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Paris Street Style Coloring Book

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Paris Street Style by Zoe de las Cases

It looks like the coloring book craze isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  I keep seeing new coloring books popping up. One book that caught my eye was Paris Street Style by Zoe de las Cases.  I was drawn to this coloring book because of the subject matter, fashion.  It’s the perfect subject for coloring.  There are no rules on how to color a dress or pair of shoes.  Each coloring page is a fresh canvas.

As usual, I’m going to share a few pictures from the book.  When it comes to craft books, you need to see if the content appeals to you.  I could go on and on about a craft book but if you don’t find the content appealing, my words mean nothing.

Fashion Coloring BookThe first thing I noticed about this coloring book is that all the pages are sketches.  To me, it’s like coloring the pages of someones well thought out sketchbook.

Fashion Coloring Book 4Another detail I should point out is that the book is 8in x 8in with 96 pages.  This makes the book a little hard to lay flat.  I had to force the book flat to color the pages.

Fashion Coloring Book 2Not all the pages are of people.  There are many pages filled with patterns.  This coloring book offers a lot of variety.

Fashion Coloring Book 5Some of the pages consist of collections such as these sewing supplies.  Other collections include: shoes, skirts, bathing suits and underwear.

Overall,Paris Street Style is a fun coloring book for teens and adults.  It’s great for travel when you want something to do/make without all the baggage.  I have this book on my coffee table with a cup of color pencils.  When friends visit, they can pick up the book and color if they want.

If you would like to learn more about Paris Street Style, please visit Penguin Random House.

I received Paris Street Style through Blogging for Books.

Coloring Book Review: The Time Garden

The Time Garden BookThe Time Garden by Daria Song

Everywhere I look, The Time Garden seems to show up.  During a stroll down 4th street in Berkley, I saw it in the window of Nest and on a shelf in Papyrus.  It came through my Instagram feed more than one might expect.  The book just keeps popping up in all my favorite places.  And when something keeps crossing my path like this, that’s my cue to take notice.

The Time Garden Book 4The Time Garden by Daria Song is a coloring book designed for children and adults.  The beginning of the book shares a short story (two pages) about a girl who enters a magical world through a cuckoo clock.  The rest of the book (70 pages) is filled will intricate ink illustrations by Daria Song.  Below are a couple:

The Time Garden Book 3Floating Lanterns

The Time Garden Book 2Ghiradelli Square

After looking through The Time Garden, I can see why it graces the shelves of some of my favorite shops.  It’s really an upscale coloring book.  The subject matter is appealing with cuckoo clocks, owls and city roof tops.  The illustrations are magical. The pages are thick.  Overall, the book is well designed.

I would recommend this book to children and adults who enjoy creative activities.  This book would make a lovely gift accompanied by some metallic colored pencils.

To learn more about the book and artist, I suggest checking out Daria’s Facebook page.  There she shares colored photos of her illustrations.  It will give you a new perspective on coloring and may even inspire you.  You can also find out more about The Time Garden at Penguin Random House.

I received The Time Garden through Blogging for Books.

Japanese Craft Book: Rose Window

Japanese Craft Book Rose WindowRose Window by Asako Hirata

As I was browsing the Japanese craft book section, I noticed a new trend. Or at least, it’s a new trend to me. There were quite a few craft books for faux stained glass.  The fuax stained glass in all the books was made from cut tissue paper.  But what really grabbed my attention was the book Rose Window which layered the tissue paper.  The result of this technique is absolutely stunning.
Japanese Craft Book Rose Window 5Here’s a photo from the book to give you an idea on how these faux rose windows are created.  I’m still trying to find out where I can purchase the wood frames to make them. If I can’t purchase them, I’ll probably make my own or use an embroidery hoop.

Below are a few more pictures of projects from Rose Window.

Japanese Craft Book Rose Window 2

Japanese Craft Book Rose Window 3

Japanese Craft Book Rose Window 6Usually I have a hard time finding Japanese Craft Books online but I was able to find this one on Amazon.  I purchased my book at Kinokuniya.

Craft Book Review: Just add Watercolor

Just add Watercolor

Just add Watecolor by Helen Birch

I’ve always wondered how artists achieve certain looks with watercolor.  I’ve only used the medium in its traditional form.  I’ve never ventured out with trying different techniques and styles.  Therefore, I was very interested in reading Helen Birch’s book, Just add Watercolor.  The book is filled with 96 illustrations from contemporary watercolor artists.  Just add Watercolor was created to inspire and share useful techniques and tips.

Just add Watercolor 5

Just add Watercolor is broken down by paintings: Traditional watercolor, Gouache, Digital, Mixed media, Other water-based media and Non-paper media.  The book is formatted with one page sharing the technique used to create the illustration along with a description on how the image was created.  The text also includes details such as: what paper the artist used, paints, brushes, techniques, styles, etc. You also get a “Tip” for each illustration.

I should add, this book is not a step-by-step tutorial watercolor book.

Just add Watercolor 6In the beginning of the book you’ll find thumbnails for all 96 illustrations along with the page number it coordinates with.

Below are a few images from Just add Watercolor:

Just add Watercolor 3 Digital Illustration by Helen Dealtry

Just add Watercolor 4

Mixed media Illustration by Jule Van Wezemael

Just add Watercolor 2Other water-based media illustration by Hatsuki Miyahara

In Just add Watercolor, Helen has curated a lovely collection of contemporary watercolor illustrations.  Hopefully you got a sense of this from the images I shared.  Overall, I think this is a good book for technique reference and inspiration.   To learn more about Just add Watercolor, please visit Penquin Random House.

I received Just add Watercolor from Blogging for Books for this review.  I specifically requested this book to review.

Don’t Eat The Photo Props

Don't Eat The Photo Props PosterThis post is for all bloggers (or photographers) who struggle with their family and friends eating the photo props. There have been numerous times when I’ve had to remind my family not to eat the photo props. Just the other day this conversation happened:

Husband:  Are you using those jolly rancher gummies for anything? (note: they’re sitting in a pile of washi tape)

Me:  Yes, they’re for a post.

Husband: Oh, because I had a few already.

Me:  Don’t eat any more! I don’t know what the ratio of X’s to O’s are in there. (yes, I really said that)

So I decided to do something I should have done years ago, make a sign.  And if you need a sign in your life like this, click here for the PDF.

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