Drawing: Basic Textures in Pencil by Diane Cardaci, William F Powell, Nolon Stacey

Drawing: Basic Textures in Pencil:
A beginner’s guide to realistic textures in graphite
by Diane Cardaci, William F. Powell, Nolon Stacey.

Keywords: non fiction, art, educational, reference, graphite, visually appealing.
*Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 6th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing

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Secrets of PEACE by T.A. Hernandez

Happy New Year! I’ll save the resolutions stuff for tomorrow’s post, today’s spotlight goes to book reviewing! and because I want to start the year with happy feelings, I will choose a book that I really liked:

Secrets of PEACE
Secrets of PEACE #1
by T.A. Hernandez

Keywords: fiction, sci-fi, thriller, romance, YA, dystopia, conspiracy, strong female MC
*Kindle Edition, 293 pages Published July 24th 2016
by Sanita Street Publishing

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The Geeky Chef Drinks by Cassandra Reeder

It’s almost New Yeeeaaar!! what happened to my 365 days of 2018?! Seriously, where are they? It’s like the owner who hides behind a towel and disappears as the towel falls to the ground, leaving a puzzled pet looking at all directions. I’m the puzzled pet and 2018 is the owner that mysteriously disappeared behind the towel. Magic.

Anyway, if you are in the mood for geeky and sometimes magical alcoholic drinks, let’s toast! because I have the book you’re looking for.

The Geeky Chef Drinks:
Unofficial Cocktail Recipes from Game of Thrones, Legend of Zelda, Star Trek, and More
by Cassandra Reeder

Keywords: non fiction, cookbook, alcoholic drinks, geeky, series/games/book themed, visually appealing.
*Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 23rd 2018
by Race Point Publishing

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Blog Tour: Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie? by Tyler Colins

Are you ready for a cozy mystery?

Can you hula like Hilo Hattie book cover

Book Blurb

The aspiring detectives of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency take on their first official paying assignment: discover the secret of an elderly millionaireโ€™s young wife. 

It seems straightforward enoughโ€”until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters,they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.

Piecing together the puzzle detours the trioโ€”to the domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs. Serious game players, they play for keeps. Does the trio possess enough shrewdness and savvy to beat the odds and win the game?

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Stop Chasing Shadows with The Power of Inner Connection by Susanne McAllister

Hello my friends! How is December treating you so far? are you ready for a New Year?. I have started cleaning, getting rid of stuff I no longer use and repairing what needs to be fixed so that I can start a fresh next year.  That also means I want to finish reading all the arcs I have accepted this year ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stop Chasing Shadows with The Power of Inner Connection
by Susanne McAllister

Keywords: non fiction, adult, counseling, metaphysics, self-help, spirituality, therapy.
*Kindle Edition, 293 pages Published July 24th 2016
by Sanita Street Publishing

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Nature Art Workshop by Katie Brooks, Sarah Lorraine Edwards, Allison Hetzell, Mikko Sumulong

This book shouts spring! and I must admit the cover made me think it would be mostly watercolor projects but nope, it has all kinds of crafty projects perfect for summer or spring!

If you notice changes on the post format, I am trying the new WP editor. Welp. It feels weird and flipped table on my first try, but it has some nice extras so I will try to understand it better. WordPresslanders, have you tried it yet? Did you like it?

Book cover image

Nature Art Workshop:
More than 50 tips, techniques, and projects for using found materials to create mixed-media artwork inspired by nature
by Katie Brooks, Sarah Lorraine Edwards, Allison Hetzell, Mikko Sumulong

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, arts, crafts, step by step, basic skills, beginner, visually appealing.
*Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 4th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing

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November’s arts & crafts

As promised, I will show you what I did during November. At this point, it has become a habit to do something creative every day and, as weird as it might sound, I feel like something is missing if I am not holding a brush or pencil.

Everything here is watercolors except for a polymer clay figurine, my first 1/8 sized figurine!!! I was so nervous because I have avoided drawing/painting/sculpting humans all my life. But hey, only way to get better is by doing! So, if there is something you are afraid to try because “I’m not good at it”, all the more reason to try harder! not once but many times, until you improve.

So here they are!! and something special for Robbie Yates at the end of the post ๐Ÿ˜€


Had to squeeze them all together or else this I would have ended as a super long post. If you want to check bigger versions, these are all available on Instagram.

There’s one image based on a famous painting. The prompt was “Favorite Artwork/ Artist” So I painted my favorite artwork. Can you guess which one it is?. If you can guess the artist and the name of the painting correctly, I will send you a surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰

Even in my art endeavors, books are involved. Yup, I used Andrew Loomis’ “Figure drawing for all it’s worth” as reference for my 1/8 scale figurine:


It all starts with wire and aluminum foil.


I model my figurine in several steps, baking in between steps.


Once complete, I used a primer and then had fun painting!!.


This is a “behind the scenes” picture, because everything on the Internet looks too glamorous. But you know what?, behind every awesome picture… is a pile of dirty dishes!! (totally worth it, I finished this piece in less than 2 weeks).


And finally! *drumroll* I’ve been learning on Skillshare how to animate and create gifs… and because I was so inspired by The Kooky Kid’s Club I made this!



Yay! That’s all for now! see you tomorrow! โ™ฅ


Blog Tour!: The Kooky Kids’ Club by Robbie Yates

I disappeared for almost a month, “what have you been doing?!”, you might ask. I made art and crafted every single day!, and now it comes to me I could have blogged about it as well. Once I start a project I get so immersed in it, that I forget everything else!. As part of the Kooky Kids’ Club, I’ll show you my creations tomorrow. Oh, you don’t know that club? Then by all means keep reading! Warning: A highly recommended book approaches!

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Book Blurb

Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”

Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.

Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…

This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kidsโ€”the ones who are a little bit kooky!


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