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Five Wonderful Artsy Books to Gift Now and Later + More

As the holiday season nears (well, for many, it feels like it is already upon us/them!), here are a few wonderful artsy books I loved and think would make great gifts for the artist you know (even if it is yourself!).

I dabble in drawing, scribble some sketches, potter in paints, and generally am a casual crafter of sorts.. And I can never resist the lure of a good book (as you already know), even more difficult when it combines a few things I enjoy – like in the case of these books featured here today.

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Five Wonderful Artsy Books to Gift Anytime!

The Art of the Line in Drawing

The Art of the Line in Drawing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Simple, Expressive Drawings by Frederic Forest

Description: Written and illustrated by French artist Frédéric Forest, who is internationally renowned for his expressive, minimal artwork, The Art of the Line in Drawing presents an overview of his technique and creative process, followed by a series of progressive lessons organized by subject.

I have always marveled at the minimalist drawings that some people create which are simply beautiful to look at despite possessing a zen-like simplicity. And with this book, I realized I could get to that point.

Here are my first attempts at drawing using the instructions in the book. Let me know what you think of them 🙂

Special Effects

Special Effects: Lettering and Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Amazing Lettered Art – Explore New Styles, Colors, and Mediums by Grace Frösén

Description: With Special Effects Lettering and Calligraphy, you’ll learn to master a variety of lettering styles and gorgeous mediums to create amazing lettered art.

I love experimenting with lettering (always did) and fonts too (though hesitantly in this case). This vibrant brilliant book offers so many ways to letter and so many tips (from the basics – the type of paper, pens/paints/brushes to use; to loads more).

Frösén provides many examples (and I love the quotes/phrases she uses for the same) to inspire readers to experiment and clear instructions for various fonts and lettering styles as well.

Once you start, it is kind of tough to stop trying out everything this book has to offer – so much fun creating… And here is hoping I am on my way to becoming a calligrapher (of sorts!)

Creative Portraits in Watercolor

Creative Portraits in Watercolor: Learn to Paint Faces and Characters with Beginner-Friendly Lessons – Explore Watercolor, Ink, Gouache, and More by Ana Santos

Description: Written and illustrated by Ana Santos, an artist and illustrator and a popular online instructor, Creative Portraits in Watercolor presents simple step-by-step demonstrations and beginner-level exercises to create expressive, imaginative portraits

Santos covers everything from the color wheel to harmonies, contrasts, and palettes, from basic tools needed (types of watercolor paints, papers, brushes, and other) to concepts and techniques. And she does all of this gently, without overwhelming the reader. While the step-by-step instructions seem brief, they are nevertheless helpful and have the tone of a patient teacher!

I am going to enjoy this book for sure, and hope to overcome my weakness of drawing (not much about this here but has enough for me to get started once again) and painting faces!!

Sweet & Creepy Coloring

Sweet & Creepy Coloring: Over 60 Enchanting Images of Ghosts, Witches, and Cozy Haunted Places by Kitty Willow Wilson

Description: With these 60+ creepy-cute coloring templates, escape to a world of magical forests where ghosts, skeletons, gnomes, jack-o-lanterns, and more await your colorful interpretations.

While I should have shared this book earlier, I simply had not gotten around to actively working on all this a couple weeks ago yet. For I arrived back from India on the 27th of October, and jetlag as well as spooking my daughter to get started on college apps occupied my time. (The second part is still true as of now though i am thankfully over jetlag now)

Anyway, back to this book. It is full of spooky ghostly cuteness across its pages, and so much for everyone to spend hours coloring within…

Painting Cats

Painting Cats: Curious, mindful & free-spirited watercolors by Terry Runyan

Description: Perfect for cat lovers and watercolour artists of all skill levels, from absolute beginner to more experienced, Painting Cats teaches you how to go from blob of paint to a beautiful portrait of your fluffy friends

My teenager is perusing this one, and I will be sure to share one of her creations soon. She adores cats and loves to paint and doodle, so she is working her way through the book and enjoying it. As for me, I am trying to at least draw my way through these adorable cute creations for now..

The Bookish Memes Five…

For this one, I am picking one more of the artsy books I am reading and loving..

Mindfulness in Drawing: Meditations on Creativity & Calm by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

Description: Everyone can draw, and everyone can be mindful. Mindfulness in Drawing is an engaging and enlightening insight into how setting pencil to paper is a meditative act by its innate nature, and how this creates a deeper connection between ourselves and the world around us.

(1 & 2) Book Beginnings and First Line Friday

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY is hosted by Rose City Reader. What book are you happy about reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) on BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY! Add the link to your blog or social media post and visit other blogs to see what others are reading.

Happy Friday and welcome to the FIRST LINE FRIDAY, hosted by Reading is My Superpower! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

As children, we draw – instinctively, and generally without too much thought, we put crayon to paper and we make marks. We don’t generally have a sense of good or bad drawing. We just draw. And that is what this book is about – just drawing.

3 Friday 56

THE FRIDAY 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. To play, open a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on your e-reader). Find a sentence or two and post them, along with the book title and author. Then link up on Freda’s Voice and visit others in the linky. 

In truth, drawing is all about relationship, because it requires us to build connections with the world around us, to get to know it better and deeper through the process happening on the page. When we draw something, the nature of that object, place or person can communicate itself to us and we can reciprocate and reply – show that we have noticed – through the marks we make as we draw. What we are starting, in fact, is a dialogue, and talking is how relationships are formed.

4 Book Blogger Hop

The purpose of THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and befriend other bloggers. THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.    

Bookworm or Reader?

Oh my! That is a tough question for I am someone who tends to read the printed word, regardless of whether it is a book, a magazine, a newspaper, or well, anything else! So a bookwormeader?!

5 More Artsy Books

Disclaimer: All books in this book are thanks to Quarto Publishing (the first five as well as Drawing Digital are physical copies of the books as part of my being a Quarto Ambassador while the others are digital review copies via NetGalley/Edelweiss.)

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, have you read any of the featured artsy books, or the related ones? Your thoughts on the same? Do you have recommendations for any favorite artsy books of yours?

24 thoughts on “Five Wonderful Artsy Books to Gift Now and Later + More

  1. These are neat ideas for enjoying art, even if you are not really an art enthusiast. These all look like fun and very calming as well. I would love to try the calligraphy one.

  2. These are all fabulous gift ideas for a few people on my gift giving list! I love them and will be checking each of them out as my sister in law loves books and. a few of these look perfect for her 😉

  3. Wow, I love all of these book ideas. I used to dabble in various crafts, but I stopped most of it to focus on reading and blogging. Those are great excerpts from the book. It is so true that when you draw something you understand it better. Great choices for this post!! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  4. I’m afraid I have no creative bone in my body when it comes to drawing, sketching or painting, but my daughter loves creating her own artwork. I’ll have to consider these books for her!

    I love your answer to the BBHOP question! Haha.

    Have a wonderful week.

  5. Yeah, I had a tough time deciding which one I was, but I went with reader, because between reading books and talking about books, I’d rather do the reading! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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