Sunday Reading | Crafting Books for the Summer

I've had a heap of crafting books pass by my desk this past month for review and so for Sunday Reading's post I bring you crafting books for summer break. What are you reading this summer?

How to Create Your Own Gig Posters
Band T-Shirts, Album Covers & Stickers

We used a lot of collage (ransom note-style) back in our band days for gig posters but now-a-days bands have it good with books like this!  How to Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-Shirts, Album Covers and Stickers by Ruthann Godollei is a nice collection of art styles bands can use or reference in this how to book.  From screenprinting, photocopy art, mixed-media collage and other guerilla poster styles, this book not only would be good for bands, but the beginning artist as well. Lots of good stuff including inspiration like Hatch Show Print and more!

Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (Mar 15 2013)
ISBN-10: 0760343144
ISBN-13: 978-0760343142
Available through Amazon

Vogue • Butterick Step-by-Step

I'm so happy to have this revised edition as a home reference;  Vogue • Butterick Step-by-Step, Guide to Sewing Techniques.  From the editors of Vogue and Butterick patterns this book is chock-a-block with over 500 essential sewing techniques from appliques to zippers and everything in between.

Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books
ISBN: 1-936096-27-7
ISBN13: 9781936096275
Available through Amazon.

Art Lab for Little Kids

Developed for the younger set, Susan Schwake's Art Lab for Little Kids features over 50 projects for preschoolers, but really this book as I looked through it could be enjoyed and translated to any age.  From fabric printing to using more classical media like pastels, the book is inspirational in that the art in the book is done by real children, creating a more realistic and obtainable ideal for the child.

Publisher: Quarry Books
ISBN 13:9781592538362
Available through Amazon

Zakka Handmades

24 projects sewn from natural fabrics to help organize, adorn and simplify your life.  Amy Morinaka has written this very useful book  Zakka Handmades, a Japanese term for the many small household goods that organize homes and help with daily tasks.  If you ever have visited Japan or even a Japanese hardware-type store, you know how amazing they are in this department.  So making your own Zakka seems like really the perfect way to help one get organized. Lots of clever ideas like fabric buckets, eye glass cases, eco shopper bags (that you can roll up in your purse) and more.  A perfect book for the homemaker.  By the way, the insulated bento lunch bag is adorable!

Click here to preview.  Available through:

Creative Publishing int'l

20 Ways to Draw a Cat
And 44 Other Awesome Animals by Julia Kuo

As every art student learns, the best way to learn how to draw is to draw.  And my teacher in particular told us it's about 20% talent, 80% practice that makes a good illustrator.  So food for thought while your trying out 20 Ways to Draw a Cat.  A sketchbook for artists, designers and doodlers. Who knew there were so many ways?

Publisher: Quarry Books
ISBN-10: 159253838X
ISBN-13: 978-1592538386
Available through Amazon

20 Ways to Draw a Tree
And 44 Other Nifty Things by Eloise Renouf

Another illustration instruction sketchbook from Quarry Books featuring the art work of Eloise Renouf. I love this one which could probably take me away for a few hours practicing drawing things like tree trunks, feathers, birds and more. 20 Ways to Draw a Tree.

Publisher: Quarry Books
ISBN-10: 1592538371
ISBN-13: 978-1592538379
Available through Amazon.

Stay tuned for a fun new craft book we're featuring on Tuesday, along with a tutorial and giveaway from Chronicle Books!

Jan Halvarson


Yna said...

20 Ways to Draw a Tree? I think that would be a nice book for me and my stamps. Thanks a lot.

Rebecca said...

those drawing books look so cute! i really want to check them out now.
Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

Dana said...

Going to check them out now! Thanks!