Nature Art Workshop

Tips, techniques, and step-by-step projects for creating nature-inspired art

by Katie Brooks, Sarah Lorraine Edwards, Allison Hetzell, Mikko Sumulong

I found this inspirational, with instructions on how to press flowers and make art from found natural objects such as stones, leaves, shells, wood, and feathers.  It’s not project heavy, allowing you to bring your own creativity.

The background watercolor illustrations were even prettier than the main content, but this may have been the cause of difficult load in Adobe Reader.  I would recommend buying the print version rather than electronic.

I received an electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3/5 stars.


The Painted Art Journal

by Jeanne Oliver 36859373.jpg

After a BookishFirst sneak peek preview:

What an amazing inspiration to launch your creative spark and journal your story! Less concentration on the supplies and more focus on the process is a fantastic push for those who have been held back too long on “rules” and perfection. Your story doesn’t have to be perfect and it can be for your eyes only, if that is what you wish. Create and let your soul play freely!

If you’ve been feeling stuck in place and don’t know how to begin the process, this is an excellent guide to get you going. If you’ve been feeling like you need permission or that you must tell it exactly as it was, rest easy, because your story belongs to you, and you alone. You can present it any way you want it, even purely fantasy!

Rock Art Handbook

Techniques and Projects for Painting, Coloring, and Transforming Stones

This is a fantastic resource, listing all kinds of supplies needed and chock full of projects for painting on such an easily obtained canvas!!!
I especially love the Zentangle rock project, and I never would have thought of decoupaging rocks!
Kids of all ages will love creating with this guidebook.
5/5 stars
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Drawing Cute with Katie Cook

200+ Lessons for Drawing Super Adorable Stuffdrawing cute

Cuteness overload!!!
Over 200 super-simply drawing lessons including animals, food, and all kinds of other stuff!  If you are intimidated by most art instruction books, you will LOVE this one.  You don’t have to be a master to master these little sketches, and you’ll have loads of fun!
I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

How To Be A Fashion Designer

by Lesley Ware

A delightful guide to fashion design with adorable illustrations throughout along with plenty of space for you to create your own designs for clothing and accessories inspires fashiondigging through your closet and/or hitting all the thrift stores in the area!

LOVED this one!

Colorful, educational, and inspirational for creative types!

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

The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration

An artist’s guide to drawing and illustrating realistic flora, fauna, and botanical scenes from naturebotany.jpg

by Mindy Lighthipe

This starts out as a general art instruction manual  with practices pages of some activities and then delves into the specifics of drawing and painting botanical objects.  You are taken into great detail on all aspects.  I think this is an excellent resources to be kept on any artist’s reference shelf to be referred to again and again.

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


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) 

by Walter Foster Creative Team color.jpg

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.