Iris Apfel June Book Club Artwork

Iris Apfel June Book Club Artwork

Have you been enjoying Accidental Icon?? Iris Apfel’s love of life and all things colorful is infectious! Here are a few questions for you to read and think about. Tell us what you think as we continue reading about and discussing Iris all month long. This month’s amazing artwork was created by the talented Rosie Harbottle! Stay tuned for an interview with her later on this month!

Iris Apfel June Book Club Artwork

Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

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Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

I am extremely excited about our June book club pick! When you think of fashion icons, the subject of this month’s book may not at first come to mind, even though she has become one merely through her own personal love of clothing and fabrics. Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon gives us a glimpse of this eccentric, vivacious woman – and her closet! Full of witty sayings, career advice, and colorful photographs, this book shares Apfel’s philosophy on life and what has made hers meaningful. If you’re not already familiar with Iris, you’ll soon fall in love! We hope you enjoy this fun, easy read as you begin your summer! Follow along with us at @larsbookclub and stay tuned for artwork later in the month. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

Craft the Rainbow Book Art + Sneak Peeks

Craft the Rainbow Book Club ArtworkWe shamelessly chose Craft the Rainbow as this month’s book club book. How could we not?! It’s a pretty great book if you ask me. The cherry on top? Illustrator and artist extraordinaire, Lisa Congdon created the book art print! It’s amazing, no? “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most” by John Ruskin. Words to live by! Lisa Congdon is also quoted in the pink chapter of the book so you’ll have to check it out!

Since the virtual book tour has come to a close, the launch party is over, and you can now all get your hands on a copy, we wanted to talk about some of our favorite projects within the book. Each of these projects has a story behind its creation and some of them make for great stories though at the time I wasn’t laughing so much. Ha! Turns out, the making of a book, especially 40 full crafts and scenes, is a lot of work and a lot of logistical organization so there were a few hiccups along the way. Let’s check them out!

Get the free Craft the Rainbow bookmark download on the next page!

Printable Bookplate

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Printable Bookplate

What is a bookplate you might ask? Well, it’s a decorative label at the beginning of the book bearing the name of the owner of the book. They’ve been around for centuries and there are some really beautiful ones out there! You can find absolutely stunning customizable vintage options on Etsy. Careful though, it’s a rabbit hole you can spend hours browsing in! With the growing popularity of eBooks, I find physical books that much more endearing and a bookplate adds that heirloom quality. With the recent release of Craft the Rainbow, I wanted to provide readers with a Printable Bookplate to place inside their copy! Of course, you can use this with any book, and we hope it adds that personalized touch to your favorite reads!

Printable Bookplate

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The Language of Flowers Artwork

The Language of Flowers Artwork

Hello readers! When we announced The Language of Flowers as April’s book, we had instant feedback! Our Instagram post was full of comments with high praise for it, so we’re hoping you’ve been reading along with us, whether it’s for the first time or the second. How are you liking it? Parts of this book are not easy to read, as Victoria pushes everything good away from her again and again. Her communication is through flowers though, and it’s from that language that she gains knowledge and ultimately, confidence in herself as a mother and hope for a future with the people she loves. Yes, loves! By the end, Victoria has learned to let love into her life. Here are a few discussion questions and reading suggestions. If you have a copy of the book with the author’s other discussion questions, read those too! They’re fabulous! Our amazing artwork this month was illustrated by the incredible Lisa Grue! Stay tuned for an interview with her in the next week.

Continue to see the discussion questions and download The Language of Flowers Artwork!

Artful board books for babies

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Artful board books for babies

I thought reading books to a newborn would be a little premature, but I’ve been shocked at how much attention Baby J pays to each and every page I show him. He looks intently–maybe it’s because he really doesn’t have much choice in the matter. Ha! While I’ve been “reading” him these books, I’m astonished at cleverly written and illustrated they are. There’s a lot you can pack into one cardboard page! I’ve found quite a number of really beautiful, clever, and artful books for baby and I thought you might be interested in them too. There are some goodies here!

The round up includes books written by famous artists, illustrated by famous artists, or a focus on explaining about famous artist and art in general. Do you have any to add to the list? Please add in the comments!

The Language of Flowers

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The Language of Flowers

April 2018 Book Club: The Language of Flowers

In Victorian times, flowers had romantic meanings and a language all their own: dahlia – dignity; lily – majesty; begonia – caution! The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is about a girl whose lifelong distrust and detachment from others left her with her beloved flowers as her only way to communicate. This story is about trust, love, redemption, and finding marvelous, unknown gifts you didn’t know you had. (And learning about flowers? What could be better for this spring season?!) Join us as we read and discuss The Language of Flowers on Instagram @larsbookclub! Stay tuned throughout the month, readers! We’ll have discussion questions and amazing artwork for you. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

March Book Club Art

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March Book Club Art

We’re halfway through March, readers! How are you liking Broad Strokes?? Are you impressed by these incredible women as much as I am? They accomplished some incredible feats. We’ve got some discussion questions for you below, as well as some fabulous printable artwork for you, illustrated this month by Kate Zaremba (you may remember the New Year’s Eve crowns we partnered on years ago!), who runs a design company with clever patterns for the home.

When I was thinking of illustrators to pair for this book I immediately thought of Kathryn. We first met in NYC when she worked for Jonathan Adler and I was interning there and then we reconnected at graduate school in DC. She’s an uber creative go-getter who shines bright light wherever she goes. Her whimsical work is clever and enchanting and makes you think. Lately, her work has been focus on themes of women empowerment so you can imagine why I thought of her! Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with her next week, in which I hope she reveals that she played Michelle Tanner’s best friend on Full House or payed Annie on Broadway back in the day 😉 And if not, now you know! Ha! You’re welcome, Kathryn!

March 2018 Book Club: Broad Strokes

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March 2018 Book Club

March 2018 Book Club

It’s time for the reveal of the March 2018 Book Club Book! “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,” said author Virginia Woolf. And not just in literature, but the arts as well. Did you know March is National Women’s History month? We are diving right into women in art with the book Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) by Bridget Quinn. Isn’t that a great title?? As an art history student in New York, Quinn came across female artists she’d either never heard of or couldn’t find any information about. She searched and researched thoroughly, putting this book together about 15 incredible, talented women who are frequently glossed over or were looked down upon in their day. We’re excited to share their stories with you! Follow along @larsbookclub and stay tuned for some awesome printable artwork later this month. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

February 2018 Book Club Art

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February 2018 Book Club Art

Any fans of the Olympics out there?? It truly is wonderful to watch the world come together in the form of athletic competition, isn’t it? In light of this special month, we chose Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid, even though its ending is not what you’d expect – at least, certainly not what you’re hoping for. Although Samia worked tirelessly to overcome so many hardships as a young woman and athlete, there were still circumstances in the world to thwart her efforts. For those of you who have not finished yet, I’d rather not spill the beans, but keep reading! Here are some questions to think about, and further reading suggestions. Is there an Olympic story YOU have read and loved? Please share! Make sure to print off the book art done by Amelia Giller! February 2018 Book Club Art

February 2018 Book Club

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February 2018 Book Club

February 2018 Book Club

Hello Lars readers!  Can you believe we’re already diving into the February 2018 Book Club? Last February, the Lars team headed to Cuba, so naturally, we read about that unique, mystical country. This year, as South Korea gets ready to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, we chose an Olympic story like no other. Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella is about a girl who loves to run, Samia Yusuf Omar. Living in war-torn Somalia, Samia struggles to train and realize her dream of running in the Olympics. Women and girls are threatened and unsafe if they are seen out of the home, much less viewed in public running in a t-shirt and shorts! This month, as you watch the world come together in an amazing way, read Samia’s story and remember the hopes, dreams, and struggles each athlete may have to face. And be sure to bring tissues.

Follow along with us on @larsbookclub, and share your thoughts on the book! We’ll have a mid-month post with discussion questions and artwork for you as well, so stay tuned.

Photography by Jane Merritt

The Devil’s Cloth poster

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The Devil's Cloth Printable Poster

Readers, let’s hear your thoughts! Have you been enjoying The Devil’s Cloth? It may be a small book, and it may be a very narrow topic of discussion, but it’s packed with information and abundant food for thought. We’ve got some discussion questions for you, as well as other reading suggestions (Pastoureau has written several about color!) if you enjoyed this book. We also have more amazing artwork for you! This month’s illustrator is Jaqueline Diedam whose work is absolutely dreamy! The Devil's Cloth Printable Poster

Check out the discussion questions and the Devil’s Cloth Poster and Bookmark!