Friday, June 14, 2019

Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free Review

Want more plants for free or next to nothing? A revised new edition of Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free, with Alan Toogood Editor-in-Chief has just been released! For clarity, propagate means "to produce a new plant using a parent plant". This attractive hardcover contains everything you could want to see, learn and know about plant propagation.The volume is compiled by experienced horticulturalists and focuses entirely on propagation facts. It's a comprehensive guide on how to propagate more than 1,500 plants with detailed coverage of individual plants. It is designed so that the information is easy to access. The books layout is inviting and engaging with excellent typography and an abundance of photographs and illustrations. A nine page index makes it very easy to reference a specific plant. Contents includes sections on garden trees, shrubs and climbing plants, perennials, annuals and biennials, cacti and other succulents, bulbous plants and vegetables. The complete table of contents is shown below, as are multiple sample pages. There are hundreds of tutorials with techniques that are rated easy, moderate and challenging. The methods are explained well. There is a one page glossary of horticultural terminology. I used it to look up "latex" which I now know means "milky white sap or fluid that bleeds from some plants when stem is cut or wounded; may be irritant." This book is for beginner through serious gardeners. I'm learning a lot. It's an excellent resource on plant propagation. The only one you'll need. DK Publishing released the 320 page hardcover on May 7, 2019. Get your copy below!


Contents
How to use this book

INTRODUCTION
Learning from nature
Propagation in the past
Modern propagation
Sexual increase of plants
Vegetative propagation
Tools and equipment
Soils and growing media
Propagation in different climates
The propagation environment
Plant problems

GARDEN TREES
Taking cuttings
Sowing seeds
Grafting and budding
Layering
Palms
Cycads
Conifers
A-Z of garden trees

SHRUBS AND CLIMBING PLANTS
Taking cuttings
Division
Sowing seeds
Layering
Grafting
Heaths and heathers
Roses
A-Z of shrubs and climbing plants

PERENNIALS
Division
Sowing seeds
Taking cuttings
Ferns
Alpine plants
Water garden plants
Bromeliads
Ornament grasses
Orchids
A-Z of perennials

ANNUALS AND BIENNIALS
Sowing seeds
A-Z of annuals and biennials

CACTI AND OTHER SUCCULENTS
Sowing seeds
Division
Taking cuttings
Grafting
A-Z of cacti and other succulents

BULBOUS PLANTS
Division
Sowing seeds
Scaling and chipping
A-Z of bulbous plants

VEGETABLES
Sowing seeds
Culinary herbs
A-Z of vegetables

Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION, Tools and equipment, pages 28 & 29.

SHRUBS AND CLIMBING PLANTS, Roses from seeds, pages 116 & 117.

PERENNIALS pages 146 & 147.

CACTI AND OTHER SUCCULENTS, Taking cuttings, pages 236 & 237.

A-Z of vegetables, pages 298 & 299.

Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free ISBN-13: 978-1465480125 is available worldwide at DK Canada, DK US, and DK UK. DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann.

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Saturday, June 01, 2019

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Flowers and Plants Review & GIVEAWAY

Would you like to draw botanicals? New from the Draw Like an Artist series this is 100 Flowers and Plants: Step-by-Step Realistic Line Drawing. Inside artist/illustrator Melissa Washburn shows how to draw lifelike flowers and flowering plants, vines, leaves, trees and other plants - including succulents, herbs, and grasses. Listed below is the extensive table of contents. The introduction includes helpful line drawing tips with practical exercises. Then 100 flowers and plants are illustrated, step-by-step on 100 pages - from beginning sketch lines to detailed drawing. Each is presented in 6 - 8 illustrative steps, with large, clear drawings on letter size (8 1/2 x 11 inches) pages. See several sample pages below. Improve your drawing skills while capturing the beauty of nature! Just add pencil, pen, paper and eraser. Quarry Books will release this 112 page paperback on June 25, 2019. It is available now for pre-order. Get your copy below!

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INTRODUCTION
How to Use This book
Tips for Better Line Control

SECTION 1:  FLOWERS AND FLOWERING PLANTS
Daisy
Black-eyed Susan
Coneflower (Echinacea)
Coreopsis
Tulip
Crocus
Daffodil
Buttercup
Pansy
Peace Lily
Day Lily
Sunflower
Dahlia
Chrysanthemum
Marigold
Dandelion
Anemone
Aster
Rose
Hibiscus
Lavender
Poppy
Apple Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Lotus
Protea
Geranium
Morning Glory
Horse Nettle
Thistle
Bluebell
Strawberry
Wax Plant
Clover
African Violet
Plumeria
Wild Rose
Iris
Lilac
Peony
Orchid
Gladiolus
Hollyhock
Clematis
Maypop (Passion Flower)
Honeysuckle
Bleeding Heart
Snap Dragon
Sweet Pea
Wisteria

SECTION 2:  VINES, LEAVES, AND TREES
Birch
Ginkgo
Redbud
Ash
Walnut
Willow
Maple
Japanese Maple
White Oak
Mulberry
Sassafras
English Ivy
Virginia Creeper
Trumpet Vine
Dogwood
Magnolia
Tulip Tree
Juniper
Pine Cone
Pussy Willow

SECTION 3:  OTHER PLANTS
Aloe
Jade
Echeveria Succulent
Sedum
Zebra Haworthia
Christmas Cactus
Prickly Pear
Philodendron
Peacock Plant
Fig
Rubber Plant
Bromeliad
Zebra Grass
Bluestem
Dune Grass
Bamboo
Chive
Parsley
Coriander
Raspberry
Tomato
Squash
Yucca
Hosta
Rhododendron
Milkweed
Palm
Fern
Chinese Lantern

About the Author
Acknowledgments



Black-eyed Susan & Coneflower, pages 12, 13.


Poppy & Apple Blossom, pages 32, 33



Video shows an example of a step-by-step drawing.



Video shows a peek inside of book.

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Flowers and Plants is available worldwide 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 June 16, 2019. Prize includes shipping. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!





My copy ISBN-13: 978-1631597558.
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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Watercolor with Me: In the Forest Review

Can you learn to paint if you can't draw? Yes, says Dana Fox author of Watercolor With Me: In the Forest - a gorgeous watercolor project book with 50 woodland sketches for you to paint. The subjects are listed below in the table of contents and include a variety of appealing flora and fauna. All projects are laid out in the same useful format. On the left page is a simple sketch. While on the right - tips, instructions, a color palette and the tools required to complete the artwork are shown. For reference, a sample of the subject matter painted in Dana's whimsical style is also included. Sketches are printed on 24.4 x 23 cm (9.6 x 9 inch) good watercolor paper. Experiment with the following watercolor techniques - wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, painting fur, and ink and wash. Supplies you are likely to need include: watercolor paint and brushes, a permanent ink pen and white gel pen. Premium binding allows the book to lay fully flat when open. Hands free! No previous skill is needed. What a wonderful way to explore watercolor! I love it and am going to work my way through it. Dana is the creator of the popular YouTube series, Paint with Me. This is her first watercolor book. Good news, her second book in the series is set to be released in Fall 2019! Page Street Publishing released this 119 page paperback on August 14, 2018. A Kindle version is also available. Get your copy below!


Introduction
Projects

WET ON DRY
Acorns
Caterpillars
Ferns
Ladybugs
Clovers
Flowers
Monarch
Tree
Moth
Dogwood Rose
Mushroom
Cabin

WET ON WET
Chickadee
Feathers
Maple Leaf
Snail
Hummingbird
Bluebird
Tortoise
Squirrel
Leaves
Wild Roses
Daisies
Trout

PAINTING FUR
Hedgehog
Bumble Bee
Bear
Skunk
Chipmunk
Fawn
Raccoon
Rabbit
Coyote
Beaver
Fox

INK AND WASH
Dragon Fly
Mountain Ash Leaf
Stoat
Salamander
Pine Cone
Mouse
Raspberries
Tree Frog
Owl
Grasshopper
Trillium
Wolf
Titmouse
Lily Pad

About the Author


Fawn from the Painting Fur exercise on pages 74 and 75.



Glance inside the pages of Watercolor with Me: In the Forest.



Watercolor With Me: In the Forest is available worldwide (scroll down) and at Amazon USA, Amazon Canada and Amazon UKPage Street Publishing Co. was founded in 2012 and is located just outside of Boston. They only use sustainable paper vendors and print with environmentally-friendly, soy-based ink.




My copy beside my new watercolor paint set.



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Canadian Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush Review & GIVEAWAY


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Time to change your toothbrush? I just discovered a Canadian company who's mission is to make the best biodegradable bamboo toothbrush ever. For over a week now I've been using the Canadian Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush also known as the Bam Brush. The Bam Brush has a 100% biodegradable moso bamboo handle. Its removable bristles are high-quality hygienic nylon. The toothbrushes are packaged in simple unbleached paper sleeves. They are available in 4 colors, as shown above. One size fits all. Based in Victoria, BC this eco-friendly company makes keeping toothbrush plastic out of the environment easy and affordable by offering a Toothbrush Subscription Club. Subscribe and you will receive a new toothbrush in the mail every 1, 2 or 3 months at a savings of 15%.


The first thing I notice about my Bam Brush (above) is the easy to open, paper-based packaging. The toothbrush's bamboo handle has an organic feel in my hand. Its nylon bristles are soft and gentle on my teeth. After brushing, my teeth and mouth feel clean and fresh. The Bam Brush is attractive, light in weight and sturdy. I found it to be of very good quality. I like knowing that I'm decreasing the amount of plastic waste I contribute to the landfill. Ready to leave plastic toothbrushes behind? Dentists recommend you change your toothbrush every few months. Get yours below!


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

ILLUSTRATION: An artist's guide to illustration on the go! Review & GIVEAWAY

Are you an aspiring illustrator? Illustration: An artist's guide to illustration on the go! by Betsy Beier is the fifth book in the Anywhere, Anytime Art series. Earlier subjects include watercolor, crayon, gouache and colored pencil. This book is about using illustration to explore your world, at home and on the go. Listed under the table of contents below are 12 creative projects that include assignments, exercises and activities. You'll experiment with a wide range of media, styles and techniques - making pictures and images that tell your stories and communicate your ideas visually. You will be introduced to scientific, botanical, fashion, and food illustration, as well as portraiture and reportage. Suggested media includes - collage, colored pencil, black pen, watercolor, gouache, marker, black ink and mixed-media. Find useful tips gleaned from the author's own career as an illustrator - like suggestions on packing and traveling with art supplies, and developing your own unique illustration style. It's an approachable resource for practicing your illustration skills and developing your style. Walter Foster Publishing will release this 128 page paperback on May 14, 2019. It is available now for pre-order. Get your copy below!


Table of Contents

Introduction
Illustration Styles
Media & Techniques
Using Found Materials
Exploring Color
Making Art on the Go

Project 1
Home Sweet Home

Project 2
Pet Portrait

Project 3 
Garden

Project 4
Your Neighborhood

Project 5 
State or Region

Project 6 
Collections

Project 7 
Reportage Illustration

Project 8
Memorable Meal

Project 9
Fashion

Project 10
Word Art

Project 11
Patterns

Project 12
Collage Illustration

Inspiration
About the artist



Exploring Color, page 18 and 19.


Mini Project, page 20 and 21.


Making art on the go, page 24 and 25.


Project 1, page 30 and 31.


Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration: An artist's guide to illustration on the go! is available worldwide at Walter Foster. Walter Foster is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Walter Foster is one of the most recognized names in art instruction. Check out their unique catalog at Walter Foster. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until May 26, 2019. Canadian and US addresses only. Good luck!



My copy. Product dimensions: 16.6 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm (6.6 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches).


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Also in the Anywhere, Anytime Art series.


Friday, May 03, 2019

An Introduction to Hand Lettering with Decorative Elements Review & GIVEAWAY

Looking for decorative elements? An Introduction to Hand Lettering with Decorative Elements is a collection of decorative elements, alphabets and numbers, all hand-drawn by illustrator Annika Sauerborn. It's packed with hundreds of fun and playful designs like ornaments, motifs, decorations for special occasions, seasons and more. See the complete table of contents below. The graphics are organized by category making them easy to reference. Add visual interest to anything - from simple to fancy. Combine decorative elements, alphabets and numbers for endless design possibilities. Whether you use a pencil, pen or brush this wonderful resource is perfect for use in your creative projects. Dover Publications released this 128 page paperback on April 17, 2019. A Kindle version is also available. Get your copy below!


Table of Contents

Foreword
Materials

Borders - Frames - Corners
Borders
Frames
Corners
Flourishes

Leaves - Flowers - Garlands
Leaves
Flowers
Garlands

Ribbons - Arrows - Patterns
Ribbons
Arrows
Hearts 
Stars
Patterns
Illustrations

Seasonal Illustrations & Occasions
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Christmas

Birthday & Parties
Picnic
Kitchen
Home
Love
Wedding
Beach & Sea

Alphabets
Numbers
Gift Tags


Home by Annika Sauerborn.


Leaves by Annika Sauerborn.


My copy.

An Introduction to Hand Lettering with Decorative Elements 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 May 19, 2019. Canadian & US addresses only. Good luck!


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Cats in Origami Review & GIVEAWAY

Discover a variety of feline folds inside the pages of Cats in Origami by Nick Robinson. With a little help from his friends, the British origami master demos 20 origami projects with instructions and diagrams. He begins with the easiest models and slowly progresses to the more challenging ones. Each project has a difficulty rating of 1 through 5, with 5 being the hardest. All designs require square paper. Add a pack of 7 x 7" paper and you'll be all set. Though for practicing the more difficult designs larger squares are better. Clear diagram and text instructions are printed on large pages along with photos of the finished model. See the complete table of contents below. So far I've folded the Rear View Cat and the Halloween Cat and am delighted with the results. The 144 page paperback was released April 17, 2019 from Dover PublicationsGet your copy below!


CONTENTS

Introduction
How to fold - Choosing paper
Techniques

Simple Cat 
Traditional 

Rear View Cat 
Wayne Brown

Cheshire Cat 
Nick Robinson

Kitty 
Gay Merrill Gross

Cat Envelope 
Michel Grand

3D Cat Head 
Nick Robinson

Cat In A Box 
Nick Robinson

Halloween Cat 
David Petty

Sleepy Cat 
Hiroaki Takai

Cat Box 
Gay Merrill Gross

Neko Bookmark 
Jo Nakashima

Cat Card 
Nick Robinson

Cat That Got The Cream 
Nick Robinson

Seated Cat 
Gilad Aharoni

Walking Cat 
Lee Armstrong

Le Chat De Nicolas 
Nicolas Terry

Gigi 
Robin Glynn

Adorable Cat 
St├ęphane Gigandet

White Socks 
Jun Maekawa

Nosy Cat 
Oriol Esteve

Credits and Biographies




Cats in Origami 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 May 5, 2019. Canadian & US addresses only. Good luck!


I folded the Rear View Cat created by Wayne Brown from page 22 of Cats in Origami.



Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kawaii Origami Review

I just got Chrissy Pushkin's new book Kawaii Origami: Super Cute Origami Projects for Easy Folding Fun. In Japanese culture kawaii means cute. Chrissy is the creator of the very popular origami and paper craft website Paper Kawaii. In her 128 page softcover she presents 25 kawaii origami models. Don't let the word cute mislead you, her designs are very clever. They are detailed yet rewarding to fold. So far I've folded the rectangular masu box, the cute purse and the adorable cat and dog hearts. The table of contents is shown below. The projects are arranged easy to difficult. Step-by-step diagram and text instruction accompanies each design, and in some cases a video. There are various recommended paper sizes and a few projects require glue and/or scissors. To get you started 50 sheets of folding paper are included. The mostly pastel colors with white backs measure 6 inches square (15 cm). Race Point Publishing released this title April 2, 2019. A Kindle version is also available. Get your copy below!


Contents

Introduction
Tools & Techniques
Kawaii Art Style
Basic Origami folds

Masu Box
Lucky Starts
Kawaii Envelopes
Water Balloon
Tea Bag

Tea Bag Envelopes
Love Knots
Dustpan & Scoop
Rectangular Masu Box
Cute Purse

Woven Bracelet
Woven Bookmark
Cat & Dog Hearts
Cactus
Round Pot

Bento Box
Mini Trash Bin
Mini Drawer
Stationery Boxes
Ice Cream

Sushi Roll Boxes
Nigiri Sushi Boxes
Flower Bowl
Star Bowl
Twinkle Star








Kawaii Origami is available worldwide at Race Point Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Race Point Publishing. Race Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA.




Dog Heart I folded from page 50 of Kawaii Origami. I used 1 sheet of 7 inch (17.78 cm) square origami paper with a purple front and light blue back. No scissors, tape or glue was used. I added stickers for the eyes and nose. So kawaii!



Thursday, April 04, 2019

Beautiful Press-Out Flying Butterflies Review & GIVEAWAY

Learn about and fly a kaleidoscope of butterflies with Beautiful Press-Out Flying Butterflies by Richard Merrill! There are 24 bright and striking butterflies in total. All pages are perforated for easy removal. To use, carefully punch out the butterfly, follow the folding instructions, add a coin for weight, then fly like a paper plane. Diagram and text instructions are included. All of these butterflies are larger than life but otherwise realistic. They have an almost nine-inch wingspan! Both top and underside wing patterns are illustrated in full color. In addition each butterfly comes with a snippet of information including genus, Greek name, habitat, coloring, diet and other interesting facts. You will need a coin and 2 pieces of tape for each butterfly. The book says to use a nickel, however there is a correction on the authors website that says "Use a penny instead of a nickel weight for a smoother flight!" This book is perfect for budding lepidopterists (butterfly experts) and nature lovers. I've assembled my first butterfly and am off to test fly it! Dover Publications released this 48 page paperback on February 13, 2019. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

American Copper
Australian Red Lacewing
Blue Copper
Clouded Sulfur
Cramer's Eighty Eight
Dianna Fritillary (female)

Dianna Fritillary (male)
Golden Banded-Skipper
Helena Blue Morpho
Julia Butterfly
Little Wood Satyr
Malachite

Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Mimic
Monarch
Mourning Cloak
Obrina Olivewing
Orange-Barred Sulfur

Orange-Spot Duke
Orange Tip
Pachinus Longwing
Painted Lady
Peleides Blue Morpho
Reakirt's Blue




Reakirt's Blue butterfly punched out and ready for folding. Note the dotted white fold lines. 

Beautiful Press-Out Flying Butterflies 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 April 18, 2019. Canadian & US addresses only. Good luck!


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