What are the best books about arts, crafts, and leisure?

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    #1Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects

    Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects
    Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects - Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down is an Arts, Crafts, instructive reference book written by Sophie Maletsky. It was published July 1, 2014 by Zest Books.
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    Virginia Jones
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The book Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects seems to be a pretty cute idea and suggestion when I was looking for the best books about arts, crafts, and leisure. There aren't many reviews, only 20 but they are at 4.5 out of 5 and the price point is really low so I would be very pleased to make this purchase. The cover is colorful, fun and interesting makes me want to take a look inside."
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    #2BoHo Chic Jewelry

    BoHo Chic Jewelry

    BoHo Chic Jewelry: 25 Timeless Designs Using Soldering, Beading, Wire Wrapping and More is an Arts, Crafts, instructive reference book written by Laura Beth Love. Published March14, 2014 by KP Craft.

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    Joseph Gordon
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The book is a bit thin, but it has some interesting ideas. The information on soldering is useful. The author is fairly competent."
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    #3Oil Painting For Dummies

    Oil Painting For Dummies
    No ability to paint at all? Don't worry! It's much easy than you thought thanks to this new book by the series 'For Dummies'. You'll be able to choose the right supplies, set up your studio, handle materials, develop your composition skills and a lot of thinks to express the art inside you!. 
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    Ethan Gonzalez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "As I really got into painting and drawing I needed something that was going to teach me a bit of the basics. Oil Painting For Dummies was a book that my mom got me when she found out that I was pursuing this hobby. I did find the book helpful but overall it was a bit basic for my liking."
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    #4Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia

    Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia
    Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia: 300 Stitch Patterns, Edgings, and More is a book about crochet written by Robyn Chachula. In this book, the author teaches some guidelines about various crochet stitch patterns.
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    Rodrigo Flores
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia is an incredible resource for crafting minded people. If you're thinking of getting in crocheting, then I'd highly recommend checking this out. "
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    #5Creative Clay Jewelry

    Creative Clay Jewelry
    Creative Clay Jewelry: Extraordinary, Colorful, Fun Designs To Make From Polymer Clay is an instructional manual book for crafting polymer clay written by Leslie Dierks. Published in 1994 by Lark Books.
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    Lori Oliver
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I'm always looking for new crafts to try that aren't going to break the bank to get started. This is a great book for beginners and has lots of tips to get started on a budget. There are also more advanced projects in the book to keep you interested for a long time."
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    #6Crochet Basics

    Crochet Basics

    Crochet Basics: All You Need to Know to Get Hooked on Crochet by Jan Eaton is a perfect book for beginners. This book provides some important information about crochet, and it also provides some tricks and new ideas for crochet projects.

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    Olivia Carter
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is the classic intro to crochet. It is a good guide for starting out and remains a good reference book afterward."
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    #7Interweave Press Simple Modern Sewing

    Interweave Press Simple Modern Sewing

    Interweave Press Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments is an Arts, Crafts, instructive reference book written by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha. Published December 31, 2001.

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    Ronald Castillo
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I wanted to surprise my wife with a truly unique gift for Mother's Day last year. She is very into sewing and I thought I would try my hand at making her something. I bought this book as a guide to make my own basic designs and was impressed by how straightforward and effective it was at teaching basic skills."
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    #8Whittling Handbook

    Whittling Handbook

    Whittling Handbook by Peter Benson is a nonfiction reference art handbook guide towards the basic tools to have in you toolbox including knives, and wood. This book revolves around woodcarving and crafts.


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    Maria Robinson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "It is such a good solution and the description is clear."
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    #9Carving Wooden Critters: Includes Power Carving Techniques

    Carving Wooden Critters: Includes Power Carving Techniques
    Carving Wooden Critters: Includes Power Carving Techniques written by Diane Ernst is a reference book for art and craft-making that offers an easy-to-follow approach to carving critters presented in colorful photos.
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    Anna Foster
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The animals are very well done, but this is not a book for beginners. There is not much in it for someone who is just starting out. I think too much is assumed and I needed something that gave details, since I like the craft but lack the creativity."
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    #10Carving Animal Caricatures

    Carving Animal Caricatures

    Carving Animal Caricatures is a nonfiction reference art book written by Elma Waltner that presents a series of specific and easy-to-follow instructions for amateur wood carvers using the simplest tools and materials.

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    Mildred Wagner
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a good book to give as a gift or read for anyone interested in starting to carve wood. It has a lot of good techniques I had never used before and found that their directions are easy to follow."
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    #11The Zentangle Untangled Workbook

    The Zentangle Untangled Workbook

    The Zentangle Untangled Workbook: A Tangle-a-Day to Draw Your Stress Away is an art and crafts activity book created by Kass Hall. It was published August 9, 2013 by North Light Books.

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    #12Zentangle Untangled

    Zentangle Untangled

    Zentangle Untangled: Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing is an arts and crafts activity book created by Kass Hall. It was published July 23, 2012 by North Light Books.

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    Jessica Bishop
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is an interesting take on drawing. Not sure if I would qualify it as the best though."
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    #13Totally Tangled

    Totally Tangled

    Totally Tangled: Zentangle and Beyond is an arts and crafts activity book written by Sandy Steen Bartholomew. It was published January 1, 2010 by Design Originals.

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    Steven Murphy
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I prefer I am a work of art: An exhibition that brings together the best of my life (Leisure and free time) I am a work of art is a narcissistic activity notebook that invites you to save your best memories to create the museum yourself. With a very hippster style, I am a work of art proposes you to make collections of various aspects of yourself. Decorate the different rooms of the museum with your favorite songs, the heroes of your dreams, the most important moments of your life, the most horrible hairstyles you have worn, your favorite movies, clothes or food, superstitions and hobbies, pets and trips. . among many other fun ideas."
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    #14The Creative Spirit

    The Creative Spirit
    The Creative Spirit is a study book written by Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufman, and Michael Ray. It was first published in January 1993. It is about the innate creativity in everyone.
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    Alexander Bishop
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book from 1993 might be a bit dated. And it might be hard to get copies of the TV show it's a companion piece to. But don't let that stifle your imagination about it! Deadlines and constraints can fuel your creativity like nothing else."
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    #15Zentangle For Kidz (Design Originals)

    Zentangle For Kidz (Design Originals)
    Zentangle For Kidz (Design Originals) is an arts and crafts children's activity book created by Sandy Bartholomew. It was published August 11, 2011 by Design Originals.
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    Fernando Cázares
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "this solution is very relevant and helpful by giving good design"
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    #16Linnea in Monet's Garden

    Linnea in Monet's Garden

    Linnea in Monet's Garden is a picture book for children about arts written by Christina Björk and illustrated by Lena Anderson. This was originally published in 1985.

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    Harry Bell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I always wanted to get into arts, crafts and leisure. I found this book Linnea in Monet's Garden catches me up to speed. It shows me true appreciation with pictures of how great arts, crafts, and leisure can be."
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    #17A Kick in the Seat of the Pants

    A Kick in the Seat of the Pants

    A Kick in the Seat of the Pants: Using Your Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior to Be More Creative is a guidebook written by Roger Von Eoch. It was first published in February 2012. It is about a simple process in creativity.

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    Anthony Myers
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A Kick in the Seat of the Pants is a fantastic informative book that helps creative people follow the path to forming something new utilizing a creative process. It offers a step-by-step guide and ways to help embrace and flourish with your new idea. This is a must have to own for those who love to create but may not really be sure where or how to get started."
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    #18The Tao of Cob

    The Tao of Cob

    The Tao of Cob: How a Kansas Grandmother Built Her Own Natural Home in the Woods is a book by Dorethy Hancock. First published in 2013 by Dorethy Hancock, it narrates the author's experiences with cob building.

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    Brian Carter
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "the tao of cob is a beautiful book about arts and crafts and must read for anyone interested in the subject "
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    #19The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources

    The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources

    The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources is a book by Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith, and Catherine Wanek. First published in 2001 by New Society Publishers, the book offers insights into natural building designs.

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    Russell Stanley
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I love building designs and just appreciate good architecture. Ever since I was a child I was building and stacking up blocks creating my own structures. Fast forward to modern times and I'm still intrigued in design and construction. The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources was a fascinating read. I found the book enlightening and presented a different perspective on what I've known. It's really neat how the book covers natural buildings. It's basically an encyclopedia of natural buildings for the wide scope of building enthusiast. The way the material is presented is very masterfully crafted and the scope of the work is just pure artistry. I found it compelling to read the details on some of these straw bale structures, and cob structures, all the way to the salvaged materials used for some of the buildings. Very cool."
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    #20The Good House Book

    The Good House Book
    The Good House Book: A Common-Sense Guide to Alternative Homebuilding Solar, Straw Bale, Cob, Adobe, Earth Plaster, More is a book by Clarke Snell. It was first published in 2004 by Lark Books.
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    Arthur Cruz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I'm the type of person who always loves to do arts and crafts with my leisure time, so I always am looking for books to help me with that. With The Good House Book, I was able to combine my hobby with something practical, using my arts and crafts in order to better my living space tremendously."
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    #21The Mind Map Book

    The Mind Map Book

    The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential is a guidebook on creativity written by Tony Buzan and Barry Buzan. It was released in 1996 and became an international bestseller.

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    Lawrence Alvarez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "While not related directly to arts and crafts, mind-mapping is a mental skill that definitely is relevant to anyone who wants to develop their inner creativity. That said, you can do better elsewhere. The explanation of the concept is too general and vague to really engage the reader, and the author is entirely too self-involved. And some of the examples are downright silly."
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    #22The Cobber's Companion

    The Cobber's Companion

    The Cobber's Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home is a book by Michael G. Smith. First published in 1999 by Cob Cottage, it offers guides on how to build cob, a traditional mixture of earth, sand and straw.

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    Jacqueline Wheeler
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book if you're into some heavy duty DIY projects like house building and things of that nature. There are so many things that you can do with things around you and this book helps show you how to do it. Don't be scared of the price... it's worth it!"
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    #23Joy of Zentangle

    Joy of Zentangle

    Joy of Zentangle: Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being (Design Originals) is an arts and crafts book by Marie Browning CZT and Suzanne McNeill CZT. It was published November 1, 2012 by Design Originals.

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    Hansika Khan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "If you love the Zentangle coloring books, you are in for a treat! This book has tons of puzzles and activities for anyone to do. It will certainly get your brain in gear, helping you focus and relax, while having fun at the same time!"
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    #24Building Green

    Building Green
    Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide is a book by Adam Weismann. First published in 2006 by UIT Cambridge Ltd., it offers detailed illustrations and photos for creating cob structures.
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    Zachary Green
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Are you interested in building your own home, but want to do it in a way that is not harmful to the environment? In that case, this is the book for you. It goes into great detail about a variety of building methods that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly. I cannot recommend it enough!"
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    #25The Lesson of the Master (The Art of the Novella)

    The Lesson of the Master (The Art of the Novella)
    The Lesson of the Master is a part of Henry James' the Art of the Novella series. It was originally released in 1888 by the renowned American-born British writer. 

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    Maria Cox
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The book focuses mostly on writing. Some stuff might not apply so much today, but still useful"
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    #26Zentangle 7

    Zentangle 7
    Zentangle 7: Inspiring Circles, Zendalas & Shapes is an arts and crafts activity book by Suzanne McNeill CZT. It was published October 1, 2012 by Design Originals.
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    Joe Coleman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "good instructive to learn more about this manual .. good content and clear his explanation"
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    #27Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide is a book by Adam Weismann. First published in 2006 by UIT Cambridge Ltd., it offers detailed illustrations and photos for creating cob structures.

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    Hannah Sandoval
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide is a reference book for creating cob structures. It's great for hobbyists."
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    #28The Hand-Sculpted House

    The Hand-Sculpted House

    The Hand-Sculpted House: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage is a book by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, and Linda Smiley. It was first published in 1990 by Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

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    Roy McDonald
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "very interesting book here too. the category suggestion here fits very well and its a good book"
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    #29A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good

    A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good

    A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good is a nonfiction book about arts written by Mark Gonyea. This was originally published in 2005. In this book, the author introduces to young readers the elements of design.

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    Josefina Vázquez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "My son purchased me a copy of A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good after he found out that I wanted to make my own jewelry. He knew that my creative side could use work so this book was a really helpful gift."

Summary

Best What are the best books about arts, crafts, and leisure
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape ProjectsBooks 53 Paid
2BoHo Chic JewelryBooks 50 Paid
3Oil Painting For DummiesBooks 48 Paid
4Crochet Stitches Visual EncyclopediaBooks 45 Paid
5Creative Clay JewelryBooks 43 Paid
6Crochet BasicsBooks 43 Paid
7Interweave Press Simple Modern SewingBooks 40 Paid
8Whittling HandbookBooks 38 Paid
9Carving Wooden Critters: Includes Power Carving TechniquesBooks 36 Paid
10Carving Animal CaricaturesBooks 34 Paid
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