Step-by-Step Art Instruction from The Quarto Group


Step-by-Step Art Instruction from The Quarto Group

Whimsical projects and clever techniques in simple steps!

Whether you prefer paint and brushes or pens and pencils, The Quarto Group has two new books to get you creating works of art in no time.  The art instruction books supported by Quarto continue to impress me!

Try your hand at painting portraits with Playful Painting: People! This book offers a quirky take on the genre with 16 step-by-step projects – among them a mixed-media Frida Kahlo, an ’80s girl, a Victorian couple, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Creating portraits is fun and easy with Playful Painting: People. This colorful guide will have you creating beautiful portraits of women and men, as well as nature motifs and animals. Whether you’re an aspiring, beginning, or more advanced artist, you’ll be working with affordable, approachable tools, such as colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, to create your own portraits.  Every portrait is customizable, allowing you to add your own personal embellishments. Pick up a variety of tips and techniques that will show you how to paint whimsical patterns, accessories, and famous faces. There’s even a section devoted to learning how to paint a self-portrait.Playful Painting: People isn’t just a collection of skills to learn; it’s a fun, fresh take on an age-old art form.


About the Author/Illustrator:  Sarah Walsh is a Kansas-based artist and illustrator. She’s inspired by animals, magical creatures, coffee, music, a good story, her friends and family, bravery, vintage children’s books, folk art, and mid-century anything. Sarah received her BFA in graphic design from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where she grew up. She spent several years working as an in-house designer and illustrator for Hallmark before branching out on her own and joining Lilla Rogers Studio, which currently represents her. Sarah is the author/illustrator of three Just Add Color titles from Rockport Publishers, Circus, Carnival, and Day of the Dead; Quarry Books’ 100 Things to Draw With a Circle and 100 Things to Draw With a Triangle; and Walter Foster Publishing’s Playful Painting: People. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and fellow illustrator, Colin Walsh; their son; a dog; and a cat. Learn more at

Playful Painting: People! By Sarah Walsh

August 7, 2018, ISBN: 978163322469, Walter Foster Publishing

$21.95 US, $28.95 CAN Paperback, 144 pages


Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing 75 different flowers, Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers breaks down each subject into 10 simple steps. All you need to get started is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper!

Handy prompts encourage artistic individuality, and include helpful tips for drawing other subjects not featured in the book.  Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers will encourage even the most reluctant amateur artist to draw their heart out.

About the Author/Illustrator:  An artist and illustrator based in Suffolk, United Kingdom, Mary Woodin specializes in painting natural subjects and produces artwork for everything from stationery to ceramic tiles. Mary’s interest in the outdoors has inspired a number of publications, including The Painted Garden Cookbook (a collection of illustrated recipes produced in her own garden) and Drawn to the Country. Her most recent clients include Waitrose, Tesco, Grand Central Publishing, and Country Living magazine. For more information, visit Mary’s website:

Ten-Step Drawing: Flowers By Mary Woodin

August 21, 2018, ISBN: 9781633224896 Walter Foster Publishing

$14.99 US, $19.99 Paperback, 128 pages


Step-by-Step Art Instruction from The Quarto Group

$14.99 – $21.95

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