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tattooage: wild & blossom | book review

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tattooage: wild & blossom | book review

tatouage: blossom* | tatouage: wild* – £12.99

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tatouage, both ‘blossom’ and ‘wild’ are books of mini prints, and temporary tattoos. within ‘blossom’ is floral and botanical imagery, and in ‘wild’, there are sea creatures, birds, butterflies and more. both contain over 100 beautifully drawn and coloured temporary tattoos.

i really like creative books that have this sort of interactive element to them. you can keep them as is, or you can cut out and use the tattoos, give them to friends, and put up the prints around your home. they’d also make lovely little presents.

back cover of tatouage: blossom book

page of illustrated floral tattoos

coloured floral tattoos

‘blossom’ has a good mix of coloured and black and white illustrations, all wonderfully drawn and coloured. i feel like the colour pallet in these is a bit limited, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. there’s a good mix of bigger and smaller pieces, and they’ve been laid out on the page well. poppies being my favourite flower, i was especially pleased to see a couple of these.

black and white floral and botanical tatooos

poppy illustation in tatouage book

back cover of tattooage: wild

hummingbird and parrot temporary tattoos

though i actually thought i’d prefer the floral based book, i much prefer the animal based one. i prefer the colour choices and the colouring itself feels much more my style. the illustrations are stunning and i’d be happy to have pretty much any of these as tattoos, fake or real. i particularly enjoyed the birds, sea life, the moths/butterflies, and beetles. though these are things i’d be naturally drawn to in illustrated books anyway.

colourful sea life temporary tattoos

tattooage: wild & blossom | book reviews

detailed abalone illustration

if i had to recommend one out of the two, without a doubt it’d be ‘wild‘. i did enjoy ‘blossom‘ but it didn’t strike me in the same way as the other one. i of course adore flowers, and genuinely think the two books together would make a fantastic gift to nature lovers.

both books instruct you how to apply the tattoos in case you’d not tried them before, and the paper that the keepsake illustrations are on are lovely, thick and good quality. the branding (type, style, layout etc) throughout both books is consistent and fitting.

i’d really like to see more books in this range, whether the style is kept the same or not. very sweet little books that i think would appeal to quite a wide age range.

do these sort of books appeal to you? have you seen this sort of thing in book form before? would love to know what you think.

judging a book by its cover

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alexander girard book

erwin blumenfeld book

buy these: alexander girard | erwin blumenfeld: blumenfeld studio

artist, illustrator, photographer, designer, or just a person that appreciates visual stimulus ..we all do it. judging books by their covers. i mean this in a literal sense, not the metaphorical line about judging people and situations. it can be looked down upon, but i say embrace it!

have you ever taken time to study book covers? the art or photography on them. the lettering or choice of type. the colour combinations and the type of paper. are they bold and minimal or dark and overwhelming? does it have any imagery at all, or just custom type? who designed them? what sort of process goes into making a book cover? a lot of people might just look at a well designed cover and say ‘oh that’s nice!’ (nothing wrong with that by the way) but i really genuinely enjoy looking at book covers – both to get a sense of what’s inside, and on a level that just pleases me aesthetically.

great britain in colour book

botanicum book

buy these: great britain in colour | botanicum

most of my books are art or illustrated ones, hence why i took images of this kind of book for the post, but my point remains with written fiction and non fiction books too. infact, there are some excellent blogs/blog posts and instagram accounts featuring fantastic book covers, or trends in book cover design.

for example: the casual optimist, perfect bound, simon & schuster art works, book cover archive ..and many more.

do you have any particular favourite book covers (and do they also belong to your favourite book)? do you like any particular style of book cover design? or do you not care at all and just want to get stuck into reading/looking at the contents?

buy the below: vera: the art and life of an icon | olle eksell | sara midda’s south of france

vera: the art and life of an icon book

olle eksell book

sara midda's south of france book

how to fold origami | book review

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how to fold origami | book review

how to fold origami* – £9.99

as a person interested in paper, i like to learn about all the different things you can do with it, be that folding, cutting, scoring, making name it. of course, the time honoured art of origami fits in perfectly here. whilst i remember a few things taught to me as a child, much of it has been forgotten, so it’s nice to have a book as a reminder and a way to learn.

the book is very informative and laid out in a way that’s easy to understand. saying this, this isn’t a book for children, but one for adults, or older teens that have a good grasp of visual aids. it starts with an introduction to, and a brief history of origami and paper folding in general. it then goes on to discuss paper, and the many types of folds in origami as well as the symbols used in the books to help you along in making your creations. i found this all to be very helpful. if you were just learning origami or getting back into it, it would definitely be overwhelming otherwise.

a brief history of origami

how to fold origami | the folding symbols

how to fold origami | beginner project

within each project, it tells you whether it’s beginner, intermediate or advanced. there’s a nice range within the book, but most of them are in the intermediate difficulty, which i think right for this book. if you want something very basic, this wouldn’t be the book for you.

on the first page of each new project, it gives a brief history and context of the piece, which is a great touch, especially if you like to learn about what you’re making, what it means and its significance. it also discusses the ‘forms’ that make it up. alongside this is a photograph depicting the finished piece.

how to fold origami | the tsuru

how to fold origami | how to make a tsuru

sunshine origami project

how to fold origami | pink elephant

i really enjoyed looking through how to fold origami, and have bookmarked a few pieces i’d like to attempt. it can be a bit daunting, but if you’re looking for a new challenge, this is a book you can learn and grow with. as a side note, i’d recommend looking up some origami videos on youtube. so satisfying!