Thursday, January 24, 2019

Look Closer, Draw Better Review

Look Closer, Draw Better
Expert Techniques for Realistic Drawing
Look Closer, Draw Better

Description
Capture your subjects on paper like never before. Look Closer, Draw Better will transform the way you see the subjects of your artwork, lighting the way with practical techniques in a range of mediums.

Are you looking to make a leap in the quality of your artwork? Are you looking for new perspectives on the art of drawing? Or maybe you want to bring more poetry and presence to your work.

Look Closer, Draw Better will help you reach your goals with projects that explore graphite, charcoal, ink, and watercolor wash, emphasizing techniques that Kateri Ewing has refined over years of practice and teaching. Ewing teaches by training your eye to see subjects clearly in contour, line, and shadow, while you learn to make marks with tools that are expressive of what we really see. Her focus is on nature—birds, flowers, and plants that can be closely observed. Discover the techniques for capturing the delicacy of feathers, the natural blemishes on a piece of fruit, the veins and velvety texture of a leaf—all the tiny details that enhance the realistic quality of a drawing. Ewing takes you carefully through every step.

Let Look Closer, Draw Better inspire and transform your artistic eye.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- The drawings are stunning but actually seem overwhelming to try and replicate especially if you are just starting to learn.  The author shares techniques to practice and learn and I think an art student would like this quite a bit. 

I Love My Dog Embroidery Review

I Love My Dog Embroidery
380 Stitch Motifs for Dog Moms and Dads
I Love My Dog Embroidery

Description

I Love My Dog Embroidery is a collection of 380 adorable dog-themed stitch motifs for pooch parents and their beloved fur babies, with project ideas, how-tos, and templates.

Created by embroidery artist MakikoArt and six other amazing embroidery artists, this “dog fanciful” collection of stitch motifs celebrates all things canine. With this lovely embroidery guide, you can create all manner of pups, including:

The sweet Labrador retriever, fluffy poodle, noble German shepherd, and many others
Dogs doing what they do best—classic poses, postures, and tricks—like “roll over,” “give me your paw,” and the ever-popular “rub my tummy”

Pooches disguised as people—the farmer, the artist, the businessman—and who can resist the sneaky but lovable mailman?

Mutts in different styles and shapes, including borders, frames, and alphabets
You’ll also find guidance on how to customize a motif to fit your favorite Fido, plus a gallery of project ideas for showcasing your stitches. So grab a needle and floss and take everything in your home and wardrobe from drab to double-dog fabulous!


I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Really beautiful designs and ideas. I found it a little hard to figure out  how to recreate the projects of the book so far, but I will have my older children continue to practice and learn the best we can. 

Hand Sewing Magic Review

Hand Sewing Magic
Essential Know-How for Hand Stitching--*10 Easy, Creative Projects *Master Tension and Other Techniques * With Pro Tips, Tricks, and TroubleshootingHand Sewing Magic

Description
Hand Sewing Magic is an essential reference to all things stitching, featuring how-tos for dozens of stitches, from the basics for sewing and mending to stunning embroidered embellishment.

Hand Sewing Magic is a modern, all-in-one guide for hand stitchers of all levels of skill and experience, and for all applications. In this unique guide book you will:
Get an in-depth overview of essential tools and materials, including thread, needles, fabric, and other key supplies.

Explore a comprehensive visual dictionary of 35 stitches plus dozens of variations, from basic mending to stylish decorative embellishment to unique art stitching.

Discover key techniques, from starting and ending threads to the right way to use an embroidery hoop, from stitching curved shapes to color shading, and more.

Learn essential tips and tricks from influential and innovative stitchers, including Joanne Sharpe, Allison Aller, and Catherine Redford.

10 simple and stunning projects show unique ways to use stitches and techniques.
With Hand Sewing Magic, you’ll make the most of your hand stitching and give all your projects a beautiful handmade look.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I have a teen who loves to sew like needlepoint, crochet and all kinds of things.  The book taught us both new things and is fun to learn.   The steps are easy to figure out with good photos to help along the way. 

Bookforms Review

Bookforms
A complete guide to designing and crafting hand-bound books, from the Center for Book Arts
Bookforms A complete guide to designing and crafting hand-bound books, from the Center for Book Arts

Description
Brought to you by the instructors at the Center for Book Arts, Bookforms is a comprehensive guide for making books by hand with a focus on functionality in design.

Written by the experts at the Center for Book Arts in New York, Bookforms presents all the instruction you need to craft by hand a comprehensive array of historic bookbinding styles from all over the world. Bookforms traces the functional roots of each structure, explains their appropriateness for various uses, and provides projects for making an essential structure for each style of binding.

Topics covered include:
Why books work: General bookbinding principles for functionality and what we can learn from the past

What you need to know for planning a special book or embarking on an edition
How materials affect function

Bookforms tackles a wide range of projects for all levels of bookbinders. You'll see everything from sewn and ticketed blank books and traditional western codex book forms, to scrapbooks and albums, Asian stab-sewn bindings, unusual structures, and aesthetics/embellishments. What better time to dive into this venerable and unique hobby than now?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's  Review-  A really cool book that can be extremely useful to guide you in making books.  It offers a good range of knowledge while not being overwhelming while doing so in an easy to understand way. 

Rocketboard: A Digital Miracle For Whiteboards

Rocketbook recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their newest product a $12 Rocketboard.

Rocketboard allows you to capture, organize and broadcast important notes or diagrams, on any whiteboard or wall surface in real-time. All you need are four restickable "beacons" for any sized surface and the Rocketbook smartphone app that connects with many of the popular cloud services you already use.

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Mending Hearts $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 PayPal Cash Giveaway

  Mending Hearts with the Billionaire by Lorin Grace Candace’s ten-year plan has two flaws, year eleven and Colin. Everyone who meets Candace wearing one of her colorful wigs knows she is a cancer survivor. Determined to live life to the fullest, her accomplishments range from painting murals to convincing students on campus to give up drinking. Few people know the secret to her success includes a detailed ten-year plan and a bucket list full of check marks. Candace never dreamed she’d make it to year eleven. Computer expert Colin Ogilvie can navigate the most difficult codes. While his friends were chasing girls, he was hacking past firewalls and developing billion-dollar apps. He never felt he was missing out until he met Candace. After five hundred and twelve days in the friend zone, he wonders if he can ever crack the code to the wall protecting her heart. What science can’t solve, art can. Their relationship changes when a meddling friend commissions Candace to help restore an antique merry-go-round. As Candace brings new life to the old merry-go-round, she discovers her own life can have a different path than she planned. But is she brave enough to not only reveal her biggest secrets to Colin but brave a chance on her own happily ever after?
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