LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2016

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From beginning photography to Creative Cut Cards, fan favorites Neil Gaiman and the Ramones at 40, plus best memoirs, spies and espionage, with Gooley, Pilkey & Co., and Schwartz on water scarcity issues

Sketching People, Hand Drawn Lettering, Timber Framing, Homemade Skin Products | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 1, 2016

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An invaluable manual from an Urban Sketcher on how to sketch people and faces; an unusual guide that handwriting fans, calligraphy dabblers, and letter buffs of all ages and abilities will enjoy; an excellent book on timber frame construction; an essential source for homemade herbal products, and more crafts & DIY books

The Property Brothers’ Guide to Fixing Your Home, Drawing Comics, and The Joy of Stitching | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 15, 2016

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An essential guide that informs readers on how to sell, buy, and potentially remodel any residence; a dynamic how-to manual for drawing comics; a fun collection will appeal to needleworkers who enjoy a combination of folk art flair and homemade, quirky charm, and many more crafts/DIY books

Vintage Sewing, DIY Natural Hair Coloring, and Ellen DeGeneres | Crafts & DIY Reviews, March 1, 2016

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Follow Ellen Degeneres’ tours of homes she’s decorated, learn how to color your hair with natural ingredients, learn how to knit, sew vintage dresses and more with this wonderful collection of craft and DIY books

Optical Illusions, Cardmaking, Floral Arrangements, & More | Craft & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2016

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A user-friendly Photographer’s iPad; mixed-media artists will appreciate Cardmaking‘s image-based tutorials; Chezar’s loose, natural arrangements are fabulous; Hammersen’s knits are exquisite

Pop Painting, 3D Origami, Beadweaving, HomeMade Modern, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, January 1, 2015

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Pop Painting for younger artists; an appealing and achievable HomeMade Modern; quilters of all skill levels have much to gain from the Quilter’s Academy; Guéniau provides ideas and a personal approach to decorating and entertaining

Color Concepts, Origami Jewelry, Handmade Soap, Shetland Lace Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 1, 2015

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Expanding readers’ understanding of color; a sense of how painting is taught at the Art Students League of New York; a guide to one of the world’s great lace-knitting traditions; have fun and experiment with Simply Stitched Gifts

DIY Succulents, Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, Waterside Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2015

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Fine artists and crafting hobbyists of all skill levels can take inspiration from Joyce’s cheerful guide; Cain’s approach to modern quilting will find appeal; sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy Half Yard Gifts

Best Books 2015: Crafts & DIY

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By Heather Halliday, Nanette Donohue, Karen Ellis, and Gayle A. Williamson Art Instruction Gregory, Danny. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways To Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452135472. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452140582. Gregory helps readers take back a little time for art-making in their lives by offering ample short […]

Art Clubs, Creativity with Children, Vintage Homes, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 1, 2015

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With the help of Montiel’s playbook, artists will loosen up their creative thinking; DIY, Dammit, for crafters who dislike the Pinterest-perfect, overly styled aesthetic; an excellent reference to modern design history