les dîners de Gala
Taschen - 2016-11-24 (first published in 1973)
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Gala dinner: Salvador Dalí’s surrealist cookbook“Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste … If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”—Salvador DalíFood and surrealis...
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van Gogh and the Sunflowers
Laurence Anholt - 2007-10-01 (first published in 1994)
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Young Camille befriends a strange visitor to his small town, and one day he brings this man a gift of bright, beautiful sunflowers. The man is the artist Vincent van Gogh, and the sunflowers quickly become the subject of a magnificent painting. In B.E.S. Anholt's Artists Books for Children series, author and illustrator Laurence Anholt recalls memo...
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Broad Strokes
15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) (Gifts for Artists, Inspirational Books, Gifts for Creatives)
Bridget Quinn - 2017-03-07
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Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that's smart, feisty, educational, and an e...
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The Legend of Zelda
Hyrule Historia
Patrick Thorpe - 2013-01-29 (first published in 2011)
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Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an i...
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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
Karen Beaumont - 2005-04-01
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A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here co...
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Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson - 2015-09-29 (first published in 1955)
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"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fan...
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Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine