YA Friday Gets Creative

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Non-Fiction Edition

It's time to go back to school, but don't let that stop you from expressing your creative side! Ever want to try out brush lettering, making ultra kawaii amigurumi, or blending your love of tech with your love of fashion? Check out the list below to see the books we have to help you get started.

Let's Get Crafty!

Cover of Brush LetteringBrush Lettering from A-Z by Emma Witte

The brush pen is mightier than the sword, and way easier to write with. Popular creative calligrapher Emma Witte takes you from the basics of brush lettering to its amazing possibilities. Learn essential brush pen strokes, then create letters, words, and finished pieces. Experiment with techniques and tools like flourishing, "fauxligraphy", ombré effects, highlights, watercolor, paint brushes, and more. You'll be wielding your pen like a pro in no time!

cover of mangaDraw Manga: Step-by-steps, Character Construction, and Projects from the Masters by Sweatdrop Studios

This easy, step-by-step art course for beginners teaches the creative techniques behind the popular Japanese manga comic style. Professional manga artists reveal their secrets for drawing individual character elements and creating an effective manga character.

Cover of Zoomigurumi 8Zoomigurumi 8 : 15 Cute Amigurumi Patterns by 13 Great Designers compiled with care by Amigurumipatterns.net

This new edition introduces the most friendly amigurumi around! With 15 new patterns, this volume features designers from all over the world, providing a batch of fresh inspiration to keep crafters crocheting. Surprise family and friends with handmade gifts, or add on to a personal collection! Including designs for a parrot, a raccoon, a baby seal, a fox and many more, these projects are suitable for a variety of skill levels, from beginners to advanced crocheters, and are accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and explanations of all stitches used

cover of make it wear itMake It, Wear It : Wearable Electronics for Makers, Crafters, and Cosplayers by Sahrye Cohen and Hal Rodriguez

Fantastic projects from authors who are on the cutting edge of wearable electronics! Instructions for items like 3D printed fabric and a fiber optic skirt.

Cover of Make:Edible InventionsMake: Edible Inventions: Cooking Hacks and Yummy Recipes You Can Build, Mix, Bake, and Grow by Kathy Ceceri

Cooking is an art and a science! This book shows you how to make: your own butter with a mechanized bot that does the hard work for you!; A hydraulic 3D food printer that uses LEGOs and frosting to build yummy creations; Juicy gelatin drops that look like noodles or fish eggs--but taste great!; Chocolatey spun pies and flavored rock candy sticks; A solar cooker that lets the sun do all of the work making nachos, cookies, and even a chocolate cake; A worm bin for making your own soil (and tips to prevent the worms from escaping!); An aquaponic jar where your pets help to grow the veggies.

cover of hand lettering in the whimsical woodsLettering in the Whimsical Woods by Peggy Dean

Whether you want to create an eye-catching banner for a party, some nature inspired place cards for your table, or you just want to relax while enjoying the art of lettering, this is your go-to guide. Lettering in the Whimsical Woodlands provides plenty of space to practice basic and intermediate strokes, with the goal of creating your personal lettering style. Once you've mastered lettering, Dean shows you how to draw a variety of woodland creatures, including chipmunks, birds, bunnies, and foxes, as well as flowers, leaves, acorns, mushrooms, and other flourishes. For those in need of inspiration, Dean provides a bevy of fun and creative do-it-yourself ideas. This book will provide you with an elevated lettering experience and many hours of practical, clever projects. It's the joy of lettering meets DIY fun!