Yesterday, I didn’t feel like staying home so I took my three year old and told him that we would go to a bookstore: Barnes and noble. One of the few stores of this kind left in our city. I wanted to go there because I know that this is one of the flew physical stores carrying the Flow magazine. If you are not familiar with this magazine, it is a Ducth magazine that focuses on different topics each time, except, they often release what’s called “paper lover books” and their magazines are visually rich. It is a true joy to both read them and look at them.
I bought the 19th edition titled “celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures”. This time this issue focuses on optimism. I have quickly looked at the entire magazine, which is thick, and have read about a third of it in detail. It is a beautiful issue! It looks like this:
Among some of the fun things that you will find, are a drawing book and a chalk board exercise book where you can practice lettering and some doodling to create beautiful words on a chalk board. They also interview creative people such artists, artisans, illustrators, freelancers, ceramists and more. It is a joy to read their stories, especially when you are someone – like me – who work on a fixed schedule and where life has a rather rigid structure because of what I do. I love my job and it is rather different from most people’s jobs, but it is still structured. I am also a working mom who needs to be picking up my child from preschool not later than 5:30 PM so life is predictable in a way for me.
Anyway… if you have the chance to buy this magazine, do so! you will enjoy it, especially if you are into beautiful textures, visuals, prompts and great, inspiring content.
In addition to the 19th issue I also bough the “Big book of drawing”, issue 1. This is a beautiful book as well, and mostly, I bought it because I can’t draw. I used to be okay at it until I stopped doing it when I was a teenager. Now that I think of it, I used to be much more creative when I was younger than I am right now. So this is one of the reasons why I decided to get it. The book is about what the same says it is: Drawing! You will find different exercises throughout the book to learn how to draw simple daily objects, from a flower to a desk with stationery on it (how fun!). You also find a couple of extras in it, like another drawing book, and a couple of paper dolls that are left black from the neck down for you to draw their clothing and accessories.
It is a beautiful book and my aspiration is to actually complete all the exercises before the year ends – I want to feel like I actually accomplished something in 2017! I will let you know that goes.
These magazines are a little on the expensive side ($24 USD) and this is one of the main reasons why I didn’t want to buy them online. Not only would I have to pay for each issue but also for international shipping which makes these magazines much more expensive than some of my planners. I can go to Barnes and Noble to buy them, but if you don’t have one of these stores near by, you can visit their website and order it online. You can also subscribe for 4 or 6 issues per year.
This is my short review, very on the surface but as time goes by and start exploring the magazines more and more I will make sure to share with you. Also, once I am done reading them, I plan on using some of the pages to journal on my Hobonichi techo.
Thank you for reading and let me know if you have bought these magazines and what is your opinion.
Until next time!