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Easy Shibori Tie Dye Techniques: Do-It-Yourself Tying, Folding and Resist Dyeing

The projects are great for those new to shibori techniques, but readers are likely better off choosing titles that are more current and less focused on the use of a specific kit.

Mending with Kids: Patching, Painting, Sewing and Other Kid-Friendly Techniques

A fun book for eco-conscious parents who aren’t afraid of a little extra work in order to extend the life of their kids’ clothes. Children can help with these projects as well.

House Plants for Every Space: A Concise Guide to Selecting, Designing and Maintaining Plants in Any Indoor Space

A lovely, browsable book for houseplant enthusiasts. It’s useful for identifying new plant species and decorating with them. Readers who need instructions about how to grow these plants, however, will need to look elsewhere.

Pro Tips & Techniques for Drawing Animals: Make Lifelike Drawings of 63 Different Animals

Readers with advanced drawing skills may find this title and the author’s anatomical expertise beneficial.

A Beginner’s Guide to Colored Pencil Drawing: Realistic Drawings in 14 Easy Lessons

Artists interested in learning colored pencil techniques could hardly find a better resource, but librarians should be aware of this title’s removable practice pages.

The Art and Science of Sushi: A Comprehensive Guide to Ingredients, Techniques and Equipment

A carefully curated and deliciously styled reference work that’s appropriate for public and academic libraries. Readers will enjoy this gastronomic delight of food science, Japanese cuisine, and its cultural aspects.

Foolproof Sketching & Painting Techniques for Beginners: For Pencil, Pen and Watercolors

Despite a few flaws, this is an eminently usable manual that will appeal to budding cartoonists and those looking to add 3D to their work.

Kintsugi: The Wabi Sabi Art of Japanese Ceramic Repair

The technical aspects of kintsugi are best directed to artists interested in learning the Japanese techniques. For the layperson, there are other methods of repairing ceramics that mimic the look of kintsugi without the expense and difficulty.

Ikebana: The Zen Way of Flowers

This visually striking art book will appeal to all who appreciate the beauty of ikebana and might inspire readers to try their hand at creating their own hanaike using Ueno’s techniques.

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