Calligraphic Drawing

A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish

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The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering

A comprehensive guide to more than 100 traditional calligraphy and hand-lettering techniques

by Cari Ferraro; Eugene Metcalf; Arthur Newhall; John Stevens

Paint Alchemy

Exploring Process-Driven Techniques through Design, Pattern, Color, Abstraction, Acrylic and Mixed Media

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Collage Workshop for Kids

Rip, snip, cut, and create with inspiration from The Eric Carle Museum

by Shannon Merensteincollage

I remember reading Eric Carle’s books to my children when they were young and coming back to them time and again.  That along with my love of creativity and art is what drew me to this book.

I was not disappointed!  Filled with fantastic projects and other ideas to try, this is a wonderful book for parents and teachers.  I would especially recommend it to homeschooling families.

May you find joy among the pages…and create your own!

I received an electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5/5 stars

Painting with Bob Ross

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by Bob Ross Inc

Playful Painting: People

Whimsical projects and clever techniques for painting any likeness – from family and friends to the rich and famous

by Sarah Walshppl

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.

Painted Botanical Collage

Create Flowers, Succulents, and Herbs from Cut Paper and Mixed Mediabotan.jpg

by Tracey English

Delightful guide to painting your own papers to use in your collages plus several projects to inspire you.

This is great for even beginning artists and you should be able to find subjects to recreate all around you.  Step-by-step instructions (without dumbing things down) and fantastic illustrations!

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars

The Painted Art Journal

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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!