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Meditative Stone Art Review

Meditative Stone Art Review

My family is finding this book inspirational on several levels. First, one of my daughters has been enjoying painting these and turned around using many of the styles and techniques in her other artworks and her pastry business. Another is using the painted designs to...

Jane Austen Embroidery Book Review

Jane Austen Embroidery Book Review

This is a lovely book filled with lovely patterns from the Regency era which ran, more or less, from 1795 to 1835. This is the setting of the works of Jane Austen, inventor of the novel as we know it. Wonderful books! And this book is a wonderful addition to any...

Shine Bright Book Review

Shine Bright Book Review

This fun and engaging book offers some excellent coloring pages -- very well done, with larger designs which work well even if you're younger. Or, have the patience of a younger person. Either way. There are drawing prompts, showing the steps to draw a simple...

Lovable Felted Animals Review

Lovable Felted Animals Review

These felted figurines are so darling -- super cute yet so realistic, all at once. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get the proportions right, but this book has been a big help. The book is paperback, large, and really high quality, with lavish photos...

Origami Boxes Review

Origami Boxes Review

This is a great gift for anyone interested in learning how to create little folded papercraft boxes. There are several pages of general instructions, too, which help to understand the consistent and well-designed folding instructions later. There are eight tutorials,...

Mexican Drawing & Sea Glass Notecards

Mexican Drawing & Sea Glass Notecards

This must be the "bible" of Mexican papier-mâché sculptures, which are known as "cartonería." Everyone is familiar with these delightful sculptures, especially through piñatas. Some artisans have taken their medium to new levels, though, raising their work to the...

Watercolor Success In Four Steps Review

Watercolor Success In Four Steps Review

This is a wonderful introductory guide to would-be experts in watercolor painting. It includes 150 single-page, four-step lessons. Most are single objects, individual items that might be arranged in still-life paintings. I love the style of painting shown, which is...

Fun Painting Book Reviews

Fun Painting Book Reviews

In life, I often look for short cuts. Yet, it's so seldom I find real ones that really save time and money. This book is the real deal. It spells out the specifics of what acrylics you really need (or ought to get) and how best to use them, to save time yet accomplish...

Gourd Crafts And Form Follows Technique Book Reviews

Gourd Crafts And Form Follows Technique Book Reviews

When I was young, I discovered (what now seems to be a fairly obvious) pattern in popular music. Many singers were, more-or-less mimicking, the sounds of the instruments they sang alongside. Yet my formal instruction taught me the opposite -- instruments were invented...

Paper Arts & Crafts Book Reviews

Paper Arts & Crafts Book Reviews

Stippling is an important aspect of drawing but my art classes in school didn't have enough time for me to actually become expert at it. His book seems to be the ultimate guide to catch up and bring my illustrations to the next level. Yet this book is readily...

How To Draw Without Talent Book Review

How To Draw Without Talent Book Review

My daughter has been wanting to learn how to draw better. I have heard before that everyone has 10,000 bad drawings in them, so it's best to get them drawn while we're young. So I was happy to find this engaging and colorful activity-slash-guide book! It is like a...

Sloth Journal Review

Sloth Journal Review

I needed more time to focus in my life, and I thought that a writing journal would be helpful in lots of ways. So when I saw this cute sloth journal, encouraging me to "slow down and reflect," well, it was perfect. I love the design, with the cute sloths, and the...

Fun Knitting Book Reviews (and Origami)

Fun Knitting Book Reviews (and Origami)

Such a clever concept! This coloring book features all-original designs based on 30+ drawings of knitted projects, still lifes, and images both realistic and whimsical. Since they're knitted, there are many tiny areas drawn out, but since they are generally part of a...

Fun Quilting Book Reviews

Fun Quilting Book Reviews

I remember my grandmother, and mother making quilts, so I guess it's not surprising that I've taken up this wonderful hobby creating these beautiful and useful works of art. Over time, I've come to realize, though, that one of the reasons I have such vivid memories of...

Bowdabra: Make Adorable Bows At Home!

Bowdabra: Make Adorable Bows At Home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMkidWItvvU I'm really loving my Bowdabra! It's so easy to make perfect, gorgeous bows at a fraction of the price I would have to buy them for at the store. And, honestly, no stores around me have bows as cute as the ones I can easily...

Harry Potter Crochet Kit Review

Harry Potter Crochet Kit Review

This is an authentic Wizarding World set that's perfect gift for my Harry Potter-loving daughter! She loves the whole Harry Potter world, and merchandise, but I wanted to give her something more than just a trinket. So this is something we can do together while...

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Flying Machines Kit Review

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Flying Machines Kit Review

The works of Leonardo da Vinci appeals to lots of different kinds of people, including artists, engineers, historians, scientists, designers, inventors -- and my two kids. One enjoys old books and calligraphy, while the other finds any machine that flies, magical. So...

Naomiki Sato’s Origami Roses Review

Naomiki Sato’s Origami Roses Review

This is a really clever origami guide to making different kinds of flowers. Each design is so lovely! They look surprisingly realistic and so ornate in their details, with their organic, overlapping petals. The book is well-written with concise descriptions, nice...

The Art For Joy’s Sake Journal Review

The Art For Joy’s Sake Journal Review

This is truly a keepsake gift for any artist, even if the artist is yourself. I've been designing professionally, day and night, for years, so my own art, and my own enjoyment, seems to have kind of gone out the window, some days. That's why I'm so thrilled with this...

Inspiring Proverbs Coloring Book Review

Inspiring Proverbs Coloring Book Review

I found this a lovely and inspiring coloring book. Each page is printed on a single side of each of the 31 pages. Each design appears to be all-new. The book exemplifies good coloring book design. It is drawn with a consistent line width, without any black fills or...

The Ultimate Fluid Pouring & Painting Project Book Review

The Ultimate Fluid Pouring & Painting Project Book Review

There is a growing appreciation of non-traditional artists, who rely more on pouring techniques instead of careful brushwork. The acclaim such artists can receive these days extends author-and-illstrator Eric Carle selling multi-million copies of his children books,...