Finding Comfort in Crafting

By Julianne Jones | April 23 2020 | Best in Category

With many people now spending more time at home than ever, a bit of boredom is inevitable. Combat the monotony with an exciting new craft project!

Not only can creative pursuits result in uniquely original pieces, but the act of focusing in on a single project has also been historically and recently proven to improve mental health—especially in terms of stress and anxiety.

Penguin Random House has a powerful list of crafting & hobby titles available for a variety of interests and materials.

For the general or beginning crafter, Keri Smith’s WRECK THIS JOURNAL collection offers an assortment of random prompts to inspire creativity in unexpected ways.

For those interested in drawing their own masterpieces, there are instructive titles on how to create specific animals, manga, and much more.

Alternatively, for those more interested in just coloring in intricate images, several top-selling “adult coloring books” are featured, including EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL and THE BEAUTY OF HORROR.

Explore the full collection to discover titles focused on embroidery, woodworking, paper airplanes, floral arrangements, crafting with cat hair, and so much more.

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Wreck This Journal (Black) Expanded Edition
“Not gonna lie, this is probably the coolest journal you’ll ever see. . . . Wreck This Journal is here to inspire you.” —BuzzfeedThe internationally bestselling phenomenon with more than 10 million copies sold—and an excellent holiday gift! Paint, poke, create, destroy, and wreck—to create a journal as unique as you are For anyone who's ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes this expanded edition of Wreck This Journal, a subversive illustrated book that challenges readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book—or destroy them.Through a series of creative and quirky prompts, acclaimed guerilla artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in destructive acts—poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more—in order to experience the true creative process. With Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art- and journal-making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.To create is to destroy. Happy wrecking!
$15.00 US
Aug 07, 2012
Penguin Books

Draw 50 Animals
The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More...
Targeted at young aspiring artists seeking to develop their technical skills and build a repertoire of animal subjects.
$9.99 US
May 08, 2012

The Manga Artist's Workbook
Easy-to-Follow Lessons for Creating Your Own Characters
For the millions of Manga fans who aspire to become Manga artists, as well as for Christopher Hart's colossal fan base and people who bought his previous bestsellers.
$15.99 US
Oct 13, 2009
Stationery & Accessories
Potter Style

Everything Beautiful
A Coloring Book for Reflection and Inspiration
A lovely, reflective coloring book that inspires creativity and worship in a calm and colorful way.
$14.99 US
Oct 04, 2016
Adult Coloring Book

The Beauty of Horror 3: Haunted Playgrounds Coloring Book
Ghouliana Is Back And Even Creepier Than Before! The best-selling coloring book series continues.
$16.99 US
Jul 24, 2018
IDW Publishing