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America's secret plan to invade Canada, and theirs to invade us!
 
The world's friendliest border is also the longest, but these peacful neighbors haven't always been so friendly. This lighthearted history describes more than two centuries of border squabbles, battles, culminating in detailed plans for full-on invasions, offering both a quick overview of American-Canadian history along with plenty of unintentional silliness along the way.
Capturing the world's color palettes in watercolor
 
Whenever we first encounter a new place, whether landscape or cityscape, one of the most immediate and powerful sensations comes from its colors, or the palette of colors, which profoundly influence our reaction to and sense of a space. In Local Color, designer and educator Mimi Robinson teaches us not only how to see the colors around us but also how to capture and record them in watercolor. Regardless of your level of expertise, Robinson will quickly have you creating personal memories of time, travel, and place through a series of self-guided exercises and illustrated examples.
Candid snapshots of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and other legendary artists
 
Tucked away among the letters, diaries, and other ephemera in the Smithsonian's archives lies a trove of rarely seen snapshots of some of the twentieth century's most celebrated artists. Unlike the familiar official portraits and genius-at-work shots, these humble snaps capture creative giants with their guard down, in the moment, living life. Artists Unframed presents more than one hundred spellbinding snapshots from the personal lives of legendary artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Alexander Calder, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Jasper Johns, Ansel Adams, Elaine de Kooning, David Hockney, Dizzy Gillespie, Marcel Duchamp, John Waters, and many others.
Who can resist the tactile charm of letterpress?
 
Not many, judging by its ever-rising popularity among artists and designers working with old-school printing methods. The Ladies of Letterpress features the best work of the members of an international organization that champions the work of women printers. Valuable as a handy resource, it includes a wide range of pieces, from greeting cards to broadsides and posters, printed in a variety of type and illustration styles. Each piece is accompanied by details of paper, inks, and press used in its printing, and a profile of its printer. Whether you're drawn to elegant greeting cards, humorous note cards, or calendars and posters, you're sure to find inspiration in this volume.
Visually stunning personal art from the world's only crowdsourced sketchbook library
 
Destined to go down as one of the era's most astonishing global art projects, the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project has, in less than a decade, amassed more than thirty thousand sketchbooks submitted by people of all ages and artistic abilities from more than 130 countries. Bursting with color, vivid imagery, and bouts of whimsy mixed with deeply intimate insights, the sketchbooks capture the texture of personal experience in a dizzying variety of illustrative styles and layouts that run the gamut from street portraits to stream-of-consciousness doodles, comics, and pop-ups.
An insider's pocket-sized guide to the best shops of Florence
 
Shop and eat like a Florentine with this pocket-sized guide to the best of the magnificent Tuscan city known for its art, culture, and cuisine. Celebrated graphic designer and self-described Italophile Louise Fili, with connoisseur of all things Lisa Apatoff, takes you on eight walks through Florence, discussing more than seventy of the city's most alluring shops--some run by the same families for generations, others offering young entrepreneurs' fresh interpretations of traditional techniques. There is much for discerning travelers to discover in this enchanting introduction to makers and purveyors of clothing, home decor, accessories, specialty foods, and more.
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