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Colored Pencil Painting Portraits provides straightforward solutions to the problems that artists face in creating lifelike images, and will prime readers on the intricacies of color, texture, shadow, and light as they interplay with the human form. In this truly comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step demonstrations, Nickelsen considers working from photo references versus live models; provides guidance on posing and lighting, as well as planning and composing a work; discusses tools, materials, and revolutionary layering techniques; and offers lessons on capturing gesture and expression and on rendering facial and body features of people of all age groups and skin tones.

Paperback, 192 pages

This book has big, lovely-to-look-at illustrations. It could be a super resource for the artist and the home school art classrooms, but it didn’t work for me. Too much heavy writing and not enough something else. Will donate and hope to make someone’s day. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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★★★★★Recommend picture book. My three year old was attentive to this alternate retelling of the classic Prince and the Pauper story. It is a pleasant story that examines curiosity in a positive way. Gratitude is also expressed in this picture book. Easy rhyme text and sweet illustrations have made it an often requested read.

I received this book from the author to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Paperback, 128 pages

((̲̅ ̲̅(̲̅C̲̅r̲̅a̲̅y̲̅o̲̅l̲̲̅̅a̲̅( ̲̅̅((>This book includes helpful information for the beginner artist. Rachel’s recommendations included the supplies/ tools she used to achieve beautiful colorful art. There are many illustrations throughout that show the creation process. This book would be a great resource for home school art (somewhere around grade 5 and up) with the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and practice pages. 

This book was provided by Rachel Reinert (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

Hardcover, 112 pages

Various subjects in this book include a devotional prayer and bible verse along with space to journal and something to color. 

Not fond of the front and back covers which are made of cardboard reminiscent of a composition notebook. The inside pages are a nice quality for writing and coloring. The size (basically 6 x 8) makes it convenient, not too big and not too small. Not my cup of tea, but I recommend it for artsy people of the Christian faith. 

Tyndale House Publishers provided this book in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

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Make watercolor a part of your daily life, turning every day into inspiration for your art. Designed to fit your life, Watercolor 365–the first watercolor book of its kind–provides a complete education in the medium, one bite-sized bit of information at a time. Open it daily to find a new tip, idea, technique or challenge…all aimed at getting you into the habit and mindset of an artist.

Paperback, 224 pages

I am new to watercolor & this is the first book that I’ve read on the subject.

This book is full of valuable information & positive encouragement. Leslie writes clearly and with enthusiasm. There is a short reading for everyday of a year, grouped by topic. Illustrations include some of her watercolor artwork. This is a book that could be used as a textbook for home school purposes. 

★★★★★Great book

This book was provided by Leslie Redhead (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Combining mystery, adventure and friendship with a sumptuous Edwardian setting, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is an absolute joy of a book, transporting the reader to a world of heady glamour offset by a murky criminal underground. It’s Nancy Drew with a PBS twist, and readers of all ages will adore the cast of exceptionally likeable characters.

Paperback, 336 pages, Age 10-14 years

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Once again our heroines, Sophie and Lil are on the case, donning cunning disguises and mingling in high society, leading them straight to London’s most dangerous criminal mastermind.

Paperback, 352 pages.

Immensely enjoyable. This is a great series for young teens. And I think some adults would enjoy it like I am. It has a good story, characters, and an interesting plot. Reading the first chapter of Clockwork Sparrow briefly reminded me of the PBS Masterpiece series Mr. Selfridge. I recommend these stories for a home school book list. 

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Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Inspired by the trend of “open when” letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like “Open when you need a laugh,” “Open when you’re feeling stressed out,” and “Open when you need courage,” these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn’s viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.

Hardcover, 24 pages, 7.4 x 0.5 x 4.2 inches

Keep um’ closed. The little letters in this book could have been written by a grade school student. (“I’m the happiness kitten. I’ve sprinkled happiness dust on you”) It references Buddhism and karma, so probably not a Christian read. And it also has one not so endearing thought (like thinking someone is an idiot).

Not recommended.

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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