The New Color Mixing Companion by Josie Lewis

The New Color Mixing Companion:
Explore and Create Fresh and Vibrant Color Palettes with Paint, Collage, and Mixed Media–With Templates for Painting Your Own Color Patterns
by Josie Lewis

Keywords: non-fiction, arts and crafts, watercolor, acrylic, collage, paper, hobbies, how-to, color, beginners and intermediate, step-by-step, visual, projects

*Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 4th 2018
by Quarry Books

This book is all about colorful projects and having fun while learning how to mix colors in beautiful ways. It has a clear introduction to color theory and mixing techniques. I got specially interested about the “mother method” to achieve harmonious color shifts.

Projects include acrylic, collage and watercolor. Each one comes with a bit of theory or art history, skill level, skills learned, materials, time to complete and (my favorite) mess level. Step-by-step instructions and process photos make it suitable for beginners but this is definitely a great book for more advanced artists was well.

I appreciate the uplifting mood this book has. In between projects there are bits of information for artists: talent, failure, flow neuroscience and Lewis’ emotional and inspiring story about her art journey. The dash of humor and playfulness in each lesson matches the vibrant rainbow colors from the projects. My favorite one was “The Classic Schmear”.

“Watercolor, I shake my fist at you! (But I love you, never leave me)”

-Josie Lewis, The New Color Mixing Companion

I loved everything about this book, I just wished the “mother method” was further explained. There’s only a couple of lines explaining how to create it without process pictures and it can be confusing, specially for beginners. If you like rainbow colored projects and are ready to paint or cut repetitive shapes to create beautiful patterns, this is absolutely for you.

*I got my copy from the publisher, that doesn’t affect my review.

Watercolor painting: dark circles that, when they overlap, change to vibrant colors.

This is inspired by one of the techniques from the book. Probably because all projects were so colorful, I chose the only one who had mostly gray tones, haha!! oh, the irony.

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Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook by Don Colbert

Fooood, love it, I even love painting food. I got interested in Keto around a year ago but it was such a big diet change, that I kept it as a low-carb diet. I can see improvement already and that’s why I have kept following it. I still get cravings from time to time, so I have been looking for yummy recipes without lots of carbs, which takes me to keto cookbooks like this one:

Quick and Healthy Keto Zone Cookbook: The Holistic Lifestyle for Losing Weight, Increasing Energy, and Feeling Great
by Don Colbert

Keywords: cookbook, special diets, keto diet, lifestyle, health and diet,

*Hardcover, 224 pages Published January 8th 2019
by Worthy Books

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Colorways: Watercolor Flowers by Bley Hack

Hi there! I’m finally bringing a review post! wohoo! I have so many books I have read recently but haven’t made the time to sit down and do reviews. So, let’s start with some art books this week and then I’ll move to YA fiction and non-fiction! ready? Here we go!

Book information and cover image

Colorways: Watercolor Flowers:
Tips, techniques, and step-by-step lessons for learning to paint whimsical artwork in vibrant watercolor
by Bley Hack

Keywords: non-fiction, watercolor, hobbies, how-to, arts and crafts, beginners, step-by-step, visual, projects

*Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 18th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing

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Heir of Doom by Jina S. Bazzar

Time goes fast, oh so fast. I reviewed the first book of The Roxanne Fosch Files back in April 2018 and here we have the next title of the series and I must tell you, It doesn’t disappoint AT ALL.

Heir of Doom:
(The Roxanne Fosch Files #2)
by Jina S. Bazzar

Keywords: fiction, YA, fantasy, romance, paranormal, strong female MC.
*Kindle Edition, 374 pages Published February 20th 2019
by Creativia

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The Mystery Blogger Award

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma (creator of this award) @ okotoenigmasblog

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Calligraphic Drawing by Schin Loong

Artsy weekend, time for me to tell you about all these lovely art books I have been trying out. Today is all about calligraphy but, nope, it’s not about alphabets!.

Calligraphic Drawing:
A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish
by Schin Loong

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, calligraphy, flourishing, illustration, tutorial, step-by-step, how-to, visual.
*Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 13th 2018
by Rockport Publishers

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Reblogging from Reads & Reels : Hey Bookworms! I’ve Got Loads of #Blogging Opportunities (All Genres) Have a Peek! 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 —

Hello friends!! I’m just reblogging this post for any of you interested in bookish events (book tours, reviews, etc). So many yummy books 😀 worth checking out!

See ya tomorrow~

Hello fellow readers! As you know, in addition to my blog, I also organize bookish events and review opportunities on behalf of many authors in our community! Right now I have so many books and open events, I don’t quite know what to do with them all and I could really use your help!

Hey Bookworms! I’ve Got Loads of #Blogging Opportunities (All Genres) Have a Peek! #BookLovers #Bookworms #BookBloggers 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 — Reads & ReelsReads & ReelsHey Bookworms! I’ve Got Loads of #Blogging Opportunities (All Genres) Have a Peek! #BookLovers #Bookworms #BookBloggers 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 — Reads & Reels

Magnificent Fantasy Creatures and How to Draw Them by Kev Walker

Hi there! I was going to talk about this book last week but I started making an “illuminated initial” bookmark and lost track of time! ooops. I didn’t post any art book this weekend, so I’ll post them during this week.

About my bookmark, let me tell you, at first I felt overwhelmed and felt like I couldn’t create something as intricate as that. But I just gave it a go, ready to fail but also ready to learn from it, and guess what?. It turned out pretty good!. You know how they say that all you need is to trust yourself? well, sometimes you don’t even need that! (I mean, most of the time I don’t trust myself, I’m good example of that). Sometimes all you need is to keep moving forward. 

forward.

no expectations.

you can still doubt yourself.

just don’t stop.

You’ll be surprised of how much you can actually achieve and learn if you just dare to try and fail… or succeed!. Regrets often stem from what you didn’t try, not from your mistakes. Now let me show you my bookmark and then we can have some book talk 😉

Picture of bookmark with an illuminated letter A and medieval ornamentation

Magnificent Fantasy Creatures and How to Draw Them

by Kev Walker

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, creativity, drawing, creature design.
*Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 9th 2018
by Impact

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The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering by Cari Ferraro, Eugene Metcalf, Arthur Newhall, John Stevens

Artsy weekend tiiiime!! I’ve been seriously trying to learn calligraphy and lettering during the past months and, oh my gosh, I can’t stop paying attention to labels, logos and all the places where lettering appears. A good example of how we see a lot of things during the day but hardly pay attention to any of it. Now I’m more aware of how pretty the flourishes look on that boutique’s name or that kick-ass lettering masterpiece on an artisan beer’s label. I’m still quite mediocre at calligraphy, it does require a lot of practice, but it is a gratifying experience, there is something quite special about hand lettering.


Book cover and book info

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

Keywords: non-fiction, DIY, reference, lettering, calligraphy, scripts, old+ modern techniques, visual, step-by-step.
*Hardcover, 240 pages Published September 25th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing

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An Understandable Guide to Music Theory by Chaz Bufe

Alright, if any of you remember/read my vision board post and had really good eye to noticed a tiny drawing with piano keys and a hand on top, well, that’s because I have always wanted to play music.

More than marrying an instrument, I was enamored with the idea of producing sounds to feel and express emotions, same way as with my affair with drawing and painting.

As a kid and then as a teenager, I was too naive and afraid to pursue stuff I liked, all I wanted was to please my parents and avoid mental (and sometimes physical) trouble. Now that I don’t have those limitations, I have started to express myself more and discover who I am and what I really want. Art being at the center of it all!. I’m every day learning about art and design. I’m hoping it will become my primary source of income in the future.

Music is my next artistic passion. Piano, violin and flute being my 3 favorite instruments and, while I don’t plan to make a career out of music, I want to be able to understand those instruments and be able pour my emotions while playing some of my favorite tunes. But as the self-learner I am, I rely on online tutorials, MOOCs and books. That’s what made me pick this title:


An Understandable Guide to Music Theory:
The Most Useful Aspects of Theory for Rock, Jazz, and Blues Musicians
by Charles Bufe

Keywords: non-fiction, reference, music theory, advanced, educational, guide.
*Paperback, 74 pages
Published January 1st 1994
by See Sharp Press

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