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Inspiring art 'how-to' books to stay creative at home

Posted on 02 Apr 2020

Dive into our top books on art, crafts and hobbies and learn a new skill during your time at home. Discover painting, drawing, calligraphy, map-making, patchwork, fashion and more.

Catherine Goodmna, Vikram Seth, 2015

Ways of Drawing

Take illustration inspiration from the artists of the Royal Drawing School with Ways of Drawing, a lavish collection of essays designed to freshen your perspective.

Calligraphy & Lettering

A practical introduction to the craft, Calligraphy & Lettering features fifteen calligraphy projects inspired by the V&A’s collections.

Patchwork and Quilting

Packed with accessible quilting projects and inspiration, Patchwork and Quilting includes everything you need to expand your crafting horizons.

Hirameki: Draw What You See

Looking for unusual art projects for kids? Turn ink blots into art with Hirameki: Draw What You See, a playful and creative book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Hand-Drawn Maps

Take your creative skills into unchartered territory with Hand-Drawn Maps, bursting with creative cartography ideas and inspiration to create maps of your own.

Stamping & Printing

Learn how to create stamps using just a few simple materials. Discover how in Stamping & Printing and add a signature touch to items around your home.

How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer

Future fashion designers can learn from the best with this step-by-step drawing course. How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer is the perfect pick for creative kids.

Browse the books

Ways of Drawing

Artists' Perspectives and Practices Julian Bell, Julia Balchin, Claudia Tobin


Draw What You See Peng & Hu

Hand-Drawn Maps

A Guide for Creatives Helen Cann

Stamping & Printing

20 Creative Projects Émilie Greenberg, Karine Thiboult-Demessence

How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer

Inspirational Sketchbooks - Tips from Top Designers Celia Joicey, Dennis Nothdruft