Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drawing for Joy Review & GIVEAWAY

I couldn't wait for this book to arrive! It's as lovely on the inside as it is on the cover. Drawing for Joy: 15-Minute Daily Meditations to Cultivate Drawing Skill and Unwind with Color by Stephanie Peterson Jones. The 144 page paperback was released July 1, 2017 from Publisher Quarry Books. It's a playful draw-in exercise book suitable for beginning artists. It combines the practice of meditation and art making. Meditation is introduced first. The author emphasizes that even 3 minutes of meditation before art practice is beneficial. The book is divided into 52 weekly subjects. Each subject has 7 daily prompts. There are about 365 engaging prompts or drawing activities. These drawing activities are intended to take about 15 minutes. The lessons build upon each other. Add pencils and pens to draw with. And colored pencils and pens, markers and watercolor pens to add color. You decide. Though the approach is relaxed you will also learn about art fundamentals, for example the elements and principles of art and design. An appreciation of art and art creation is inevitable. Get your copy below!


Mindfulness Meditation
How to Use This Book

The Essentials
What you'll need to get started
What Do I Draw With?
Adding Color
Your Art Palette
Your Artiste License

The Heart of Making Art
Learn about the basic elements and principles of art
Good to Know: The Elements of Art
Week 1:  Walk the Line
Week 2:  Borders
Week 3:  Value
Week 4:  Shapes
Week 5:  Creating Form
Week 6:  Putting Shapes Together
Good to Know: Color Wheel and Color Harmony
Week 7:  Coloring Flowers
Week 8:  Let's Get Patterny
Week 9:  Putting Patterns Together
Good to Know: Principles of Design
Week 10:  Finding Balance
Week 11:  Make a Move
Week 12:  Flower Power
Week 13:  Pattern Play
Week 14:  Drawing In and Around

Go with the Flow
Practice drawing with art starts
Weeks 15:  Leaves
Week 16:  Simple Flowers
Week 17:  Basic Frames
Week 18:  Feathered Fun
Week 19:  Everyday Textures
Week 20:  Seashells
Week 21:  Butterflies and Bugs
Week 22:  Drawing on Rocks
Week 23:  We Built a City
Week 24:  Artful Hearts
Week 25:  A Little Culture
Week 26:  Folk Art Animals
Week 27:  My Drawing Meditations

From Flow Comes Joy
Take the next step in drawing
Week 28:  Easy Spirals and Paisleys
Week 29:  Simple Mandalas
Week 30:  Snowflakes
Week 31:  Kaleidoscopes
Week 32:  Aviary
Week 33:  Coffee Mugs and Tea Cups
Week 34:  Go Fish
Week 35:  Make It Your Own
Week 36:  Wise Owls
Week 37:  Complex Objects, Basic Shapes
Week 38:  Making Faces
Week 39:  Hair and Hats
Week 40:  Freeform Doodles

Joy Happens
For when you're in the drawing grove
Week 41:  Seven Wishes
Week 42:  Wall of Flowers
Week 43:  Here Comes the Sun
Week 44:  Fancy Flowers
Week 45:  Hot Air Balloons
Week 46:  Complex Mandalas
Week 47:  Lotus Flowers
Week 48:  Mehndi Hand Tattoos
Week 49:  Pattern Play Sugar Skulls
Week 50:  Ears, Trunks, Tusks
Week 51:  Deep Sea Creatures
Week 52:  Freeform Drawing

About the Author

Second page of Week 1:  Walk the Line.

Second page of Week  21:  Butterflies and Bugs.

Drawing for Joy is available at Quarry Books, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Quarry Books. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 9, 2017. Prize includes shipping. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

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