2015 Gift Guide | Books (Art, Crafts + Journals)

Continuing with our Holiday Gift Guide, here's part two of our book guide featuring a selection of a few art books, craft books and journals that we love.  Click here for part one.

Q&A a Day for Moms, A 5-Year Journal
by Potter Style
This five-year journal will help capture the countless milestones, simple joys, and unexpected challenges that come with being a Mom. The perfect gift to celebrate the birth of a child, Mother's Day, and other milestones in the relationship between a mother and child. Click here for more info.

Washi Tape Crafts, 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything
by Amy Anderson
There's a heap of projects in this book (110 to be exact) with step-by-step instructions, from custom photo frames to one-of-a-kind gifts. Techniques too, like precision tearing, wrapping, and weaving, to how to make bows, rosettes, and other shapes. Click here for more info.

Hello Tokyo, Handmade Projects and Fun Ideas for a Cute, Tokyo-Inspired Lifestyle
by Ebony Bizys
A super-cute book from craft-queen and blogger Ebony Bizys (aka Hello Sandwich).  Filled with simple, inventive projects and tips featuring step-by-step guides to help personalize a space, craft your own handmade stationery, customise clothing or create thoughtful, whimsical touches that add fun and sparkle to parties and get-togethers.  More info here.

The Time Chamber, A Magical Journey and Coloring Book
By Daria Song
This sequel to Korean artist Dari Song's international bestseller The Time Garden (over 350,000 copies in print) takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nightime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.  Click here for more info.

More Creative Lettering, Techniques & Tips from Top Artists
by Jenny Doh
This book features a talented group of artists offering their signature approach to techniques and tools and provide a selection of illustrative alphabets and samplers from whimsical donut lettering to faux calligraphy.  Click here for more info.

Lost Ocean, An Inky Adventure & Coloring Book
by Johanna Basford
Another beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.  Through intricate pen-and-ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, you'll meet exotic fish, seahorses amd beautiful reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks. Click here for more info.

20 Ways to Draw a Chair, and 44 Other Interesting Everyday Things
by Lisa Solomon
A part of a new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun. It is also "an ode to all of the sometimes over-looked items that surround us and make our living spaces uniquely ours" which Lisa knows so well after spending a year doing a drawing in her sketchbook everyday of something that was left on a table or countertop of her house. Click here for more info.


The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style
by Valerie McKeehan
Learn the ABCs of the craft of chalk lettering in more than 60 lessons from basic letterforms to fun lettering styles like Bubble, Spooky and Vintage Circus, plus more advanced designs. With a review of basic tools and tips like how to sharpen a stick of chalk, the book even includes 3 built-in chalkboards. Click here for more info.

Beautiful Creatures, A Boundless Coloring Book Adventure
by Nicole Stocker
Color over the grey to bring your image to life in this elegantly simple coloring book.  A thoughtfully curated collection of striking images optimized for coloring, printed on-sided on acid-free, archival quality paper, perforated and watermarked for framing.  Click here for more info.

Design the Life You Love, A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future
by Ayse Birsel
Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints-time, money, age, location, and circumstances. You can’t have everything, so you have to be creative to make what you want and what you need co-exist. Design the Life You Love is a joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you’ve always wanted, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer. Through four steps that reveal hidden skills and wisdom, anyone can design a life they love! Click here for more info.

In Progress, See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process from Pencil to Vector
by Jessica Hische
See everything, from Hische's rough sketches to her polished finals for major clients such as Wes Anderson, NPR, and Starbucks. The result is a well of inspiration and brass tacks information for designers who want to sketch distinctive letterforms and hone their skills. Click here for more info.

The Artful Wooden Spoon, How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen
By Joshua Vogel
In The Artful Wooden Spoon, Vogel shares more than 100 gorgeous pieces from his workshop gallery, providing rich visual inspiration along with explaining the principles behind handcrafting spoons and sharing simple instructions and step-by-step photographs—no expertise and very few tools required. Click here for more info.

Jan Halvarson

1 comment:


Very nice collection, I am really excited about WashiTape Crafts book! These all are interesting!