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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There is an awesome newish blog giving away all this amazingness!!! Halloween handmade stuff that just looks delicious! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Click on the link;) It's easy to get in;) And good luck!


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;)