Sunday, June 10, 2018

Johanna Basford 2019 Day-to-Day Coloring Calendar Review & GIVEAWAY

I can't wait to use my Johanna Basford 2019 Day-to-Day Coloring Calendar from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Johanna is a Scottish illustrator. You might recognize her name. She is the author of a series of wildly popular coloring books beginning with the Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book in 2013. Everything about her new calendar is lovely. Starting with the striking keepsake box printed with one of Johanna's exceptional black and white illustrations and highlighted with gold foil. Opening it reveals a years worth of bite-sized illustrations chosen from her six best-selling coloring books. The calendar's beautiful pages are produced on creamy vanilla stock. It's hinged lid is an easel for the current day's page when opened. Subtle details like the black ribbon, kraft paper wrap and decorative date fonts add an extra special touch. See sample pages below. This stunning coloring calendar is now available for pre-order. It will be released on August 14, 2018. Get your copy below!


Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 5.2 inches or 17.8 x 4.3 x 13.2 cm





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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Posh Ultimate Creative Activity Book Review & GIVEAWAY

WOW! This book is mindblowing. Starting with it's size a - whopping 10 x 14.5 inches (25.4 x 36.8 cm). It's the Posh Ultimate Creative Activity Book from Andrews McMeel Publishing. The 64 page paperback was released October 10, 2017. Inside you will find a variety of complex activities - Extreme Dot-To-Dots, Color Quest, Extreme Mazes, Extreme Coloring, Colortronic and Extreme Hanjie. These 6 activities have 5 detailed designs each for a total of 30 extreme projects. Following the table of contents below you will find a sample of each activity. The books pages are single-sided. Not sure what Hanjie is? Instructions for all activities are provided. If you get stuck the answers are at the back of the book. Whether dot-to-dots, mazes or coloring, these captivating challenges will keep you entertained for hours. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Extreme Dot-To-Dots
Color Quest 
Extreme Mazes 
Extreme Coloring
Colortronic
Extreme Hanjie






The Posh Ultimate Creative Activity Book 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 June 22, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!


Photo of back cover of my copy of the book. The design is from the Extreme Coloring section.



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Posh Creativity: D Is for Doodling Review & GIVEAWAY

Posh Creativity: D Is for Doodling is a gorgeous doodling book you can make your own by adding pattern and color to the simple shapes and outlines. No experience is necessary. The 96 page paperback was released March 6, 2018 from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Inside there are 13 themes. Each theme has several doodles - 46 in total. Following the table of contents below you will find 4 beautiful sample pages. A moving quotation begins each theme. Just add your preferred tools - pencil, pen, colored pens, markers etc. The books compact size 6" square (15.2 cm) makes it easy to slip into your bag. Doodling has many benefits including relaxation. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Themes
Animals
Architecture
Bugs & Butterflies
Birds
Flowers
Geometry
Mountains
Ocean
Things That Go
Trees
Sky
Happiness
Mandalas


Pages 4, 5, 6 and 7 are from the Animals theme. Use the image on the left as inspiration or reproduce it. I love the quote from Anatole France. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.'' 


Posh Creativity: D Is for Doodling 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 June 16, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!




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!