Category: Crafts or DIY

Quick Book Review: Kawaii Doodle Cuties by PicCandle, Zainab Khan

Quick Book Review: Kawaii Doodle Cuties by PicCandle, Zainab Khan

Kawaii Doodle CutiesZainab KhanQuarto Publishing Group – Race Point Publishing11/06/208Purchase on Amazon!

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Kawaii Doodle Cuties is a cute how-to-draw book focusing on cute or “kawaii” drawings. They range from food to transportation to animals from around the world. Some of my favorites were the dumplings, the windmill, and the Koala. I think this book is just such a fun book for anyone who enjoys doodling or drawing. I just wish that the book had more vibrant colors on the finished drawings. Otherwise, it’s perfect!

Thank you to Zainab Khan and Race Point Publishing for making this book available to me.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Quick Book Review: Micro Living by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Quick Book Review: Micro Living by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen



Micro LivingDerek “Deek” DiedricksenStorey Publishing10/30/2018
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I really enjoyed looking at all of the tiny houses in this book. Since my brother is a huge fan of tiny houses and plans to have one of his own someday, we read this one together. He pointed out that many of the tiny houses here are very simplistic and that he’s seen much more complex houses, but that there was a nice range of them included. I enjoyed the range of budgets that these houses were built on, as it makes it seem more accessible for average people to be able to afford. I liked the notes at the end of each house denoting what the occupant would do differently if they could do it again, because I think that’s really helpful information to anyone looking to build their own.

Thank you to Storey Publishing for making this book available to me.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends Through the Decades by Disney Storybook Artists

Book Review: Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends Through the Decades by Disney Storybook Artists

Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends Through the Decades
Disney Storybook Artists
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
09/18/2018

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What the Book is About

This book goes from beginning to end through the decades of Mickey, Minnie, Goofie, Donald, Daisy, and Pluto plus a few other characters. The book is primarily a how-to-draw style book with added historical information about the characters.

First Impressions

I love the style of the book. It’s bright, engaging, and I love the history bits of it, too!

What I Liked

This book has so many fun characters and expressions to draw. I absolutely love Donald Duck, so I was quite excited to find him in this book. The history parts of the book talk about the style changes and when they occurred. They denote important bits of interest about Mickey and Minnie and how they fit into the Great Depression timeline and how they got their current styles and personalities.

What I Didn’t Like

Nothing! This book was fun and exciting and I enjoyed every bit of it!

Final Thoughts

If you are a fan of the classic Disney characters, you really can’t go wrong with this book.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Walter Foster for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Painting with Bob Ross

Book Review: Painting with Bob Ross

Painting with Bob Ross
Annette Kowalski
Quarto Publishing – Walter Foster
09/04/2018
www.bobross.com

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What the Book is About


Painting with Bob Ross is an instructional book for oil painting based on the instructional style of Bob Ross.

First Impressions


The book seems very beginner friendly and the photography is stunning. There are a lot of examples of the paintings that are being taught throughout the book.

What I Liked


The first thing I’d like to note is the detailed instructions provided for each piece. The paintings are gone through step by step so that a beginner knows where to start their piece and how to put finishing touches on it. Painting with Bob Ross also includes details for what paint types to use as well as how to adapt with other methods of painting if one wishes to.

One of the best parts of this book are Bob Ross’ inspirational quotes and the liberal usage of happy little trees and clouds.

What I Didn’t Like


I felt there weren’t enough steps for the paintings which made the paintings seem extra intimidating. The steps jump from filling in the sky to the foreground and then a few details and finishing touches. I wish there were broader explanations for how to make the sky the way that it is and how the painter arrives at the parts in the foreground.

Final Thoughts


Overall, this book is a fun and beginner-friendly instruction book. I would definitely recommend it for anyone that loves Bob Ross or is interested in learning how to paint the way that he does.

Disclaimer


I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Annette Kowalski and Quarto Publishing – Walter Foster for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.