Monday, July 3, 2017

Make It Yours?

 As a lifetime maker of things, I think I'm underestimating the impact of this book for people who truly might not understand pattern, dyes, and such, but I honestly didn't like this book. It seems like a LOT of repetition of how to make marks on different surfaces with different things.

 Christine Schmidt does have a highly instructional style which will be good for the new 'mark maker,' but this book will probably frustrate anyone with much experience in design, color, painting and etc. I was hoping that it would be kind of a 'refresher,' but I found it really redundant and really didn't enjoy it.

 However, my niece, who is 8, wanted it and was staring with rapt attention at every picture as soon as she got it off the shelf. Her mum decided that she'd like to borrow it as she doesn't consider herself 'creative.' So, there's a kind of verification of my suspicions;) Great for people who need a little push to paint, stamp, dye, or just attack whatever it is that they want to personalize.

 Patterns are provided in the back of the book and it does cover shibori and a couple of other techniques. Lots of pictures will be appreciated by anyone who feels that this book is helpful;)


*I did receive this book for free so I could give an honest, experienced review on this book;) Thank you!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Misfits Fit Just Fine...

Jason Stellman might be my new super hero. Don't expect the clean cut, dry Christianity of the churches filled with staunch, suffocating religion. His raw style of writing endeared me to him right away as I felt like he was confirming that the Jesus I had encountered was indeed real. And also REAL when it came to being fully human. 
I was raised Baptist and could never really grasp more than the factual head knowledge that was being outlined from the pulpit. It never felt like it truly touched my heart in a way other than to grip it in fire and brimstone fear, but Stellman shows a Jesus and a faith that is so much bigger than the Son of God become man waiting with a big stick to beat us when we mess up, and this, for most, should be a revelation and an opening of being to Him. 
Honesty becomes more possible and Stellman points out the different aspects of the incredible understanding that God and His Son has in regards to man and just how much He loves us, and that, in itself is truly freeing and humbling.
An amazing read for a new Christian, one that feels their faith has become stale or lifeless, or someone who just can't grasp the how/why of Jesus and His Father.
Love this book!!!

Ps. I did receive this book for free in order to be able to give an honest review about the content.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Uh... no... no... Wait... Yes? Weird... Doodletopia's Fairies Book Review

Ok... So I'm going to be perfectly honest. I'm 36 and I just learned to draw about 4 years ago, and BELIEVE ME, I've tried here and there and only ended up throwing things. So I got this book and thought it would be fun to exercise my newish skills! 
I got it and I didn't feel the magic. It was kind of flat, not really instructive and though I had a good grasp on drawing the images they were encouraging me to draw, and I love fairies and fantasy, I was not in love with the methods presented. 
I thought maybe that the book was meant more for children, and honestly, I thought that from the beginning, but I'm a kid at heart, so don't judge;) I took it to my niece who's about 13 and creative and also loves fairies and she can draw a bit, but she wasn't pleased either. Something about 'I can't figure it out if they don't show me how...' was muttered as she stormed off to her room.
This book is magical for someone. I know it is, but it just wasn't for me, my niece, or my nephew. My son seemed to like the castle drawing bit because he understands the approach, I think. He's seven and has always been able to translate shapes and ideas to paper, which is something my niece and I have had to have switches 'flipped on' for in our brains. Disengaging the left brain is key for both of us. Ez (son) sat down and right away went to work and was quiet for HOURS... unusual. 
I will say that this is a thick book, and if you can flip through it and decide if it will suit you or whomever you're buying it for, then go for it! Like I said... it worked out for my 7 year old and while he won't draw the fairies, he loves the dragons and castles;) 

I did receive this book for free in order to give an honest and experienced review. Thank you so much!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pull Out Your Prismacolors! This one is special!!!

The Night Voyage by Daria Song is an adult coloring book filled with DETAILED pictures to color, but you're going to need finely sharpened colored pencils as these pages have pictures printed on both sides of each page, so in my opinion, markers, light wash watercolor, and even gel pens (maybe) are out of the question... and really, you'll laugh at the idea of touching this gorgeous book with a crayon. (Don't do it. It would be artistic and creative sacrelidge.... ok... don't know how to spell it and apparently neither does mac. Lol!)
The story  is a magical, ethereal one just like the pictures. The cover is gorgeous and you could pair this up with even with a nice extended pack of Crayola colored pencils and have the PERFECT gift for an adult or advanced child. (A tween might not admit that they color, but trust me... they do, so go for it;)
I love this, despite the small patterns in some pages... I prefer to use a lot of shading and this book definitely challenged that, but I'm gaining some new control and skills, so why complain? 
It's gorgeous and worthy of a buy.

(Please Note that I did receive this book for free in order to properly experience it to give an honest and knowledgable review;)

Hugs! And Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it! And if you don't, stay out of the grocery stores;)


Monday, October 31, 2016

Colored Pencil Burnout?!

 Don't get me wrong... I love my colored pencils as much as the next artist, but I get tired of EVERY adult coloring book ONLY being able to handle a dry media. If you feel the same way and are throwing your pencils against the wall, this may be the perfect coloring book for you!
Printed on heavier paper with the part to be colored only on 1 side of each page with a Bible verse or quote on the other side without a pattern to color, you can use your favorite markers, a light watercolor wash, and if you don't mind buckling paper, you could probably go full-blown watercolor on this without too many problems, although I wouldn't. The pages are also perforated and come out of the book neatly if you'd like to have more space to work with your coloring or want to frame a particularly special one;)
Everything Beautiful is touted as a 'coloring book for inspiration and reflection' and is categorized as 'Religious/Inspirational.' Regardless of whether or not you're religious, almost everyone will find the simple, almost folk like patterns a delight to color. The overall feel of this book is calm, inspiring, and a quiet peace. 
I've light-washed one page in watercolors with a monochromatic theme and found that these pages are perfect for such exercises as the pages aren't full of the mindless, repetitive patterns of mandalas and the like. They also offer larger motifs for those who get tired of the feeling of pointillism coloring. 
This is a well made, and lovely book for anyone who enjoys painless creativity, or a short break from the meticulous. Definitely a great gift!


*I did receive this copy for free in exchange to be able to offer an honest review;) Thank you!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Etsy Boss Ladies : GIVEAWAY: Make Halloween Boss

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Review: Natural Color by Sasha Duerr

Released this year, if you've been even slightly curious about organically dying fabric, wool, cotton or anything of the like, this gorgeous, hardback book is definitely for you.
Organized by seasons, this book tells you which plants are available when so that foraging for these plants can become a yearly practice... gaining a natural rhythm with nature and what she provides. Different mordants are explained and used in such a way that you needn't be worried about buying anything expensive or wondering about the how and why you use or need them.
Even living here in 'everything dies' Central Texas, I had so many of these plants available via my garden and foraging. Did you know that you can dye plants with Rosemary?! I didn't and that stuff is so prolific here!!! And a rusty nail can be used to make an iron mordant! Talk about having what you need right in front of you!
And Sasha makes everything so beautiful, easy to reference or just read for pleasure in a conversational, yet instructional style, this is a must have for anyone who even gardens;) This is the number one book that makes this kind of information completely accessible for EVERYONE wanting to try this natural cycle art. 
She also covers how to achieve botanical prints naturally. It's truly amazing in every way from cover to cover and worth a trip to the bookstore to check it out or look for it on Amazon;)

**I am so privileged to have been provided with this book for free in order to leave an honest, experienced review;) And I am so glad that I have it now;)