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Book review: The colored pencil by Bet Borgeson

I found this book on a blogger’s favorite books links, last week. I’m not too sure, but I think it’s Tracey. (Correct me if I’m wrong!)
I always love when bloggers shares their favorites books and/or ressources as it always leads me to some interesting discoveries. The colored pencil by Bet Borgeson is certainly one of them.

There is a lot of interesting explanations and text in this book. It shows that the author has a great knowledge of this medium and is willing to share all she knows about it. Even thought I have been using colored pencils since I was a kid, I found it very interesting to see this medium in a different way. I think I’ve been taking colored pencils for “granted” and should have really put more time into learning how to use them well.

Mmm... cholocates drawing made with colored pencil

This drawing had me almost drooling! Can you believe this was made -only- with colored pencils? No photoshop or whatsoever technology! Good ol’ pencils and a lot of patience.
Because that’s the thing with this medium, even thought it can give great results, it does require some time to get what you want. But they are up to it.  And when you think about it, doesn’t every medium requires some time before getting a result you like?

Bet Borgeson also shows some very interesting techniques and ways to use it while creating different effects. I love the part where she explains how the colored pencil is actually translucide, just like watercolors. For some reasons, it didn’t occured to me that I could work it in this way. To juxtapose different colors so I could get a new one. To actually think before taking that black pencil. Perhaps I could use different colors to do an even more interesting one. It opened a door  and made me think a lot about the medium.

It seems like Bet and I share a mutual love for black cats. 😉 It’s funny how all black cats looks the same! Big round and expressive eyes, this could almost be Morgane!

Now, here’s my take on it. I must say that this is a small about 3″ x 3″ drawing and that it is a first test.
This is a character I’ve made for a graphic novel story I’ve had this in mind for some time. I’m planning to finally start seriously and finish it, this year. I wish I had the time to make the entire comic in colored pencil, but I don’t think it will be possible with the time I have.
But I may just make some special prints. That, I could do. 🙂

Now that I wrote about this project, this will motivate me about actually doing it. Yep!  😉

Now, go grab that old colored pencil suitcase of yours you’ve had since high school and start exploring with it a little. And don’t forget to show us your work!

Book review: Made from scratch

I recently read Jenna Woginrich’s Made from scratch book about her experience on having a small homestead farm and got absolutely inspired to , one day, do the same. 🙂

I think I’ve been longing to do something similar for years, but never thought this could be possible since I’m working on getting a very computer-minded job. Graphic and web design, illustration… you get the idea.

But this book’s a little different. First of, Jenna is a webdesigner. And she’s giving  a little hope for us, geek folks, who secretly wish to get back to basics.


Her book is written like a novel with chapters that covers different subjects of interests such as chickens, bees or vegetables. She also adds in some personnal funny experiences and , sometimes, even sad. Her writing style is easy to read and, to get you started, she shares an amazing list of web and non-web ressources at the end of the book.

Before reading her book, I never thought I’d actually even think about getting chickens or rabbits. One cat is enough, isn’t? Now, thanks to Jenna, i’m slowly changing my mind.

If you’re curious and would like to know more about her lifestyle, here’s her blog!

Halloween serie: Big book of Halloween review

Here’s a review of one of my favorite Halloween inspiration book for craft and ideas. It’s the Big book of Halloween from Better homes and gardens.
A couple of years ago, I found it on the special table at the Indigo bookstore in Montreal. I couldn’t believe people weren’t jumping on a Halloween book around August! 😉
It has tons of great ideas in it to inspire you when you need it the most during this month of october. Here’s a few of them:

I adore how they use beads with pumpkins, it really add a fancy touch to any Halloween party.
And how about this pumpkin made into a black cat? The way they construct it is so clever.

Even thought theses costumes are made for kids in mind, I seriously thought about making one for myself! I love how easy they while still being great ideas.

Ever thought about using the DIY Chritmas ornament in craft store to make them as Halloween ornaments, intead? Very Jack Squeleton, indeed!

My favorite has to be this one with it’s swirl of colors. It’s very easy to make as all the colors are paint in the inside of the ornament with a paintbrush.

I wish we had thoses plastic milk jars in Québec just so I could make theses characters. I don’t know if some Canadians has them. We only have small plastic bags here. Could someone from the States please send me one? :-p

And no Halloween is complete without some “freaky food”, as I like to call it. This Halloween forest would make a great hors-d’oeuvre for a party. Mmm…

Sometimes, I long the good-old-days without the internet (just sometimes!) when we would send out invites to our friends to a party.
This funny skeleton is made with Fimo clay. Earlier in the book, they also show you how to make a cute ghost necklace and earrings with it. Gotta love Fimo.


Ever heard of this book before? Maybe it’s a classic Halloween book and I just don’t know it. Let me know if this is one of your favorite as well so we can share the Better homes and garden Halloween love. 😀

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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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