Artful Words: Mary Engelbreit and the Illustrated Quote

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The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations."
When I come across writing that really moves me and inspires me, my reaction is twofold. I want to share it with others and I want to draw something that is worthy of it. I love finding quotes that stop people-that really make them think. And I love the idea that my work, combined with meaningful words, can provide comfort or inspiration to someone." -Mary ...

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Overview

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations."
When I come across writing that really moves me and inspires me, my reaction is twofold. I want to share it with others and I want to draw something that is worthy of it. I love finding quotes that stop people-that really make them think. And I love the idea that my work, combined with meaningful words, can provide comfort or inspiration to someone." -Mary Engelbreit, from Artful Words

Mary Engelbreit has made it her life's work to transform everyday objects-teapots and cottage roses, for example-into beautiful, sentimental icons. But what makes her art strike a chord with so many people worldwide is the substance behind the style. For Engelbreit, words and pictures have always gone together like the lyrics and melody of a great song.

Perhaps the most common question the wildly popular artist hears is, Where do you get your ideas? Her latest collection, Artful Words, collects the best of Engelbreit's signature artwork, complemented by quotations, adages, and sayings and sprinkled with Mary's commentary and reminiscences about what inspires her. The book is organized into seven categories:

* Love and Family

* Friendship

* Inspiration and Encouragement

* Wisdom and Learning

* Childhood

* Holidays

* Pure Mary

Fans the world over can't seem to get enough of Engelbreit, so Artful Words is sure to become another instant classic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740760013
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 811,430
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Engelbreit

Mary Englebreit's aphorisms and artwork appear on millions of greeting cards and gift products. Her popularity continues to grow through the success of her books, calendars, home decor, stationery, and crafting lines. Her company is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Online:
www.maryengelbreit.com

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    ARTFULLY ILLUSTRATED WORDS OF WISDOM

    As we know, words can heal, encourage, inspire, bring laughter, convey love. Really, words are small miracles that can work wonders - if only we can find the right ones when they're needed. With ARTFUL WORDS AND THE ILLUSTRATED QUOTE we find not only appropriate words but the heartwarming illustrations of Mary Engelbreit. As she says "words and pictures are like the lyrics and the melody of a great song....they have always gone together." Indeed, they do.

    Thoughtful quotations and sayings are arranged by subject - seven in which Engelbreit has found inspiration: Love and Family, Friendship, Inspiration and Encouragement, Wisdom and Learning, Childhood, Holidays, and Pure Mary.
    Little is more endearing than the pages devoted to children which includes among others this quote from Charles Dickens, "It is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us," and from Graham Greene, "There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."

    A section regarding friendship will make readers want to pick up the phone and call someone who is dear to them, and the words concerning love will touch hearts. My special thanks to Sara Jeanette Duncan for this apt reminder, "One loses many laughs by not laughing at oneself."

    ARTFUL WORDS is a volume worth returning to again and again to savor words of wisdom and enjoy Engelbreit's unique illustrations.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    A delightful gift for the thoughtful person

    Anyone who loves Mary Engelbreit will greatly appreciate this book. In it she shares not only her whimsical and witty captioned art but also the stories behind her art. I highly recommend it.

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