Wednesday, December 06, 2017

CARINA ORGANICS Review

This is my CARINA ORGANICS experience. I just completed a week of using CARINA ORGANICS Sweet Pea Daily Moisturizing Shampoo along with Sweet Pea Deep Treatment Conditioner. Established in 1972 CARINA ORGANICS is a certified organic and sustainably sourced Canadian hair and skin care products company located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Shipping Canada wide is $7.99 flat rate and shipping is free on all orders $99+ Canada & the USA. After I placed my order I received an email letting me know that my organic products were being handcrafted. As soon as they were formulated, bottled and ready for shipment I received my tracking number. My toxin free shampoo and conditioner arrived safely. I couldn't wait to use it.


Sweet Pea Daily Moisturizing Shampoo - Carina Organics
Sweet Pea Deep Treatment Conditioner - Carina Organics


To wet hair I added Sweet Pea Daily Moisturizing Shampoo. The first thing I noticed was the light natural scent. It was not overpowering. I lathered up. I wash my hair the way the salon does with the focus on gently scrubbing the scalp with the finger tips. After rinsing thoroughly I then applied the Sweet Pea Deep Treatment Conditioner with attention to the ends. After about 2 minutes I ran a wide tooth comb through my hair with ease, starting at the ends. And then I gave it a final rinse before patting lightly with a towel to remove the excess water. After allowing my hair to dry I styled as usual.




The results are my hair is incredibly soft and shiny and I was not exposed to all of the toxic chemicals found in synthetic hair products. I care that what goes down the bathroom drain isn't toxic to the environment, the ingredients are sustainably sourced, the plastic bottles are recyclable and it's made in Canada. In conclusion I prefer Carina Organics hair products because they get their cleaning power and lovely scents from ingredients found in nature plus they leave my hair feeling clean and healthy. For more information and to get your organic hair and skin care products please visit Carina Organics. I recommend.




Sweet Pea Daily Moisturizing Shampoo 
CDN$11.99  360 ml / 12.2 fl oz
Also in 1 litre / 33.8 fl oz, 4 litre / 128 fl oz

Sweet Pea Deep Treatment Conditioner
CDN$11.99  250 ml / 8.4 fl oz
Also in 1 litre / 33.8 fl oz, 4 litre / 128 fl oz


Synthetic Free

Hypoallergenic

Cruelty Free

Vegan

100% Biodegradable 
(safe in rivers, lakes and oceans)

Paraben Free

Soy Free

Gluten Free

Dye Free


From body wash to skin cream check out the entire CARINA ORGANICS Sweet Pea hair and skin care collection. They would make lovely gifts. Photos of my product beside a hand knit cotton cloth.


Friday, December 01, 2017

Written by Hand Review & GIVEAWAY

I admire the artistry of beautiful penmanship, lettering and calligraphy. I do not like my own handwriting - it's inconsistent, sloppy, even hard to read. I would love to refine it. Whether I'm jotting down a to-do list, writing a greeting card or filling out a form I would like my handwriting to be expressive, unique and readable. I came across a new book aimed at doing exactly that and more Written by Hand: Techniques and Tips to Make Your Everyday Handwriting More Beautiful by Erica Tighe. This 160 page write-in workbook features guided exercises for improving handwriting. Just add a No. 2 pencil, pen and eraser. The smooth pages are specially lined to help you practice form, size, height, spacing etc. until they become second nature. The soft, light colored pages are easy on the eyes. Jump right in to the exercises by examining your own handwriting. Move through a series of practical handwriting exercises which are broken down to show the line strokes of how each letter is made. Try out various font styles. Mix it up with some hand lettering. Continue with prompts for further practice. I'm finding it rather interesting. Despite our reliance on keyboards for communication, good handwriting is still a valuable skill in everyday life. Would you like to improve your handwriting too? Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Introduction
Fun Facts about Handwriting
Practice Quotes
Look at Your own Writing
Grasp
Tools
Basic Terminology & Anatomy of Type
Practicing the Downstroke
Spacing
Sizing
Types of Lined paper

Types of Fonts
 Sans Serif
 Bold Serif
Script
Faux Calligraphy
Get Playful!
Alphabets
Writing Correspondence
Mixing Lettering Styles
Graphic Text

In Closing
50 Writing Prompts
Dedication & Acknowledgments
Works Cited





Fun Facts About Handwriting

Graphology is the study of handwriting analysis.
Small letters indicate that you are shy or withdrawn.
Average letters indicate that you are well-adjusted.

Large letters indicate that you are outgoing and seek attention.
Wide spacing indicates you enjoy your freedom.
Narrow spacing means you can’t stand to be alone.
No slant means you tend to be logical and practical.
Slant to the right means you are open to new experiences.
Slant to the left means you tend to keep to yourself.
Rounded letters mean you are creative and artistic.
Pointed letters mean you are more aggressive and very intelligent.
Connected letters mean you are logical and systematic.
Heavy pressure indicates that you are good with commitment and have high levels of energy.
Light pressure indicates you are sensitive and show empathy as well as lack energy.
An open 'o' means you are talkative and social with little secrecy.
A closed 'o' means you are very private and an introvert.

From page 14.





From page 44.


Written by Hand is published by Rock Point Gift & Stationery a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check our their unique catalog at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Written by Hand! One winner will be selected at random. Open until December 17, 2017. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Embroidery Designs Modern Monogram KIT Review & GIVEAWAY

Adding a monogram to something makes it look and feel special. With this new all-in-one craft kit from becker&mayer! doing it is as simple as picking up a needle and thread. Embroidery Designs Modern Monogram: Everything You Need to Stitch 12 Elegant Lettering Patterns by Kelly FletcherKelly is an expert needlework designer and author. Her kit has a variety of monogram and motif options for you to customize clothing and decor with hand embroidery. It comes complete with a booklet, 3 iron-on transfer sheets, 2 pieces of white fabric, 10 skeins of colorful embroidery thread, 2 needles and a 6-inch embroidery hoop. The 64-page booklet has step-by-step instructions with full-color photographs for 12 embroidery stitches and 12 patterns. The monogram patterns shown on the box are among the ones inside. Ten thread colors include - gray, blue, green, light green, yellow, orange, light pink, pink, purple and white. I'm a beginner and wanted to see if I could follow the instructions and complete the embroidery stitches. I opened up the book, threaded a needle and began. I was very pleased to master the first 3 embroidery stitches I tried - the Cross-Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch and Fly Stitch. This kit is beautifully packaged. It would make a lovely gift. Get your kit below!



CONTENTS
Introduction
Monogram Etiquette
How to Use This Kit

Stitching: Step-by-Step
Straight Stitch
Backstitch
Chain Stitch & Whipped Chain Stitch
Cross-Stitch
Detached Chain Stitch & Lazy Daisy Stitch
Fly Stitch
French Knot
Granitos Stitch
Satin Stitch
Stem Stitch
Cable Stem Stitch
Twisted Chain Stitch

Projects
Stylish Monogram
Grand Monogram
Fun Monogram
Rustic Monogram
Bold Monogram
Elegant Monogram
Laurel Monogram
Dotty Monogram
Romantic Monogram
Intricate Monogram
Arrow Monogram
Floral Monogram

About the Author




Photos of  kit. Embroidery hoop, white fabric, needle and thread. Booklet and second needle. My own beginner cross-stitches and embroidery floss.

Embroidery Designs Modern Monogram is published by becker&mayer! a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at becker&mayer! Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a kit! One winner will be selected at random. Open until December 3, 2017. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!



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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Modern Macrame KIT Review & GIVEAWAY

A hot trend in home decor is macrame. The craft of tying knots is back with a fresh new look! Interested? Beginners can get started right away with this new craft kit - Modern Macrame: 10 Simple Projects to Enhance Your Home by Justine Vasquez. It includes the instructions and supplies you will need to make the mini wall hanging and mini plant hanger shown on the attractive book-style box cover. Plus there are instructions for 8 additional macrame projects. Inside you will find - 140 feet of synthetic white craft cord, a 13-inch wooden dowel, 10 beads and an illustrated instruction book. The 48-page booklet has step-by-step instructions with full-color photographs for a total of 10 projects. In the first 2 projects you will be introduced to the Overhand Knot, Gathering Knot, Lark's Head Knot, Square Knot, Alternating Square Knot, and Josephine Knot. As you move on, you will learn the Spiral Knot, Gathering Double Half Hitch Knot, Alternating Half Hitch Knot, Square Knot Sinnet, Double Half Hitch Knot, Half Knot and Trivet Knot. This is the perfect starter kit for first timer's or those rediscovering this versatile textile. It would make a great gift. Get yours below.


CONTENTS

Welcome to Modern Macrame
What's in the Box
Techniques & Tips
Knot Know-How

Mini Plant Hanger
Mini Wall Hanging
Long Plant Hanger
Copper Wall Hanging
Lamp Shade
Throw Rug
Coasters
Shelf
Owl
Shoulder Bag



I am a macrame beginner. In this photo I am practicing my knots with 2 strands of cord. The cord is secured to the dowel with 2 lark's knots followed by a square knot. It isn't difficult. It is enjoyable. Both the white cord and the wooden dowel are from the kit.

Modern Macrame is published by becker&mayer! a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at becker&mayer! Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a kit! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 26, 2017. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!



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Friday, November 03, 2017

Embroidery Designs Boho-Chic KIT Review & GIVEAWAY

From traditional to on trend embroidery is making a comeback. With this all-in-one craft kit, just released from becker&mayer! you can make gorgeous, beginner-friendly embroidery designs. Embroidery Designs Boho-Chic: Everything You Need to Stitch 12 Nature-Inspired Patterns by expert needlework designer Kelly Fletcher. This beautifully packaged kit opens to reveal the instructions, tools and materials needed to decorate fabric using a needle and thread. A booklet, 3 iron-on transfer sheets, 2 pieces of white fabric, 10 skeins of colorful embroidery thread, 2 needles and a 6-inch embroidery hoop are all neatly housed in a book-style box. The 64-page booklet has step-by-step instructions with full-color photographs for 12 embroidery stitches and 12 patterns. The striking patterns shown on the box are among the ones inside. Ten thread colors include - green, light green, orange, yellow, blue, light blue, raspberry, light raspberry, rust and white. I'm a beginner and wanted to see if I could follow the instructions and complete the embroidery stitches. I opened up the book, threaded a needle and began. To my delight I mastered the first 4 embroidery stitches I tried  - the Straight Stitch, Backstitch, Blanket Stitch and Chain Stitch. This kit would make a lovely gift. Get your kit below!



CONTENTS

Introduction
How To Use this kit

STITCHING STEP-BY-STEP
How to Start and End Threads
Straight Stitch
Backstitch
Blanket Stitch
Bullion Dnot
Chain Stitch
Detached Chain Stitch
Fly Stitch
Four-Legged Knot
French Knot
Granitos Stitch
Satin Stitch
Stem Stitch

PROJECTS: HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS
Raspberry Border
Light-Blue Flower Border
Tulip Border
Blue Diamond Border
Diamond
Feathers
Folk Birds
Folk Flowers
Pocket Leaf Motif
Circular Motif
Foliage Motif
Blue Neckline Design

About the Author


Photos of  kit. Embroidery hoop, white fabric, needle and thread. Floss colors. My own beginner stitches and pin cushion.

Embroidery Designs Boho-Chic is published by becker&mayer! a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at becker&mayer! Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a kit! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 19, 2017. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drawing for Joy Review & GIVEAWAY

I couldn't wait for this book to arrive! It's as lovely on the inside as it is on the cover. Drawing for Joy: 15-Minute Daily Meditations to Cultivate Drawing Skill and Unwind with Color by Stephanie Peterson Jones. The 144 page paperback was released July 1, 2017 from Publisher Quarry Books. It's a playful draw-in exercise book suitable for beginning artists. It combines the practice of meditation and art making. Meditation is introduced first. The author emphasizes that even 3 minutes of meditation before art practice is beneficial. The book is divided into 52 weekly subjects. Each subject has 7 daily prompts. There are about 365 engaging prompts or drawing activities. These drawing activities are intended to take about 15 minutes. The lessons build upon each other. Add pencils and pens to draw with. And colored pencils and pens, markers and watercolor pens to add color. You decide. Though the approach is relaxed you will also learn about art fundamentals, for example the elements and principles of art and design. An appreciation of art and art creation is inevitable. Get your copy below!



CONTENTS

Introduction
Mindfulness Meditation
How to Use This Book

The Essentials
What you'll need to get started
What Do I Draw With?
Adding Color
Your Art Palette
Your Artiste License

The Heart of Making Art
Learn about the basic elements and principles of art
Good to Know: The Elements of Art
Week 1:  Walk the Line
Week 2:  Borders
Week 3:  Value
Week 4:  Shapes
Week 5:  Creating Form
Week 6:  Putting Shapes Together
Good to Know: Color Wheel and Color Harmony
Week 7:  Coloring Flowers
Week 8:  Let's Get Patterny
Week 9:  Putting Patterns Together
Good to Know: Principles of Design
Week 10:  Finding Balance
Week 11:  Make a Move
Week 12:  Flower Power
Week 13:  Pattern Play
Week 14:  Drawing In and Around

Go with the Flow
Practice drawing with art starts
Weeks 15:  Leaves
Week 16:  Simple Flowers
Week 17:  Basic Frames
Week 18:  Feathered Fun
Week 19:  Everyday Textures
Week 20:  Seashells
Week 21:  Butterflies and Bugs
Week 22:  Drawing on Rocks
Week 23:  We Built a City
Week 24:  Artful Hearts
Week 25:  A Little Culture
Week 26:  Folk Art Animals
Week 27:  My Drawing Meditations

From Flow Comes Joy
Take the next step in drawing
Week 28:  Easy Spirals and Paisleys
Week 29:  Simple Mandalas
Week 30:  Snowflakes
Week 31:  Kaleidoscopes
Week 32:  Aviary
Week 33:  Coffee Mugs and Tea Cups
Week 34:  Go Fish
Week 35:  Make It Your Own
Week 36:  Wise Owls
Week 37:  Complex Objects, Basic Shapes
Week 38:  Making Faces
Week 39:  Hair and Hats
Week 40:  Freeform Doodles

Joy Happens
For when you're in the drawing grove
Week 41:  Seven Wishes
Week 42:  Wall of Flowers
Week 43:  Here Comes the Sun
Week 44:  Fancy Flowers
Week 45:  Hot Air Balloons
Week 46:  Complex Mandalas
Week 47:  Lotus Flowers
Week 48:  Mehndi Hand Tattoos
Week 49:  Pattern Play Sugar Skulls
Week 50:  Ears, Trunks, Tusks
Week 51:  Deep Sea Creatures
Week 52:  Freeform Drawing

Resources
Acknowledgments
About the Author


Second page of Week 1:  Walk the Line.

Second page of Week  21:  Butterflies and Bugs.


Drawing for Joy is available at Quarry Books, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Quarry Books. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 9, 2017. Prize includes shipping. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Easy Origami Fold-a-Day 2018 Calendar Review & GIVEAWAY

I love day-to-day activity and craft calendars. They're like a little treat every day! Starting January 1, 2018 I'll be folding my way through the year with the Easy Origami Fold-a-Day 2018 Calendar released July 11, 2017 from Andrews McMeel Publishing. I can hardly wait! It's a boxed calendar featuring the origami designs and folding diagrams of Jeff Cole. There are origami instructions for hundreds of models - one for every day of the week. Saturday and Sunday are combined onto a single page. The folds progress in difficulty. I folded some of the designs from January and February and found the directions clear, including February 12th's Note-Holding Heart (below). The essential origami symbols and bases are on 5 tabbed cards for easy reference. The colorful 6" x 6" folding paper comes in a variety of attractive patterns. It has a magazine-like quality. It did not tear while being folded. The date is top center. Some holidays are shown. To use, lay the box flat on your desk or convert to an easel-style desk calendar by following the instructions. Even the cardboard packaging folds! There are also fun projects for what to do with your origami creations. Take a break each day and unfold your mind. Get your copy below!



Calendar: 640 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (July 11 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1449482626
Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.1 x 16.8 cm
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 6.6 inches


Step-by-step instructions for February 12th's Note-Holding Heart.


A Note-Holding Heart I folded with paper from the calendar.

The Origami Fold-a-Day 2018 Calendar is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrew McMeel Publishing. Andrews McMeel Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 1, 2017. Prize includes shipping. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Color for Calm All Year Long 2018 Review & GIVEAWAY

Expressing creativity daily is a great stress reliever. On August 1, 2017 Rock Point Publishing released Color for Calm All Year Long 2018. It's a boxed calendar featuring the delightful illustrations of Canadian artist Carrie Stephens. Included are 5 double-sided colored pencils that neatly and conveniently attach to the back of the calendar base. There are 10 colors in total - yellow, orange, red, pink, blue, light blue, green, light green, purple and light purple. The easel style, tear-off calendar pad lays flat or stands for display. Color your way through the year. There are over 300 relaxing coloring templates - one for each day of the week. Saturday and Sunday are combined onto a single page. All pages have blank reverses. The smaller sized pages are perfect for coloring daily. The bottom right corner of the page houses the date in the following format - JANUARY  1  MONDAY. It's slightly over-sized for easy reading. The holidays are shown in a smaller font - New Year's Day. Take a break each day to color and emerge refreshed. Get your copy below! 



Color for Calm 2018
Calendar: 316 pages
Publisher: Rock Point; Box edition (Aug. 1 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1631063510
Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.4 x 15.2 cm
Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.8 x 6 inches

Photos I took of my copy of this attractive calendar coloring kit.

Color for Calm All Year Long 2018 is available worldwide at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Check our their unique catalog at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Rock Point Gift & Stationery is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of the Color for Calm All Year Long 2018! One winner will be selected at random. Open until October 22, 2017. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Draw Color & Sticker Creative Lettering Sketchbook Review & GIVEAWAY

Are you interested in lettering? Here's a FUN creative lettering activity book with a variety of drawing, coloring and stickering exercises! The 64 page paperback was released July 1, 2017 from Quarry Publishing - Draw Color & Sticker Creative Lettering Sketchbook: An Imaginative Illustration Journal by Marissa Giambrone. There are more than 60 letter journaling practice pages, all on good quality uncoated stock paper - plus 500 awesome stickers. Simply follow the prompts, making the pages your own by adding a personal touch to the unfinished illustrations. Use your preferred medium - pencil, colored pencils, markers, even watercolor. Creative lettering is an enviable and useful skill. Start practicing and you’ll be on your way to creating unique and personalized text for any occasion - for example gift tags, labels, cards, invitations, party banners, even hand-lettered art. This book is part of the exciting Draw Color & Sticker series. Get your copy below!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals Review & GIVEAWAY

I'm learning more about using colored pencils with the Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals: Secrets of Observational Drawing by Valerie Baines. This 112 page paperback was released Jan. 1, 2017 from Rockport Publishers. It's a beautiful 8.5" x 10" workbook about botanical illustration with colored pencils. Colored pencil art is becoming very popular. The author, a noted British botanical artist, guides you through 48 practical exercises, helping you to observe, select colors and draw. You add the colored pencils. The author lists 20 colors she finds most useful for botanical work. An exquisite collection of works by classic botanical artists serves as both inspiration and study. Valerie emphasizes analyzing these to gain a better understanding of values, composition, color etc. The floras are listed seasonally. For each plant: read the lesson notes, study the masterworks and draw. A demo sketch gets you started. Would you like to improve your colored pencil artwork? Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Introduction
Tools and Materials
Sketchbook Opener

Crocus 
Pussy Willow
Spring Flowers
Narcissus
Primula

Lily of the Valley
Violets
Still Life with Flowers and Strawberries
Striped Tulip
Three Tulips

Still Life with Tulip, Melon and Flowers
Three "Broken" Tulips
Hyacinth
Strawberry
Apple Blossom

Iris
Bearded Iris
Hydrangea
Summer Flower Studies
Poppy: Pavot

Poppy
Anemones
Belladonna Lily
Lily
Agapanthus

Rosa Gallica
Branch of Roses
Still Life with Roses
Pink Rose with Buds
Bengal Rose

Eglantera Rose
Old-Fashioned Roses
Yellow Rose
Dandelion
Peony and Double Poppy

Peony
Cape Blue Water Lily
Water Lily
Morning Glory
Peach

Chrysanthemum
Yellow Chrysanthemum
Autumn Leaves
Oak Leaves and Acorns
Apple

Stone Pinecone
Eastern Pinecone
European Holly

About the Artist
Acknowledgments


Page 4 & 5. Tulips, Cornflower and Anemone. Nicolas Robert (1614-1685) French.


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Page 8 & 9. Tools, material and tips.


Page 38 & 39. Scarlet Strawberry. William Hooker (1779-1832) British.


Page 78 & 79. Dandelion. William Kilburn (1745-1818) Irish.









Page 24, violets by classic artist for study. Page 25, lesson notes, palette and demo sketch. My 5 color palette is set out and I've begun working on the demo sketch.

Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals is available worldwide at Rockport Publishing, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Rockport Publishing. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until October 6, 2017. Prize includes cost of shipping. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!



Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Art of Painting in Pastel Review & GIVEAWAY

I'm reading a brand new copy of The Art of Painting in Pastel by Leonard Richmond and J. Littlejohns. This art instruction book was first published over 100 years ago and is still sought after today. It's about the fundamentals of painting in pastel. This new 9 x 11",  118 page paperback was released May 17, 2017 from Dover Publications. It contains the following bibliographical note, "This Dover edition, first published in 2017, is a slightly altered unabridged republication of the work originally published as Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd., London c 1917." Leonard Richmond (1889 - 1965), a British artist and author, wrote a series of very popular art instruction books with co-author J. Littlejohns. The frontispiece titled "Bricklayers" and introduction are by distinguished muralist Frank Brangwyn (1867 –1956), an Anglo-Welsh artist. He states "... there is, as Messrs. Richmond and Littlejohns so ably point out in the following pages, practically no limit to its powers as a means of artistic expression." Like the 1930 edition it includes 15 black and white illustrations and 39 tipped-in color illustrations. This book is suitable for students of art and artists. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS
Introduction

CHAPTERS
The Three Methods
Still Life
Flowers
Landscape
Landscape (continued)
Landscape (concluded)
Figure
The Preservation of Pastels
Materials

BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS
Trees
Trees
Hilly Districts
Flat Districts
Hints of Arrangement
Hints of Arrangement
Further Suggestion on Composition

COLORED ILLUSTRATIONS
"Bricklayers" by Frank Brangwyn, A.R.A. -  Frontispiece

STILL LIFE
Blue China Pot, Shell, Etc.
Jug, Glass and Apples 
Dolls, Monkey, and Golliwog
Books, Bowl, and Flowers

FLOWERS
White Marguerites
Blue Cornflowers
Scarlet Poppies 
Hydrangeas (Plain Background)
Hydrangeas (Ornate Background)

LANDSCAPE
An Elm
Cottages
Shadow Cast on White Wall 1
Shadow Cast on White Wall 2 
Shadow Cast on White Wall 3

COLOURED ILLUSTRATIONS
Elm Trees 1
Elm Trees 2
Trees and Water 1
Trees and Water 2
Sunshine 1
Sunshine 2
A White Canal Bridge
Old Houses, Folkestone
Study of Straw in Sunlight and Shadow, with Farm Buildings
A Breezy Day at Watchet, Somerset
Chalk Cliffs on South Coast
Canal Barges at Brentford
The Quarry

FIGURE
Her Ladyship
E. J. H.
The Jovial Philosopher
The Volendam Fisherman
"Eighty"
The Professor
Abscent
Matilda
Maisie
The Green Shawl
The Dutch Baby
The Vermillion God


Excerpt from pages 20 and 21, image and accompanying text.
Chapter 3. Flowers. 
Scarlet Poppies.
J. Littlejohns Pastel 1927.

     "The main purpose of this example is to indicate the importance of the toned paper as a modifying factor.
     The strongest crimsons and vermilions were used unsparingly but the result is not garish, because of the counteracting influence of the dull, dark paper left between most of the strokes  less in the brighter parts than in the shadows.
     Note that, while the general contour of each petal is curved, the strokes are frankly straight, serving to give that crispness which is so characteristic of this flower."


Out of print no more!

The Art of Painting in Pastel is available worldwide at Dover Publications. Dover, Great Books, Variety & Value Since 1941. Check out their catalog at Dover Publications. Dover has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until September 25, 2017. Canada & USA. Good luck!


Friday, September 01, 2017

Learn to Paint in Watercolor with 50 Paintings Review & GIVEAWAY

Scottish artist Wil Freeborn has created a complete course on how to watercolor in his new book Learn to Paint in Watercolor with 50 Paintings: Pick Up the Skills, Put On the Paint, Hang Up Your Art. It's a 144 page Flexibound – released February 1, 2017 from Publisher: Quarry Books. Following an overview of the basics Wil leads 50 painting exercises incorporating the fundamentals of watercolor painting. His book is centered around the idea of painting what is in your environment. The exercises are cleanly laid out by objective, material, color palette and demo. Wil shares his creative process with step-by-step commentary and photographs. The subject matter includes simple still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes, animals and figures, portraits, people. Wil favors a 2B pencil, size 6, 8 and 12 round brushes, a 14" x 10" watercolor block and watercolor pans though he encourages you to find what works best for you. This how-to art book is packed with material that will help newer painters discover the unique properties of painting with watercolor. Get your copy below!

Contents
Welcome to my world

Chapter 1: Getting started
Basic Kit
Choosing your colors
Color mixing
Paper
Washes
Color, light, and atmosphere
How to keep a sketch book
Hints and tips

Chapter 2: Simple still lifes
Lively washes
Backgrounds for still lifes
Working with a minimal palette
Arranging a simple still life
Basic drawing for watercolor
Classic subjects, new approaches
Compose as you go
Watercolor with pen and ink
Sight sizing
Quick watercolor sketch
Hard edges

Chapter 3: Landscapes
Creating dynamic contrast
Washes for atmosphere
Simple wash with gradation
Creating a sense of distance
Masking areas of white paper
Bright colors in landscapes
Ideas for composition
Bold shapes
Finding interesting shapes
Pure texture and subtle washes
Working with one color
Reserving colors
Telling stories
Abstract patterns

Chapter 4: Cityscapes
Simplifying what you see
Exploring granulation
Sparkling sunlight
Symmetry and proportion
Painting multiple buildings
Perspective for beginners
Building up a complex scene
Finding your interpretation
Introducing a sense of scale

Chapter 5: Animals
Grouping subjects
Editing out
Expressive brushwork
Painting a museum specimen
Painting live animals
Working from photos
Three-color washes
Painting a marine subject
Landscapes with wildlife

Chapter 6: Figures, portraits, people
Adding figures to landscapes
Simplifying people
Painting quickly in situ
Grisaille 
Capturing movement 
Mixing media

Stretching paper
Glossary
Index

Credits

Excerpt from Chapter 5: Animals. Bunnies - Grouping subjects

Materials
Watercolour block, 355 x 254mm (14 x 10in) 
2B pencil
Size 8 and 6 round brushes
6mm (1⁄4in) flat brush

Colour palette
Yellow Ochre
Cerulean Blue
Alizarin Crimson
Quinacridone Magenta
Burnt Umber
Indigo

When you group a few subjects together, they can make interesting and dynamic compositions. Observe how animals relate to each other when they’re resting or at ease, whether it’s dogs, cats or even – as in this case – bunnies. The opposing curves of the animals’ bodies in this composition reminded me of a traditional Chinese yin-yang symbol.

1. Draw the pair of rabbits, keeping your lines light as always. Remember that the rabbits are three-dimensional objects, and think about where their forms curve away from you. This can be difficult, but it might help to check the shape of your own hand or arm for reference.


2. Use the larger brush to apply the main wash, a diluted mix of Yellow Ochre with a touch of Cerulean Blue and Alizarin Crimson. Cover the whole paper with this wash, except for the parts where the sunlight hits the rabbits’ bodies – leave these parts white.


3. When light passes through a thin part of your body, such as your ears (or your fingers if you hold them up to the sun), it glows with a bright pink radiance. This effect is called subsurface scattering, and it’s one of my favourite light effects. You can see it here in these rabbits’ ears. For their ears, use the smaller brush to apply a wash of Quinacridone Magenta. While it is still wet, drop a deeper Magenta mixture into it and it will spread really nicely.

  

4. Now start painting the rabbits’ bodies, using a flat brush and the same wash as in step 2, remembering to leave the highlighted parts unpainted. A flat brush can change the appearance of your washes. For example, if you want to accentuate flat areas of colour a flat brush can help. Apply the colour in layers to add more depth and slowly build up the forms. Deepen the tones as you work by adding touches of Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Umber to your original wash. Paint the eyes with a wash of Indigo and Burnt Umber, leaving a tiny spot for the highlights.


5. Keep adding depth to the washes to increase the sense of three-dimensional form. For the shadows under the rabbits, use a wash of Indigo with a touch of Alizarin Crimson. Don’t try to control your application of the paint too much – allow it to pool and form edges naturally. This will contribute to the character of your painting and create a lovely, loose effect.

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Photo I took of Wil's watercolor painting travel kit on page 13.