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Paris Street Style Coloring Book

Fashion Coloring Book 3

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 Trend: Woven Wall Hangings

DIY Woven Wall HangingsHave you noticed in just the past year how popular woven wall hangings have become?  It seems like every time I pick up a design magazine or scroll through Pinterest I find one.  There are so many great designs out there to make and buy.  But since I’m partial to DIY, I’ve put together a list of tutorials for woven wall hangings.

Starting Top Left Clockwise in Image:

1. Black & White Wall Hanging by A Beautiful Mess – You’ll also find a couple other tutorials specifically for wall hangings.

2. Tassel Wall Hanging by Honestly WTF – they use a frame as their weaving tool

3. Macrame Wall Hanging by Brit + Co – all you need is a wooden dowel and some jersey fabric to start making this

4. Bold and Colorful Tapestry by The Gathered Home – this tapestry is made by using latch hook techniques

Cute Sticker Flakes

kawaii sticker flakes 2Snow Globes & Animals by Amifa

Have you checked out the latest designs for stickers lately?  The other day I was doing just that and was taken aback by all the unique and detailed images.  There were a couple of brands that really stood out to me and I thought you might like them too.

Pictured above are stickers form Amifa.  They are also called “sticker flakes” or “seals”.  This just means they come as separate pieces and not on one sheet.  What makes these stickers special is they’re designed to overlap.  The snow globes are clear and you place them over the animal stickers.

kawaii sticker flakes 4Here’s another set of Amifa stickers.  I found these for sale on My Risu.  They’re little sticker frames designed to place over pictures or art.  The picture with the cat demonstrates this.

kawaii sticker flakes 3These clear little bottle stickers are made by Mind Wave.  The top picture shows the full assortment of bottle stickers and the picture below it gives you a better idea of what they look like up close.  As you can see they’re transparent which means you can place them over drawings and pictures.  These would be great for art journaling.

kawaii sticker flakesAny boba tea fans out there?  If so, these cute little stickers by Beagle Cakes are just for you.  They’re illustrated by Maggie who is the owner of Beagle Cakes.

What are your favorite sticker brands?  Please share in the comments.

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