Book Review- Modern Printmaking


Modern Printmaking

A fully illustrated instructional printmaking book presenting step-by-step examples alongside representative works from thirty top contemporary printmaking artists.

Printmaking is flourishing in the modern era, appealing to both traditional artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital techniques. This all-in-one guide is both technical and inspirational, examining the history and contemporary processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media, digital transfers, and post-digital graphics. Featuring step-by-step examples alongside representative works and profiles of top printmaking artists, this colorful resource provides a truly fresh look at printmaking today, in all its forms.

I have been wanting to learn about printmaking for years now. So I  was really thrilled to get a copy of this book in exchange for review. I was correct in choosing this book. Printmaking is not only a part of art, it is a huge part of history. It’s because of printmaking that we as humans were first able to create mobile printed type. This book is a wealth of knowledge and is the most comprehensive and thorough book about printmaking I have ever seen.  This is a perfect textbook for creating a printmaking curriculum. When it comes to art, I feel that it is more helpful sometimes to just find a good book instead of trying in vain to search. This book is packed full of substantial information. Please consider adding this book to your art library.


Cats in Paris

The adult coloring tend is in full swing and I have been wanting to be a part of t. So I as very happy to receive a copy of Cats in Paris.
This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city’s most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.
Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.
I had long ago acknowledged and read the research concerning coloring as a form of meditation. It wasn’t until I rediscovered it, that I realized how vey ture that actually is. Very quickly felt calm and focused. This would be an excellent help for dealing with stress, anger, depression and anxiety.
Some of the style of the book illustrations aren’t my style, but they get the job done!

Book Review- DeNiro

Robert De Niro is one of the living legends of the silver screen. I enjoy reading about people’s life and history, so I was very excited to get to review DiNiro by Shawn Levy.

Levy is a seasoned writer having penned several biographies.

Mean Streets, the Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, the Deer Hunter, and Raging Bull all have made a lasting impression on audiences as well as critics. Movies like Meet the Parents have become ingrained in our culture.

This biography is extremely through.

The author writes of DeNiro of great respect and admiration

Although it is a little slow in the introduction, the book picks up when we start to learn more about the parents that DeNiro knew, we learn about his fathers struggles with his identity, his mother’s entrepreneurial spirit,

I loved reading about his first acting classes. At the New School in 1953, where he got his first taste of the theatre as the Cowardly Lion in the wizard of oz. He would later forgo public education for acting classes which shaped the man we know.

I have to admit when I think of Robert DiNiro, of get the image of that “tough guy” who can intimidate everyone. This portrays him as guarded and deeply personal.

My favorite things were DeNiro’s quotes. I really enjoyed hearing his world view and his reminiscing’s on his life and career.

Book Review- Learning to See Creativly

Completely revised and updated throughout, Bryan Peterson’s classic guide to creativity helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light by developing their photographic vision.
     Fully revised with 100 percent new photography, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity by explaining how it is not just an inherent ability but a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that go into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it–helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs. This revised edition features a complete section on color as a design element and all new photographs to illustrate Peterson’s points. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographer looking for a fresh perspective on their work.

There are tons and tons of how-to books out there to teach technique and how to use your creative tools like paints, brushes, and cameras.  However, this book teaches a much more important and more difficult tool to master: the creative eye.

This book is super helpful for helping to hone your creative eye and revamping your art.  Anyone who needs a challenge to vamp up and refresh your photography and build a better portfolio.




Impress nails are Perfection!!!

When I was in high school I would occasionaly treat myself to a tips manicure. Not a real tips manicure. I hate those. I hate how much they cost, I hate how theylook. I hate how long they take. I hate how much they hurt. I hate how much they hurt to peel off. I hate how thin and awful my nails look and feel after.
My manicures were from the drugstore. 5-8 bucks, a little glue and voila! Pretty nails!
The downsides? I never completely got used to them and I was always having trouble opening things and other everyday issues.
I haven’t worn them in years. So when I had a chance to review a free set from impress, I was very intrigued.


Through innovation and revolutionary technology, imPRESS Manicure initiated a new category and developed into a standalone brand. The innovative PSA, (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive), eliminated key barriers such as nail damage, ease of application, and product reliability while UltraHold™ technology introduced a safe-on-nails adhesive, ending the need for glue and acetone-soak removal. ImPRESS is perfect for women with busy schedules and younger women who can’t afford weekly salon visits. Women in every generation enjoy imPRESS Manicure because there truly is something for everyone. From the French Manicure to elaborate designs, women rely on imPRESS Manicure as an alternative to nail polish—without dry time or smudges and dings.
Simply peel backing and press on

– No drying time and no mess
– Safe on natural nails
– Mega gel shine
– UltraHold Technology keeps nails on
– $7.99 / Walgreens

These nails are hands down, without a doubt phenomenal. They are the perfect press on nails. They took about 2 minutes to apply and are comfortable and not at all cumbersome. They don’t hinder typing or texting at all. They are just perfect!

I will buy these nails without hesitation or question. I love them!

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics


I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Oh my gosh, this book is amazing.
Sometimes with books like these, it takes a chapter or two for the authors to get to the meat of the situation. Not this time. They jump right in and get started with amazingly helpful information.
I was so impressed by the authors passion, knowledge, research, and information. They include everything form legal issues and copy right to color theory.

The passion the authors have for comics and art jump off of the pages.
save yourself a ton of research and grab this book.

Living with Intent Review

(I received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review)

“I’m trying to meditate one day but urgent thoughts keep intruding. Don’t forget to take cupcakes to school! I have to prepare for my presentation for the wellness conference! Is that lunch with the other moms tomorrow or next week? My to-do list is stampeding through my mind, trampling any chance of tranquility. I feel overwhelmed, yes, but there’s more: I feel…guilty. Guilty that I’m taking on too much, guilty that I’m not doing anything well, guilty that I’m giving short shrift to my kids, my husband, my job. And what about you, Mallika? a quiet voice asks. How are you shortchanging yourself?”

Living with Intent is a chronicle of Mallika Chopra’s search to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life. She hopes that by telling her story, she can inspire others with her own successes (and failures) as well as share some of the wisdom she has gathered from friends, experts, and family along the way— people like her dad, Deepak, as well as Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Weil, and Dan Siegel. She also provides a practical road map for how we can all move from thought to action to outcome. Each chapter is devoted to one step on her journey and another piece of her INTENT action plan: Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action. Chopra’s insights and advice will help us all come closer to fully living the lives we truly intend.

I think everyone can relate to the above experience. We want to be everything to everyone and then somehow we end up exhausted of out own wholeness, inner peace and true joy.
Mallika Chopra was having trouble balancing her life when she came up with the idea of Intent.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is jam packed full of helpful information and relatable anecdotes.
Chopra offers very useful tips and easy ways to remember to look at the bigger picture of life and be the best person you can be in your life.

(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)

Book Review- Sorry, I’m Not Sorry


(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)

When I ordered this, I thought it was like a self help style book. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is instead a juvenile fiction novel.

I enjoyed this book so much, I read half of it in one sitting. This is a book series I would be happy to recommend to my students.

The story is told from the point of view of a girl who got suspended from school for bullying. She has a character arc that is emotionally engaging. I really, really was so annoyed with her, thinking about what an awful brat she was, and then you start to learn more about her and understand why she lashes out so much. I can’t wait to finish it.

I had a little bit of a hard time keeping track of the characters a little just because I am being brought in more at the end of the story (this is the third book in a 3 book series.)

I still enjoyed it and it stands well on it’s own!


Book Review- On Shifting Sands

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Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.

When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long-lost friend from her husband’s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage. For months Nola withers in the wake of the sin she so desperately tries to bury. Guilt and shame consume her physically and spiritually, until an opportunity arises that will bring the family far from the drought and dust of Oklahoma. Or so she thinks. As the storms follow, she is consumed with the burden of her sin and confesses all, hoping to find Russ’s love strong enough to stand the test.

This is historic fiction with a very modern feel. If you enjoy lifetime movies you will greatly enjoy this book. It is an easy read and very human. I personally had a little trouble connecting with the character. It isn’t bad by any means, just not my cup of tea. I know many women who would adore this book and not be able to put it down. It just didn’t hold my interest. This would make for a nice summer read.


Book Review- Princess Grace


Sticker books girls will love! The Princess Parables come to life through age-appropriate puzzles, activity pages, and 50 reusable stickers—perfect for girls 4-8.

The Princess Parables come to life through age-appropriate puzzles, activity pages, and 50 colorful and reusable stickers in the friendly and fun Princess Grace’s Sticker and Activity Book featuring Grace, her four princess sisters, and their friends.

Join Grace and her sisters in some creative and interactive fun with 16 pages of stickers and activities that are sure to please, featuring her father the king and her special animal friend Poppy the kitten.

This book is just so sweet and beautifully illustrated! I was thrilled to give this to my niece, she absolutely loves it! It is for girls 4-8 and is full of activities and comes with tons of fun stickers! I definitely recommend this without hesitation.