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Welcome to our latest Books Of The Month from Create & Craft! Each month we are going to hand pick new books that we know will inspire you to get creative. Grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read with our newest picks just for you.

Pocket Amigurumi Monsters by Sabrina Somers

Pocket Amigurumi Monsters by Sabrina Somers

Suitable for crocheters of all abilities, these tiny collectables make awesome gifts and mini makes for any age.

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These loveable little amigurumi monsters are so cute and quick to crochet, you’ll want to make them all! At 10cm (4in) high, these manga-inspired plushie creatures are perfect little companions that can peek out of your pocket.

Using just one size hook, crochet one, two, or a whole team of beasts with unique powers, from a sprout-like sidekick and spiky wolf guardian, to a springy mouse and a fiery cat! Suitable for crocheters of all abilities, these tiny collectables make awesome gifts and mini makes for any age.
Sabrina discovered amigurumi back in 2014. After using a variety of different books and online videos, Sabrina taught herself how to crochet in two weeks. She now designs her own patterns and sells them on her website, Sabrina's Crochet, Etsy, Ravelry and Love Knitting. She is the author of Pocket Amigurumi and Pokémon Crochet.

She lives with her son and two cats in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Painting People and Places by Adebanji Alade

A clear instruction manual for hobby artists hoping to improve their work by learning from a master artist and getting inspiration from a practical showcase of his work.

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President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), Adebanji Alade's mission is to make oil painting accessible to anyone, while simultaneously providing insights and instruction that are valuable to experienced artists.

From the absolute basics of getting an image onto your painting surface and preparing and mixing oil paints, this book includes invaluable information on different working approaches. Starting with the basics of value, edge, and colour, the book delves into brief exercises and fundamental techniques for sketching and drawing. It then gradually advances to Adebanji's distinctive method of oil painting diverse subjects, featuring six complete stage-by-stage projects. These projects encompass a range of subjects, from intimate portraits to captivating crowd scenes and the urban landscapes for which he is renowned.

The reader will discover how best to tackle subjects ranging from single figures and small groups to expansive crowd scenes and interiors. Light, weather, character and atmosphere are all investigated by this infectiously enthusiastic artist.
Adebanji Alade, otherwise known as ‘The Addictive Sketcher’, features regularly on the BBC's The One Show, and can often be found sketching travellers on the London Underground.

He trained at Yaba College of Technology in Nigeria, later obtaining a diploma in portraiture from Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in Chelsea, where he now teaches. Adebanji is the President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI); a full member of The Guild of Fine Art in Nigeria; and in 2014 was elected to the council of the Chelsea Art Society. He also belongs to Urban Sketchers Worldwide and Plein Air Brotherhood.

His awards include Buxton Spa Sketchbook Award (2014); winner of Pinta Rapido Plein Air Event at Chelsea Town Hall in 2013; winner of Best Painting of a London Scene, Chelsea Art Society in 2010; the Alan Gourley Memorial Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition 2017, and numerous others.

Adebanji has a strong following in the US as well as the UK. He writes regularly for The Artist magazine and exhibits with the ROI. He teaches at the Art Academy, London, and also runs workshops and demonstrations for schools, colleges, universities and art societies.

Paper Panda's Guide to Papercutting

Paper Panda's Guide to Papercutting

Paper Panda, aka Louise Firchau, is a papercutting superstar, with thousands of fans worldwide eager to purchase her distinctive and highly sought after papercut designs. In this gorgeous book, she shows you not only how its done in easy-to-follow steps, but also provides over 20 papercutting templates to try out for yourself.

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The book begins with a design section in which Paper Panda provides a personal account of what inspires her, how she works, and how Paper Panda came about. This is followed by the techniques section, in which step-by-step demonstrations illustrate various techniques, including infilling. There follows a fascinating insight into how the author creates finished artwork suitable for papercutting, then how to make the template itself, and how to use the finished papercut to make cards, framed pictures, and so on.

There are 20 papercut projects in the book; five from Paper Panda herself and five each from three of Paper Panda’s friends and colleagues (Sarah Trumbauer, Louise Dyer and Suzy Taylor) all accomplished papercutters in their own rights. Each project consists of a template, which is reproduced at full-size at the back of the book, and a finished paper cut, together with some simple instructions. The designs are simple enough for beginners, though attractive and interesting enough to inspire more advanced papercutters. The projects themselves include cards, decorations, and mounted and framed pictures to hang on the wall, all using a variety of coloured and patterned papers to show off Paper Panda and friends’ distinctive and beautiful designs to their best advantage.
After leaving school, Louise Firchau studied art and design, art history, illustration and typography, and enjoyed card making, glass painting and sketching. In 2000 she was inspired to start paper cutting, and in 2010 she started her own online company called Paper Panda, making typographical lyrical paper cuts from recycled paper. Since then Paper Panda has grown enormously and she now sells paper cuts and giftware in a range of distinctive styles. Louise has a huge following and has taught thousands of people to paper cut though online groups using her paper cutting starter kit, which she also sells from her on-line shop.