Monday, May 02, 2016

Japanese Prints Coloring Book Review & Giveaway

Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book: Color your Masterpiece & Clear Your Mind Paperback – by Andrew Vigar (Author) released February 23, 2016 by TUTTLE Publishing. A magnificent collection of 22 authentic Japanese woodblock prints for you to color using your own colored pencils and/or fine markers. The 'floating world' refers to the term ukiyo-e "a school of Japanese art depicting subjects from everyday life, dominant in the 17th–19th centuries." Color a variety of subject matter rich in Japanese history such as geisha, kabuki actors, nature, landmarks and landscapes. Includes works by well-known masters such as Hiroshige and Hokusia. Arranged first with a brief back story of the print, followed by a copy of the original print, beside a large 8 1/2" x 12" uncolored print for you to color as you please. The prints are on good paper, single-sided and perforated so you can easily tear out, share, display and even frame your works-of-art. Relaxing and inspiring! Get your copy below.

Contents
Introduction
Seals and Signatures

View of Nihonbashi Tori-itchome Ryakuzu
Fuji from Kanaya on the Tokaido
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Shirabyoshi Hanako
The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
Dawn Moon of Shinto Rites
Woman Applying Color to Her Lips
Plum Estate Kameido
Geisha and Her Servant Carrying Her Koto (below)
From the series Daydreams by Magic Lantern
Two Birds and Cherry Tree
Genji Viewing Snow from a Balcony

Suijin Shrine and Massaki on the Sumida River
From the series Daydreams by Magic Lantern
Asakusa Rice Fields and Torinomachi Festival
The Actor Danjuro Ichikawa VIII
Atagoshita and Yabu Lane (below)
Peonies and Canary (below)
The Otsuki Plain in Kai Province
Cat and Goldfish- Orange
Ryogoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank
Woman Making a Tray Landscape Showing the Full Moon
Morning Hair

Atagoshita and Yabu Lane
Utagawa Hiroshige

Atagoshita and Yabu Lane

Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until May 16, 2016.


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Geisha and Her Servant Carrying Her Koto
Kitao Shigemasa


Peonies and Canary
Katsushika Hokusai


Monday, April 25, 2016

Ukiyo-E Bird Prints Origami Paper Review & Giveaway


Ukiyo-e Bird Prints Origami Paper: 48 Sheet - 8 1/4" Square – released April 19, 2016 by Tuttle Publishing. This paper package features 8 breathtaking bird prints reproduced from Japanese woodblocks in the ukiyo-e style of art. These large 8 1/4" squares are perfect for folding this short rectangular box with a lid. I put the stunning bird print on the lid, while the reverse, a rich chocolate brown is on the bottom. Each bird print has a contrasting solid color reverse. Box measures approximately 4" x 2" x 1", perfect for a little something... A booklet with an origami symbols key and instructions for several folding projects is included. This paper folds very well and may also be used for other craft projects. Get your copy below.

Short Rectangular Origami Box
Short Rectangular Origami Box instructions at Origami-Club.com

Ukiyo-E Bird Prints Origami Paper is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a package of Ukiyo-E Bird Prints Origami Paper. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until May 9, 2016.




Mandarin Ducks in Snow
Shoson Ohara (1877-1945)
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print



Owl on a Flowering Magnolia Branch
Kubo Shunman (1757-1820)
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print

Monday, April 11, 2016

My First Origami Kit Review & Giveaway

Give your child an academic advantage – prompt his or her creativity with origami. Already a TUTTLE Bestseller and winner of Creative Child Magazine 2015 Preferred Choice Award. My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern (Author), Paperback – released July 9, 2013 by TUTTLE Publishing. This neatly boxed kit contains everything you need to start folding right away. A 48 page booklet with easy-to-read instructions for 20 paper folding projects, 60 sheets of colored paper and 150 stickers. Girls and boys will enjoy a variety of novice folds. Stickers decorative in nature. Below meet Clarence the Mouse folded using the waterbomb base. Paper and stickers from kit. Excellent value. I enjoyed. Get your copy below.

CONTENTS

Introduction
Key to Symbols

Penny Penguin
Franklin Fox
Shelby Turtle
Diablo the Cobra
Flying Tiger

Quackers the Duck
Sea Surfer
Clarence the Mouse
Flicka the Butterfly
Magic Box

Buster Bunny
Bronna the Dinosaur
Hugo Pig
Barkley the Sea Lion
Fluffy the Sheep

Baxter the Cat
Cootie Catcher
Soaring Sam
Caramel Bear
Edward Elephant

Origami Mouse
Clarence the Mouse

My First Origami Kit is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of My First Origami Kit. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until April 25, 2016.


Monday, April 04, 2016

Origami Heart Rings Giveaway

Origami Heart Ring


Win a set of 3 fabulous Origami Heart Rings! The clever design is made by folding a single 3 inch square of paper. No cutting is required. The sturdy design custom fits small to large finger sizes. The heart measures about 3/4" x 3/4". 

Handmade by Deb is giving away a set of 3 folded paper rings. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! WORLDWIDE. Until April 18, 2016. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Water Review & Origami Cup Challenge

I just finished my first 5L Box of Neurogenesis Happy Water! Found it at Sobeys for $8.99 Canadian. The boxed format is highly portable and very handy for storage. Placed it conveniently on the kitchen counter. Found the spigot/spout easy to use. Enjoyed the clean, fresh taste and that it's good for you. Once empty it went straight into the recycling bin. I recommend. Canadian residents sign up for a free voucher at socialnature.

Need a cup? Take the Origami Cup Challenge! Fold your own origami cup and drink out of it. Tutorial below. I folded mine out of a single 6 inch square. Can you fold it off by heart?

Tutorial: Origami Cup









Monday, March 14, 2016

The Origami Garden Review & Giveaway

The Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, and Other Backyard Critters by Ioana Stoian (Author) Paperback– released January 5, 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin. A delightful 128 page book with clear, step-by-step instructions for 41 garden themed origami projects. Includes 20 sheets of attractive origami paper, coordinated solid colors and patterns with white reverses, 6" square. Folding does not result in smudged ink on fingertips. A section on symbols covers the basics. Each design has a 1 out of 3 difficulty rating. My favorite is the origami Flower box, shown below. Celebrate spring creatively with some paper folding and enjoy the many benefits of origami. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Meet Ioana
Washing day
A sunny afternoon
By the pond
In the garden
Symbols

Meet the projects

Raincoast Books has generously offered to giveaway a copy of The Origami Garden! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until March 28, 2016.


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies Review & Giveaway

Transform an ordinary piece of paper into a beautiful butterfly with Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies with Richard Alexander: Elegant Designs from a Master Folder, Paperback – released April 30, 2013 by TUTTLE Publishing. A comprehensive study of the origami butterfly. The author clearly demonstrates 26 origami butterfly designs in a 112 page book and double DVD set. With both diagram and video instruction you will learn how to fold 26 fabulous butterflies, then delight in endless possibilities by mixing and matching styles even adding your own adjustments. Part dedication, every butterfly design is named after someone LaFosse has found inspiration. Every butterfly is folded from a single square. No scissors, tape or glue required. Get your copy below!

Contents
The Metamorphosis of an Origami Artist
The Exciting World of Origami Butterflies
Origami Butterflies Have So Many Uses!
Using Fine Quality Art Materials
Getting Started
Origami Symbols Key
The Base Architecture
The Turning Point
Wing Styles and Variations

A Butterfly
For Alice Gray
For Tony Cheng
For Jane Winchell
For Jan Polish
For Makoto Yamaguchi
For Vanessa Gould
For Robert Lang
For Emiko Kruckner
For Kyoko Kondo
For Killian Mansfield
For Eric Joisel
For Sok Song
For Lillian Oppenheimer

For Guy Kawasaki
The Origamido Butterfly
The Boston Butterfly
The Question Mark
For Doris Asano
For Diana Wolf
For V'Ann Cornelius
For June Sakamoto
For Anne LaVin
For Kyoto
For Russell Cashdollar
The Mudarri Luna Moth
Le Papillon de Nuit

Origami Butterfly A butterfly for Alice Gray, with my adjustment.

Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of LaFosse's Origami Butterflies. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until March 23, 2016.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Japanese Kimono Gift Wrapping Papers Review & Giveaway


Japanese Kimono Gift Wrapping Papers: 12 Sheets of High-Quality 18 x 24 inch Wrapping Paper Paperback – released December 8, 2015 by Tuttle Publishing. A book of removable gift wrapping papers featuring 12 distinctive kimono designs in a variety of color schemes and patterns. The papers are folded to fit into the book and can be easily removed by tearing along a perforated line. When removed and opened each sheet measures 18 x 24 inches. The kimono is an enduring symbol of traditional Japanese culture, translated it means 'the thing worn'. A 2 page introduction provides insight into the role of the kimono in Japanese society including garment color, pattern and motif. Tuttle gift wrapping papers make your gift look special. In addition, the papers are suitable for all sorts of craft projects. Get yours below!





Japanese Kimono Gift Wrapping Papers is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Japanese Kimono Gift Wrapping Papers. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until March 12, 2016.



Sunday, February 14, 2016

Origami Butterflies Mini Kit Review & Giveaway

Ready for a little spring! Origami Butterflies Mini Kit: Fold Up a Flutter of Gorgeous Paper Wings! by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander, released Aug 6, 2013 by Tuttle Publishing. This compact kit contains the instructions and paper to make a kaleidoscope of butterflies! Origami master Michael LaFosse leads you clearly through the folding sequences of each butterfly. You cannot go wrong, book or DVD. His 32 page booklet has diagram and text instructions for 6 clever butterfly designs. He then demonstrates these instructions in a comprehensive 66 minute video. The DVD menu lets you skip easily from project to project. The included 24 squares of 5 inch folding paper have contrasting solid colors on either side. Very enjoyable. Get your copy below!

Contents
Key to the Origami Folding Symbols
Introduction
For George Morikami
For Sharon Friedheim
For Mara Sparks
For Beth Kawazura
For Reiko Nishioka
For Vancouver and for Elsa Chen

A Butterfly for George Morikami folded by yours truly.

Origami Butterflies is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Origami Butterflies. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until February 28, 2016.

Update: The winner is Robyn B from Canada. Congratulations! Thank you to all who participated.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Geometric Origami Review

Geometry comes to life in these amazing origami paper sculptures! Geometric Origami: Easy to Follow Instructions For 10 Geometric and Modular Folds, by world renowned origami artist Nick Robinson released January 19, 2016 by Rock Point Gift & Stationery. Includes a 63 page book with step-by-step instructions for 10 origami models and 70 sheets of colorful 6" x 6" folding paper with graphic patterns and solids, and matte silver reverses. Modular origami refers to models that are folded with multiple pieces of paper. Enjoy the thrill of discovery that comes from folding your own 2 and 3 dimensional geometric works of art! Designed for novices. Would make a unique gift. Get your copy below.

Table of Contents
Introduction to Geometric Origami
Symbols for How to Fold Origami
Origami Step-By-Step Fold Instructions
Triangular Bipyramid
Hexagonal Knot
8-Pointed Star
Shipshape
Tetrahedron
Bisected Tetrahedron
Sunken Octahedron
Hollow Octahedron
Entwined Star
Modular Cube

Triangular Bipyramid folded by yours truly.

Geometric Origami is available worldwide at Rock Point Gift & Stationery, a division of Quarto. Rock Point Gift & Stationery features creative products including journals, kits, gift books, and calendars.

Monday, February 08, 2016

The Year of the Monkey



February 8 marks the start of the Lunar New Year on the Chinese calendar. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, based on a twelve year cycle, each year related to an animal. China Post honor's the Year of the Monkey with this stamp series, one with a female monkey holding two baby monkeys and the other a male monkey with a big peach in his hand. Huang Yongyu designed the stamps.