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8 Apr

Draw a Bird Day!

It’s sweet and inspiring the story behind the origins of Draw a Bird Day.

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As recounted on DabDay.com, in 1943, Dorie Cooper, a seven year old living in England, visited her uncle who was wounded in the war; he had lost his right leg to a land mine, and, in an attempt to cheer him up, Dori asked her uncle to draw a bird for her. Despite being unwell, her uncle looked out his window and drew a picture of a robin. After Dorie saw the drawing, she proclaimed that he wasn’t a very good artist but would still hang the picture in her room. Dorie’s honesty and acceptance of the drawing lifted her uncle’s spirits as well as several other wounded soldiers. In fact, every time Dorie visited the hospital, the soldiers held drawing contests to see who could produce the best bird pictures. Within several months, the entire ward’s walls were decorated by bird drawings.

Tragically, three years later, Dorie was killed after being struck by a car. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird images that had been made by soldiers, nurses, and doctors from the ward where her uncle had been. Ever since then, those men and women remembered the little girl that brought hope to the ward by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th.

While Draw a Bird Day was never declared an “official” holiday, today, it’s celebrated worldwide “as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers everywhere forget war and suffering even if only for a short time.”

To celebrate Draw a Bird Day, simply draw a bird and share it with someone. If you don’t quite know how to start, follow Pen and Ink Birds from Gillian Johnson’s How to Draw Everything. And feel free to invent your own birds!

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Happy Draw a Bird Day everyone!

Interested in learning how to draw people? Faces? Animals? Flowers? Get your copy of How To Draw Everything now and get to drawing!

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27 Oct

Happy Pub Day! BIRDS: A MINDFUL COLORING BOOK

Today we’re thrilled to publish Birds: A Mindful Coloring Book by Georgie Woolridge. No doubt you’ve seen countless coloring books on the bookshelves lately, but you’ve never seen one like this before. Birds presents a new kind of mindful coloring book, containing more than 35 astounding drawings inspired by illustrator Georgie Woolridge’s travels in India and around the world. The cover image below doesn’t do this gorgeous book justice; you’ve got to see it up close and personal!

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Each stunningly intricate drawing incorporates swirling paisley patterns and other local designs inspired by the styles in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. By easing you out of your thoughts and into another world, coloring these beautiful images becomes a practical exercise in mindfulness that anyone can adopt, regardless of skill level.

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Each stunning illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph about the bird and its habitat, in addition to a helpful introduction with hints and tips about drawing, coloring, and the various effects that you can achieve by using different coloring tools. Just look at that turkey, all decked out for Thanksgiving!
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Buy your copy today, and go ahead and ruffle some feathers!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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