As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life. ~John Lubbock
Do you find your bliss in the process of creating? For some, our little crafty corners serve as a way to unwind from the daily grind, but for others, the dream of turning their art into a career remains constant. Either way, this practical new book by successful artists agent, LIlla Rogers, provides advice that will help aspiring artists focus their creativity and find the courage to pursue their passion. Rogers shares invaluable insight into focusing one’s style, finding the best outlet for specific talents, and ultimately working with an agent to earn an income. She also encourages readers to complete a series of exercises that help identify one’s own unique talents and style. From the samples of artists’ work, to the photo collages, the entire book is eye-candy! So, jump in, read the inspiring interviews by some of your favorite artists, complete the activities; and be delighted by the fresh new direction your artwork takes. (Oh, and don’t forget to send her a thank-you note when you receive your first contract!)
Happy Reading and Happy Creating!
(This book review originally appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas magazine. Check out my other book reviews and some beautiful crafts here.)
“For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.”
~Jose Ortega y Gasset
Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and Friends (Quirk Books)
Take a regular item, make it smaller, and what do you get? Something that’s just plain adorable! Miniatures have always been popular for their “cute-factor” and this book is BIG on cute. Prepare yourself for the dilemma of deciding which of the twenty-five unique and completely different projects you will want to make first. Will it be the scrumptious looking candy charms, the adorable little spool dolls, or perhaps the itty-bitty houseplants and terrariums? Whatever you choose to make, you will have something to decorate your dollhouse, give as a gift, wear as jewelry, or simply add some charm to a darling little shelf. Each project comes with simple, easy-to-follow directions as well as diagrams and illustrations that will make craft-time a joy. The photographs are lovely, and the overall feel of the book a blend of sophisticated whimsy. You will want your own copy of Microcrafts to turn to again-and-again– if for nothing more than to get your daily-dose of cute! We want to extend a big thank you to Quirk Books for sharing the “Book” and “Deer Head” projects from Microcrafts with us for this issue. Go ahead, give them a try, and don’t be surprised if you start dreaming up your own microcraft ideas!
(This review was first published in the Christmas issue of Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas. The publisher, Quirk Books, was generous enough to share two amazing projects from the book with readers of the magazine. The images below come from the magazine, not the actual book. Hop on over to Amy’s site to check them out, and then grab yourself a copy of the book to see all of the other amazing projects!)