I have had a lot of lovely feedback when I’ve shared art books that inspire me such as the Print & Pattern Nature book. You can see a few of the cards inspired by this book here, here and here. Also, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Everyday Watercolor book by Jenna Rainey and shared some of my progress at the end of this post. So today I’m letting you know of another book I recently purchased; 365 Days Of Art. Firstly let me say that I wasn’t asked to review this book, I spotted it, bought it, like it and just want to share that with you :D However, I have added compensated affiliate links where possible.
The book written by Lorna Scobie is a delight of inspiration and artistic opportunity!
365 Days of Art is an inspiring journal designed to help readers and budding artists nurture their creativity and explore their feelings through the medium of art. Featuring an activity for every day of the year, from simple tasks like drawing shapes and lines to more considered tutorials such as calligraphy writing and shading, each task is designed to expand your creative skills and spark the artist within.
There is a little bit of everything included in the book, and the great thing is that each task is achievable in a short amount of time. This book would work great for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Colouring Challenge to colour for 10 minutes a day. 365 Days Of Art is filled with small tasks and each day you can pick from the 365 different options; there’s no need to start at the beginning and work your way through, although the neat freak in me is tempted … The tasks range from colouring patterns, embellishing drawings, calligraphy etc. so there’s plenty even for someone like me, who doesn’t have a natural knack for drawing.
I don’t know about you, but there comes the point in the evening where I just crash and burn. I have no more energy for getting anything done, and as a family, we congregate in front of the TV for a little bit of relaxation before bed. A good program I’ve enjoyed watching recently is Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good, in fact, I enjoyed the program so much I bought that book too! The program concentrates on healthy eating with a view to losing weight. I know many people look to lose a few pounds at this time of year. However, I found the program inspiring not so much for the weight loss aspect but for the recipes. Tom is a 2* Michelin Chef, and he corrected his lifestyle to lose 12 stone in weight by cooking healthy but most importantly tasty recipes. We’ve been trying a few and the Beef Stroganoff – delicious! Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked as usual. While watching TV, no doubt each family member is double tasking with some form of electronic gadget. My husband likes to listen to music, my daughter is usually on her laptop coding or working on an assignment and my youngest, he likes to play games. I am often surfing social media, especially Instagram and catching up on what everyone has been up to.
Now, this is a long, convoluted way to get around to talking about this book, 365 Days Of Art, but I think this book will be perfect for our multitasking evening TV time. I plan on having the book, along with a few supplies – pencil, eraser, black pen, coloured pencils, pencil sharpener etc. next to me and instead of screen time I’m going to pick up this book and complete a few of the daily tasks. I’m hoping others in the room will join in too. My youngest, in particular, likes to draw and I’d much prefer he was drawing than playing a computer game! I’ll let you know how we get on.
Do you have any good books you would recommend? I particularly like books with a purpose – ones that will teach or inspire me, so mainly educational or leisure books – art, cooking, inspirational stories of success, how to, DIY, beautiful photography etc