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Classic Sketchbook: Cats & Botanicals

This clever series takes famous paintings and drawings of cats on one page, and then on the opposite, shows how to draw and color what the masters did. It helps illuminate what other painters and illustrators are doing, in a way which lends me confidence, and helps...

Drawing For Joy

This excellent guide offers instruction and prompts for anyone who wants to move beyond all-ages coloring and learn to do more creative illustration, even if they've never done so before. I've done art design and such before, yet this 52-week book is helping me to...

Tolkien’s World Coloring

Tolkien's World: A Fantasy Coloring Book is a real treat for Tolkien fans. It includes almost 100 pages of original illustrations of characters, settings, and events from The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion. Coloring my favorites is a rare treat,...

Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time

I started taking sewing classes at age 11, and when I was in high school I decided to use my mom's dress patterns from the 50's and make my own dresses by mixing and matching the bodices and the skirts from different patterns. I loved how they turned out and enjoyed...

I Modify IKEA

Whenever we visit our semi-local IKEA store, we make it a point to check their damaged and discarded area near the check out stands. Over the years, we've gathered parts of this and that which we've intended to re-configure into end tables and such. When it came down...

Brush Painting And Tangles

I have always loved the stark beauty of Chinese brush painting. The abstract simplicity of the medium is so graceful and alive, as it not only portrays the beauties around us, but reveals the artist's hand at work in what, until now, seemed like an entirely daunting...

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

I love looking at old photos, it's one of my favorite things to do. Nowadays, taking personal photos has seemed to just skyrocket over the last several years, with cell phones making it so easy to take them and social media making it so easy to share them. I love how...