Makers Month Giveaway

It’s June and this means it’s our annual Makers Month!


To celebrate Makers Month this year, we are giving our Kino followers a chance to WIN 1 in 5 awesome book packs!

For your chance to WIN a weekly giveaway, be sure to follow and check our social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) for the titles in each book pack, as well as how to enter!


Big thank yous to our friends at Allen & Unwin, Hachette, New South Books, Penguin Random House, & Thames & Hudson for their generous support!


How to Draw Anything Anytime

RRP $22.99

Author and artist Kamo is back with her ever-popular doodles!

Cute, funny and simple drawings ― alongside step-by-step instructions―are sure to inspire readers of all ages to sit down and start doodling. Begin with a line or squiggle, and then turn it into a face, animal or anything else that your imagination conjures up. The point is just to draw ― anytime, anywhere, anything ― and, most of all, to have fun while you are doing it!


Mini Kawaii Doodle Cuties

RRP $16.99

YouTube celebrity artist Pic Candle shows you how to draw kawaii characters from every stop on the map!

Kawaii is a Japanese word that translates to ‘cute,’ and popular YouTube artist Pic Candle shows you how to doodle your way-around the world-to adorable with Mini Kawaii Doodle Cuties!

This world tour features over 100 loveable, huggable characters and includes simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions, search-and-find puzzle patterns that you can colour, and inspiration pages. Soon enough, you will be enhancing your notebooks, stationery, artwork, and more with your own unique kawaii world. So, pack your bags and grab your passport, the Mini Kawaii Doodle Cuties travel adventure is about to begin!


Kawaii Kitties

RRP $24.99

In Kawaii Kitties, popular YouTube artist Olive Yong (@bichi.mao) teaches you how to draw all kinds of cute cats doing all kinds of silly things in her simple drawing style. You will learn how to draw your favourite cat breeds, favourite cat poses, cats in cute costumes, cats hanging with fun foods, cats being loving and much more!

Along with step-by-step tutorials, you will learn how to colour your cats and draw different faces, body details, and body shapes. Once you have mastered all things feline, you can use your new skills to create your own silly cat characters or illustrate the day-to-day activities of your own cat.


Modern Japanese Crochet

RRP $24.99

15 amazing stitches, 10 simple lessons, and 25 glorious projects.

Modern Japanese Crochet casts the classic stitches you think you know in a totally new light, showing them in ways that add striking textures and contrasts to handcrafted pieces. For the experienced needlework enthusiast, this book is a revelation―the perfect introduction to the unique Japanese style of crocheting and charted patterns.

The introduction by Gayle Roehm explains how Japanese crochet diagrams work, allowing you to stitch these fantastic patterns and projects easily. A section on stitch techniques walks you through the basic stitches, adding and decreasing, binding, and finishing. The inspiring photos are all the invitation you need to grab your hook and get started!


Creative Mending

RRP $24.99

Mend, rethink, transform, recreate!

Mending your favorite fabric items–from jeans to sweaters to sofa covers–becomes a true art form in Creative Mending. In this book, mending guru Hikaru Noguchi shows you her entire range of valuable techniques–from embroidery and patching to darning and felting–that are just challenging enough for experienced menders.

Noguchi’s basic rules of mending are that the repair should suit the fabric and its user, and that there are lots of creative ways to create beautifully customized repairs–some subtle, others making a statement.


Knit Fold Repeat

RRP $45.00

Simple shapes are ideal for the novice knitter, but the clever folds and fastenings of Knit, Fold, Pleat, Repeat will intrigue the experienced crowd too. These techniques are easy to learn, and the design possibilities-and new combinations that come to light once you begin-are nearly endless. Each design starts with a simple rectangle, square, or triangle and builds from there: to fold, drape, or twist the shape into a garment or accessory, and to introduce pleats, welts, and slices along the way. Every pattern has a gorgeous high-fashion style, and the projects are so addictive to knit-you may find yourself making the same garment in new colors and yarns so you’ll have one for each season. The book includes thirty-six patterns in all, each with variations.


The Botanists Sticker Anthology

RRP $49.99

A beautiful collection of stickers for crafters and all who love images of flowers and exotic plants.

Get lost in the beauty of the natural world in this captivating collection of botanical stickers. Page after page is packed with beautiful vintage drawings of ornamental flowers, tropical ferns, and other exotic plants and fungi.Get creative! Adorn your personal items with more than a thousand botanically themed images. Use the stickers for scrapbooking and stationery, create gorgeous artwork, or simply enjoy this book as an exquisite keepsake.


The Seashore Sticker Anthology

RRP $45

A charming collection of stickers for crafters and all who love images of marine life.
Capture the splendour of sea life with this alluring collection of stickers. Enjoy over a thousand vintage drawings that portray the majestic beauty of the ocean and the simple pleasure of a day at the beach. Detailed illustrations of shells, fish and coral, unveil spectacular marine life on the seashore and on the seabed.This lavishly bound hardback book with decorative foil is the perfect gift for crafters, scrapbookers, and those who enjoy beautiful imagery of sea life. Use these beautiful stickers to decorate your personal items or simply enjoy this book as an exquisite keepsake.


Scale Model Airplanes

RRP $19.99

Take a hands-on flight through history with this model airplane kit!

Scale Model Paper Airplanes Kit is filled with famous and historical model planes, just waiting to be assembled. It features 14 paper replicas spanning the history of aviation ― from the Spitfire to the Concorde. The pop-out plane pieces are made of high-quality cardstock and printed in full colour on both sides.


Origami Paper Chiyogami 7cm

RRP $19.98

This paper pack contains 1,000 high-quality, extra small 2.75-inch origami sheets printed with beautiful chiyogami designs.

These origami papers were developed to enhance the creative work of origami artists and paper crafters. The pack contains 12 unique chiyogami designs and is ideal for experienced artists working on modular origami, origami jewelry or mini models.

Chiyogami designs are known for saturated colors and graphic patterns. They represent Japanese traditional style and are often inspired by Kimono fabric. Originally printed by woodblock, Japanese artists began to silkscreen Chiyogami designs by hand in the twentieth century, and continue to do so today.


Painting Happiness

RRP $24.99

Painting Happiness offers playful, expressive watercolour painting techniques and projects that will help you find your calm.

Combat stress and anxiety and release your own inner creative with this beautiful mindful watercolour book. In this simple and vibrant guide, hugely popular Instagram muse @TerryRunyan explores the art of watercolour through the lens of mindfulness, presenting activities and projects which you can paint along with as you allow your creative side to flourish. This watercolour guide is easy and accessible for beginners, as Runyan gently delves into the basics of the artform, starting with simple techniques which you can follow along with, as well as presenting some fun projects ideas for painters to explore. Alongside beautiful examples of the techniques and styles explored in the book, Runyan also encourages readers to practice mindfulness as they paint, and explores the ways in which art can be used to help improve mental health. Exploring the idea of perfectly imperfect watercolours, Runyan places emphasis on self-expression and allowing yourself to make mistakes.


Watercolour Life 40 Joy Filled Lessons

RRP $29.99

Discover the joy and versatility of watercolors with forty gorgeously illustrated lessons for any skill level.

Watercolors are beautiful in their simplicity: a basic palette of paints, a few brushes, and nice thick paper will do the job. The medium is also beautiful, though, in its depths and complexities. Here, watercolor artist and instructor Emma Block focuses on techniques, materials, and lessons to help you explore new watercolor techniques, build creative confidence, and discover your unique style of painting. She’ll show you–with clear, step-by-step instructions–how to paint everything from people, plants, and animals perfect for framing to patterns and washes perfect for stationery and housewares.


Conscious Crafts Whittling

RRP $24.99

Whittling (Conscious Crafts) is a contemporary craft book containing 20 simple wood whittling projects.

In Whittling (Conscious Crafts), maker Barnaby Carder, aka Barn the Spoon, reveals the meditative nature of the whittling process and its empowering skill set for creating, and mindfulness. Making is mindfulness made practical, and whittling is a renowned and rewarding craft.

The projects: light pull; letter opener; chopsticks; pickle fork; spoon rack; toaster tongs; plant label; comb; hair pin; drop spindle; crochet hook; knitting needle; button; pliers; bird; horse; whistle; tent peg; walking stick; double ended hook; heart or floret decoration; and woodprint.


Flower Colour Theory

RRP $49.95

The follow-up to Darroch and Michael Putnam s acclaimed bestselling debut, Flower Color Theory is the only guide that uses color theory as inspiration for fl ower arrangements. The book features 175 arrangements that show myriad ways to combine flowers of different hues, all built around color schemes including analogous, complementary, monochromatic, triadic, transitional, and accent colors. Flower Color Theory is both inspirational and a guide to creating lush, romantic, and effortlessly elegant creations of your own.


Introduction to Bonsai

RRP $29.98

Go beneath the soil with this hand-drawn guide!

This book is sure to become your go-to reference for all things bonsai. Beautifully illustrated with details and views a camera simply can’t show, Introduction to Bonsai offers a unique and insightful look at these mini ecosystems.

This complete guide contains all the information you need to create and maintain your own bonsai, learn the specific ways to care for more than 40 types of popular bonsai trees, and much more.

Prepared by the editors of Japan’s popular Bonsai Sekai (Bonsai World) magazine,this handbook is designed to make care and maintenance easy for bonsai beginners―from seeds to root systems and from basic watering to your first transplant.



RRP $65.00

About the Author Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan are the brainchildren behind the Sydney-based interior-design nursery Leaf Supply They have professional backgrounds in interior architecture and advertising, respectively Together, they have previously authored Leaf Supply, Indoor Jungle, and Plantopedia for Smith Street Books Sophia Kaplan, along with Lauren Camilleri, is the brainchild behind the Sydney-based interior design nursery Leaf Supply They have professional backgrounds in advertising and interior architecture, respectively Together, they have previously authored Leaf Supply and Indoor Jungle for Smith Street Books.

Fancy Plants Playing Cards

RRP $22.00

In the world of houseplants, there’s a no end of diversity. From the variegated to the wall-climbing creepers, picking a favourite may be impossible. But with this deck, you don’t have to.

With gorgeous illustrated by Amberly Kramhoft, this playing card deck comes beautifully packaged, flush with foliage. Each card features a different plant, with 52 in all to collect. Deal them out and play the classics, until a winner claims the nursery.



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