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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

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

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

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,...

Mastering Modern Calligraphy Book Review

As a graphic designer, I've been studying calligraphy for decades. I've owned and studied dozens of books on the topic, many of them classics, focusing on the long tradition of lettering. Yet, I must say, for calligraphers today, this is likely the finest book on the...

Creative Candle Making Review

This is a lovely set for would-be candlemakers to help them not only learn how, but to actually begin, right away. The book is printed on quality paper in full-color. I love the exceptionally beautiful photography throughout. The layout is clever, clear, and lovely,...

New Craft Books From Dover!

Raising my kids today, I feel like they need to be doing "real life" things to feel good about themselves -- in real life. Online is online, but we actually live out here in "Real." One of my daughters has taken to knitting, while the younger is still looking for...

The LEGO Castle Book

I love how my kids find such a sense of pride in accomplishing things IRL with LEGO. And how my husband's hobby has become a way for he and my children to bond over their shared love and creations. Yet, in my family of eager LEGO creators at least, there are two big...

New Craft Book Reviews

For those of us who really enjoy working with our hands, it can sometimes be difficult to explain why we find creating things so fulfilling. So, I really appreciate this lovely little book. The author understands, deeply, where people like us are coming from. And it...