Saturday, November 17, 2018

Fabulous Modular Origami Review & GIVEAWAY

I just got Tomoko Fuse's new book Fabulous Modular Origami: 20 origami models with instructions and diagrams. In modular origami multiple pieces of paper are folded and then assembled into a single unit. The Summary below lists the books 20 folding projects. All designs have a difficulty rating of 1 through 5, easy to expert. The number of modules per unit varies. The easiest models need only 2 pieces of paper while the most difficult require as many as 30. Nearly all have a recommended paper size of either 3 or 6" squares. Instructions are via large folding diagrams, complete with symbols and text. Photos by Dario Canova show the completed models from a variety of angles. Dover Publications released the 128 page paperback on September 12, 2018. Get your copy below!

Fabulous Modular 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 December 7, 2018. Canadian & USA addresses only. Good luck!




Sunday, November 11, 2018

Bound Review & GIVEAWAY

Want to create unique and personal handmade books? Check out Bound: 15 beautiful bookbinding projects by Rachel Hazell. Also known as The Travelling Bookbinder, Rachel enthusiastically invites you to come and make books. After exploring an introduction that includes tools, materials and techniques I jumped right in. So far I've made practice copies of the first three designs - the Slit Book, Concertina and Turkish Map Fold - using items I have on hand like printer paper, a bone folder, ruler, scissors and glue. Rachel shows how these can be turned into treasured keepsakes. Making them involved folding, cutting and gluing paper. All projects include a list of the supplies required and step-by-step instruction, both text and photograph. Rachel suggests doing the projects in order as they progress in difficulty. Later designs utilize sewing (the ladder, string of pearls and chain stitches).  You may want an awl, bookbinders needle, slitting knife, cutting mat and scalpel. There are very helpful diagrams, a glossary, resources and index at the back. I love the books aesthetic. The muted colors are easy on the eyes. Susan Bell did the photography. Every time I pick it up it leaves me feeling inspired. It's full of creative ideas for making gorgeous book art. The 160 page paperback was released October 16, 2018 from Kyle BooksGet your copy below!



contents

INTRODUCTION
TOOLS
MATERIALS
TECHNIQUES

SLIT BOOK
CONCERTINA
TURKISH MAP FOLD
FLIP FLAP TAB BOOK
SLOT STRIP BOOK
CONCERTINA WITH POCKETS
RIBBON BOUND PAGES
FIVE HOLE PAMPHLET

SINGLE SECTION:
RUNNING STITCH
STRING OF PEARLS
CHAIN STITCH

JAPANESE STAB BINDING
MULTI-SECTION SOFTBACK
PLACKET BOOK
HARDBACK

DIAGRAMS
GLOSSARY
RESOURCES
INDEX


Pages 20-21 tools.


Pages 28-29 materials.




Pages 80-81 concertina with pockets.


Pages 88-89 ribbon bound pages.


Pages 98-99 single section: running stitch.


Back of my copy. 

Bound by Rachel Hazell © 2018 Kyle Books, photographs © Susan Bell is available worldwide at Amazon. Ron Longe PR has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until December 2, 2018. Canadian & USA addresses only. Good luck!


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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mini Kawaii Doodle Class Review & GIVEAWAY

From the best-selling author of Kawaii Doodle Class comes Mini Kawaii Doodle Class: Sketching Super-Cute Tacos, Sushi Clouds, Flowers, Monsters, Cosmetics, and More by Zainab Khan. She's the creator of  Pic Candle, a popular YouTube channel. Kawaii means cute in Japanese culture. Learn how to draw 100 adorable characters from the five themes listed below. Each drawing is illustrated with step-by-step instruction. The authors tools of choice are pen, paper, pencil, eraser and ruler. Tools for adding color and working digitally are optional. At the back of the book there are kawaii search and find puzzles that may be colored. This kawaii activity book will keep younger readers entertained for hours. At 6.1 x 7.6 inches (15.6 x 19.4 cm) it's the perfect size to slip into a back pack. Race Point Publishing released this 144 page paperback October 16, 2018. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Introduction
What is Kawaii
How to Use This Book
Tools
Tips & Tricks
Doodle Directory & Accessories

1.  Adorable Food & Drinks
2.  Lovable Nature
3.  Cheerful Doodle Monsters
4.  Everyday Cute
5.  Charming Holiday Decorations

Fun Time!
Search-& Find Puzzle Answers





Above, pages from the Adorable Food & Drinks section.



Photo of back cover of my copy.

Mini Kawaii Doodle Class 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 Mini Kawaii Doodle Class! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 17, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Art Starts with a Line Review & GIVEAWAY

Want to get better at drawing? Art Starts with a Line is a creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing. It is written and illustrated by Erin McManness of the Paper Raven Co. Erin begins with an introduction on tools and techniques including adding color and working digitally. She shows how to draw using simple lines and basic shapes. Her book is divided into 5 main themes as listed below in the table of contents. Each theme contains a series of simple step-by-step practice lessons and valuable tips that lead up to a more advanced drawing exercise. You will need a pencil or pen to draw with and a sketchbook - though practice drawing space is often provided. This is a very approachable and enjoyable way to build your drawing confidence. This 128 page paperback was released July 3, 2018 from Walter Foster Publishing. Get your copy below!


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
DRAWING TOOLS & MATERIALS
COLOR TOOLS & MATERIALS
BASIC DRAWING TECHNIQUES
ADDING COLOR
WORKING DIGITALLY

1.  BORDERS, BANNERS & LETTERS
Borders & Banners
Lettering
Creative Exercise: Lettered Quote & Banner

2.  BOTANICALS
Leaves & Flowers
Tropical Plants
Winter Plants
Succulents, Cacti & Desert Plants
Trees
Modern, Stylized Florals
Creative Exercise: Terrarium

3.  ARCHITECTURE & CITY LIFE
City Buildings
Distinctive Architecture & Iconic Landmarks
Creative Exercise: Storefront

4.  ANIMALS & INSECTS

5.  EVERYDAY LIFE

ABOUT THE ARTIST


Pages 28 & 29.

Pages 48 & 49.

Pages 104 & 105.



Art Starts with a Line 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 November 7, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!



Saturday, October 13, 2018

Audubon's Watercolors 2019 Wall Calendar Review & GIVEAWAY

This is my beautiful new 2019 wall calendar; Audubon's Watercolors Calendar - curated by The New York Historical Society Museum & Library. It features the exquisite avian watercolors of naturalist and painter John James Audubon. These lesser known illustrations are the precursor to his world famous prints The Birds of America (1827-38). These dazzling and elegant works include the Little Blue Heron on the cover. The 12-month format runs from January – December 2019. A sample month is shown below. The color and detail are remarkable. The pages are printed on durable, high-quality paper measuring 12 x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm). Andrews McMeel Publishing released this 24 page wall calendar July 17, 2018. I love it! Get your copy below!



CONTENTS

Norther Harrier
Hooded Warbler
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-throated Sparrow

Connecticut Warbler
Blue Grosbeak
American Redstart
Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Western Tanager
Osprey
Eastern Screech-Owl
Pine Grosbeak



September 2019 Western Tanager.




Back cover of my copy.





Audubon's Watercolors 2019 Wall Calendar is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrew McMeel Publishing. AMP has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 2, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Johanna Basford 16-Month Weekly Coloring Planner Review & GIVEAWAY

I just got the September 2018 - December 2019 Johanna Basford 16-Month Weekly Coloring Planner and I love it! It features intricate artwork selected from her six best-selling coloring books Ivy and the Inky Butterfly, Magical Jungle, Johanna's Christmas, Lost Ocean, Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden. This new, spiral bound, week-per-page planner is arranged Monday through Sunday. There's lots of room for filling in your activities. Organize your plans for the week on one side and color one of Johanna's delightful drawings on the other. Her trade mark black and white illustrations are printed on creamy vanilla paper. Color with your choice of pens, pencils or markers. Several lined pages for notes and a coloring test page are included at the back. There are many benefits to coloring including relaxation. This 156 page calendar was released June 5, 2018 from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Get your copy below!

Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm or 7.7 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches



Illustrator Johanna Basford - 21 million sold!

September 2018 - December 2019.

The September 2018 - December 2019 Johanna Basford 16-Month Weekly Coloring Planner is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrew McMeel Publishing. AMP has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until October 19, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

Front of my copy.






Friday, September 21, 2018

The Creature Garden Review & GIVEAWAY

The fantastic cover drew my attention. Inside is just as wonderful. WOW! Enter the world of Zanna and Harry Goldhawk, wife and husband. The Creature Garden: An Illustrator's Guide to Beautiful Beasts & Fictional Fauna. In several pages of introduction the authors open up about their artistic journey from students through starting their own business Papio Press. It includes discussion and valuable advice on topics such as drawing animals, tools, materials, progress, sketchbooks, tutorials and patterns. The bulk of their book features over 50 stunning tutorials showing how to draw and paint mammals, ocean life, birds, insects, mythical creatures and botanicals. I have included a sample below. Each lesson is similar in format. All begin with the armature - which I've learned is the use of basic shapes to draw the animal (circles, squares, triangles, rectangles). You will find plenty of illustration instruction, inspiration galore and tons of art bursting with life. Rock Point Publishing released this 160 page hardcover on May 29, 2018. Get your copy below!


Contents

ABOUT DRAWING ANIMALS
TOOLS
MATERIALS
PROGRESS
SKETCHBOOKS
TUTORIALS
PATTERNS

MAMMALS
OCEAN LIFE
BIRDS
INSECTS
MYTHICAL CREATURES
BOTANICALS

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHORS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS




H A R E S

WHITE HARE (Lepus Timidus)

Though some people think hares are rodents, they're not - hares and rabbits have their own genus, Leporidae. Although they may be considered common, hares are extraordinary animals. Their back legs can power them to speeds of up to 45 mph when they're in danger.


STEP 1. Create the hare's armature (see page 22), focusing on the haunches, where it stores the ability to quickly run and jump. A hare in motion is stretched and elongated, so make the rest of the body long and thin.


STEP 2. Using your base color, outline the hare. In a dark color fill i the hares tiny, dark eyes, whiskers, inner ear, and background limbs. Erase or paint over the shapes.


STEP 3 AND 4. Fill in the hare's body with the base color, using long, even brushstrokes. Once filled in, add a few simple accents with a darker color to the belly, limbs, and head.



Whenever I draw hares and rabbits, I always over-exaggerate the ears because they're such recognizable features, but you should also pay close attention to the back legs. Even though they appear to be similar to the shape of many mammals' back legs, a hare's back feet are longer.

Here we've drawn our hare in motion, with its ears and legs in play. As seen above, we used lighter strokes to outline the hare, and applied patterns that appear to fly backward on the body - all of which conveys the speed of a hare as it bounds off a the first sight of the family dog!

Page 90 & 91.













Back cover of my copy.




























The Creature Garden is available worldwide at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Check our their unique catalog at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Rock Point Gift & Stationery is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until October 11, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

CUT PAPER PICTURES Review

In CUT PAPER PICTURES expert collage artist Clover Robin shows how to Turn Your Art and Photos into Personalized Collages. She says 'My collages aren't just a form of self-expression; they are a documentation, a record of things I've seen and done.' This personal element appeals to me very much. She begins with the basics of collage, the tools and materials, how to color and store your papers and inspiration. This includes a basic step-by-step collage exercise. Next Clover breaks down precisely how she composes her collages, layer by layer - from subject to methods and techniques. She includes lots of step-by-step collage exercises experimenting with color, composition, medium and theme. I like to glean all the tips I can, particularly from someone who does it so well. This is a wonderful art instruction book on collage. It's a very pretty book loaded with colorful collage throughout. And as a bonus it includes 12 collage papers featuring unique colors, patterns and styles. The pages measure 8.4 x 10.4 inches (21.3 x 26.4 cm) and are perforated for easy removal. Use for your own collage makingRock Point Publishing released this 184 page hardcover on August 21, 2018. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Introduction
About This Book

Collage Basics
Types of Paper
Coloring Papers
Storing Your Scraps
Finding Inspiration
Step-by-Step: Basic Collage

Collage Themes
Flowers and Plants
Bugs and Birds
Houses
People

Lettering and Patterns
Landscapes and Building a Theme
Creating Artwork From Photos
Closing Snips

About the Author
Acknowledgements
Paper Patterns

Collage artist Clover Robin.

Collage kit.






CUT PAPER PICTURES is available worldwide at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Check our their unique catalog at Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Rock Point Gift & Stationery is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA.

Back cover of my copy of book.











Seaside collage by Clover Robin