Monday, June 12, 2017

Drawing Calm -- Book Review



Drawing Calm:  Relax, Refresh, Refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet and More.

Written and illustrated by Susan Evenson with a foreword and commentary by Mary Rockwood Lane, R.N, M.S,N., PhD, Creative Healing Educator.

I find it relaxing just to look through the book.  Drawing Calm will teach you the importance of taking time away from your busy life and calm your brain with any of the workshops within the book.

After the Getting Started section, which includes setting up your workshop, tools and materials to gather, your soundtrack and the fine details, there are 8 chapters.

The chapters include:
Warm-Up Exercises
Delight
Quiet
Warmth
Harmony
Calm
Light
Rhythm
Maintaining the Calm

Throughout the book you will also find what they call Sidebars.   To me they are inspirations---the reasons these workshops are so important for you and your life.  They are written by Mary Rockwood Lane and include subjects such as Creative Repose, Concentration and Mindfulness, Communicate and Connect and more.

My daughter flipped through the book and seen that some of the workshops include using magazines.  Right away she said she wanted to work on those and start getting good use out of the magazines she has stacked up.
She liked the Catalog of Dots in the Maintaining the Calm chapter.


I see several workshops that I would like to give a try, but as a quilter, I was immediately drawn to the Doodle Quilt in the Rhythm chapter.


I am definitely adding this book into my craft/sewing room.  As I work to clean out and reorganize, I WILL be setting up a corner for my "drawing calm" work space!   I need these.










Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own.  Post contains affiliate links.
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