Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bruce Botanical Food Gardens Visit

Bruce Botanical Food Gardens
These are the photos of my visit to the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens last evening. I picked 4 varieties of mint and turned them into a wreath. I used some of the mint to make a tisane for my boyfriend Graham. My recipe is very simple – pour boiling water over clean mint leaves and stems, add a little honey and steep.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Little Loom Weaving Review

Little Loom Weaving: Quick and Clever Projects for Creating Adorable Stuff by Andreia Gomes is a 111 page Paperback released on May 9 2017 by Publisher: Ulysses Press. This charming book introduces a trending craft – little loom weaving. Self-taught, portable loom weaver Andreia shares what she's learned on her journey from homemade, cardboard loom maker to artisanal hand weaver and founder of the LOOP Weaving Co. It's a modern take on an ancient craft. Wikipedia says "Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth." Andreia shows what's needed to start weaving without too much of an investment– a simple loom, some yarn and this book. She covers tools and materials, then yarns and techniques. The first project is how to make a basic loom from a 30" x 40" wooden canvas frame. It's followed by a variety of diverse though uncomplicated weaving projects using a small, portable loom, a frame loom, a branch, a piece of drift wood, a circular loom and a hanging planter. Andreia guides you step-by-step through the process of making 14 gorgeous hand woven pieces. Difficulty ratings of 1 thru 5 accompany each project. Her work is inspirational. I love this book. It makes me want to take up weaving. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1
WEAVING TOOLS AND LOOMS
Weaving Loom
Essential Weaving Tools
Weaving Terms

CHAPTER 2
CHOOSING YARNS
Yarn Fibers
Yarn Weight
Color Theory: How to Choose Coordinating Colors of Yarns
Choosing a Warp Yarn

CHAPTER 3
WEAVING TECHNIQUES
Warp the Loom
Tabby Weave
Methods for Minimizing Draw-in
Rya Knot
Design Geometric Shapes
Create Blocks Using Straight Slit
Create Triangles Using Diagonal Slit
Soumak
Loupes
Finish Your Woven Piece

CHAPTER 4
PROJECTS

Make Your Own Loom

My First Woven Wall Hanging
Woven Necklace
Branch Weaving
Desert Vibes Wall Hanging
Everyday Coaster
Summer Bracelet
Fluffy Wall Hanging

Tiny Framed Weaving
Woven Keychain
Boho Pillow
Minimalist Wall Hanging
Driftwood Board
Circular Wall Hanging
Hanging Planter

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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PROJECTS - Branch, Necklace, Pillow & Key Chain.

Weaving loom / Tear
A portable loom with a warping area of 30cm x 40cm (12"x16").




Photo Credits: Andreia Gomes.

Little Loom Weaving is available worldwide at Ulysses Press. Named for five out of the last eight years as one of Publishers Weekly’s ten “fastest-growing small publishers,” Ulysses Press is reinventing the relationship between reader, author and publisher. Check out their unique catalog at Ulysses Press.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Blippo Surprise Kawaii Bag Review & GIVEAWAY WORLDWIDE

Look what just arrived! It's a Surprise Kawaii Bag from the Blippo Kawaii Shop. It's just 1 of 5 NEW Fukubukuro Lucky Bags now available. Fukubukuro lucky mystery bags are popular in Japan. The bags are packed with random items and sold for a substantial discount! 

The Blippo Surprise Kawaii Bag is filled with an assortment of cute and practical  items! Each bag includes a mix of at least 15 items chosen from the kawaii warehouse. The retail value of the included products is approximately 50 USD! The bag is also the perfect gift for anyone who loves mystery surprises! Get yours below!

Blippo Surprise Japanese Magazine Pack
1.  Blippo Surprise Japanese Magazine Pack

Blippo Surprise Candy Bag
2.  Blippo Surprise Candy Bag

Blippo Surprise Kawaii Plush Bag
3.  Blippo Surprise Kawaii Plush Bag

Blippo Surprise Kawaii Stationery Bag
4.  Blippo Surprise Kawaii Stationery Bag

Blippo Surprise Kawaii Mixed Bag
5.  Blippo Surprise Kawaii Mixed Bag

All 5 Fukubukuro Lucky Bag's are available worldwide at the Blippo Kawaii Shop. Blippo has generously offered to giveaway a Surprise Kawaii Bag. One winner will be selected at random. Open until July 2, 2017. WORLDWIDE. Good luck!

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Stick it TO 'Em: Playful Stickers Review & GIVEAWAY

Stick it TO 'EM: Playful Stickers to Color & Create: 275+ stickers with sass for family, friends, and frenemies by Bailey Fleming. This 104 page Paperback released May 8, 2017 by Walter Foster Publishing is an amusing sticker adventure with something for everyone. It is divided into 3 sections by sticker type. The first is fully designed, ready-to-use stickers with a high-gloss finish. Designs range from edgy and funny to cute and silly. Just peel and stick. The second is color-your-own stickers. These are uncolored designs ready for you to personalize. Embellish with felt tip pens, colored pencils, watercolors and brush pens. Or use your favorite craft medium. The third is blank sticker templates. These are for creating your own unique, customized stickers. The author shares her creative process in 10 tutorials on sticker making, including supplies, drawing and lettering. All stickers are on high quality paper, adhere well and come in a variety of  sizes and shapes. A book of  FUN. Use any way you like.  Get your copy below!


Table of Contents

Introduction
Tools & Techniques

Bailey's Favorites
So Many Emotions
Cupcake Currency
Spirit Animal
Pinata
Peace & Love
WTF (Where's the Food?)
99 Problems
YOLO
Unicorn Queen
Unicorn Ride

About the Author

Glossy Stickers
Color-Your-Own Stickers
Sticker Templates

Stick it TO 'EM: Playful Stickers to Color & Create is available worldwide at Walter Foster Publishing, 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 Publications. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Stick it TO 'EM: Playful Stickers to Color & Create! One winner will be selected at random. Open until June 15, 2017. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

drawing calm Review & GIVEAWAY

drawing calm: RELAX. REFRESH. REFOCUS with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and more by Susan Evenson. This 144 page Paperback – released April 1, 2017 by Publisher: Quarry Books, is a collection of mixed media projects to promote creative practice. The author begins by taking you through the following steps: finding time, setting up your work space, and gathering the tools and materials necessary to collage, paint, draw and pastel. Next are 5 simple warm up exercises to choose from. They quiet the mind, activate the right brain and help to improve the creative experience. Then using the works of great masters for inspiration, Susan guides you step-by-step through the process of making art, with a variety of techniques such as torn-paper collage, blended pastels and wet-on-wet watercolor, in colors and moods that suggest calm. Creative Healing Educator Mary Rockwood Lane provides commentary on the arts and it's benefits to the body, mind and soul. Below is an example of how each project is presented – Chapter Three's Silent Beach. Get your copy below! 

CONTENTS

Foreward
Introduction

GETTING STARTED

Chapter 1 WARM-UP EXERCISES

Chapter 2 DELIGHT
Chapter 3 QUIET
Chapter 4 WARMTH
Chapter 5 HARMONY
Chapter 6 CALM
 Chapter 7 LIGHT
 Chapter 8 RHYTHM

Chapter 9 MAINTAINING THE CALM

Acknowledgements
About the Author
Index

Page 49 Silent Beach Chapter 3 QUIET, Project 3











A beach offers a still point where we can let go of our busy schedules, clear our minds, and tune into nature. This Degas drawing has a wonderfully peaceful feel to it. What I love about it is that Degas created such a deep vista of sand, sea, and sky simply with horizontal bands of color. I’ve played with this idea, using torn strips of paper colored with watercolor and gouache, but you could try it with pastel. Allow for some ambiguity, as getting specific or busy can change the feel of the work entirely. Let your colors remain flowing and soft.

YOU WILL NEED :

• 8″ x 10″ (20.5 x 25.5 cm) or 9″ x 12″ (23 x 30.5 cm) Bristol board or watercolor paper
• three pieces of watercolor paper, 8″ x 10″ (20.5 x 25.5 cm)
• watercolors and gouache
• paintbrushes, in a variety of sizes
• water
• matte medium

Imagine a seascape, using the Degas painting as a reference. Paint the Bristol board with a sand color. It can be an off-white or light brown, or lighter in some areas and darker in others. Allow the paint to dry completely.
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Paint the three pieces of watercolor paper, one in varying shades of blues, another with whites, and the third with soft yellow tones. Orient each of these horizontally on your workspace.
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Tear the painted sheets from step 2 into irregular horizontal strips. The paper can still be a little wet. There may be rough spots and crooked lines, which is okay. Enjoy the imperfections.
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Imagine a band of deep water at the bottom of the page, a brighter horizon line toward the middle, and a vast sky above. Overlap the pieces of torn paper on the background, brushing water over them to hold them together. Notice how you can add piece after piece to construct the three areas of color. The brightest band is in the center of the page.
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Attach the strips to the surface with matte medium. Starting at the bottom, attach the darkest section. Move up to the brightest area and then to the sky. Don’t worry if the colors aren’t coming together the way you want them quite yet. Let the matte medium dry.
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How do the bands of collaged color look? Do you have beautiful torn edges that are adding to the depth of the landscape? Add a few more torn pieces of painted paper, if you like. Now focus on how the color is lying on the page. Do you need to add anything? Does it feel hazy and beautiful, or do you want richer color? You can go back in with paint now and work on any areas that need a little something more. Start with a watery paint and let the subtle colors and torn paper textures remain important elements on the page. Enjoy the subtlety of the sea, sky, and the beautiful textures you’ve created.

drawing calm 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 6, 2017. Prize includes free shipping Canada & the USA. Good luck!
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Monday, May 08, 2017

Creative Sprint Review & GIVEAWAY

I've begun my first Creative Sprint! Creative Sprint: Six 30-Day Challenges to Jumpstart Your Creativity by Noah Scalin and Mica Scalin. It's a 224 page Flexibound:  Released – Apr 1 2017 by Voyageur Press. A Creative Sprint is doing something creative, everyday for 30 days. Why? To develop a habit of being creative and to get better at being creative. 30 days because it's a reasonably, manageable, time frame. Anyone can do a Creative Sprint – no experience is necessary. Use the Creative Sprint interactive workbook and follow the prompts. There are six 30-day Creative Sprints inside. Each sprint has it's own theme. Interpret as you like, it's meant to be loosely structured. There are no wrong results. Use any creative medium or style. There are only 3 rules - create daily, share and reflect. Join an online community and share your experience. Use hashtag #creativesprint. Celebrate at the end of each challenge. There are ideas in the book. I find that I look forward to doing the hands-on exercises each day. My creative confidence and skills are growing. AND I'm having FUN! The first 6 pages of my journal are below. Get your copy below!
Contents

Sprint 1:  DREAM SMALL
My Story:  Emma Gordon:  Actor, Artist, Educator and Mother
My Story:  Margarita Korol:  Social Innovation Designer

Sprint 2:  PERFECTION IS OVERRATED
My Story:  Julian Cook:  Metal Artist

Sprint 3:  LIMITATIONS ARE YOUR FRIENDS
My Story:  Wendy Umanoff:  Lighting Fixture Designer
My Story: K ate McGhee:  Marketing Strategy Consultant

Sprint 4:  WORK WITH THE UNEXPECTED
My Story:  Archie Miller:  Interaction Design Team Manager

Sprint 5:  EXPAND YOUR DEFAULT SETTINGS
My Story:  Constance Del Nero:  Director of Museum Community Programs
My Story:  Steve Zmijewski:  Ad Operations Manager

Sprint 6:  INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE
My Story:  Unicia R Buster:  Artist and Art Specialist

Thank You
About The Authors

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Creative Sprint is available worldwide at Voyageur Press, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Voyaguer Press. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until May 22, 2017. Prize includes free shipping to Canada & the USA. Good luck! It is also available at Amazon Canada and Amazon USA.






Pages from my Creative Sprint.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Cosmic and Eternal Love Coloring Book Review

I love my new coloring book – Cosmic and Eternal Love, An Everlasting Love Story & Coloring Book – by Amrita Sen, released on January 16, 2017 by Galison. It's a 96 page softcover book inspired by Hindu mythology. The original artwork is stunning, you will not find these illustrations anywhere else. They are exotic and intricate, perfect for exploring the vibrant colors of India. I'm using good quality pencil crayons to color. All of the black and white drawings are printed on both sides of thick, 10" x 10" durable paper. The story's main characters are Radha and Krishna. Specially marked coloring books come with the accompanying CD, composed and produced by Sen. An accomplished musician, she's worked with Pitbull, Weezer and Justin Timberlake, just to name a few. Music can be a great way to set the mood – listen to the 12 song soundtrack while you color. The Cosmic and Eternal Love Coloring Book and CD are part of a gorgeous home and gift collection. Get yours below!



Pages from coloring book.




The Cosmic and Eternal Love Coloring Book & CD are available worldwide at Galison. Galison publishes fine art and contemporary stationery and paper gifts. Check out their catalog at Galison. The Coloring Book and CD are also available at Amazon Canada and Amazon USA.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

About Sketching Review & GIVEAWAY

About Sketching: The Art and Practice of Capturing the Moment by Jasper Salwey, is a 176 page Paperback – released Apr 19 2017 from Dover Publications. This Dover edition, first published in 2017, is an unabridged republication of the work originally published as The Art and Practice of Sketching: It's History and Technique in All Media, by B. T. Batsford, Ltd., London, in 1930. Jasper Salwey (1884–1956), a British artist and architect, wrote several sought after books on drawing. In his forward, Leonard Squirrell, says "This is not a volume of dull and passionless information, ... but an illuminating and understanding survey of an immense subject..." In his preface Salwey says that the main object of this book is to encourage the practice of sketching. He then goes on to discuss the relevance and importance of sketching. 66 plates are included as examples. These illustrations are in black and white except for those on the book cover. This book is suitable for students of art and artists. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Foreword by Leonard Squirrell, R.E.
Preface

I. The Art of Sketching

II. Media and Methods
Lead Pencil
Carbon Pencil and Crayon
Red Chalk
Charcoal
Coloured Chalks
Pastel
Monocrome
Charcoal and Colour
Water-Colour
Direct Oil-Colour
Pen and Ink

III. The Practice of Sketching
Interior Subjects
Figure Sketching
Landscape Sketching
Sketching Seascape
Sketching Architecture

Index to Text and Illustrations


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About Sketching 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 26, 2017. Prize includes free shipping Canada & USA. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

How to Color Like an Artist Review & GIVEAWAY

How to Color Like an Artist: Colored Pencil Techniques including Blending & Shading by Veronica Winters is a 96 page Paperback released (April 19 2017) from Dover Publications. It includes 8 coloring pages from Dover's bestselling Creative Haven® series of coloring books. The pages are single-sided and perforated. Artist and teacher Veronica of Veronica's Art leads a practical course in coloring with pencil crayons. You will learn, then apply, the core techniques artists use to perfect their coloring. Veronica uses Prismacolor Premier and Caran d'Ache Pablo colored pencils. Each demo includes the exact pencil she uses, brand and color. You are free to use whatever brand and color you like, as I am. It is the technique practice that is fundamental. The author stresses using quality products for best results. As a beginner, I am finding the demos very helpful. It's nice to know some art terminology and color theory too. Would you like to develop your coloring skills, build your confidence, and enjoy yourself along the way? Get your copy below!

Table of Contents
Introduction
Basic Materials

Chapter 1
Pencil Stroke Types

Chapter 2
Shading Techniques

Chapter 3
Highlights on White and Colored Papers

Chapter 4
Textures

Chapter 5
Blending Colors with Solvents

Chapter 6
Blending with Light-Colored Pencils

Chapter 7
Basics of Color Theory

Chapter 8
Color Harmony

Chapter 9
Using Gray Color to Create Selective Focus

Chapter 10
Combining Mediums

Troubleshooting
About the Author

8 Coloring Pages
Giraffes
Toucan
Mehndi Design
Turkey
Poppies
Lion
Sea Life Mandala
Face

Page 67  Combining Mediums / Poppies Coloring Page

Page 2  Pencil Stroke Types

Page 42  Basics of Color Theory

How to Color Like an Artist 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, 2017. Prize includes free shipping Canada & USA. Good luck!

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