Wednesday, April 12, 2017

About Sketching Review & GIVEAWAY

About Sketching: The Art and Practice of Capturing the Moment by Jasper Salwey is a 176 page Paperback – released Apr 19 2017 from Dover Publications. This Dover edition, first published in 2017, is an unabridged republication of the work originally published as The Art and Practice of Sketching: It's History and Technique in All Media, by B. T. Batsford, Ltd., London, in 1930. Jasper Salwey (1884–1956), a British artist and architect, wrote several sought after books on drawing. In his forward, Leonard Squirrell, says "This is not a volume of dull and passionless information, ... but an illuminating and understanding survey of an immense subject..." In his preface Salwey says that the main object of this book is to encourage the practice of sketching. He then goes on to discuss the relevance and importance of sketching. 66 plates are included as examples. These illustrations are in black and white except for those on the book cover. This book is suitable for students of art and artists. Get your copy below!


Foreword by Leonard Squirrell, R.E.

I. The Art of Sketching

II. Media and Methods
Lead Pencil
Carbon Pencil and Crayon
Red Chalk
Coloured Chalks
Charcoal and Colour
Direct Oil-Colour
Pen and Ink

III. The Practice of Sketching
Interior Subjects
Figure Sketching
Landscape Sketching
Sketching Seascape
Sketching Architecture

Index to Text and Illustrations

Out of print no more!

About Sketching 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 April 26, 2017. Prize includes free shipping Canada & USA. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

How to Color Like an Artist Review & GIVEAWAY

How to Color Like an Artist: Colored Pencil Techniques including Blending & Shading by Veronica Winters is a 96 page Paperback released (April 19 2017) from Dover Publications. It includes 8 coloring pages from Dover's bestselling Creative Haven® series of coloring books. The pages are single-sided and perforated. Artist and teacher Veronica of Veronica's Art leads a practical course in coloring with pencil crayons. You will learn, then apply, the core techniques artists use to perfect their coloring. Veronica uses Prismacolor Premier and Caran d'Ache Pablo colored pencils. Each demo includes the exact pencil she uses, brand and color. You are free to use whatever brand and color you like, as I am. It is the technique practice that is fundamental. The author stresses using quality products for best results. As a beginner, I am finding the demos very helpful. It's nice to know some art terminology and color theory too. Would you like to develop your coloring skills, build your confidence, and enjoy yourself along the way? Get your copy below!

Table of Contents
Basic Materials

Chapter 1
Pencil Stroke Types

Chapter 2
Shading Techniques

Chapter 3
Highlights on White and Colored Papers

Chapter 4

Chapter 5
Blending Colors with Solvents

Chapter 6
Blending with Light-Colored Pencils

Chapter 7
Basics of Color Theory

Chapter 8
Color Harmony

Chapter 9
Using Gray Color to Create Selective Focus

Chapter 10
Combining Mediums

About the Author

8 Coloring Pages
Mehndi Design
Sea Life Mandala

Page 67  Combining Mediums / Poppies Coloring Page

Page 2  Pencil Stroke Types

Page 42  Basics of Color Theory

How to Color Like an Artist 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 April 18, 2017. Prize includes free shipping Canada & USA. Good luck!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Paper Home Review

Paper Home: Beautifully Unique Origami Projects by Esther Thorpe is a 144 page hardcover released Feb. 7, 2017 from – Publisher: Pavilion Books. Whether every day or special occasion these paper folding projects will help you add a unique personal touch to your home. For example, my new favorite origami fold, the Triangular Basket – photo below. It may look difficult to make but it's actually very easy. A dab or two of glue and it's quite sturdy. With Easter approaching I'm going to use my basket as an Easter table favor. One for each place setting. By adding some crinkle paper and Easter eggs it's an eye-catching geometric nest. It's just 1 of the 15 home decor paper folding projects in Ester's book. I've folded several of the designs and found the instructions, both photo and text, very clear. The projects vary in degree of difficulty. Paper, scissors, glue and other easy to find craft supplies required. A sheet of paper is full of possibilities. By applying origami techniques Ester shows how you can dress up any party or room. Get your copy below!


The Importance of Paper
How to Fold

Party Diamonds
Christmas Stars
Geometric Mobile

Triangular Basket
Photo Holder
Feltigami Box

Star Garland
Crane Mobile
Pyramid Fairy Lights
Wall Art

Project Papers
About the author

Triangular Origami Basket
This is my Triangular Origami Basket. I folded it with three 5" squares, each with a different, yet coordinating pattern.

A Look Inside...

Star Garland, Crane Mobile, Wall Art, page 4.

Lampshade, page 22.

Vase, page 82.

Paper Home is available worldwide at Pavilion Publications. The Pavilion Books Group is a thriving UK based publisher. Check out their catalogue at Pavilion Books. It is also available at Amazon Canada and Amazon USA.

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Saturday Evening Post Adult Coloring Books Review & GIVEAWAY

Nostalgic for the past? Look at these charming Saturday Evening Post covers I'm coloring. The Post is an American publication very popular during the 1920s to the 1960s. The magazine's famous covers, by well-known illustrators, depict scenes of everyday, middle-class American life, from a much simpler time. These 2 coloring books, Norman Rockwell Classics and Americana are by Creative Haven® - a best-selling series from Dover Publications. Each issue contains 31 covers for you to color as you please using your own colored pencils and/or fine markers. The pages are on good quality 8" x 11" paper, single-sided and perforated so you can easily tear out, share, display and even frame your works-of-art. Excellent value. Get your copies below!

Norman Rockwell Classics from The Saturday Evening Post Coloring Book, compiled by Sara Jackson. Illustrated by Norman Rockwell. Paperback – released March 17, 2017 by Dover Publishing.

 Plate 4
 Happy Birthday, Miss Jones
Norman Rockwell
March 17, 1956

The Saturday Evening Post Americana Coloring Book compiled by Marty Noble. Illustrators include John Falter, Stevan Dohanos, George Hughes, Richard Sargent, and others. Paperback – Released March 17, 2017 by Dover Publishing.

Plate 24
Doggy Buffet
Richard Sargent
January 5, 1957

My coloring, in progress. I find it fun and relaxing. Page from Norman Rockwell Classics. Plate 24. Cover Girl. Norman Rockwell. The Saturday Evening Post cover, March 1, 1941. 

Creative Haven® Adult Coloring Books are 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 of each coloring book! One winner will be selected at random. Open until March 20, 2017. Prize includes free shipping Canada & USA. Good luck!

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Art of Stone Painting Review

The Art of Stone Painting: 30 Designs to Spark Your Creativity – by F. Sehnaz Bac, released January 18, 2017 by Dover Publications. Expert stone painter and archaeologist Sehnaz shows you how to turn ordinary stones into gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, art pieces. Presented with large, full-color photographs and text, her 96 page paperback has instructions for 30 handmade projects– simple to advanced. Use stones decoratively, as keepsakes, paper weights, and door stops. You can even turn pebbles into jewelry! Her detailed designs are very appealing. She favors bold colors and vivid designs. Tools and materials include brushes, acrylic paints, paint pens, acrylic inks and varnish. Sehnaz shares her process from beginning to end. You will learn how to find, choose and prepare stones for painting, stone painting and design techniques, sealing and protecting painted stones. Finished stones are water resistant. To clean, just wipe with a soft cloth. Sehnaz sells her work on Etsy. Inspired to paint your own collection? I am! Get your copy below.
Table of Contents


Flourishing Tree
Leaf Collection
Simple Flowers
Blooming Botanicals
Sea Themes

Friendly Fish
Elegant Feathers
Cool Cacti
A Frog's Pad
Cheerful Hearts

Simple Mandalas
Geometric Art
Simple Birds
Simple Butterflies & Dragonflies
Structured Doodles

Sun Stone, Moon Stone 
Detailed Flowers
Multi-Stone Mandala
Simple Owls

Detailed Mandalas 
Colorful Peacock
Detailed Butterflies & Dragonflies
Folk Abstract
Festive Themes

Fanciful Birds
Eye-Catching Elephants
Monochrome Mandalas
Pebble Pendants
Detailed Owls
About the Author


Birds, Owls, and Flowers

Pebble Pendants

The Art of Stone Painting is available worldwide at Dover Publications. Dover, Great Books, Variety & Value Since 1941. Check out their catalog at Dover Publications.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Origami Heart Bracelet Tutorial

Origami Heart Bracelet

A single piece of square paper is required to make this sturdy design, insert a chain or thread through to create a bracelet. Made with a 2 1/4 inch square of handmade Japanese paper and a blue cotton thread. Video tutorial below.

Origami Heart Bracelet Tutorial.

Tutorial: Origami Heart Bracelet


Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Once Upon a Piece of Paper (KIT) Review & Giveaway

I have long wanted to explore paper collage and just came across the perfect book. Once Upon a Piece of Paper, A Visual Guide to Collage Making by Andrea D'Aquino – released on September 15, 2016 by Rockport Publishers. It is an engaging, 112 page collage how-to book and 50 sheet paper pad housed in an elastic-bound hardcover case. Gather your scissors, glue stick and other nice to have supplies. I used old magazines and raided my paper recycling bin. The included 8" x 8" paper pad is superb– bold patterns and solids! Next, learn 10 ways to think like an artist. This chapter is very helpful in silencing your inner critic. It includes musings on the creative process from artist/author Andrea. It is worth returning to. Then jump right in to the 25 hands-on collage art exercises. You will explore various creative techniques including scale, shape, perspective and more. You do yours, Andrea shows you hers. I even show you mine. Hers are very inspiring, she is an illustration and design expert! This book is a delightful collage showpiece and excellent resource, all in an easy to digest format. I recommend. Get your copy below!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Get
Chapter 2 Think
Chapter 3 Make

About the Author

Chapter 3 Make ESCAPE FROM THE LANDSCAPE: Paper city, by A. D'Aquino. Page 97.

 Chapter 2 Think. Page 27.

Chapter 3 Make PAPER SCRAPS: Design a recycled bird, by A. D'Aquino. Page 82.

Once upon a piece of paper is available worldwide at Rockport Publishing, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Rockport Publishing. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until February 15, 2017. Prize includes free shipping WORLDWIDE. Good luck!

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Chapter 3 Make MOVING PARTS: One figure, many positions, by A. D'Aquino. Page 77.

Five of my first paper collages.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017 and runs until February 15, 2018. It is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated by Chinese and ethnic communities around the world. China Post honors the Year of the Rooster with the above stamp series. The Rooster is one of twelve animals that appear in the Chinese calendar. Happy Chinese New Year!

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener only US$ 13.99 or 17.99

Available in 7 bold colors

Popular Purple
Midnight Black
Cool Blue
Firehouse Red
Groovy Green
Precious Pink
 Hello Yellow

If you're like me and have pencils, pencil crayons and watercolor pencils that require sharpening you tire very quickly of poor performance from inferior pencil sharpeners. I got the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener, a sturdy, hand crank pencil sharpener that does not require batteries or electrical cords. It's quiet and affordable. It's portable or mountable, clamp included. Replacement blades expand it's life. Purchases of 3 or more are discounted. Gift certificates are available. Makes a unique and practical gift. Get yours below!

Broken leads, uneven sharpening, no points, point breakage and continuous sharpening, all lead to waste and frustration. The Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener stops at the perfect point, every time, preventing over sharpening.

It's easy to use. 

A removable, clear plastic tray collects the pencil shavings for disposal. 

Want function, quality and design? The Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener is available in the USA only at Classroom Friendly Supplies and outside of the USA on ebay. A perfect sharpen ever time!

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How to Mount

How to Replace the Blade