Thursday, November 26, 2020

10-Step Drawing: People Review & GIVEAWAY

Learn how to draw people from head to toe! New in the Quarto Knows Ten-Step Drawing series this is 10-Step Drawing: People: Draw a range of figures & faces in ten easy steps by Justine Lecouffe. This easy-to-follow guide begins each tutorial with simple shapes - circles, ovals, triangles, etc. The first drawing tutorial is the eye. It is illustrated in 10 steps as suggested by the book's title. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions (both illustrated & text) adding each detail until finished. Go on to the rest of the features - ear, nose, mouth and eventually the face. Continue in this fashion until you complete all of the body parts - hand, arm, foot and leg. Then put it all together - draw 12 people (6 men & 6 women) in varying poses and expressions. Add color if you wish. Use your choice of medium - for example colored pencil or watercolor. To learn, practice and improve your drawing skills - just add paper and pencil! It's fairly compact dimensions and light weight make it easily portable. The complete table of contents is shown below. Walter Foster Publishing released this 128 page paperback on September 1, 2020. Get your copy below!


Contents

INTRODUCTION
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

Facial Features & Faces

Front View
Eye 1
Nose 1
Ear 1
Mouth 1
Faces Using Set 1
Eye 2
Nose 2
Ear 2
Mouth 2
Faces Using Set 2

Side View
Eye 1
Nose 1
Ear 1
Mouth 1
Faces Using Set 1
Eye 2
Nose 2
Ear 2
Mouth 2
Faces Using Set 2

Three-quarter View
Eye 1
Nose 1
Ear 1
Mouth 1
Faces Using Set 1
Eye 2
Nose 2
Ear 2
Mouth 2
Faces Using Set 2

Body Parts & Figures
Proportions 1
Proportions 2
Hand
Hand positions
Arm 1
Arm 2
Front view foot
Side view foot
Moving foot
Legs 1
Legs 2

Classic Standing Pose
Figure in Profile
Standing Pose Variation
Kneeling Figure
Sitting Figure
Alternative Standing Figure
Relaxed Standing Figure
Profile Standing Pose
Figure on a Skateboard
Guitar Player
Perching Figure
Leaning Figure

ABOUT THE ARTIST
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


A look inside.


10-Step Drawing: People ISBN-13 : 978-1633228832 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 December 13, 2020. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Also in the series.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Sacred Knots Review & GIVEAWAY

This book makes me want to take up knotting - Sacred Knots: Create, adorn, and transform through the art of knotting by Lise Silva Gomes. In her modern guide to knotting this self-taught fiber artist shares her journey from unwittingly collecting macrame pamphlets in thrift shops in 2012, to present day avant-garde knotting artist, teacher and author. Her reverence for the craft and it's variations bursts through the pages. Part 1, the basics, looks at the fundamentals of knotting. Learn about the tools, materials, knots and techniques. Part 2, the projects, use the skills you learned in Part 1 to make gorgeous pieces - from fabulous jewelry to wall hangings and more. Projects range in skill level and material costs. Part 3, the sacred, will inspire mindfulness in your creative practice. In this section you will find tools that will help you shape your own personal knotting practice. The complete table of contents is listed below. Knotting offers diverse possibilities. Is there a knotting practice unique to your background? This 176 page paperback was released November 3, 2020 by publisher Roost Books. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Preface: My Personal Journey in Knotting
Introduction: Knotting a Thread from Past to Present

Part 1
KNOTTING BASICS

The Materials
A Guide to Knotting
The Basics
Square Knot
Double Coin
Cross Knot
Sun Cycle
Sailor's Breastplate
Cloud Knot
Weaver's Plait
Plafond
Pipa Knot
Finishing and Embellishing Techniques

Part 2
KNOTTING PROJECTS

Pipa Knot Earrings
Mãe d'Água Necklace and Earrings Set
Satin Bookmark
Sun Worshiper Statement Necklace
Cross Knot Stacking Bracelet
Colorblock Woven Knot Panel
Double Coin Curtain
Knot Appliqué Jacket

Part 3
KNOTTING AS A PERSONAL PRACTICE

Knotting as a Meditation
Practicing Intention
Making Affirmations
Fiber Practice Journal: Intention Log
Knotting for Relaxation
Practicing Creativity
Recording your Personal Journey

Resources
Acknowledgements
About the Author







Try the easy 4-step square knot from page 43. If you don't have a piece of cord find something else. I used butcher's twine. 

Sacred Knots ISBN-13 : 978-1611807776 is available worldwide at Roost Books. Roost Books publish lifestyle books that aim to inspire - focusing on the areas of cooking, creativity, family, and nature. Ron Longe PR has generously offered to giveaway 3 copies! Three winners will be selected at random. Open until December 6, 2020. USA addresses only. Good luck!

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Martha Manual 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar Review & GIVEAWAY

It's a year’s worth of Martha's best - The Martha Manual 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar by Martha Stewart. Taken from her best-selling book of the same name this desk calendar features hundreds of Martha recommendations for living well. It's a compilation of lifestyle tips and useful insights gleaned from her decades in publishing, broadcasting and merchandising. She covers an array of homemaking subjects - how to organize, fix and maintain, refresh and embellish, clean, launder, craft and create, garden and grow, host and entertain, enjoy, cook, celebrate and care for pets. Several sample calendar pages are shown below. Each page displays the date and a How to suggestion. Lay the calendar flat or use the attached easel to stand it up. Tear old pages off and pass them on or recycle. AMP makes their day-to-day calendars as environmentally friendly as possible. The plastic backers are recyclable. The paper is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council sustainable forests and is recyclable. Calendars are minimally packaged in recyclable boxes and not wrapped in single-use plastic film. Andrews McMeel Publishing will release this calendar on November 17, 2020. It is available now for pre-order. Get your copy below!


The Martha Manual 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar

Product dimensions : 15.75 x 3.05 x 13.21 cm (6.2 x 1.2 x 5.2 inches)
Recyclable plastic easel backer for desk or tabletop display
Day/date reference on each page
Includes official major holidays
Combined weekend pages
Tear-off pages






The Martha Manual 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar.


My copy of the calendar.


My calendar laying flat on my table.


The easel stand opened up.

The Martha Manual 2021 Day-to-Day Calendar ISBN-13 : 978-1524860103 is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrews McMeel Publishing. AMP has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until December 1, 2020. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

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Sunday, November 08, 2020

Making Christmas Bright with Papercrafts Review & GIVEAWAY

Get in the Christmas spirit with Making Christmas Bright with Papercrafts by Alice Hornecke, Dominik Meißner and Sabine Seyffert. It's a collection of more than 40 festive projects using paper or card as the primary artistic medium. Turn the pages of this pretty book and uncover wonderful ideas for a creative Christmas - personalized decorations, holiday table settings, homemade gifts, festive tree ornaments and advent calendars (the count down to Christmas). Advent 2020 begins on November 29 and ends on December 24. Items are made with materials you likely already have or can easily access. Only a few of the projects are shown on the book's cover. The complete table of contents is listed below. I favor the paper folding models. Every project comes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, materials list, measurements and helpful tips. There are easy thru advanced project options. Making Christmas decorations for your home is a great way to add a handmade touch to your holidays. Dover Publications released the 112 page paperback August 12, 2020. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

Basic Instructions
Christmas Is Crafting Time

Decorate Your Home
Decorative Ornaments
Filigree Window Stars
Origami Stars
Nativity Scene
Snow Falling Softly
Origami Door Wreath
Golden Glowing Houses
Geometric Stars

Entertaining Guests
Christmas Table Setting
Little Tree Napkins
Wintry Lampshades
Elegant Table Setting
Christmas Tree Napkins
A Winter Forest
Extraordinary Place Cards
Dancing Stars
Jolly Santa Napkins

Gifts for Loved Ones
Christmas Coupons
Mini-Santas
Cute Christmas Cards
Surprising Gift Wrap
Funny Photo Gift Tags
Tree Surprises
Gift Bows
Sweet Gift Boxes
Last-Minute Gifts

Holiday Anticipation!
Advent Wreath
Advent to Go
Advent Calendar Fan
Atmospheric Paper Lanterns
Pocket Advent Calendar
Colorful Surprises
Glowing Flower Advent Wreath

Decorate the Tree
Regal Pine Cones
Star Baubles
Oh, Christmas Tree
Elegant Tree Ornaments
Star Ornaments
Filigree Ornaments
Up on the Roof 
Santa Hats
Christmas Lights

Templates
Acknowledgements and about the authors


Origami Christmas trees I folded from page 84.

Making Christmas Bright with Papercrafts ISBN-13 : 978-0486842400 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 November 24, 2020. Canada & USA only. Good luck!


Tuesday, November 03, 2020

PHOTOWALL Sweden: Canvas Review & Promo Code


Bare walls? Get the perfect wall art! PHOTOWALL is an international online marketplace for exquisite custom WALLPAPER and PRINTS based in Sweden. They ship WORLDWIDE. Their products include high-quality wall murals, designer wallpaper, canvas prints, framed prints and posters. Choose from thousands of handpicked motifs in an array of styles or use your own images. Some popular links are bedroom, forests & woodlands, world maps, New York, kids room, office, custom wallpaper, 3D, designers, landscapes & scenics, rainforest, teens, rural scenes, living room and sky. Your choice is printed on demand to your exact dimensions using digital technology. Notable is their strong environmental policy. The ink they use to print their wallpapers contains no solvents or hazardous chemicals and is biodegradable. Every purchase with PHOTOWALL supports their work with Vi Agroforestry - they plant around 5000 trees every year. Waste material from their processes is recycled by environmental entrepreneur Hans Andersson Recycling AB. Get yours here! Get 25% off anything on the Photowall site with code handmadebydeb2020. Offer valid for 30 days November 3 until December 3, 2020.


I ordered a PHOTOWALL canvas print. Navigating the PHOTOWALL website is easy and inspiring. With numerous ways to search finding your perfect canvas is fun. Here are some of the categories - animals, art & design, astronomy & space, children, cities & places, colors, entertainment, fantasy, food & drink, maps & flags, nature, people, rooms, spirituality & religion, sports, surface & textures, transportation and vintage. Each tab is further divided to help narrow down the scope of your search. I chose a world map motif then customized it to a perfect 120 x 70 cm. It is also available in wallpaper, poster and framed print. Customize in centimetres or inches, tall, skinny, square - all sizes up to 59 inches (150 cm) both width and height. I selected the wrap edge. Other options include black, white or no frame. Then simply preview, add to cart and checkout. You may choose standard or express shipping. Pay securely with Paypal, Visa, Mastercard or Klarna (financing). PHOTOWALL messaged confirming receipt of my order on October 12 and again when it shipped on the 14th. Shortly after that I received tracking information from the courier service. My PHOTOWALL package arrived safely on October 19. I live in a very rural area. With standard shipping Sweden to Canada it only took 5 days.


I assembled my canvas frame on the dining room table with the included hardware. It took less than 1/2 an hour. No tools are required. I took my time, first watching the PHOTOWALL video demo, and then following the instruction sheet. Any worries I had about assembling it were for nothing. My boyfriend (thank you darling) expertly installed my new canvas using the included mounting hanger, plug and screw. I love it! TRANSFORM your space! 


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Monday, November 02, 2020

SAM & LANCE Canada - Arm Party Gift Box Review

Gift with ease. Canadian online marketplace SAM & LANCE has just released 20 themed GIFT BOXES! This sister-owned Toronto-based business sells ethically made lifestyle goods - created by women around the world. Shipping is free anywhere in Canada and the US. Each gift box is filled with a carefully curated selection of items related to theme - beauty, body and skin care, BFF, birthday, thinking of you, yoga, aromatherapy, Christmas, jewelry, relax, zero waste and more. Add a personal note at checkout that will be included in the box. Gift boxes start at $60 CAD ($47 US). Shop in Canadian or US dollars. With certified, cruelty free, purpose driven, sustainable sourced, waste-reducing and ethically manufactured options you shop with impact. Gift and get with their CONSCIOUS INSIDERS REWARDS program - it lets you earn points and redeem free products, exclusive discounts and more. Get yours here! For every gift box sold, Sam & Lance will donate a meal to the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto's Food Bank.


SAM & LANCE'S Arm Party Bundle!


I sampled SAM & LANCE'S Arm Party Bundle. I love it! This well thought out gift box features 3 pieces of complementary jewelry - Lou Stacking Ring, Milestone Bracelet and Bondi Friendship Bracelet. This dainty selection may be worn individually or layered. Each piece is shipped with an elegant wrap that doubles as storage - the wooden ring box is très chic! The collection is crafted by Canadian artisans Kind Karma, Jomami and Clara Lifestyle - all mindful brands that give back. Also noteworthy, SAM & LANCE is light on packaging. It's paper-based, there's no plastic and even the ink is vegetable based. Unboxing is a very pleasant experience. Gift, keep, share!

From my Arm Party Bundle (gold, pearls and silk) on vintage Coralie.

See all of SAM & LANCE'S ethical gift boxes here. They also have a Canadian subscription box delivered 4 times a year and a marketplace with related products. For every order 1 tree is planted. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Martha Stewart's Organizing 2021 Monthly/Weekly Planner Review & GIVEAWAY

Time to get your 2021 planner! To keep track of all my tasks and appointments I`m using Martha Stewart's Organizing 2021 Monthly/Weekly Planner. This attractive paper planner runs from January 1 to December 31. It features helpful tips on a range of lifestyle topics from Martha herself. Shown below it has both monthly and weekly page layouts. The soft pastel colors are easy on the eyes. Laminated monthly tabs let you easily flip through the planner. It's spiral binding allows for lay-flat, hands-free reading and writing. Two convenient pockets hold miscellaneous items like keepsakes, photos, cards and receipts. An elastic band closure keeps everything intact. Some holidays are shown. Writing things down in one handy place gives me peace of mind. I find that I accomplish more. Keeping a calendar is also great for looking back. Andrews McMeel Publishing released this 240 page engagement calendar September 15, 2020. Get your copy below!


Product dimensions: 18.29 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm (7.2 x 1 x 9 inches)
Gold foil accents on covers
Spiral binding
Elastic band closure
Laminated monthly tabs
Color-coded months
Monthly and weekly planning pages
Two convenient pockets
Reference and notes pages

Monthly layout.

Weekly layout.


Front cover.























Inside of planner.




















Martha Stewart's Organizing 2021 Monthly/Weekly Planner ISBN: 9781524860110 is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrews McMeel Publishing. AMP has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 1, 2020. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

Origami Animals Review & GIVEAWAY

Fold paper into fun animals with Origami Animals by Mila Bertinetti Montevecchi, Rita Foelker, Nick Robinson and Marc Kirschenbaum. All are well-known origami artists. They begin with the usual origami folds and symbols reference pages. There are 8 beginner friendly folding projects - bird, caterpillar, butterfly, crab, dog, cat, turtle and owl. The dog and butterfly, shown folded below, are two of my favorite models because of their superb design. Easy to follow step-by-step text and diagram instructions accompany each model. Two hundred sheets of 6.75 x 6.75 inches (17.15 x 17.15 cm) paper are included - a variety of colorful patterns and solids, all with a matte finish. These sheets tear cleanly off the paper pad. The complete table of contents is listed below. Dover Publications released the 256 page paperback on September 16, 2020. Get your copy below!


The Scottie Dog model I folded. 

9-Fold Origami Butterfly

The 9-Fold Butterfly model I folded.

Origami Animals ISBN-10 : 0486841995 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 October 25, 2020. Canada & USA only. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Inking Florals Review & GIVEAWAY

Jump right in with Illustration Studio: Inking Florals: A step-by-step guide to creating dynamic modern florals in ink and watercolor by Isa Down. This self-taught artist shares the process she uses to create beautiful flowers - poppy, anemone, freesia, peony and more. The complete table of contents is listed below. She begins with a brief introduction to the basics - finding inspiration, tools & materials, techniques, color and flower structure. You will need the following supplies - paper, pencil, ink, watercolor paint and brushes. Advise on what to use is given. Then via demonstration she guides you through the practice of creating stunning floral's. Using her 5 step formula you'll study, sketch, ink, paint and spatter 16 flowers, plus foliage. Creating each flower is an enjoyable way of learning about and experimenting with your media,  it also pushes your drawing and painting skills a little further along. She concludes with ideas with examples for expanding your practice. This free and easy approach to watercolor doesn't bog you down with too much detail. Walter Foster Publishing released the 128 page paperback August 18, 2020. It is also available in e-book format. Get your copy below!


Table of Contents

Finding Inspiration
Tool & Materials
Techniques
Let's Talk About Color
Basic Flower Structure
Step-by-Step Florals: The Basic Formula

Snowdrop
Cosmos
California Poppy
Red Poppy
Anemone
Wild Rose
Agapanthus
Lily
Freesia
Gladiolus
Iris
Hollyhock
Peony
Lupine
Snapdragon
Chrysanthemum
Filler Foliage
Putting It All Together

Conclusion
Acknowledgements
About the Artist



Peony steps 1- 5.




A selection of flowers from inside Inking Florals.




Back cover of my copy of Inking Florals beside some very pretty Gerbera daisies.

Inking Florals 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 October 14, 2020. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!