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We are based out of Marietta, GA (suburb of Atlanta) and have been providing pre cut matboard and custom framing services since 2012. In that time we have constantly seeked to improve our website, service and expand our product offerings. We have been fortunate enough to serve thousands of customers in that time including artists, large organizations, and the everyday home decorator. We are flexible in our operations and are very proud that we are able to serve such a diverse customer base.

Custom matting available in any size, color or shape by Matboard and More®

Matboard and More® = Marvelous. I appreciated the straightforward ordering. The mat and frame arrived safe and secure because of diligent packaging. Both are quality products.

Quick and easy. Exactly the look I was wanting. Ordering from Matboard and More® is certain to make your art more beautiful!

Framing accessories including plexiglass, show bags, backing boards and frames

Matboard and More® provided a custom frame and mat 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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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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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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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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The Color Wheel Company

The Color Wheel Company manufactures and sells a large selection of color wheels, color mixing guides, color charts and color tools for artists, crafters and home owners of all skill levels. Review our Color Wheels, Magic Palette Color Mixing and Matching Guides, ViewCatcher, Gardener’s Color Wheel, Watercolor Wheel, Interior Design Wheel and CMY Primary Mixing Wheel, Pocket Guide to Color Mixing and others. All designed to help the user better understand color theory, color relationships and color mixing.

These are perfect for use in the art classroom. Useful for teaching and learning about color theory. Manufactured in United States.

Their traditional color wheel is available in a standard size (9″ diameter) and a pocket size.  A kids’ version of the color wheel is called the Colorsaurus. This dinosaur wheel is super cute and handy at showing how color mixing works.

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The Create A Color Wheels are designed for you to color and assemble your own color wheel. Instructions are included on how to make your wheel. I haven’t tried this yet, but looks like fun. 

🖌And very helpful for the watercolor artist is the Watercolor wheel. As a beginner in watercolor, I think this thing is brilliant.

Watercolor Wheel

 

All the wheels are a nice size and rotate smoothly. They are sturdy and should last for many uses ツ

The Color Wheel Company provided these products 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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Loretta Bird Feeder - Lazy Hill Farm Designs by Good Directions

(google image of the cedar roof style. copper roof feeder pic coming soon)

Just up  ~ this artful feeding station. And the birds love it. It is made in America – a Lazy Hill designed feeder- of a maintenance free composite PVC base. (sits on a 4×4 post) It arrived fully assembled, measuring 11”L x 11”W x 26”H. With a bright and cheery copper roof, this feeder holds 3 lb. of seed. The arches add a contemporary touch; all features of this design work nicely together

About Good Directions
Founded in 1982, Good Directions, Inc. designs and manufactures high-end home and garden accents for homeowners who want to raise the experience of outdoor living to an art form, including weathervanes, cupolas, bird feeders, fire bowls, rain chains, etc. Working closely with local artisans, they ensure a high quality product and an excellent consumer experience, while striving to provide innovative new products to help retailers grow within the evolving outdoor industry.

Good Directions provided this bird feeder 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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Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More Surprising Ways That Animals Move

A red-lipped batfish waddles across the sea floor on its fins, searching for small sea creatures to eat. Other animals may fly or glide, or jet-propel themselves to get around. These creatures come equipped with legs, wings, or tentacles, and they often move from place to place in surprising ways. In the latest eye-catching escape into the kingdom of Animalia, Caldecott Honor-winning team Jenkins and Page show how animals roll, fly, walk, leap, climb, swim and even flip! This fascinating and fun illustrated nonfiction melds science, art, biology, and the environment together in a detailed and well-researched book about how animals move in our world today.

hardcover, 40 pages, nonfiction

Lively book on ways certain creatures move. The book contained more “creatures” than what I would call animals. The list of these critters include fish, reptiles, insects, echinoderm, cephalopods, mollusks, and even larva. The illustrations are artful and fun for preschoolers. But here again, my little reader is looking at things like larva? We would have liked this book to have included more classic animals. But that’s just our opinion. 

A two page reference spread at the end of the book contains more information on the animal like their habitat, size, and general description. This nonfiction picture book could also be good for a research project as well as science and creative writing topic starters. 

This book provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 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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