Monday, February 26, 2018

Folk Art Fusion: Americana Review & GIVEAWAY

Learn to draw and paint charming American folk art with a colorful, modern twist in Folk Art Fusion: Americana by Joy Laforme. The self-taught artist and illustrator shares her process of art making layer-by-layer in 16 simple painting projects. Each with large, step-by-step color photos and text instruction. She makes it look easy. Her tools are paper, pencil, pastel pencil, acrylic paint and brushes. She tells what to use for each painting. Her creative process begins with saving inspirational photos, keeping a sketchbook, sketching a pencil outline and creating a color palette. Her work is lovely. Laforme gets her inspiration from nature - gardens, flowers, birds, cottages, trees - and more. Some of the paintings from the book are below, along with some from her web-site. A gallery at the rear of the book showcases more of her quaint paintings and will further spark your imagination. The 128 page paperback was released in February of 2018 from Walter Foster PublishingGet your copy below!


Table of Contents

Introduction
What is American Folk Art?
Tools & Materials
Painting Techniques
Perspective & the Naive Style
Drawing Exercise
Creating a Color Palette

Painting Projects
Wildflower Still Life
Songbird
Wash Day
The Cake Shop
Welcome Home Pineapple
Lighthouse by the Sea
Flower Cottage
Independence Day
Tree of Life
Yarn It All
Pumpkin Cove
The Pumpkin Patch
Christmas Dove
Snowy Night
 Let It Snow
Peace in the City

Inspiration Gallery
About the Author


Colonial Winter by Joy LaForme. 
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.


Bluejay Cottage by Joy Laforme
Bluejay Cottage by Joy LaForme.
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.


 The Corner Cupcake by Joy LaForme.
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.


Stitcherie by Joy LaForme.


Folk Art Fusion: Americana 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 Folk Art Fusion: Americana! One winner will be selected at random. Open until March 12, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!



Bleeding Heart Still Life (from Folk Art Fusion: Americana) by Joy Laforme
Bleeding Heart Still Life by Joy LaForme.
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.


Wildflower Still Life by Joy Laforme
Wildflower Still Life by Joy LaForme.


Staffordshire Still Life no. 2 by Joy Laforme
Staffordshire Teapot Still Life no. 2 by Joy LaForme.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book Review & GIVEAWAY

Creative Haven is a bestselling series of adult coloring books from Dover PublicationsMarjorie Sarnat is a best-selling author and illustrator of the wildly popular "Creative Cats Coloring Book" and "Owls Coloring Book". They have teamed up again to create the just released Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book. Experienced colorists will appreciate the detail in this enchanting underwater world. This issue contains 31 original illustrations for you to color using your own colored pencils and/or fine markers. Immerse yourself in a variety of images including exotic fish, sea shells, aquatic plants, mermaids and more. There are 3 sample pages below - dolphins (cover), turtle and sea horses. 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. At $ 5.99 US and $ 8 CDN the coloring book is excellent value. It is printed in the USA. Have fun. Express creativity. Reduce stress. Get your copy below!


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Sea Turtle


The Fanciful Sea Life 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 March 7, 2018. Canada & USA. Good luck!


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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Little Book of Sketching Review & GIVEAWAY

If you think you can't or don't have time to draw, this 128 page softcover, released November 2017 from Walter Foster Publishing, shows you - you can and you do. The Little Book of Sketching: More than 100 quirky and clever ideas for sketching your way through daily life by Matt Andrews. It includes some pages to practice on. Recapture what you had when you were little and could easily turn out drawings. The format consists of a theme and step-by-step exercises, followed by open pages with drawing prompts. The author's tools of choice are sticky notes, a pencil, ball point pen and humor. Mine is a #2 pencil and journal. You choose yours. Then step-by-step he shows you how to draw your way through the day, finding inspiration in the ordinary, capturing moments of time that may otherwise have passed. He gives you plenty of ideas on how to approach drawing, making it easier to get started. This will get your pen or pencil moving and make you smile. Part of The Little Book of ... series. "In this new series from Walter Foster Publishing, artists and art hobbyists alike will delight in learning a variety of fun and interesting art topics in a portable format boasting a fresh, contemporary design." Get your copy below!


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
How to Use This Book
Supplies

The World Is Your Oyster: Finding Material
A Day in the Life
Coffee Break
A Trip to the Optician
A Quick Drink with Friends

Sketching for Stress Relief
Dr Tooth
The Big Speech
Gotta Pass That Test
Just a Little Blood
Up in the Air

Sticky Note Sketching
On a Conference Call
Friday Afternoon Meetings
A World of Stationery
Going Postal
The Big Business Function

With Friends & Family
All About Baby
Matching Sweaters
Season's Greetings
A Day at the Beach

Travel: Not Just the Destination
Don't You Just Love Airports
I Wish I Were a Bus Driver
Stuck in Traffic
Airborne
One Foot in Front of the Other

Your Home Is Your Castle
Wear Your Badge With Pride
Falling to Pieces
Movie Night
Taking a Line for a Walk
Me, Myself, and I

Once You Start, You Can't Stop
Your Gallery
My Gallery

About the Artist




The Little Book of Sketching 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 Little Book of Sketching! One winner will be selected at random. Open until March 4, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!


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Friday, February 09, 2018

The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design Review & GIVEAWAY

Want to create stunning calligraphy and hand lettering? New from Walter Foster Publishing this is The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design: More than 50 tips and techniques for mastering a variety of stylish, elegant, and contemporary hand-written alphabets by Cari Ferraro and‎ John Stevens. Inside the meaty 128 page softback you will find approachable instruction on calligraphy, lettering and word design. It begins with the basic tools and materials of calligraphy followed by techniques and includes numerous stroke-by-stroke alphabet templates and specially lined and blank pages to practice your letters. Part II explores the addition of color, starting with tools and materials and moving on to embellishing with colored lettering, illumination, backgrounds and flourishes - all shown in detailed step-by-step diagrams. Third is creative hand-lettering or doodling with plenty of inspirational samples, letter exercises and practice pages to explore your own style. And finally, put your new skills to use with some lettering projects, in particular lettered wall art. Part of The Little Book of ... series. "In this new series from Walter Foster Publishing, artists and art hobbyists alike will delight in learning a variety of fun and interesting art topics in a portable format boasting a fresh, contemporary design." Get your copy below! 


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction

Part I:  Traditional Calligraphy
Tools & Materials
Basic Techniques
Skeleton
Foundational
Uncial
Runic Versals
Versals
Italic
Blackletter
Contemporary Calligraphic Styles
Brushstroke
Fun & Funky
Quirky & Curlicue

Part II:  Illuminated & Colored Lettering
 Tools & Materials
Lettering in Color
Illuminated Letters
Illuminated Ancient Runic Style
Illuminated Gothic Letter
Backgrounds & Flourishes

Part III:  Creative Hand-Lettering
Fun with Letters & Numbers
Doodled Letter Composition
Doodled Number Composition

Part IV:  Lettering Projects
Brush-Lettered Wall Art
Watercolor-Lettered Wall Art
Gouache & Watercolor Wall Art
Digitizing Your Lettering
Watercolor Gift Tags

About the Authors

A photo I took of page 17, terminology. Ductus in red. The term "ductus" refers to the direction and sequence of the strokes. 

The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design 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 Little Book of Lettering & Word Design! One winner will be selected at random. Open until February 24, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!


Thursday, February 01, 2018

Watercolor 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar Review & GIVEAWAY

This is the Watercolor 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar by award-winning artist Dennis Pendleton. It's a boxed activity and craft calendar featuring watercolor. Included is everything you need to start painting right away - just add a cup of clean water for mixing your paint and cleaning your brush. You get a paint brush, paint and 150+ painting lessons. Each calendar sheet has a fun fact, completed painting to inspire, painting tip and pencil sketch for you to paint. There are 5 basic paint colors - blue, red, yellow, green and black. You may also experiment with mixing colors. I began by swatching my watercolors in order to get familiar with them and see how they react to paper, water and with the other colors in the pallet. I got the idea from the included and very useful Painting Tips sheet. As you progress you may wish to add a larger brush, more colors, masking tape and extra watercolor paper. As I move from painting to painting I keep this in mind (it's from the author) - "First and foremost...relax and have a good time while painting. Enjoy learning something from each day's exercise and don't sweat it if the final results don't meet your expectations - you have the entire year to practice!" Get your copy below! All Andrews McMeel Publishing 2018 calendars are currently on sale!



Calendar: 320 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 8 2017)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781449484767
Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 4.1 x 13.5 cm
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.6 x 5.3 inches



















A couple of scanned pages from calendar.











The Watercolor 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrew McMeel Publishing. Andrews McMeel Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until February 16, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

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