Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Garden books for artists + kids

Spring is the time to plant gardens or paint them (or both!) I came across this book that contains garden-inspired artwork from 100 different artists in a wide variety of styles using various media such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels. Under each image, the artist discusses the inspiration, design strategy, work process, and materials used.
The cover is shown on the left. It’s pretty dull, which may be why this is a bargain book on Amazon, marked down from $24.99 to around $6.50. A couple of other titles in the series are also marked way down. The full title is How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Flowers & Gardens. Definitely inspirational! I have some notions about adding some fabric collage, stitching, and beadwork to the mix... stay tuned.

On the I.N.K. blog today, I posted 10 Reasons Why Kids Need a Garden, which includes a collection of several recent books about gardening for kids. To the left is one that didn’t get into that post, so here it is. Gardening with Kids is by Catherine Woram and Martyn Cox, with photographs by Polly Wreford. It has 35 projects plus garden-related crafts and games.

Happy creating, whether with art or dirt (or both)!


Diane J. Evans said...

The first book looks really neat, Loreen! I plan to buy it at Amazon, if only for the two pages you've shown on your blog -- they are so cool! I would imagine I can use fabric instead of paint to achieve a similar look. Thanks for the info!


Sherry Rogers said...

Hey I am going on Amazon right now and ordering that first book! Awesome thanks for sharing this!