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review 2019-08-10 04:12
Death Among the Doilies - Mollie Cox Bry... Death Among the Doilies - Mollie Cox Bryan
Cora and her best friend Jane open a crafter retreat in North Carolina.  Their pasts follow them and they have to solve the murder to clear their names and characters with the small town folks.
This is a more serious cozy mystery.  The backstories of Cora and Jane are given and they are not sweet and cute.  Serious stuff happened to them to make small town life look safer.  I liked Cora, not so sure about Jane.  She keeps too many secrets for my liking.  I like the people they have gathered around them--Ruby, Cashel, and Brodsky--and who knows how many men will fall for these ladies.  I hope to see some of the crafters at this first retreat come back.  Jude, the broom making instructor, should be cut loose--bad news.  Nothing but trouble. 
I liked this so I will be getting more of the series. 
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review 2019-05-04 15:49
Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cute
Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cute - Heegyum Kim

by Heegyum Kim


This was a cute drawing book with very simple drawings of a wide variety of animals. The initial drawings of the animals are shown in 5-6 steps and those are fairly clear and easy to follow.


Each animal is followed by a 'make it cute' page and that's where it could have used a lot more instruction. The drawings were undeniably cute, but how to put the animals in different positions while keeping perspective wasn't addressed at all.


Probably best for someone with a natural artistic perspective eye, though someone just learning to draw could follow the basic designs easily enough.

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review 2019-05-04 14:26
Cats in Origami
Cats in Origami - Nick Robinson

by Nick Robinson



This is a lovely book with clear instructions for making origami cats in 20 designs. 


The pictures are full color and the instruction show step by step folds for all designs. I found them easy to follow.


This book would make a lovely gift along with some colourful origami paper for anyone with an interest in crafts and I think a child 8-10 could follow the instructions and diagrams.

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review 2019-04-26 15:37
Chibi Art Class
Chibi Art Class - Yoai

by Yoai


This is such a cute book! As the title suggest, it's about learning to draw Chibis. It explains what a Chibi is and gives instructions of how to draw them from the very basics, even different types of pens and markers you might want to use!


The basic form is simple enough that a non-artist like me can manage it. Detailed information and illustrations to show proportions of the general shape in different positions and where facial features should start and end are followed by more detailed features, like how to draw different eyes and other features, create expressions, use of colour, and most difficult of all, hair!


Examples of different types of clothing are included and even how to show motion with a flared skirt or other movement. Adding props, turning your Chibi into anthropomorphic forms and backgrounds are all clearly shown. Details like indicating light direction for adding realism as well as shading and shadows are explained and shown in very easy lessons.


A series of practice Chibis are offered to get the feel of the art form until you're ready to create your own original characters. The book finishes off with some practice pages with some basic forms that the reader can play with to make original designs, including a mermaid! Or merboy if you like, even a mercat or other animal if you fancy it!


All in all an excellent drawing instruction book for a specific form that is very popular.

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review 2019-04-08 13:50
Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners
Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners - Emily Chen

Emily Chen


This is a lovely book with clear instructions for getting started in working with polymer clay.


The book has full color pictures and step-by-step instructions for several projects, including attractive food, animals, beads and plants. The little cacti were particularly interesting as it could be hard to tell them from real cacti at a glance, though I have to admit that it was the unicorn on the cover that really attracted me.


There is plenty of information on materials, techniques, tools for the job and methods for detail decoration. Trouble shooting problems with heating and how to fix any that arise also features.


All in all I think it's an excellent beginner's book on the craft and I plan to master the art of filling my house with unicorns! Variations in colors and glittering materials are suggested in the pictures and should be loads of fun to explore. The only thing that could have improved it would be to have a dragon design as well!

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