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Doodling in French: How to Draw with Joie de Vivre Hardcover – January 25, 2012
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I eagerly anticipated seeing the book because I am a fan of Anna's other books on the genre of how to make collages with a French flair. This book was no disappointment! The left-facing pages have simple-to-follow instructions on how to draw everyday objects such as hats, flowers and garden watering cans. They are organized by parts of the home and life in a whimsical fashion that sparks creativity and the imagination. On the right-facing pages, Anna shows how to combine the doodled object with delicate collaged elements to make sensual art pieces that stand on their own, or can be used for cards or boxes. Combined with techniques and projects from Anna's other published books, such as Vintage Paper Crafts and Making Memory Boxes, this set of examples and instructions on how to draw helps Anna's followers create the unique personal marks in their art that Anna teaches are so important.
The last part of the book is chock full of pages with starter material for you to draw in your doodles and complete your own collages, so if you don't have some French ephemera of your own at hand, fear not. You can create lovely pieces right in your own copy of this book.
What a great gift these precious smaller format books would make for a group of your besties in your book group, or as a thank you gift for bridesmaids.
Now, I should explain a few things for anyone contemplating this purchase.
First of all, a previous reviewer who mentioned that there are no structured instructions IS correct - this is more about visual cues than step by step written instructions. It's very cutesy, so if you're looking for something that's more like a "user manual" to learn a new craft, this is probably not the best book for you - especially on account of the size.
However, if you're into things like junk journaling, smash books, freestyle doodles, altered art with a decided penchant for all things French, Shabby chic and vintage, I honestly believe that you *may* just want to buy and love this and turn it into an altered journal if you're not using it to follow the admittedly rather rudimentary "instructions" for doodles.
So...I personally would almost look at this as a super cute smash book with some cues for how you could also make some fun doodles. But, again, if your primary purpose for wanting this book is actual instruction, I agree with the reviewer who suggested that this was not really the right kind of book for that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really wanted the hard copy of the book but they didn't have them on Amazon so I got the digital copy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by nettemo
Cute book with fun illustrations. I'm inspired to do some of my own doodling. Thanks!Published 4 months ago by Kipperly
Really fun, whimsical french art. Great for handmade cards and sketching ideas.Published 16 months ago by Sienna
I have the book "Paper Crafts", also by Anna Corba, so I was super excited to see that she had a new book out. Read morePublished 16 months ago by D.
Nice little book a perfect gift for my artsy friend who dreams of Paris.Published 18 months ago by Mariann T