Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Art of Drawing Dangles Review & GIVEAWAY

I'm learning how to dangle with this gorgeous new workbook – The Art of Drawing Dangles by Olivia A. Kneibler. It's a 144 page paperback from Race Point Publishing. The authors smashing book cover shows what's possible with dangle art! Inside she shares how to do it with over 50 dangle exercises. The exercises include a traceable guideline to get you started and room on quality paper to practice. Begin with the alphabet, put the letters together to form words, then add charms and/or mandalas, and you're dangling! Whether you like to doodle, draw, design or craft, dangles are a unique way to add flair to your letters and artwork. Get your copy below!

Contents

What is a Dangle?
Dangle Letters
Dangle Words
Dangle Shapes and Mandalas
Everyday Dangles
Charming Projects 
Charm Directory
Color Gallery: Letters and Words

About the Author 
Acknowledgements

The Art of Drawing Dangles 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. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of The Art of Drawing Dangles! One winner will be selected at random. Open until August 31, 2017. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Alice in Wonderland Designs Coloring Book Review & GIVEAWAY

Alice in Wonderland Designs Coloring Book by Marty Noble is a 64 page Paperback released May 17, 2017 from Dover Publications. This detailed adult coloring book is inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll and illustrated by John Tenniel. The 1865 novel tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. It is still popular today 152 years later. Creative Haven® - a bestselling series of coloring books for adults from Dover Publications - has teamed up with Marty Noble a New York Times bestselling coloring book artist to create this coloring book. This issue contains 31 original illustrations for you to color using your own colored pencils and/or fine markers. 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. Excellent value. Get your copy below!


Alice and the Cheshire Cat

The Mad Hatter and friends.

Sitting down to color Alice. I find it very relaxing.

Alice in Wonderland Designs 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 August 23, 2017. Canada & USA. Good luck!

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Blippo Surprise Stationery Bag Review & GIVEAWAY WORLDWIDE

A surprise arrives! What could it be?

It's a Surprise Stationery Bag from the Blippo Kawaii Shop! It's 1 of 6 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags available worldwide. Fukubukuro, meaning "lucky bag" or "mystery bag", is popular in Japan. It's a grab-bag of goodies sold for a substantial discount. The Surprise Stationery Bag has a retail value of $35 US but sells for just $16.90 US including shipping. It's filled with an assortment of 15 cute and practical stationery items  perfect for back-to-school. The fukubukuro concept is spreading and evolving.





My exclusive pink blippo bag is filled with hundreds of stickers, 3 magnetic bookmarks, 9 decorative tapes, 8 pencils, 2 sharpeners, 4 erasers, 6 highlighters, sticky notes, a pen, note pad, and 3D Panda Card. All are licensed merchandise. I love mystery surprises! Get yours below!

All 6 Fukubukuro Lucky Bag's are available worldwide at the Blippo Kawaii Shop. Blippo has generously offered to giveaway a Surprise Stationery Bag. One winner will be selected at random. Open until August 16, 2017. WORLDWIDE. Good luck!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cut & Create Paper Mosaics KIT Review & GIVEAWAY

Cut & Create Paper Mosaics: Craft MOSAIC-BY-NUMBER Artworks with Paper Tiles, Scissors, and Glue by Chiharu Rosenberg is a 32 page Paperback – released May 15, 2017 from Race Point Publishing. The author, a skilled mosaic artist, guides you through 9 stunning paper mosaic-by-number projects. You just add scissors and glue. The beautifully assembled kit includes: 9 pre-printed project templates on card stock, 35 sheets of paper - solid colored and patterned, and a 32 page instruction book. Book and supplies are neatly housed in a folder type kit with a Velcro pocket. You cut and glue the clearly marked paper tiles as per the instructions. The projects graduate in difficulty from beginner to intermediate and advanced, culminating in the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms cover! With this mosaic activity book you can explore mosaic craft without the tools of traditional mosaic artists. Some may find an X-ACTO knife, standard hole punch, tweezers and envelopes handy.  Get your copy below!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Zoom Loom Review


Look I'm weaving! It's fun and easy with the Zoom Loom. The Zoom Loom is a new and improved version of the 4" x 4" pin loom. It is made by the Schacht Spindle Company of Boulder, Colorado. Inside it's handy carrying case is a sturdy 4" x 4" Zoom Loom, 6" weaving needle, 3" tapestry needle and an instruction booklet. The instruction booklet includes patterns for a scarf, place mat and tablet/e-reader case. However the possibilities are endless. Like crochet you may simply join the squares together. The Zoom Loom is ideal for beginners like me. My first squares are below. Free Zoom Loom patterns and ideas are available at Schacht. There is also a pin loom book. With the Zoom Loom you can weave anywhere, anytime. It only weighs 3.2 oz. Updates include sloping interior edges, extended sides, molded-in instructions and a yarn slot. It's an efficient and comfortable little loom to weave on. I love it. Get yours below!


This is my work on the Zoom Loom. I used alpaca wool because it's what I had left over from my knitting days. 



This is the Schacht instructional video. I especially like the Zoom Loom e-reader case.

The Zoom Loom is available worldwide at the Schacht Spindle Company. Established in 1969, by husband and wife team Barry Schacht and Jane Patrick, Schacht makes quality tools for spinners and weavers. Check out their catalog at the Schacht Spindle Company. The Zoom Loom is also available at your local yarn store.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Origami Garden KIT Review & GIVEAWAY

Perfectly Mindful Origami – The Origami Garden by Mark Bolitho (Author) and Brent Darby (Photographer) is a 128 page Paperback released – April 20, 2017 by Publisher: Jacqui Small. Inside you will find 30 sheets of 7" x 7" square origami paper and over 25 garden themed paper folding projects. Each project 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! I warmed up by folding the Easy Rose design. Then I moved on to the Bird (pictured below), Pear and Nut folds. There is a lot of folding, but it's satisfying folding. I found the diagram and text instructions very clear. The Perfectly Mindful Origami series also includes Origami Paper Boxes, Origami Zodiac and Geometric Origami. There are many benefits to doing origami – including boosting mindfulness. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Mindful Origami
Getting Started
Easy Rose

SEEDS AND PLANTS
Seeds
Nuts in a Bowl
Seedlings in a Pot
Plants in Pots
Flowers
Hydrangea
Four-petal Blossom
Four-petal Balloon Flower
Pentangle Variation
Five-petal Blossom
Five-petal Balloon Flower
Palm Leaf
Cactus in a Pot
Pine Tree

FLOWERS
Classic Lily & Iris
Calla Lily
Rose
Tulip
Water Lily
Fuchsia
Bunch of Flowers

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Strawberry
Mushroom
Pear
Tomato
Chili Pepper

GARDEN LIFE
Butterfly
Frog
Bird
Snail

Resources & Acknowledgements

Origami Bird
The origami bird design is from the Garden Life chapter. It has a difficulty rating of intermediate. You may notice that I left out a couple of creases – personal preference. 

Perfectly Mindful Origami – The Origami Garden is available worldwide at Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. Check out their unique catalog at Jacqui Small. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until July 28, 2017. Prize includes cost of shipping. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Origami Heart Bracelets Giveaway WORLDWIDE

Origami Heart Bracelet
Win a set of 3 handmade Origami Heart Bracelets. These one-of-a-kind bracelets are made out of exquisite handmade Japanese paper. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! WORLDWIDE. Open until July 26, 2016.

Origami Heart Bracelet Tutorial.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Perfectly Mindful Origami – The Origami Garden KIT Review & GIVEAWAY

Perfectly Mindful Origami – The Origami Garden by Mark Bolitho (Author) and Brent Darby (Photographer) is a 128 page Paperback released – April 20, 2017 by Publisher: Jacqui Small. Inside you will find 30 sheets of 7" x 7" square origami paper and over 25 garden themed paper folding projects. Each project 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! I warmed up by folding the Easy Rose design. Then I moved on to the Bird (pictured below), Pear and Nut folds. There is a lot of folding, but it's satisfying folding. I found the diagram and text instructions very clear. The Perfectly Mindful Origami series also includes Origami Paper Boxes, Origami Zodiac and Geometric Origami. There are many benefits to doing origami – including boosting mindfulness. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Mindful Origami
Getting Started
Easy Rose

SEEDS AND PLANTS
Seeds
Nuts in a Bowl
Seedlings in a Pot
Plants in Pots
Flowers
Hydrangea
Four-petal Blossom
Four-petal Balloon Flower
Pentangle Variation
Five-petal Blossom
Five-petal Balloon Flower
Palm Leaf
Cactus in a Pot
Pine Tree

FLOWERS
Classic Lily & Iris
Calla Lily
Rose
Tulip
Water Lily
Fuchsia
Bunch of Flowers

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Strawberry
Mushroom
Pear
Tomato
Chili Pepper

GARDEN LIFE
Butterfly
Frog
Bird
Snail

Resources & Acknowledgements


The Origami Garden book and paper pack. The bird design is from the Garden Life chapter. It has a difficulty rating of intermediate. You may notice that I unfolded a couple of creases –  personal preference. I used pink paper from the pack that comes with the book. The folded bird measures about 5" beak to tail.




A look inside. 


Perfectly Mindful Origami – The Origami Garden is available worldwide at Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group. Check out their unique catalog at Jacqui Small. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until July 28, 2017. Prize includes cost of shipping. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Hand Lettering A to Z Review & GIVEAWAY

Hand Lettering A to Z: A World of Creative Ideas for Drawing and Designing Alphabets by Abbey Sy. This 128 page Paperback released– April 15, 2017 by Rockport Publishers shows you how to get creative with lettering. You will learn which hand lettering tools to use–  the basics and the nice-to-haves, depending on your preferred medium. Start practicing right away by creating your own alphabet, using your unique handwriting as a starting point. Continue by experimenting with 13 different alphabet styles in serif, sans serif and script fonts. International artists–Meg Hyland, Joao Neves, Tippy Go, and Lisa Lorek all contribute lettering exercises. You will find quote samples in different languages. Two pages of embellishments show ideas for patterns and details you can incorporate into your designs. Do it yourself projects let you show off your hand-lettering skills. A gallery showcases works for inspiration. The wonderful whale illustration below is just one example. And then you are well on your way to creating unique and personalized text for any occasion. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Introduction

TOOLS & MATERIALS
The Basics
Paper
Pens, Pencils,  Brushes & Paint
Finding and Filtering Ideas
Fonts and Type Styles

LETTER EVOLUTION

SERIF
Swash Serif
Lazy Serif's
Bone Type
Woodpecker by Guest Artist Joao Neves
Midwestr by Guest Artist Lisa Lorek

SANS SERIF
Condensed Capitals
Inline and Outline
Nature Story
Bubble Letters with Gradient by Guest Artist Googly Gooeys

SCRIPT
Freehand Brush Script
Lined Script
Retro Script
Swish & Flick by Guest Artist Meagan Highland

EMBELLISHMENTS

APPLICATIONS
Custom Artwork
Art Journal
Notebook Cover

GALLERY SHOWCASE
Abbey Sy
Joao Neves
Lisa Lorek

Acknowledgements
Index
About the Author


My creative space is one end of the dining room table.


Guest Artist: Joao Neves. The objective of the artwork was to show some of the historical figures that were born during the life expectancy of a whale. Page 115.

Hand Lettering A to Z 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 July 16, 2017. Prize includes cost of shipping. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!


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Happy Canada Day

July 1st is Canada Day!

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

PagePage
Page 16Page 11
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.