Listen & Craft_Get Started with Gouache
When Life Gives You Lemons…Paint Them!

In this week’s edition of Listen and Craft, we’re bringing you a painterly project from illustrator Emma Block’s recent book, Get Started with Gouache (pronounced “gwash”).* Gouache is a water-based paint similar to watercolor, and perfect for capturing the still lifes of summer. Click here for Emma’s Lemon Painting Exercise, and here to see Emma’s accompanying Instagram Video Tutorial.

What audiobooks go best with a gouache groove? We picked a selection of new fantasy releases (check out the YA picks too!) with richly imagined worlds that will provide plenty of inspiration as you paint.

Amongst the hijras of Bikampur, Razia finds sisterhood and discovers a new purpose in life. By day she’s one of her dera’s finest dancers, and by night its most profitable thief. But when her latest target leads her to cross paths with Arjun Agnivansha, Prince of Bikampur, it is she who has something stolen.

Author: Renée Ahdieh
Read By: Lauren Ezzo

If you love YA fantasy and vampires, this instant New York Times bestselling sequel to The Beautiful will sweep you away. Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly…and now a price must be paid.

A New York Times bestseller. After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes this “terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

“Frankie Corzo’s velvety voice puts listeners under her spell as she narrates this horror audiobook.”—AudioFile

The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love.

Author: Kester Grant
Read By: John Lee and Ajjaz Awad

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning YA adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

Looking for more crafty audiobook pairings? Check out our Listen and Craft Series.

*Lemons image credit: Get Started with Gouache by Emma Block.