Book review: Abécédaire des métiers imaginaires, par Anne Montel

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Après avoir lu Chaussette il y a quelques semaines, j’ai tout de suite réservé ce joli album églament par Anne Montel. L’abécédaire des métiers imaginaires est finalement arrivé par le prêt inter-bibliothèque et j’ai pu explorer ce joli livre cette fois entièrement réalisé par l’illustratrice Anne Montel.

Avec ce livre, on parcourt l’alphabet, une lettre à la fois, à la découverte de métiers fabuleux comme empêcheur de tourner en rond, marchand de sable ou retrouveuse de pain perdu. Chaque métier est accompagné d’une description comico-poétique et d’une illustration. J’ai adoré ce livre car il est complètement insensé et parfaitement imaginaire! On ne peut s’empêcher de se demander quel autre métier imaginaire se cache dans nos vies de tous les jours. Avec des textes riches d’absurdités et de détails loufoques, on ne peut que sourire et s’évader dans cet univers farfelu le temps de la lecture.

Les illustrations détaillées et adorables apportent également beaucoup à ce livre et mette encore une fois les talents d’illustratrice d’Anne Montel. Chaque planche regorge de détails amusants. J’ai beaucoup aimé prendre le temps de bien regarder toutes ces illustrations tellement brillantes et remplie de magie. Bien que chaque planche soit différente, on reconnait facilement les personnages ludiques et les décors facilement identifiables. Cela aide vraiment a créer un univers facile à comprendre bien que rempli de travailleurs extraordinaires. Puisqu’il s’agit d’un abécédaire, il est amusant d’ouvrir le livre à n’importe quelle page pour une petite tranche d’humour et de fantaisie.

Ce livre est tout simplement magique! J’ai adoré me plonger dans cet abécédaire très imaginaire et un peu insensé qu’Anne Montel a créé. Une lecture rafraichissante et amusante, cet album fera un très beau cadeau pour les jeunes lecteurs ainsi qu’aux adultes qui ont besoin d’une petite dose d’humour. Ce livre donne envie d’inventer son propre abécédaire imaginaire!

Abécédaire des métiers imaginaires, Anne Montel, Little Urban


 

Book review: Abécédaire des métiers imaginaires, by Anne Montel

(Unfortunately, this book is only available in French at the time of writing.)

After reading Chaussette a few weeks ago, I immediately reserved this lovely book by Anne Montel. L’abécédaire des métiers imaginaires (Imaginary Jobs ABC Book) finally arrived through the inter-library loan and I was able to explore this lovely book this time entirely by the illustrator Anne Montel.

With this book, we go through the alphabet, one letter at a time, discovering fabulous jobs such as the no-nonsense watcher, the sandman or the French toast finder. Each job is accompanied by a comic-poetic description and an illustration. I loved this book because it is completely crazy and perfectly imaginary! You can’t help but wonder what other imaginary job is hiding in our everyday lives. With texts rich in absurdities and goofy details, one can only smile and escape into this slightly wacky universe while reading.

The detailed and adorable illustrations also add a lot to this book and once again showcase Anne Montel’s illustration skills. Each board is full of fun details. I really enjoyed taking the time to look at all the illustrations that are so bright and filled with magic. Although each board is different, it is easy to recognize the playful characters and settings. This really helps to create a world that is easy to understand yet full of extraordinary workers. Since this is a alphabet book, it’s fun to open the book to any page for a little slice of humor and whimsy.

This book is simply magical! I loved immersing myself in this very imaginative and somewhat nonsensical alphabet book that Anne Montel has created. A refreshing and fun read, this book will make a great gift for young readers as well as adults who need a little touch of humor. This book makes you want to invent your own imaginary alphabet book!

Abécédaire des métiers imaginaires, Anne Montel, Little Urban

Weekly news: May 19, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

It is finally past the last frost date over here which means that we spent the weekend gardening! It was really nice to put all our seedlings outside! It is such a pleasure to watch them settle in and grow now. Around the garden, our tulips are finally in full bloom. They are simply wonderful and a lot more long lasting than what I thought. My favourites are the bright red orange because they are stunning but also because they smell like oranges! It’s a delight for all the senses!

In the Atelier, I’ve painted a Lily of the valley for a custom order. It was really nice to try this plant again after several months of practice. I find it’s a really hard one to paint because the white flowers are so delicate. Still, it’s always nice to tackle a challenge like this! And, since our lily of the valley plants are not yet in bloom, it is nice to have this little sprig to brighten my desk!

New in store

The lily of the valley painting is available as a greeting card! 3 versions are available, so I hope you’ll go take a look!

Inspiration

After last week’s forest, we’re jumping into water this week!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A Small Treat

From what I understood, these thread books were used by Chinese women to store their embroidery threads. It is so intricate and beautiful!
This blog post has really fun pictures of different ones 🙂

Book review: A Cluster of Cats, by Sheena Swirlz

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Today, I thought I’d mix things up a bit, and share the first zine I ever bought with you. I first met Sheena Swirlz when I was in university. I really loved to study in the greenhouses situated on the roof of one of the downtown buildings, and as she was the coordinator at the time, I got to talk to her a few times. She is a very active community organizer, and it was always very interesting to talk with her. She also created many zines, and I thought I’d share A Cluster of Cats today!

I love this zine so much! It was my first encounter with this format, and it got me hooked! Sheena presents different groups of animals with their names. English is not my first language, and as a learner I remember being astonished to learn expressions like: “a bike of ants”, “a troop of baboons”, or “an army of frogs”. I thought the words used to describe groups of animals were strange and comical. In this cute zine, Sheena demonstrates just this by drawing the different animal formations.

I really like this zine because I got to discover many expressions I didn’t know. Sheena’s drawings are also very funny and accurate which makes it a pleasure to flip through. I also love how diverse her choice of animals is. This zine is intended as a colouring book, but I haven’t jumped on that yet. In true zine fashion, this little booklet is photocopied and stapled. I love the DIY feel of this booklet!

Overall, I think this was the perfect introductory zine to get to know this format. I remember feeling so happy after bringing it home, and it is still one that I come back to often when I’m in need of inspiration and comfort. The simplicity and richness of this little booklet always cheers me up and makes me want to grab my pencils and start drawing. I think kids, ESL learners and adults alike will find this little book funny and instructive. It really sparks curiosity! I’m not sure what events Sheena is now organizing, but she left her information on available zines on her blog. I also leave this link to one of her blog posts that is so inspiring and motivating too!

A Cluster of Cats, by Sheena Swirlz


 

Book review: A Cluster of Cats, par Sheena Swirls

(Ce petit zine est seulement disponible en anglais, mais il est très amusant pour tous ceux et toutes celles qui connaissent un peu l’anglais!)

Aujourd’hui, j’ai pensé que je pourrais varier un peu les plaisirs et partager avec vous le premier zine que j’ai acheté. J’ai rencontré Sheena Swirlz pour la première fois lorsque j’étais à l’université. J’aimais beaucoup étudier dans les serres situées sur le toit d’un des bâtiments du centre-ville, et comme elle était la coordinatrice à l’époque, j’ai pu lui parler à quelques reprises. Elle est une organisatrice communautaire très active, et il était toujours très intéressant de parler avec elle. Elle a également créé de nombreux zines, et j’ai pensé partager A Cluster of Cats aujourd’hui !

J’aime tellement ce zine ! C’était ma première rencontre avec ce format, et il m’a rendu accro ! Sheena présente différents groupes d’animaux avec leurs noms. L’anglais n’est pas ma première langue, et en tant qu’apprenante, je me souviens avoir été étonnée d’apprendre des expressions comme : “un vélo de fourmis”, “une troupe de babouins”, ou “une armée de grenouilles”. Je trouvais que les mots utilisés pour décrire des groupes d’animaux étaient étranges et comiques. Dans ce joli zine, Sheena en fait la démonstration en dessinant les différentes formations d’animaux.

J’aime beaucoup ce zine car j’ai pu y découvrir de nombreuses expressions que je ne connaissais pas. Les dessins de Sheena sont également très drôles et précis, ce qui fait que c’est un plaisir de le feuilleter. J’aime aussi la diversité de son choix d’animaux. Ce zine est conçu comme un livre de coloriage, mais je n’ai pas encore sauté sur l’occasion. Dans la plus pure tradition des zines, ce petit livret est photocopié et agrafé. J’adore l’aspect DIY de ce livret !

Dans l’ensemble, je pense que c’était le zine d’introduction parfait pour apprendre à connaître ce format. Je me souviens m’être sentie si heureuse après l’avoir ramené chez moi, et c’est toujours un zine auquel je reviens lorsque j’ai besoin d’inspiration et de réconfort. La simplicité et la richesse de ce petit livret me remontent toujours le moral et me donnent envie de prendre mes crayons et de commencer à dessiner. Je pense que les enfants, les élèves d’anglais langue seconde et les adultes trouveront ce petit livre drôle et instructif. Il suscite vraiment la curiosité ! Je ne suis pas sûre des événements que Sheena organise actuellement, mais elle a laissé ses informations sur les zines disponibles sur son blog. Je vous laisse également ce lien vers l’un de ses articles de blog qui est aussi très inspirant et motivant !

A Cluster of Cats, by Sheena Swirlz

Weekly news: May 12, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

I hope your week is treating you well. This week, I spent some time researching information on Litha, which is coming up at the end of June to celebrate the Summer Solstice. It’s been so interesting to dive into folk tales and traditions. It was also very relaxing to work on a calligraphy piece. As I mentioned before, there is something so soothing in working slowly on a piece like this one. Because you need to slow down, this type of work is almost therapeutic.

And to keep my spirits up, I’ve been listening to a lot of K-pop (Korean pop music). It’s a bit specific, but there is something so relaxing in listening to romantic pop music in a foreign language. It got me curious, so I looked for V-pop (Vietnamese pop music). Now, I’ve grown up surrounded by Vietnamese music, but it had been a while since I listened to current Vietnamese music. Well, I’m now a big V-pop fan! It’s so relaxing and deliciously lighthearted! As I’m writing this, I’m listening to this song on repeat.

As for the atelier, I’ve been researching different plants for my next painting. I’m keeping up on the theme of Canadian wildflowers. I’d like to have another set of three. It’s really interesting to learn about different plants and to see how diverse and rich our environment is. I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve selected the next two plants!

In the meantime, my seedlings are so impatient to go outside, they are actually flowering  indoors! Only a few more days before we take them to the garden. I was so happy to have my first harvest of calendula and tulsi for my morning tea!

New in store

The Litha card is now available at the shop! Litha celebrates the Summer Solstice, June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. It is the perfect time to rejoice, make plans, and celebrate on the longest day of the year!

I’ve also added some pretty stickers for your planners and letters 🙂

Inspiration

Another magical forest 🙂

Head over to the blog for a full review!

In the books…

It’s been a while since I shared a novel recommendation here. I finished When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller yesterday night, and it is such a good one! It is a middle grade book, so it is quite the easy read. Don’t let that fool you! The book follows Lily who moves to live with her Halmoni (grandmother in Korean). She is soon met with a giant tigress right out of the Korean folktales her Halmoni told her as a child. It is a fascinating read that takes the reader through different traditional Korean stories while also exploring the themes of coming of age, being bi-racial, and identity. I loooved this book and devoured it in two evenings. I really hope you’ll check it out!

A Small Treat

Can you imagine working on such a magical project?

Book review: Chaussette, par Loïc Clément et Anne Montel

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Cette semaine, je vous propose une découverte toute fraîche puisque j’ai emprunté cet album ce matin à la bibliothèque. J’adore aller à la bibliothèque, et c’est un plaisir renouvellé puisque j’ai reçu ma nouvelle carte la semaine dernière! Il y a quelque chose de vraiment magique et fantastique à avoir accès à tous ces livres gratuitement… mais je m’égare! Revenons plutôt à Chaussette par Loïc Clément et illustré par Anne Montel.

Ce joli album à la couverture toute simple cache une histoire riche et touchante, des personnages attachants et des dessins adorablement détaillés. Pas mal pour un seul livre! Au travers de cet album, on apprend à connaître Chaussette, la vieille dame, qui suit une routine bien particulière que son jeune voisin Merlin aime observer. Or, un matin tout est différent et Merlin suit discrètement sa voisine. Ce livre aborde avec beaucoup de délicatesse les thèmes du deuil et de la perte, mais aussi de l’amitié et de la communauté. L’auteur sait trouver les mots justes pour exprimer des réalités difficiles sans infantiliser ou déborder ses lecteurs.

Bon, vous vous en doutez, ce sont les illustrations d’Anne Montel qui m’ont plus au premier coup d’œil! Son univers créatifs est rempli de détails fascinants à découvrir. Chaque illustration est riche et permet au lecteur et à la lectrice de se perdre dans des dédales imaginaires. Ses personnages sont également très attachants et facilement reconnaissable: on s’identifie rapidement à l’univers au travers des différents personnages plus ou moins caricaturaux de l’histoire. Finalement, tout n’est pas expliqué et cela pousse les lecteurs à s’interroger et à imaginer les histoires et les vies des personnages. Pourquoi Chaussette porte-t’elle des lunettes d’aviatrice et un casque pour sortir faire ses courses?

J’ai également beaucoup aimé le dessin simple qui reste très précis et détaillé. Les illustrations m’ont un peu rappelé celles de La sorcière Camomille. Tout est bien représenté et on se plait à se perdre dans la jolie petite ville de Merlin.

En bref, Chaussette est un joli album qui permet non seulement d’aborder des thèmes difficiles mais aussi de se perdre dans des illustrations chaleureuses. Je pense que cet album pourra plaire aux jeunes lecteurs par son ton accessible et riche. Un livre parfait pour démarrer de nombreuses discussions!

Chaussette, Loïc Clément et Anne Montel, Delcourt Jeunesse


 

Book review: Chaussette, by Loïc Clément and Anne Montel

(According to my research, this book is not yet available in English unfortunately.)

This week, I’m bringing you a fresh discovery as I borrowed this book this morning from the library. I love going to the library, and it’s a renewed pleasure since I received my new card last week! There is something really magical and fantastic about having access to all these books for free… but I digress! Let’s go back to Chaussette by Loïc Clément and illustrated by Anne Montel.

This pretty book with a simple cover hides a rich and touching story, endearing characters and adorably detailed drawings. Not bad for a single book! Through this book, we get to know Chaussette, the old lady, who follows a very particular routine that her young neighbour Merlin likes to observe. But one morning everything is different and Merlin discreetly follows his neighbour. This book deals with the themes of grief and loss, but also friendship and community, with great sensitivity. The author knows how to find the right words to express difficult realities without infantilizing or overwhelming his readers.

Well, as you can imagine, it’s Anne Montel‘s illustrations that caught my eye at first glance! Her creative universe is full of fascinating details to discover. Each illustration is rich and allows the reader to get lost in imaginary worlds. Her characters are also very endearing and easily recognizable: we quickly identify with the universe through the different characters more or less caricatured in the story. Finally, not everything is explained and this pushes the readers to wonder and to imagine the stories and the lives of the characters. Why does Chaussette wear aviator glasses and a helmet to go shopping?

I also really liked the simple drawing style that is still very accurate and detailed. The illustrations reminded me a bit of those of The Witch Hazel. Everything is well represented and we enjoy getting lost in Merlin’s pretty little town.

Overall, Chaussette is a lovely book that not only allows you to tackle difficult themes but also to get lost in warm illustrations. I think this book will appeal to young readers with its accessible and rich tone. A perfect book to start many discussions!

Chaussette, Loïc Clément et Anne Montel, Delcourt Jeunesse

Weekly news: May 6, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Before anything else: yes, the hellebores are okay! They don’t seem to have been affected by the snow at all!

II hope you are all doing well!

I am so excited to share this week’s newsletter because I’m done with a painting! This one took my a while to complete because it is a very detailed plant. But, after three weeks of hard work, it is done!

Did some of you guess which plant I painted?

It is the fascinating Sarracenia purpurea!

This Purple Pitcher plant is simply fascinating! Native from the bogs and marshes of Eastern Canada, it is a spectacular carnivorous plant. I learned a lot when I was researching the plant. Let me share a few incredible details. First, what might appear to be the flowers, the pitchers, are in fact modified leaves. These little pitchers fill up with rain water and are soon colonized by little invertebrates. These wait for other insects to drown into the water and decompose them, providinf nutrition to the plant! How incredible! And as if you weren’t fascinated enough, look at the actual flower!

I had so much fun researching this plant and also painting it. I’m really happy to be done with it, but also a bit sad to be done because I had so much fun adding layer after layer of watercolour.

If you’d like to see some process photos, check out my portfolio by clicking on the picture.

New in store

You can bring this fascinating plant home as a print or a greeting card.

Inspiration

I looooooooove this book!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Youtube

It’s the first newsletter of the month, which means it is vlog time! Come take a look at my month of April!

A small treat

Feels like a holiday!

Weekly news: April 28, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Before anything else: yes, the hellebores are okay! They don’t seem to have been affected by the snow at all!

In other news, I’ve been painting a new plant profile, and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I was a bit nervous about choosing this plant because it is a bit more complicated and detailed that my previous pieces. I decided to give it a go anyhow because it is the most fascinating plant! Here are a few clues for you to guess what it is:

– It in native to Canada;
– It has a symbiotic relationship with some invertebrates;
– Its leaves are often mistaken for flowers, which is a shame because its flower is quite beautiful;

Any guess?

New in store

If you want to write a beautiful letter with some customizable letter paper, I’ve got you covered!

Look at all these flowers!

Inspiration

Let’s embark on a travel of imagination and magic!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Youtube

So inspiring!

Book review: The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, by Cicely Mary Barker

Book Reviews

(En Français par ici!)

I received this book as a birthday present this year, and it has been such a pleasure to read and explore! Today, I want to share The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, by Cicely Mary Barker with you.

Cicely Mary Barker is an English illustrator who is widely known for her enchanting illustrations of fairies and flowers. As the title suggests, this book is a collection comprising of the four books that made Barker famous: The Flower Fairies of the Spring, The Flower Fairies of the Summer, The Flower Fairies of the Autumn, and The Flower Fairies of the Winter. It’s so great to be able to have all four books made into this beautiful edition. On each page, the reader finds a beautiful illustration featuring a plant, its accompanying fairy and a poem by the author.

I am so incredibly impressed by the details and exactitude of her botanical paintings. Each plant is easily recognizable and beautifully rendered. I wonder how she proceeded to paint them: did she collect specimens? Did she paint from memory or use reference books and pictures? Whatever the case might be, the colours are true and intensely rich, the details are enchanting, and each plate is a pleasure to examine.

Another thing I admire about her work is how adorable her fairies are. I read that she was inspired by the children under her sister’s care for her paintings. These little fairies indeed look like darling children! She also dresses them in wonderful clothing often featuring elements of their companion plant and adorns them with delicate butterfly wings. The overall effect is simply lovely!

Overall, this book is such a wonderful one to add to your bookshelf! It can serve as a magical introduction to the world of plant identification as well as an enchanting basis for imaginary adventures. I’m sure these little little fairies will continue to charm children and adults alike for many years to come. It is a rare delight to peruse this book and to meet new and familiar plants through not only the amazing illustrations but also the charming poems. If you are hesitant to purchase the book, you can meet the fairies on the author’s tribute website.

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, Penguin Books


 

Book review: The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, par Cicely Mary Barker

(Selon mes recherches, ce livre n’est malheureusement pas encore disponible en français. Cependant, il existe des recueils en français présentant le travail de cette artiste.)

J’ai reçu ce livre comme cadeau d’anniversaire cette année, et ce fut un tel plaisir de le lire et de l’explorer ! Aujourd’hui, je veux partager avec vous The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, de Cicely Mary Barker.

Cicely Mary Barker est une illustratrice anglaise célèbre pour ses illustrations enchanteresses de fées et de fleurs. Comme le titre le suggère, ce livre est une collection comprenant les quatre livres qui ont rendu Barker célèbre : The Flower Fairies of the Spring, The Flower Fairies of the Summer, The Flower Fairies of the Autumn et The Flower Fairies of the Winter. C’est formidable de pouvoir réunir les quatre livres dans cette magnifique édition. Sur chaque page, le lecteur et la lectrice trouve une belle illustration représentant une plante, la fée qui l’accompagne et un poème de l’artiste.

Je suis incroyablement impressionnée par les détails et l’exactitude de ces peintures botaniques. Chaque plante est facilement reconnaissable et magnifiquement rendue. Je me demande comment elle a procédé pour les peindre : a-t-elle rassemblé des spécimens ? Peignait-elle de mémoire ou utilisait-elle des livres de référence et des photos ? Quoi qu’il en soit, les couleurs sont vraies et intensément riches, les détails sont enchanteurs, et chaque planche est un plaisir à examiner.

Une autre chose que j’admire dans son travail, c’est que ses fées sont adorables. J’ai lu qu’elle s’était inspirée des enfants dont sa sœur s’occupait pour réaliser ses peintures. Ces petites fées ressemblent en effet à d’adorables bambins ! Elle les habille également de merveilleux vêtements, souvent composés d’éléments de leur plante compagne, et les orne de délicates ailes de papillon. L’effet global est tout simplement charmant !

Finalement, ce livre est une merveille à ajouter à votre bibliothèque ! Il peut servir d’introduction magique au monde de l’identification des plantes ainsi que de base enchanteresse pour des aventures imaginaires. Je suis sûre que ces petites fées continueront à charmer les enfants comme les adultes pendant de nombreuses années. C’est un rare plaisir de parcourir ce livre et de rencontrer des plantes nouvelles et familières à travers non seulement les étonnantes illustrations mais aussi les charmants poèmes. Si vous hésitez à acheter le livre, vous pouvez rencontrer les fées sur le site web dédié à l’artiste.

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, Penguin Books

Weekly news: April 21, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

It is under a snowstorm that I write you this newsletter. The first thing I thought when I saw that it was snowing was, “My Hellebores!” What a difference a week makes!

In the atelier, I’m starting work on another plant grimoire page. I’ve challenged myself with another light flower, but it’s been so fun to get immersed in all the details and to figure out efficient ways to communicate white petals. I’m not telling you which plant it is, but here are some hints:
I hope they’ll be alright! They’re called Christmas Roses after all. In other news, I’ve completed another grimoire page! I don’t know if you guessed it, but I was painting beautiful Vanilla! It was so interesting to learn about the folklore surrounding this orchid. Isn’t it incredible that we are eating the fruit of an orchid? It was a difficult plant to paint because, like the tea flower, it is very pale. Still, it was so much fun researching it, and I had lovely moments painting it. If you want to see more, feel free to visit my portfolio.

New in store

The Vanilla grimoire page is available as a print and as a greeting card! It would make the perfect gift for all the baking moms 😉

Inspiration

As we wait for travelling to be possible, let’s escape with this book!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Youtube

Pure magic!

Book review: The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws

Book Reviews

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This book. This book is just incredible! I ordered it this year, and it has been such a wonderful special birthday present to myself! Today, I’m sharing The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, by John Muir Laws.

This book is presented as the ultimate guide to nature journaling, and that’s an understatement. When I received it, I was very surprised by it’s size and weight. This book is gigantic! And it’s so fantastic because it makes it feel like textbook. Fully printed in colour and filled with insightful tips, methods and funny story, this book is just incredible.

John Muir Laws is a naturalist, scientist and artist who was written and illustrated some beautiful guidebooks and “textbooks” such as this one. In this book, he takes you by the hand and goes through everything you might want to know about nature journaling. From what supplies you need, to observation tips, to adding colours and textures, this book is a treasure trove of information for the budding nature journalist and expert naturalist alike. I learned so much through reading this book, and I know I’ll come back to it often.

I love that this book feels like a conversation with the author. The writing is friendly and easy to read which makes this drawing guide stand out from others and quite fun to read. The honest and experienced voice gives it a credibility and enthusiasm for nature journaling that is quite contagious. After going through “the basics” of nature journaling, the author then presents different studies and how to approach particular specimens. It’s very interesting, surprisingly specific, and so beautiful as each page is full of illustrations and journal page examples. This book it truly incredibly rich and generous.

I really cannot recommend this book enough for everyone who wants to get into nature journaling. It is so satisfying to find such a rich and useful resource. I’m not done learning from this book, and I’m excited to go back to it again and again. It is beautifully illustrated and expertly written which makes it a must to add to all bookshelves. Finally, I invite your to visit John Muir Laws’ website as it is filled with information, tutorials and resources.

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws, Hey Day Books

Buy it directly from the author here.


 

Book review: The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling par John Muir Laws

(Ce livre n’est malheureusement pas encore disponible en français.)

Ce livre..! Ce livre est tout simplement incroyable ! Je l’ai commandé cette année, et il a été un merveilleux cadeau d’anniversaire de moi à moi ! Aujourd’hui, je partage The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, de John Muir Laws.

Ce livre est présenté comme le guide ultime du journal de nature, et c’est un euphémisme. Lorsque je l’ai reçu, j’ai été très surprise par sa taille et son poids. Ce livre est gigantesque ! Et c’est tellement fantastique qu’il donne l’impression d’être un manuel. Entièrement imprimé en couleur et rempli de conseils éclairés, de méthodes et de anecdotes amusantes, ce livre est tout simplement incroyable.

John Muir Laws est un naturaliste, un scientifique et un artiste qui a écrit et illustré de magnifiques guides et “manuels” tels que celui-ci. Dans ce livre, il vous prend par la main et passe en revue tout ce que vous pouvez souhaiter savoir sur le journalisme de nature. Des fournitures dont vous avez besoin aux conseils d’observation, en passant par l’ajout de couleurs et de textures, ce livre est une mine d’informations pour le naturaliste en herbe comme pour le spécialiste. J’ai beaucoup appris en lisant ce livre, et je sais que j’y reviendrai souvent.

J’aime que ce livre ressemble à une conversation avec l’auteur. L’écriture est conviviale et facile à lire, ce qui fait que ce guide de dessin se distingue des autres et est très agréable à lire. La voix honnête et expérimentée de l’auteur lui donne une crédibilité et un enthousiasme pour le journal de nature qui sont tout à fait contagieux. Après avoir passé en revue les “bases” du journal de la nature, l’auteur présente ensuite différentes études et la manière d’aborder des spécimens particuliers. C’est très intéressant, étonnamment précis, et tellement beau car chaque page est pleine d’illustrations et d’exemples de pages de journal. Ce livre est vraiment incroyablement riche et généreux.

I really cannot recommenJe ne saurais trop recommander ce livre à tous ceux qui veulent se lancer dans le journal de nature. C’est tellement satisfaisant de trouver une ressource aussi riche et utile. Je n’ai pas fini d’apprendre de ce livre, et je suis impatiente d’y revenir encore et encore. Il est magnifiquement illustré et rédigé de façon experte, ce qui en fait un ouvrage incontournable à ajouter à toutes les bibliothèques. Enfin, je vous invite à visiter le site web de John Muir Laws, qui regorge d’informations, de tutoriels et de ressources.

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws, Hey Day Books

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