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Rainey, Jenna. Everyday Watercolor: Learn To Paint Watercolor In 30 Days. New York, USA: Watson-Guptill Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
As a watercolor painting guide structured to teach technique, perspective, shape, form. volume, depth and light with successful results in 30 days, Everyday Watercolor helps both beginner painters as well as those more accomplished. With each lesson plan set-up in 2-3 steps of sketching, choosing a color palette and painting on paper, a finished picture is the result each day. With clear instructions, lots of guidance and encouragement/ permission to create your own style, artist and author Jenna Rainey shares her love, design, education and enjoyment in her new book meant for all.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
By no means an artist of drawing, painting, or patience, this book actually took me by surprise and enabled me to paint beautiful pictures (at least, in my own eyes). Meant to be done in 30 consecutive days, the instruction works just fine on any consistent schedule. Done in a sequential manner building upon previously learned skills from the prior lessons, even I was impressed by what I was able to produce. With Jenna’s encouraging style and reminder to have fun while attempting something new, I liked her acknowledgement of her artistic gift from God which she has chosen to use and share.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Everyday Watercolor from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

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The Flower Workshop

Chezar, Ariella. The Flower Workshop. USA: Ten Speed Press Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Beautiful ideas, gorgeous arrangements, timely presentations and easily followed directions all accompany the stunning photographs in author Ariella Chezar’s new book, The Flower Workshop. Included designs range from simple to a bit more involved, as well as cover arrangements for wreaths, displays, celebrations and tables. All uniquely patterned for full enjoyment, flowers certainly add charm, sophistication, contentment and spirit to any location adorned. Known for her flower workshops, the author provides step-by-step instructions, advice and philosophy, and various options for success, all with beauty in mind.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though by no means overly artistic, even I was able to easily and enjoyably create a masterpiece (in my mind anyway) for my front door. With years of experience in flowers, author Ariella Chezar effectively details how to design bouquets, vases, wreaths, garlands and arrangements to meet any needs and/ or grace any site. The photography only enhances a wonderful how-to book made for the novice yet embraced by the more advanced; this book is perfect as a gift or for personal use.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Flower Workshop from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

The Time Garden

Song, Daria. The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book. USA: Watson-Guptill Publications. 2015.

SUMMARY:
timegardenOn a whimsical journey through a cuckoo clock, a little girl follows the clock fairy into the clock and the hidden magical world within her dreams. Throughout the story are intricately drawn sketches of the adventure just yearning to be colored. With a master’s degree in fiber arts, Daria Song’s beautiful artwork shines through. Presented in a beautiful jacket cover, The Time Garden boasts thick pages, lots of creative room and encourages taking time to return to a simpler frame of mind…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With the included short story inspired by the author’s sense of wonder and mystery of living in a far-away place, it blended perfectly with the black and white illustrations begging to be filled in with color. With the new trend of adult-coloring appearing recently, I was interested in trying the coloring movement and found this book to be the ideal opportunity. Equipped with colored pencils, a bit of time and some artistic ideas, I truly reveled in the pages as the stress slipped away, my thoughts floated past and peace settled within. What a wonderful concept with amazing results (even including my masterpieces).

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Time Garden from Blogging For Books for my honest review*