Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I've been having a lot of fun lately with the Procreate app on my iPad. This is a scene that I saw on my drive this morning. It was very cold (8F) and this house looked so cozy. So when I got home I painted a quick sketch. Remember no matter how tempting it is - never paint and drive!
Monday, January 05, 2015
Steve and Wessley's first book, The Ice Cream Shop is a finalist in the Cybils awards in the Easy Reader category.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Here's a fun craft that looks almost good enough to eat. In fact, my son picked one up before he realized it was felt! Here is what you will need...
- Craft Felt (tan or color of your choice)
- "Glue Dots" or a hot glue gun
- White paper
Cut a circle of felt approximately 4 1/2" in diameter. (A large can works well as a template.)
Fold the felt circle in half like a taco.
Push in on the center bottom of the taco as you bring the corners toward each other as shown.
Attach the two sides that you pinched together with a "Glue Dot" or a dab of hot glue.
Cut a strip of paper about 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long. Write a fortune on the strip of paper and slip it into one side of the cookie. Now make a batch for someone you love.
Monday, December 01, 2014
Check out the free kid activities like this cute reindeer puppet in the December issue of my monthly newsletter. And don't forget to subscribe so you can receive future newsletters straight to your inbox!
Saturday, November 08, 2014
I have several watercolors hanging at the Small Works Art Exhibit in Lunenburg MA. The opening reception is tonight at the Lunenburg Public Library. The show will be up until December 13th. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
- Watercolor paints (non-toxic if children are involved)
- Paint Brush
- Cup of water
- 8 1/2"x11" Sheet of watercolor paper (found at most arts and crafts departments)
- Leaf Templates PDF (printed on stiff paper or card stock and cut out)
Dip the paint brush in water and wet the paper by "painting" it with clean water.Then (this is the fun part!) dip your brush in the watercolors and cover your paper with paint. Let the colors drip and swirl together. The object is to cover the entire paper with paint.
Let the paper dry completely.
When the watercolor paper is completely dry, cut it in half the long way.
Fold each long rectangle in half.
Lay the leaf template on the watercolor paper, lining up the folded edge with the straight edge of the template. You should have room for 2 leaves on each rectangle of paper.Trace around the templates using a pencil.
Cut out the leaves.
Ideas for Your Leaves:
- Make a tree trunk out of brown construction paper and have the kids tape their leaves to the tree.
- Write a family member's name on each leaf and use them as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner.
- Attach them with yarn to a hanger to make a falling leaves mobile.
- Or tie them to a piece of yarn and make a pretty autumn garland.
Here is a nice review that was posted on Barnes and Noble website for Steve and Wessley and the Sea Monster. Thank you Gloria Koster for the nice review and for noting that Steve is an opossum. The poor guy gets called a rat all the time.
School Library Journal11/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—A fun and engaging easy reader. When pals Steve, an opossum, and Wessley, a rabbit, disagree about a mysterious object afloat in the pond, readers assume that Wessley is right and that it is just a stick. Steve is convinced it's a sea monster. It's only when the very rational rabbit convinces his friend that sea monsters live in the sea and not in a pond that they are able to agree and move on. Children will get a kick out of the surprise ending. Spare, easy-to-read text delivered exclusively through speech bubbles accompanies the cartoon illustrations that are sweet, engaging, and full of humor.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Here is a trick that I learned recently that I really like. You can do all your preliminary pencil sketching with a red pencil and then go over that with ink or graphite pencil and then you can remove the red lines in Photoshop.
Here's a video on how to do it...