Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from 18 Artists

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Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from 18 Artists
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
August 06, 2013
ISBN
1454704225
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Using a simple doodle as a starting point, 18 artists take you on an inspirational, crafty journey! Filled with inventive prompts designed to fuel the imagination, these 75 exercises motivate crafters to pick up a pencil, brush, or marker, and explore their artistic voice. From quick “try it” ideas using shapes and patterns to doodled portraits and contour drawings, these step-by-step projects are wild creative fun. The featured artists include Cori Dantini, who provides a “Recipe for a Face”; Flora Chang with innovative watercolor designs; and Teesha Moore who offers ideas for adding personality to doodled characters.

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I've been bitten by the Doodle Bug
(Updated: December 09, 2013)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
I specifically requested this book for review because I wanted to up my doodle skills. I think I've been stuck in the same doodle rut since high school, marking the same tired design in the margins of my notebooks for years. It was time for some pizzazz.

What I loved:
The doodles in this book are quirky and cute, ranging from shabby chic, to abstract, to fantastical. There's something for everyone in this book. My whole family gathered around, and we each found a doodle we wanted to learn and create. After a few weeks with this book, our interest in drawing has grown in leaps and bounds. We've started art journals, and even looked into taking painting and drawing classes. I'm thankful to this book -- without it, we wouldn't have known how much we enjoyed drawing.

There are projects you can use to give as gifts, if you're the artistic-gift-giver-type. There are daily drawings and exercises with which to adorn your diary. There are a few art lessons. But mostly there are doodles galore, and you'll know how to pen them all once the book is through.

What left me wanting more:
A few of the doodles could have used a few more steps or instructions, especially for a beginner like me. But for those who already have a silver pen, it shouldn't be a problem.

Highly recommended for Doodle Bugs of all ages.
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