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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.

Printable: Halloween Origami Paper

Halloween Origami PaperNow that it’s October, I figure a Halloween printable is in order.  For this origami print, I made the witches on the kawaii (cute) side.  This print is perfect for folding containers to store treats.  You can also use this printable for Halloween cards and digital scrapbooking.

Click here for the printable Halloween Origami Paper.

 

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers

I can’t remember the last time I posted a washi tape craft on Zakka Life.  I do know It’s long overdue.  So today I’m sharing how to make washi tape pencil toppers.  These toppers easily slide on and off pencils.  They’re also easy to make.

Supplies:

Wide straws – I use bubble tea straws that you can get at the Asian market.  You can also look for smoothie straws.  Unfortunately those pretty paper straws do not work for this project.  They’re too skinny and will not fit over the pencil which is important.

Scissors

Washi tape – any color or print

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 31.  With scissors, cut your straw into 2in pieces.

2.  Place a small piece of washi tape on top of the straw.

3. Cut the edges of the tape and stop at the straw.  Refer to dotted lines in fig. 3.

4.  Fold all pieces of tape down on the sides of the straw.

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 45. Wrap a piece of tape around the top of the straw to cover up the tape from step 4.

6.  Continue to wrap pieces of tape around the straw until it covers the whole thing.  You can stick with the same color or change the colors/prints as you go.

7. Wrap a 5in piece of washi tape around the top of the straw.  The tape should extend out and come together (sticky sides together) to make the flag.

8. Trim the flag by cutting out a “V” shape on the side of it.

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers 2To personalize the pencil toppers, write a name or initials on the flag.

 

Printable: Paint Splatter Origami Paper

Printable Origami PaperOrigami paper with texture and depth has always appealed to me.  Texture can add character and life to a piece compared to a flat color. With the bow (pictured above), there’s the illusion of texture with the paint spatter. This kind of print is versatile and lends itself well to folding, animals, flowers, and clothing.

Paint Splatter Origami Paper

Click here to get the free origami paper printable.  The copyright stamp will not show up on the actual print.

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