The Brilliant History of Color in Art Downloads

July 2017 Book Club

Have you been enjoying The Brilliant History of Color in Art?? We’ve gotten some enthusiastic feedback on @larsbookclub , our Instagram feed! Apparently, you love to learn about the colors around us and throughout history just as much as we do. Well, we hit the jackpot with this book in regards to “extras”. The J. Paul Getty Museum features this book on their website, along with art lessons for kids, a self-guided museum tour, discussion questions, AND even a quiz! What did you REALLY learn about these colors? 😉 Take the quiz and find out! Find the Getty’s great educational site hereWe included a couple of their questions below, but be sure to head to their site for more! Don’t forget to print out this month’s incredible artwork by our featured illustrator, Jennifer Bouron.July 2017 Book Club

July Book Club: The Brilliant History of Color in Art

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July Book ClubHello Lars readers! It’s time to introduce the July Book Club book. July’s book is an easy summer read, but a fascinating one! The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay investigates every color used in countless artwork. From Stone Age cave paintings to today’s endless array of digital colors. We have any and every color, natural and synthetic, at the touch of our fingertips. But in past centuries, certain colors were hard to find and therefore expensive! Some pigments could only be found in one specific geographic region. Others required smelly, prolonged processes just to produce mere ounces of dye. Finlay takes us back in time, when the making of colors was a remarkable feat in itself. The use of color in art was especially meaningful and symbolic.

Stay tuned for artwork and questions on the blog later this month, and feel free to share thoughts and follow along on @larsbookclub ! Enjoy!

In the Company of Women Book Artwork

In The company of Women book art

Hello readers! Have you enjoyed In The Company of Women? From the comments we’ve received on @larsbookclub, many of these women entrepreneurs and makers inspire you! Tell us why! Here are some questions to discuss, further fun reading suggestions, and of course, enjoy this month’s book artwork by featured illustrator, Libby VanderPloeg, which just may be my favorite to date. Isn’t it great?!   In The company of Women book art

Get the free Women Who Work bookmark download on the next page!

DIY floral staircase from Old Home Love

I’m pleased as punch to present two special guests to Lars today. Andy and Candis Meredith, from HGTV’s Old Home Love, recently released their first book of the same title, Old Home Love, and it’s gorgeous! If you’ve seen their show or know anything about them, you know that they love old homes and this book is an ode to it. It’s part love story, DIY, and inspiration. It’s also a special book for so many other reasons (go and find out!) and one of them is because it all took place here in Utah, was photographed by Chaunte Vaughn, who also photographed our upcoming book, and styled by my good friend Meta Coleman, assisted by my own sister, Caitlin Watson Boyes. And a couple of my own pieces of furniture and plants even make a special appearance 🙂 Candis and Andy are here today to share a tutorial NOT featured in the book but I know everyone is wondering about: How did you make that floral staircase featured on the cover?! Aren’t you curious?! Let’s find out! 

Hi Friends! I am so excited to share this project with you. I have been a fan of things with big scale for a long time and I am so happy that we got to showcase these beautiful stairs for our new book. This project has such a huge impact for little effort and I think it adds a PUNCH of happiness and color to our understated white space. What’s great about this idea is that you can use almost any image that you love! Landscapes, old photographs, random patterns, portraits! The sky’s the limit. And don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of doing this–it really is SO easy and took less than an hour!

Old Home Love book

Here we go!

June Book Club: In The Company of Women

June Book Club

Happy June, readers! We’re always excited to introduce a new book! Last month we celebrated women who work in the home (and what hard, all-consuming work it is!). But as you’ve most likely noticed, more and more women are running businesses and pursuing creative careers than ever before. This month, we’ll be inspired by over 100 innovative, visionary women who have embraced their entrepreneurial abilities! In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney (founder of Design*Sponge) is a compilation of exclusive interviews and inspiring messages from women business owners all over the world. These women have followed their dreams and creative pursuits, often at great costs. We hope their advice and learning experiences inspire you to dream, overcome challenges, and achieve your goals! Follow along throughout the month on our Instagram account, @larsbookclub . And if you’re reading this month’s book, feel free to snap a pic and tag us with #larsbookclub too!  We love to see who’s reading and what you have to say! We’ll have some artwork, discussion questions, and reading suggestions up later in the month. Stay tuned!

Photo by Anna Killian for The House That Lars Built  |   Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson

How to press flowers in 3 methods

Sunshine Spaces by Beci Orpin

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Australian collage artist/craft/artist extraordinaire, Beci Orpin. She’s released yet another book (she’s so prolific!) and this time it’s about things to do and make with supplies from the outdoors. It’s called Sunshine Spaces and it’s definitely one to add to your craft library. It has a lot of basics for the beginning outdoors lover, such as a guide to indoor plants, a guide to natural dyeing, and other fun projects. Today, she’s sharing her tutorial on how to make pressed flowers with three different methods. 

I am an avid collector of many things, but old books are one of my favourites – I rarely walk out of an op shop without one. Quirky typesetting and old-school printing aside, one of the things I love about second-hand books is the chance of discovering a little surprise inside them. I’ve found many treasures tucked inside those yellowing, musty pages, including some flattened Easter-egg wrappers from the 1940s, a birthday note from an aunt to a favourite niece and, best of all, several books containing some beautiful pressed flowers.

When I was a child I used to press flowers with my grandma, and I remember never having enough patience to wait the weeks and weeks before the flowers were completely dried and pressed. Luckily for me, while I was researching this project, I discovered that there are several methods of pressing flowers, some of which allow you to cheat, so you don’t have to wait forever and ever before they are ready. This is good news for me, as I still have as much patience as a five-year-old.

Book Club artwork and discussion

artwork by Printed Peanut

How are you enjoying this month’s book club selection? We’re reading, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio  and it’s been wonderful hearing so many of you who have already read it or seen the movie. What are your thoughts so far? We have some discussion questions below to get your clocks ticking.

And to go along with it, we have worked with one of my favorite illustrators, Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut, to create some original artwork. She created a poster with a quote from the book that reads, “It’s all a matter of what you set out to do” as well as a bookmark. It would make a great Mother’s Day card, doncha think? 

Get the free printables and discussion questions below! 

Favorite design books for spring

Favorite books for spring

In general, I’m one who likes to check out books from the library as it saves money and space in your house, but design books are different. They are reference books used for inspiration or tutorials to have on hand when you’re making. For this reason, in addition to our monthly book club, I decided I would share some of my favorite design and craft books with you in a new feature called Lars Library. Every season I’ll share my favorite books, generally new releases, so you can be in the know on the latest and greatest books on the market right now, books that you should definitely add to your design library. Check in every so often for the best of the best. You can find them all on one page here.

May Book Club: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

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May Book Club

It’s May, Lars Book Clubbers! As we remember and celebrate mothers and the women who have influenced us this month, we wanted to share with you the incredible story of one resilient, unwavering mother whose enterprising wits and enduring humor kept her family out of poverty. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan tells the story of Evelyn Ryan, a married mother of ten children and a “contester” during the 1950s and 1960s. As she completed songs, poems, and advertising jingles for various companies, her pencil and paper kept her children fed, clothed, educated, and even entertained. Evelyn Ryan was a woman ahead of her time, providing for her family when women weren’t encouraged to do so, and had little to no say in financial matters. Author and daughter Terry Ryan tells her mother’s story and shares her prize-winning writing in a wonderfully humorous way, despite their hardships and struggle with an alcoholic father and husband. We hope you are inspired by this story, surely a tribute to tireless, hard-working mothers everywhere! Feel free to follow along with us @larsbookclub , where we’ll post quotes and thoughts from the book. Check back in the middle of the month too, when we’ll have some discussion questions and artwork up on the blog for you! Happy reading!

And after you’re done reading the book, watch it in the 2005 movie! 

Follow along on Instagram for daily updates! 

Photography by Anna Killian  |  Wallpaper from Sandberg 

Seven Flowers Print and Bookmark

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Seven Flowers Printable Bookmark
How have you liked Seven Flowers? Did you dive in or have you had to take it slowly? Potter gives you LOTS of information, we know. It may be hard to digest it all, but we hope you’ve learned a few new things and gained more appreciation for these amazing flowers. Here are some questions to think about – we’d love to hear your thoughts! And BOY are there some beautiful books regarding flowers! Be sure to check out the further reading suggestions!

This month our featured illustrator is Portland-based, Yas Imamura of Quill and Fox, a long-time favorite of Brittany’s. She’s created a beautiful poster with a quote from the book:

“It isn’t enough to let the flowers bloom; we must decode what they have to say.”

Seven Flowers Printable Bookmark

Get the free Seven Flowers bookmark download on the next page!

April Book Club: Seven Flowers and How They Shaped our World

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April Book Club bookA new month means a new book! In our world today, we have the ability to view, enjoy, or seek out any flower we wish to beautify our homes or bestow as a gift. But these flowers didn’t always exist on our home shores, wherever that may be. They came from foreign lands near and far; they were discovered and dissected, revered and reproduced. Seven Flowers and How They Shaped our World by Jennifer Potter explores a handful of flowers that became religious icons, status symbols, metaphors for emotions and matters of the heart, and so much more. They infiltrated poetry and the arts, and even created financial frenzies! Read along as we discover the origins of the Lotus, Lily, Sunflower, Opium Poppy, Rose, Tulip, and Orchid. Jennifer Potter masterfully uncovers how these beautiful plants changed our world and what they tell us about ourselves. Find the book here and follow us on our @larsbookclub Instagram! We’ll post daily quotes or highlights from April Book Club, and we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Photography by Anna Killian  |   Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson

Living Danishly: Book Club Questions and Printable

Living Danishly: Book Club Questions and Printable

Every month, in addition to our featured book, we feature an illustrator who creates an original print with a quote from the book and a bookmark, free to download. I was excited for this month’s book, about an English couple’s move to Denmark, because I would get to choose a Danish illustrator.  Sabine Brandt, of Sister Brandt, was one of the first Danish graphic artists I ever came across and I was so thrilled when she said yes! 

Have you enjoyed The Year of Living Danishly? Would you ever make a big transition like this couple and live somewhere new for a year? (Sounds wonderful to me, actually…) Here are a couple of questions and some further reading suggestions for you. Feel free to continue to read along with us, and share your thoughts! Comment on our daily Instagram posts @larsbookclub, which continually highlight a section or quote from the book, along with sharing a lovely picture of Denmark (there are too many to share, really)!