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

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!

Check out their charming video!

How to Mount

How to Replace the Blade

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Origami Dove

Origami Dove

This is an easy to make, 3d origami dove. I folded it with an 8 1/4" square, the result a 6 3/4" long dove. It makes a pretty Christmas tree ornament, simply hole punch and add ribbon, an ornament hook, craft wire or string. In between the front and back wings there is a tab where you can hide the hole punch. Diagram instructions are available at Romi's Origami. I discovered a few variations entirely by mistake.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Creative Origami and Beyond Review & GIVEAWAY

Creative Origami and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and projects for transforming paper into folded works of art – by authors Jenny Chan, Paul Frasco, Coco Sato, and Stacie Tamaki. A 160 page paperback released November 7, 2016 by Walter Foster Publishing, USA. It includes 8 large sheets of rectangular origami paper – attractive, patterned, tear out style paper, with solid, robins egg blue reverses, measuring 8 1/2" x 11 1/2". Following the origami basics, 4 paper artists turned authors share their unique interpretations of this diverse and ancient art. The result, a stunning variety of paper folding projects ranging from easy to difficult. Here's a peek of Coco Sato's section. She mixes origami and paper cutting (kirigami), even introducing electro-origami with innovative lighted pieces like the fairly tiara. She sources the few inexpensive electro-components required, though all projects can be done without them. The results – interesting, three-dimensional, functional and artistic pieces. Scissors, glue and the like needed. Get your copy below! Above: Medallions by Coco Sato, page 60.


How to use this book
Basic tools & materials
Basic origami folds
Basic origami bases

Creative origami with Jenny Chan
Beautiful origami swan
Floral corner bookmark
Fox envelopes
Origami chain bracelet
Mindful origami

Playful, modern origami with Coco Sato
Blossom lights
Introduction to electro-origami
Lighted origami purse
Fairy tiara

Miniature origami with Stacie Tamaki
Miniature box
Miniature lily
Miniature crane

Wet-fold origami with Paul Frasco
Getting started

About the authors

Lighted fairy tiara by Coco Sato, page 90.

Lighted origami purse by Coco Sato, page 78.

Blossom lights by Coco Sato, page 64.

Lampshade by Coco Sato, page 70.

Creative Origami and Beyond, pages 58 and 59.

Creative Origami is available worldwide at Walter Foster Publishing, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Walter Foster is one of the most recognized names in art instruction. Check out their unique catalog at Walter Foster Publications. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Creative Origami! One winner will be selected at random. Open until December 11, 2016. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Kawaii Box Review & Giveaway WORLDWIDE

The postman hands you a darling Kawaii Box from Singapore! Kawaii is a Japanese word meaning cute or pretty. 

You open the box and find a lovely card on top.

You pick up the card and turn it over, it's a list of the 11 items inside, everything from Japanese candy to stationery & beauty accessories. You open the crisp tissue paper!

How kawaii! You take out each item. Everything inside is intact. All packages are pristine and if applicable, well within best before dates. You document and share your unboxing for a chance to win a kawaii mega box worth $100! #KawaiiBox. You smile.

September 2016

Pokemon Ramune Candy
Rabi-Dango Plush
I Love You Purse
Happy Day Notebook Set
Pastel Cupcake Pen
Kracie Nyokinyoki Kororon DIY Candy Kit
Invisible Secret Pen Set
Harajuku Hair Loop Set
Diamond Deco Stickers
Dream & Explore Notebook
Sweet Animals Sparkle Stickers
Want to get or give a box of cuteness every month? It's easy. Choose your subscription plan. Pay safely. Under US$20 a month includes free worldwide shipping. Your box is filled with 10-12 Japanese and Korean kawaii products. A different selection arrives monthly. Open, enjoy and repeat!

Kawaii Box subscriptions are available worldwide at Kawaii Box. Kawaii Box has generously offered to giveaway a box. One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 22, 2016. Worldwide. Good luck!

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