Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper Cutting for Celebrations Review & Giveaway



Paper cutting is one of the oldest and most popular folk arts in China. This is Double Birds on Plum Blossoms from page 1 of Paper Cutting for Celebrations by Zhao Ziping (Author), Liu Shenghui (Photographer) and Kayan Wong (Translator) Paperback – released April 1 2014 by Tuttle Publishing. There are over 100 Chinese Designs for Festive Holidays and Special Occasions created by Zhao Ziping, a professional paper-cutting artist at the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Research Institute. Paper cutting is easy to learn, requires few materials and can be used to create a wide range of decorative projects. All you need is scissors, then cut, copy or scan the designs from the book while learning their symbolic meaning. With Valentine's Day (February 14) and Chinese New Year (February 19) approaching you will find many uses for your paper cuts. There are varying levels of difficulty in the book. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Introduction
A Brief History
Artistic Characteristics
Using Paper Cutting Crafts as Decorations in Daily Life
Tools and Materials
Accessories
How to Use This Book

Chapter One Birthday
Chapter Two Celebration for the New Born
Chapter Three Weddings and Anniversaries

Chapter Four Graduation and Promotion
Chapter Five Housewarming
Chapter Six New Year

Chapter Seven Valentine's Day
Chapter Eight Mother's Day
Chapter Nine Father's Day

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Paper Cutting for Celebrations is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Paper Cutting for Celebrations! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until February 3, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.



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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered

I have decided to take up drawing and this is my new spiral bound sketchbook-- Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy published by Klutz The Scholastic Store. The 106 page drawing activity book comes with an artist quality sketch pen and two watercolor pencils. It's a very thoughtfully and cleverly assembled kit for kids, but I like it too, particularly the playful, relaxed approach to beginning drawing. It's focus is on drawing as an act of creative expression but it covers all the necessaries. I highly recommend it!

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores. Klutz has something for everyone.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Origami Heart Bracelets Giveaway & Tutorial

Win and make Origami Heart Bracelets, like the one above! Contest and tutorial below. Design from Race Point Publishing's Origami 365 by Taro Yaguchi. A single piece of square paper is required to make the sturdy design, insert a chain or thread through to create a pendant. Made with a 2 1/4 inch square of handmade Japanese paper and a blue cotton thread. One winner will be selected at random. Until December 29, 2014 WORDWIDE.


Origami 365 is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOP. Race Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA and is dedicated to producing high quality illustrated books, calendars and journals in a variety of subjects ranging from art, cooking and crafts to entertainment, performing arts and the natural sciences.

Tutorial: Origami Heart Bracelet

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Ultimate Origami for Beginners Kit & DVD Giveaway

Discover the joy of folding and delight in the results with Ultimate Origami for Beginners by Michael LaFosse & Richard Alexander a 64 page paperback by Tuttle Publishing. The Perfect Kit for Beginners -- Everything You Need Is in This Box! Includes an Easy-to-Use Instruction Book, DVD and 62 Folding Papers for 19 Exciting Projects. Do not worry about getting stuck! The DVD is very easy to follow, unlike many of the videos out there. You will take your folding to the next level. Explore a variety of projects including traditional, money, modular, paper airplane, animal, modern and wet folding. Below, Kanji the Dog is folded from a single 6 inch blue square from the kit. Paper in 3 sizes, a variety of solid colors. There's even replica dollar bills for money folds. No scissors or glue required. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Introduction
How to Use the Kit
Origami Symbols Key

CLASSIC FAVORITES
Crane's Egg
Tato Purse
Sealed with a Kiss Envelope

FLOWERS
Dazzle
Two Lips
Petallunia Moon Flower

ANIMALS
Dim Sum Bunny
Kanji the Dog
Scallop
Baby Dinosaur
North American Cardinal
A Seahorse for Al Miyatake
Pig

AIRPLANES
Chuck Finn
Shuttlecock
Manta Jet

DOLLAR FOLDS
Five-Dollar Star
Dollar Bill Butterfly
Dollar Yacht

Kanji the Dog

Ultimate Origami for Beginners is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Ultimate Origami for Beginners! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until December 17, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes Kit


Spark an interest in aviation and origami with paper airplanes, perfect activities for down time and energy release. Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes by Mark Zagaeski is a 76 page paperback released October 10, 2014 by Race Point Publishing. The kit includes an Easy-to-Use Instruction Book and More than 180 Illustrated Papers for 12 Soaring Folds. First pick the airplane model you want to fold and your paper. Choose from a dozen airplane models and paper in a variety of bright colors and playful patterns. Begin with paper imprinted with numbered steps and fold lines for easy folding, as you master the airplane folds move on to guideline free paper. Then simply Fold & Fly! No scissors or glue required. Includes sections on the history and science of flight. A fun and educational kit that will keep kids busy experimenting, exploring, testing, playing and learning for hours this winter! Would make a fun birthday activity. Have a paper plane making party, with races, and prizes for airplanes that fly the furthest, highest, funniest etc. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

PAPER PLANES FOR EVERY DAY
A Brief History of the Paper Plane
The Physics of Flight
Flight Control

FOLD INSTRUCTIONS
Guide to Folds
Guided-Fold Sheets

Dart Jet
Glider
Eagle
Albatross
Diamond
Hawk
Shuttle
The Wing
Hang Glider
Flying Box
Stinger
Sonic

Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOP. Race Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Race Point Publishing is dedicated to producing high quality illustrated books, calendars and journals in a variety of subjects ranging from art, cooking and crafts to entertainment, performing arts and the natural sciences.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars Giveaway

Add a touch of handmade to your Christmas with Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl, by acclaimed paper crafters Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt. The 144 page hardcover published by Kodansha USA provides clear instructions and precise diagrams for making snowflakes, stars, and sunbursts using origami (paper folding), kirigami (paper cutting) and quilling (paper curling) techniques. Ordered by level of difficulty. Use as accessories, decorations and gifts. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS 
 Forewords 
 About this book 

 Chapter 1 SELECTOR 

 Chapter 2 THE BASICS 
 Tools 
 Paper choices 
 Core techniques 

 Chapter 3 DESIGNS 
 Quilling designs 
 Origami designs 
 Kirigami designs 

 Chapter 4 PROJECTS 
 Quilled place cards 
 Origami napkin ring 
 Kirigami place card 
 Quilled coasters 
 Kirigami notecards 
 Quilled window ornaments 
 Origami garland 
 Quilled mobile 
 Kirigami silhouettes 
 Origami earrings 
 Origami gift tags 

 Index 
 Suppliers 
 Authors' acknowledgments

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Kodansha USA. Check out their unique catalog at Kodansha USA

Kodansha USA has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until November 15, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Origami Masters Bugs

Origami Masters Bugs: How the Bug Wars Changed the Art of Origami, from Race Point Publishing. The 184 page hardcover includes instructions for 12 amazing models. Sherry Gerstein gives a fascinating introduction on the transformation of the ancient art. From only a few standard bases handed down orally, til the mid 20th century when the creation of diagrams, symbols and crease patterns led to the spread and eventual worldwide explosion of origami, which continues to this day. Beautifully illustrated and diagrammed by Marcio Noguchi. Large, bold, and detailed diagrams show you step-by-step how to turn simple pieces of paper into complex bugs, without the use of scissors or glue. Origami Masters Bugs offers the unique opportunity of learning from some of the world's most talented origami artists. Practising artists offer inspiration and challenging folds. The Luna Moth has the most steps at a staggering 201! The two dollar folds have the fewest steps at 29. Five crease patterns are also included. A striking book. Get your copy below! Also in the series, Origami Master Class Flowers.

CONTENTS
Introduction
Terms and Symbols
THE PROJECTS
Won Park
Flapping Dollar Butterfly
Dollar Dragonfly

Sebastian Arellano
Bed Bug
Praying Mantis

Marc Kirschenbaum
Mosquito
Ladybug

Daniel Robinson
Leaf Insect

Jason Ku
Rhinoceros Beetle
Luna Moth

Shuki Kato
Titan Beetle
Flying Hercules Beetle

Robert J. Lang
Yellow Jacket, Opus 624

THE CREASE PATTERNS
Rhinoceros Beetle
Luna Mothx-impos
Titan Beetleur
Flying Hercules Beetle
Yellow Jacket

About the Illustrator
Credits and acknowledgements

Origami Masters Bugs is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOPRace Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA and is dedicated to producing high quality illustrated books, calendars and journals in a variety of subjects ranging from art, cooking and crafts to entertainment, performing arts and the natural sciences.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Travel Origami Review & Giveaway

Cindy Ng author of the popular origami kit Girligami continues her modern twist on origami in Travel Origami, 24 Fun and Functional Travel Keepsakes, published by Tuttle. Non-traditional sizes and types of paper are folded into sentimental origami souvenirs. Turn travel ephemera like flyers, brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, maps, programmes, packaging, advertising, posters, newspapers, tickets and labels into origami tokens of remembrance. This is the handy Corner Book Mark. It slides neatly on to any corner of the page and stays securely in place until you re-position it. One sheet of square paper is required to make it. I used a 3 inch square of handmade Japanese paper. Use just about any paper, simply trim to size. Will prevent dog-eared corners and make a thoughtful addition to any book you are giving as a gift. For instructions and 23 more travel-inspired origami projects get your copy below

CONTENTS
Introduction
Essential Tips
A Guide to Origami Folding Symbols and Terms

PART 1 JEWELRY
Candy Wrapper Necklace
Comic Strip Bracelet
Money Diamond Ring
Punk Rocker Ring
Modern Money Ring

PART 2 ODDS N'ENDS
A New Kind of Envelope
Gift Wrap Paper Bag
Corner Book Mark
Paper Arrow
The Octo Bag
A Cute Paper Bow

PART 3 ORGANIZATIONAL HOLDERS
Brochure Photo Holder
Metro Card Holder
 Business Card Holder
Fortune Bowl
Memorabilia Holder
Mini Picture Frame

PART 4 HOME DECOR ITEMS
Dollar Heart
Money Tray
Postcard Star
Paper Shelf
Diamond Bag
Straw Rose
Shopping Bag Lamp

Resources
Acknowledgements/About the Author

Travel Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Travel Origami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until November 1, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Origami Master Class Flowers

This is Origami Master Class Flowers by Marcio Noguchi and Sherry Gerstein, Race Point Publishing. The 192 page hardcover contains 12 floral projects for advanced folders. Looking for great detail, realism and complex design? Some of the world's most talented origami artists fold flowers they designed, including Robert Lang's Rose. Illustrated and diagrammed by Marcio Noguchi, large, bold, clean diagrams show you how to turn simple pieces of paper into a sophisticated origami flowers. From the Bleeding Heart to the Zinnia, fold flowers complete with leaves, bracts, calyces, pseudobulbs and stems, then assemble into arrangements. Suggested assembly materials include craft knife, self-healing cutting mat, floral tape, wire and wire cutters, glue, tapestry needle or beading awl/reamer, vases and wreath form. A beautiful book. The models are very challenging, the Bleeding Heart has 48 steps! Get your copy below.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chinese Seal Carvings, Kanji Stamp Engravings, Name Chops Review & Bookmarks Set Giveaway

Make an instant and lasting impression with a custom stamp also known as a seal or chop from Char4U.com. This is the elegant Two Dragons #2 Chop, one of many to choose from including the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, Buddha, Phoenix, Guanyin, Confucius and more. Made of stone, their artist will hand-carve your name, words or design on the bottom, includes classic red Chinese ink paste in a charming blue and white porcelain pot, presented together in a handsome fabric covered box. Free translation. 18 styles. Ships globally from Hong Kong to your door. US$9.95 or less worldwide shipping, entire order. Add flair to your business or personally, just like the days of old. Makes a lovely gift.

Custom Stamp/Seal/Chop Handmade by Deb

I chose "Handmade by Deb" all in Chinese. I love the Asian aesthetic. Delivery to Canada was quick. All my email questions were answered promptly and courteously, in perfect English. Char4U.com is a premier, online gift store carrying a wide variety of Oriental Art & Crafts, Accessories (Jewelry), Wedding, and New Year products. They have served thousands of customers from all over the world since 2003. Use coupon code WOW-2672-KXFLG-LBCG and save 5%.

Char4U.com has generously offered to giveaway a set (some below) of their gorgeous bookmarks, your choice! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until October 11, 2014, Worldwide. Check them out below!



Friday, September 19, 2014

Origami Workshop

Handmade by Deb proudly participated in the BBFG Garden Harvest Dinner. Young and old alike made origami seed boxes led by yours truly. The handmade boxes were filled with seeds from the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens. Participants took these favor boxes home along with planting instructions! The BBFG is one of my favorite places to visit. President, Lynne Taylor works very hard to create the Gardens that opened in summer 2013 and showcase over 250 varieties of rare, endangered, heirloom and world food plants - over 10,000 plants in all - and that's just Phase One.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar - Scottie Dog


Available now from Workman Publishing the Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar by Margaret Van Sicklen. Endorsed by Origami USA, I love it too. It's like a little present every day, for a whole year! Over 300 projects. Clear instructions. Colorful paper. Charming folds. I look forward to doing it, stress disappears... This is June 24th's Scottie Dog, a model by Robert E. Neale. From gliders, insects, money and napkin folds, puppets, hearts and ornaments, it's a wonderful way to discover new folds. So much fun! A separate origami key explains important base folds and symbols. Looking for a present that will last more than a few days? Here's a gift that will keep giving throughout the year! Plus you get a digital page-a-day calendar absolutely free! Choose from a selection of bestselling titles. Get yours below!




The Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and at Workman Publishing. Workman has published books, calendars, and big ideas for over 40 years.