Hand Lettering

by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Jaclyn Escalera36679486

If you have ever wanted to learn how to create gorgeous lettering for handmade signs, greeting cards, or any reason, this guide is a great place to start.¬† They cover 10 different styles of lettering, with several examples of each and how-to instructions to work through step-by-step. There is even bonus content on the publisher’s website to take you to the next level!

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Out of the Box

by Jemma Westing

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Chock-full of fun projects with illustrated lists of supplies, step-by-step instructions, and templates in the back, kids can make their own toys, games, decorations, and costumes!  My favorites were the Funky Flowers and the Puppet Theater.

If you like recycling and/or great rainy day activities, I would highly recommend this book.

Artist’s Toolbox: Color: A practical guide to color and its uses in art (Kindle Edition)¬†

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An excellent course on color theory.¬† I would recommend this to any artist or artisan in any field.¬† It includes a great deal of reference material and it’s something that should be on the shelf of anyone who uses color to communicate.

I received this book as part of a NetGalley giveaway in exchange for an honest review.


Storytelling Art Studio:

Visual Expressions of Character, Mood and Theme Using Mixed Mediastorytelling
by Cathy Nichols

This is an awesome inspiration with complete supplies lists and instructions for several mixed media projects fulfilling various elements of a story from start to finish.

If you are looking for creative motivation for your next project (or even your first), this is the place to get it! Cathy breaks each step down in easily understandable instructions and illustrations to guide you along.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Illustrations by Celli

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I wasn’t as impressed by this volume as I expected, although I applaud the author/illustrator for getting back into his work. ¬†The book is filled with interesting images, it’s just not a coffee table type that I would like to leave out for visitors and myself to peruse occasionally.

I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Kung Fu Panda

kung fuLearn to Draw DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda: Featuring Po, Tigress, Master Shifu, and all your favorite new characters from Kung Fu Panda 3! (Licensed Learn to Draw)

This isn’t for the absolute beginner, but if you’ve worked with other “learn to draw” books, you should have no trouble following along to create the characters from the movie.

A handy size chart is included to help you visualize the size of the various characters comparatively to each other.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Pop Painting

popPop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon¬†by Camilla d’Errico

If you’ve ever wondered how to create surrealist art based on current pop culture, this is your go-to guide.

From tools of the trade, how to set up a studio, and where to find inspiration through the very basic elements and complete composition.  Camilla covers it all  in an often humorous way.

And even if you consider yourself too clumsy to pick up a paintbrush, this makes a great coffee-table book with numerous works throughout.

For more info, click here.  Author bio.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an unbiased review.