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Doodling in French: How to Draw with Joie de Vivre Hardcover – January 25, 2012

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About the Author

Anna Corba is the author of several books and the creative mind behind Found Cat Studio, a line of products inspired by her love of vintage ephemera. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Csm Blg edition (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811878023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811878029
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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but this fun and charming book gives me the directions on how to do simple 'Frenchy' designs to incorporate into my collage artwork. I love the blank and beautiful pages at the end of the book that just invite you to start drawing. I plan on buying several of these books as gifts for my special friends who can use an excuse to be creative and play!
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Even if you never pick up a pencil to doodle a single doodle from this book it's delightful. Instructions are given on how to 'draw' the doodle, then it's presented on the facing page in a collage (the cover is an example of this). I enjoyed these collages as much as the doodles! The doodles are demonstrated well, are beyond just basic and I could see them used in numerous ways beyond doodling - cards, mixed media, collage, etc. The collages with room to practice your doodling at the back are an added plus. It's an inspiring little book indeed!
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Doodling in French - How to Draw with Joie de Vivre by Anna Corba is such a gem and a delight, like the artist herself. I was so excited to get this book and pored over the beautiful pages with all the small details and wonderful photography and reproductions. I have seen Anna's work in person as a student, and the images in the book precisely depict her style and attention to detail, Anna's own joie de vivre!

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.
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When I first opened the box and saw this, my first reaction was annoyance: I had failed to check the dimensions on this product, so at 7 square inches, this was NOT what I was expecting to get for $13! I was fully prepared to promptly return this but as soon as I flipped through it, my face lit up with a huge smile - it's so beyond cute, girly and vintage-y that I momentarily (crazily!!) contemplated buying a second one instead!!!

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.
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By JK on May 15, 2012
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This is such a pretty book to just pick up and look thru. The drawings are simple and fun but it's the design that makes it so nice to look at. It's just a sweet book to have laying around the studio to grab when you need that little bit of inspiration.
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Creatively written and illustrated, this little book is inspiring for any artist. I just love looking at how simplified she makes these beautiful drawings. Makes a nice hostess gift or for any occasion.
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I guess I expected too much. If you want to learn how to draw the Eiffel Tower, a poodle, or a tressel there are better instructions on the internet with better results. Not impressed. Almost returned, but I did look at every page so felt I owed the cost.
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This is a lovely little book by a well known artist/author, Anna Corba. She never fails to amaze me with her creativity. Please buy this book. You won't be sorry.
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