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floribunda | book review

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floribunda by leila duly - book review

floribunda by leila duly- £14.95

℅ laurence king

floribunda is blatantly obvious in what it is: a colouring book for flower lovers. i defintely fall into that arena. i’m going to be straight-out honest and say colouring books really aren’t my ‘thing’ but as soon as i saw this i knew i had to give it a go.

on each page there is line art of different floral arrangements, and below some text telling you what is in each image. the drawings (by leila duly) themselves are well produced with delicate line art and have a level of detail satisfying enough that you feel like you’re getting a good colouring workout.
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bob the artist | book review

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bob the artist – £10.95

℅ laurence king

‘bob the artist’ is a book i wish i had as a child.

bob is teased by his friends that he has skinny legs, and he feels like he needs to change himself in order to fit in. he goes on a journey and essentially learns that he doesn’t need to change, he just needs to be confident in being himself. good on you, bob!
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100 years of colour | book review

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book ℅ octopus publishing

100 years of colour – £14.99

100 years of colour by katie greenwood is a book showcasing art, illustration and design throughout the last century that looks at colour usage in the past 100 years. that alone sold me, but when i actually received and looked at the book? oh. my. heart eyes emoji!

this book goes through each year in each decade from the 1900’s until 1990’s and shows images that were made, popular or had some impact within that time. next to each image is a colour palette comprised of the main colours within the image, repeated to show different combinations, and underneath that the RGB codes if you wish to use these colours within your work. CMYK is at the back of the book.
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peter blake | book review

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books ℅ tate publishing

peter blake (modern artists series) by natalie rudd – £14.99

peter blake, for me, is one of those artists whose works i either love or have some seemingly unjust dislike. i don’t know why and can’t explain it. i do LOVE his collections though. that speaks to my heart and soul as someone that is a bit of a hoarder and loves to collect.
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