Non-Fiction Review: Craft-a-Doodle, 75 Creative Exercises from 18 Artists


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

Author: Jenny Doh

Age Range: any

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Lark Crafts (August 6, 2013)

Genre: Non-fiction, arts and crafts

Series: none

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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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About the Author:

Jenny Doh is head of and author/packager of
numerous art and crafting books. She is former Editor-in-Chief and
Director of Publishing for Somerset Studio magazine and its sister
publications. For her leadership in publishing, Jenny was recognized by
Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing

Jenny received her Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA,
and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from UC Irvine. She
lives in Santa Ana, California. She loves to crochet, knit, stay fit,
and play music.

 My Thoughts:

If you have a creative or crafty child, this book is perfect! Even if
you are the crafty type, you would most likely enjoy the exercises in
this book. There are 75 exercises in all, and each one is unique.
Several different artists contributed to the book, so styles and ideas
are widely varied.

I liked some styles and exercises better than other ones. Not every
exercise appealed to me, but the beauty of having so many artists
contribute is that there will most likely be something for everyone.
 This book is a great resource for getting those creative juices flowing
and switching into right brain mode. It is a lot of fun to take the
doodle prompt and put an individual touch to it.

Here are some of my doodles:

This book is definitely recommended for anyone artistic! It would make a really fun Christmas or birthday gift.

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  • Reply
    November 6, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I love doodling! Thanks for sharing.

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    November 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I've had my eye on this one for a little while. Now I'll have to investigate further! Thanks 🙂

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    Marie-Claude Leroux
    November 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    This looks fun! I am thinking Christmas gifts!

  • Reply
    November 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Wow interesting find. Thanks for stopping and sharing at Kid Lit Blog Hop. I think this is not jsut for those who love art, but also for those who dont. Simply because its a great way to find ideas when you are out of one!
    -Resh @ Stackingbks

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    Kriss MacDonald
    November 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Oh this looks fun – for me as well as my children.
    Popping over from the kidlitbloghop

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    November 14, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Thanks for sharing this, but I can't even draw stick figures! Hopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Cheryl, Hop Hostess

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