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3 May

Happy Pub Day! Create Your Own Collage, Draw People in 15 Minutes, and Pippa’s Magical Garden

What better way to pass the time on a less-than-idyllic spring day than by keeping your hands busy with THREE new craft books that go on sale today? We just can’t help ourselves. So let us help you draw, color, or cut & paste your way through the day…and maybe add a little decorative style to your home while you’re at it!

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First up: Create Your Own Collage: Cut, Color, and Paste Your Way to Fabulous Artworks and More by Lizzie Lees is packed with both colorful patterned pages and black and white printed pages that can be cut out, colored in, or customized and embellished, as well as pages full of stickers: everything you need to create your own collage masterpieces.

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There’s loads of ideas for getting the most out of the book, from making beautiful bird collages (like the one above!), to charming cityscape or nautical collages, to designs that can be used to create cards for your family and friends. Plus, some pages are perforated so they can be cut out, or folded and glued. There’s even two 4-page double-sided fold-out spreads inside for you to customize and display, so your home, office, or locker will be the envy of all!

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If drawing is more your jam, then you’ll want to pick up Draw People in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer. By the time you finish this book you’ll have all the skills and the confidence you need to sketch people on the move or on the couch.

draw 2 draw1Professional art instructor Jake Spicer takes you through every aspect of drawing from life, from sketching bodies in a busy public space to drawing a model from real life or a photograph. Carefully crafted exercises break down the drawing process into easily digestible parts, while step-by-step tutorials demonstrate how you can create a full-length portrait in just 15 minutes. draw 4 draw 5With advice on everything from materials to use to how to get a person’s proportions right, including how to draw hands, feet, and fabric, this is the complete course for anyone who’s ever wanted to draw people. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, this follow up to Spicer’s Draw Faces in 15 Minutes is a step-by-step, learn-as-you-go book that encourages you to progress at your own pace. Beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow chapters make it simple for anyone to create an amazing full-length portrait.

 

And last but (never) least, we have an exquisite new addition to your collection of adult coloring books: Pippa’s Magical Garden: A Coloring Book Adventure Filled with Fantastical Animals and Enchanting Gardens by Pippa Rossi is filled with magical creatures and wonderful plants for people of all ages to color.pippa 1

Enter through the castle gate and be swept away into a world filled with magical creatures and wonderful gardens. Be inspired by blossoming flowers and fantastical pumpkins and other vegetables. Encounter curious insects and beautiful birds, and visit the lake to catch a glimpse of the fish. pippasmagicalgarden_image91The garden is filled with many other animals too: there are hedgehogs, chickens, lobsters, dragonflies, grasshoppers, frogs, pigeons, and a rooster. pippasmagicalgarden_image97Team up with the stork and find the frog; meet the butterflies and all the other creatures, great and small, right out of the fairy tales of Pippa’s garden.

In the summer Pippa lives near her garden and lake. She works in the flower garden, vegetable garden, and the orchard, and she makes boat trips on the lake, which she reaches by walking down the steps from her living room.

The garden provides the flowers for the many bouquets that can be found in the artist’s rooms. Inside this book, complex flowers and plants are waiting to be filled with an abundance of colors.

Just as Pippa herself finds peace and tranquility in this paradise, you too will find stress relief and tranquility in Pippa’s Magical Garden. Better get your colored pencils, gel pens, or watercolors ready!

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Get your hands on one of these beauties asap!

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26 Apr

Happy Pubday! MOMMY DRINKS BECAUSE YOU CRY: A Sarcastic Coloring Book

The absolute perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Mommy Drinks Because You Cry is the adult coloring book for the delightfully impolite. This collection of beautiful designs and fun illustrations is paired with the very best of all our worst thoughts, from “I child-proofed the house, but they still get in,” to “Home is where the Vodka is.”

Each hilariously captioned design is printed on sturdy tear-out pages perfect for amusing decoration or passive-aggressive gift-giving. When you want to unwind with coloring but aren’t in the mood to embrace sunshine and daisies, Mommy Drinks Because You Cry is the perfect adult coloring book to let you speak your native sarcasm!

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21 Apr

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

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Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

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12 Apr

Happy Pub Day! CHILL THE F*CK OUT A Swear Word Coloring Book

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Do you or someone you know need to Chill the F*ck out? Look no further than this hilarious collection of the finest swear words and uncouth sayings–all deliciously paired with amusing illustrations to color and display. Nothing delivers satisfaction like a beautifully colored drawing to remind yourself you’re the “Queen of F*ucking Everything” or a lovingly decorated snake that announces to that special someone, “Don’t be a d*ck!” Each hysterical design is printed on sturdy, tear-out pages perfect for framing, gift giving, and home decorating.

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With more than 30 pages of picturesque profanity, Chill the F*ck Out will be the adult coloring book that soothes away the stress of the day while letting you be “Fancy as F*ck.”

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Snag your copy and color away the stress while creating works of profane art!

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8 Apr

Draw a Bird Day!

It’s sweet and inspiring the story behind the origins of Draw a Bird Day.

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As recounted on DabDay.com, in 1943, Dorie Cooper, a seven year old living in England, visited her uncle who was wounded in the war; he had lost his right leg to a land mine, and, in an attempt to cheer him up, Dori asked her uncle to draw a bird for her. Despite being unwell, her uncle looked out his window and drew a picture of a robin. After Dorie saw the drawing, she proclaimed that he wasn’t a very good artist but would still hang the picture in her room. Dorie’s honesty and acceptance of the drawing lifted her uncle’s spirits as well as several other wounded soldiers. In fact, every time Dorie visited the hospital, the soldiers held drawing contests to see who could produce the best bird pictures. Within several months, the entire ward’s walls were decorated by bird drawings.

Tragically, three years later, Dorie was killed after being struck by a car. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird images that had been made by soldiers, nurses, and doctors from the ward where her uncle had been. Ever since then, those men and women remembered the little girl that brought hope to the ward by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th.

While Draw a Bird Day was never declared an “official” holiday, today, it’s celebrated worldwide “as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers everywhere forget war and suffering even if only for a short time.”

To celebrate Draw a Bird Day, simply draw a bird and share it with someone. If you don’t quite know how to start, follow Pen and Ink Birds from Gillian Johnson’s How to Draw Everything. And feel free to invent your own birds!

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Happy Draw a Bird Day everyone!

Interested in learning how to draw people? Faces? Animals? Flowers? Get your copy of How To Draw Everything now and get to drawing!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER #MAKEASNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE

December Make a Snowflake Challenge

We haven’t had a winter snowflurry in NYC yet and who knows with our recent spell of tepid weather if it’ll happen anytime soon or even before we bid farewell to 2015. Since SMPCRAFT prefers the process of making over waiting, starting today until the end of 2015, we challenge you to make a snowflake! Use paper, yarn, wood, beads, paracord, pencil, ink, paint, sharpies, clay, concrete, metal, cake flour, sugar, chocolate…to create a dazzling snowflake. Make one snowflake or an entire blizzard! #MAKEASNOWFLAKE

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