Monday, May 21, 2018

Amazing Origami Boxes Review & GIVEAWAY

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this just released title from Dover Publications. It's Amazing Origami Boxes by bestselling author Tomoko Fuse. She's my favorite origami author. Her 128 page softcover presents 20 useful and decorative origami models. Learn how to make an assortment of striking boxes, bowls and baskets perfect for gifting. There are a few traditional favorites and some exciting new models! The folding skill level ranges from easy to difficult. Clear, step-by-step diagram instruction and text accompany each project. Most require regular size origami paper 6'' (15 cm) square. Photographer Dario Canova showcases the completed models in full color from a variety of angles. This book is an excellent resource. I will return to it over and over again because of all of the interesting projects. Get your copy below.



SUMMARY

Biography
Symbols

Interlock box
Party dish 1
Party dish 2
Bird box
Incense holder 

Offering box
Paintbrush rinsing pot
Cat-head box
Basket
Flower box A and B

Flower bowl
Box (traditional)
Diagonal box divider
Masu box
Square bowl

Cube box
Double cube box
Tortoiseshell bowl
Tulip cup
Flower box
Rose box

Origami Cat Box
My new favorite is this adorable and easy to make origami cat box. I folded it out of a single 6'' square. 

Amazing Origami Boxes 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 June 10, 2018. Canada & USA. Good luck!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Origami Paper Boxes Review

Perfectly Mindful Origami  Origami Paper Boxes by Mark Bolitho is a 128 page paperback released April 19, 2018 from Publisher: Jacqui Small. Inside you will find over 25 origami box paper folding projects and 30 sheets of 7'' square origami paper. Each box design has a difficulty rating of easy, intermediate or more challenging  though most are intermediate. The paper comes in a colorful and attractive variety of solids and patterns. The larger 7'' size paper is a treat! Nearly all of the projects in the book suggest this size paper. The book is divided into 4 sections by box type – traditional, new, boxes with lids and modular designsThe box on the cover is an example of modular origami  where multiple pieces of paper are folded the same way and then attached to make a single unit. I warmed up by folding the Standing Box Two. Then I moved on to the Launce, Pinch and Nym folds. I found the diagram and text instructions very clear. My new favorite origami box is the Nym, shown below. The Perfectly Mindful Origami series also includes Origami Zodiac and The Origami Garden. There are many benefits to doing origami – including boosting mindfulness. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Mindful Origami
Getting Started
Easy Box

CLASSIC DESIGNS
Masu Box
Standing Box One and Two
Ginger Jar
Lazy Susan

MODERN BOXES
Juno
Launce
Oberon
Feste
Cob-web
Pinch
Nym

TWO-PIECE BOXES
Saru
Orinoco
Doki
Indus
Lena
Nile
Madeira

MODULAR BOXES
Oolong
Jasmine
Sencha
Assam
Darjeeling
Lapsang
Matcha
Pekoe

Resources and Acknowledgements

Nym Origami Box

This design is from the Modern Boxes section. It's called the Nym and has a difficulty rating of easy. I folded it with paper from the included pack. A single 7" square makes a 1 1/4'' x 2 1/2'' x 1 1/4'' rectangular box. It's the perfect size for a little something.


Nym Origami Box

Perfectly Mindful OrigamiOrigami Paper Boxes is available worldwide at Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. Check out their unique catalog at Jacqui Small




Saturday, May 05, 2018

The Art of Map Illustration Review & GIVEAWAY

Learn how to make artful maps! The Art of Map Illustration by James Gulliver Hancock,‎ Hennie Haworth,‎ Stuart Hill and Sarah King is a step-by-step artistic exploration of contemporary cartography and mapmaking. The 144 page paperback was released April 3, 2018 from Walter Foster Publishing. Measuring almost 9'' x 12'' the pages of this book are generous in size. The book is divided into 4 sections by artist. Each artist starts by sharing their favorite map making tools - pen and ink, watercolor, mixed media and digital art - but encourages you to find your own. Next, each artist leads you through how-to-make 3 unique maps, detailing their illustrative process layer-by-layer, sharing tips and techniques along the way. Some examples are hand drawn, digital, mixed media and black and white. Take what you like. Spark your creativity with the Artist Gallery at the end of each section. There is a link in the book to bonus content you can download. What will you chart? Get your copy below!


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Tools & Materials

Hennie Haworth
Art Tools
Making a Map
Neighborhood Map
Urban Map
Artist Gallery

Stuart Hill
Digital Tools
Lake Garda 
French Bike Ride 
Bali 
Artist Gallery

James Gulliver Hancock 
Montreal 
Solar System 
Childhood Neighborhood 
Artist Gallery

Sarah King 
Drawing Techniques 
Tofino 
Brain Map 
New York Skyline on Wood 
Artist Gallery

About the Artists



The Art of Map Illustration 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 The Art of Map Illustration! One winner will be selected at random. Open until May 25, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!


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Artist Gallery - Sarah King

Bali - Stuart Hill 

Artist Gallery - James Gulliver Hancock

Artist Gallery - Hennie Haworth

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Harry & Meghan Coloring Book Review & GIVEAWAY

On May 19, 2018 the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place at Windsor Castle - 12 p.m. GMT (or 7 a.m. ET and 4 a.m. PT). Get in on the celebration with Harry & Meghan: A Love Story Coloring Book by Teresa Goodridge. This issue contains 30 illustrations for you to color using crayons, colored pencils and/or fine markers. The all-wedding themed images are inspired by the royal romance. The pages are on good quality 8" x 11" paper, single-sided and perforated so you can easily tear out, share, display and even frame your works-of-art. The 64 page paperback was released March 21, 2018 from Dover Publications. Check out their delightful video showcasing the coloring pages and get your copy below!


Dimensions 8 1/4'' x 10 7/8''



Harry & Meghan: A Love Story Coloring Book 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 18, 2018. Canada & USA. Good luck!




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls Review & GIVEAWAY

The countdown to the royal wedding is on. Having a watch party? These cut-outs would make a fun addition to your celebration! They're from Dover's Collectible Paper Dolls series - Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls by Eileen Rudisill Miller. Included are two dolls, one of Prince Harry and one of Meghan, along with 15 clothing changes. Each outfit includes a caption identifying the occasion it was worn on and the designer. You only need a pair of scissors to cut-out the dolls and their outfits. They measure 10" and 9" in height respectively. The 32 page paperback was released April 18, 2018 from Dover Publishing. Check out their delightful video showcasing the paper dolls and get your copy below!

Harry and Meghan Paper Dolls

Product Dimensions: 6 x 11 inches.





From Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls.



Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls 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 15, 2018. Canada & USA. Good luck!



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Inspired Shawls Review & GIVEAWAY

Love luxury hand knits? Then check out Inspired Shawls: 15 Creative Patterns for Year-Round Knitting by Laura Zukaite. Make gorgeous shawls using an assortment of hand-painted yarns and natural fibers. This New York knitwear designer presents all original patterns with designs inspired from her travel in South America. She showcases innovative yarn choices, stitches, over embroidery, tassels, cord, braiding and other treatments. Her knit wear is meticulously styled and beautifully photographed - the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Each shawl pattern comes with written and charted instructions. Projects include finished measurement, materials, gauge, special abbreviations and finishing. Dover Publications released this 112 page paperback on March 21, 2018. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Cartagena Shawl
Nazca Shawl
Cuzco Shawl
Amazonas Shawl
La Paz Shawl

Puno Shawl
Palm Leaf Shawl
Ipanema Shawl
Salento Shawl
Geo Aztec Shawl

Copacabana Shawl
Santa Marta Shawl
Inca Shawl
Highland Shawl
Mayan Shawl

Abbreviations
Needle conversions
About the author

Cartagena Shawl

Nazca Shawl

Cuzco Shawl

Amazonas Shawl

La Paz Shawl

Puno Shawl

Palm Leaf Shawl

Ipanema Shawl

Salento Shawl

Geo Aztec Shawl

Copacabana Shawl

Santa Marta Shawl

Inca Shawl

Highland Shawl

Mayan Shawl


Inspired Shawls
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 12, 2018. Canada & USA. Good luck!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Canvas Factory Review & GIVEAWAY

This is my Canvas Factory experience. I just ordered my first ever custom canvas print. The Canvas Factory is a global photo to canvas printer. A canvas is created when an image is printed onto canvas and then stretched or gallery wrapped onto a frame ready for display or hanging. Currently there is a limited time store wide special - 65% off Canadian & USA sizes. Delivery to Canada is capped at CAD$12.84 and is free for orders over CAD$129. Delivery to the USA is capped at US$9.95 and is free for orders over US$100.



After browsing their database of 25 million images I chose the above high quality image from their Butterfly Category. You may also upload your own photos. I customized my butterfly canvas by choosing the material and style, size and shape, wrap style and effect. You may also add text, rotate or zoom and adjust your image. When you are happy with your canvas simply add it to the shopping cart, select shipping and pay safely. Gift certificates are available. On March 27 I placed my order. Afterwards I received an email copy of my invoice, followed by a print preview requiring my confirmation. Shortly after my Canada Post tracking number arrived. I used it to track the delivery status of my canvas from China to my home in Ontario, Canada.


On April 12 my canvas arrives safely. Canada Post required a signature. I can't wait to open it! It's packaged in heavy cardboard. Inside, the canvas is wrapped in clear plastic with the corners protected. All I have to do is display or hang it. I'm thrilled!









My 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm) butterfly canvas.


Neat corners.

Create your own framed prints now at the Canvas Factory. The Canvas Factory has generously offered to giveaway a custom framed canvas print measuring 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)! One winner will be selected at random. Open until May 8, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!



Friday, April 06, 2018

Creating Celtic Knotwork Review & GIVEAWAY

Want to learn the art of Celtic knotwork? Get started right away with Creating Celtic Knotwork: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Design by Cari Buziak. It's an in-depth Celtic knotwork instruction book with drawing tutorials. You only need a pencil, eraser, ruler and dot paper. The author makes dot paper from graph paper and uses it as a template for drawing knots. She includes both regular and spiral dot paper templates for photocopying. Or you can make your own. The dot paper helps with the ease and consistency of building Celtic knots. It's ideal for practice. I know nothing about Celtic knotwork though I admire and am curious about it. I gather my supplies and sit down with the book open to page 2 where the author jumps right into the tutorials. I take my time. Between the text and the drawings I work it out - draw, connect, erase - repeat. Continue the exercises at your own pace. The topics covered are shown below in the Contents. You will also find inspirational artwork, information on the art's meaning and history, practical aspects and encouragement to experiment with your own knotwork. This 128 page paperback was released January 16, 2018 from Dover PublicationsGet your copy below!


CONTENTS

The Basics
GETTING READY
BASIC CELTIC KNOTWORK
MODIFYING THE BASIC KNOT
KNOTTING VARIATIONS
EXERCISES
THE TREE FOIL KNOT

Borders & Corners
BORDERS
CORNERS
KNOTTING IN A RING

Crosses
THE CELTIC CROSS
THE RINGED CROSS

Spirals
DOUBLE SPIRALS
TRIPLE SPIRALS 
JOINING SPIRALS

Maze & Step Patterns
MAZE PATTERNS
STEP PATTERNS

Zoomorphics
SNAKES AND DRAGONS
Snake to dragon transformation
Turning a knot into a dragon

CELTIC ANIMALS
The Celtic Hound
The Celtic Lion
The Celtic Bird

CELTIC PEOPLE
Celtic Man
Celtic Woman
Hairstyles & Beards

VINE & CHALICE

Techniques & Materials
TRANSFERRING A DESIGN
PEN & INK
ACRYLICS
WATERCOLORS
PAPER

Biography
Dot Paper
Dot Paper: ring style

 A dot paper square.

Nouvueau Tulips by C Buziak © page 15.

Creating Celtic Knotwork 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, 2018. Canada & USA. Good luck!

Spiral Cross by C Buziak © page 47.

Back cover of my copy of book.