12.07.2013

Portland Central Library Exhibit


Drawing on Imagination: The Art of Children's Illustration


I'm pleased to announce, the work and creative process of 11 published illustrators will be exhibited at the Portland Central Library, including We Eat Food That's Fresh!, presented by The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Oregon Chapter aka SCBWI-OR.

Collins Gallery, Portland Central Library 
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 to Fri, Jan 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Dec 21, noon - 2pm

The exhibit promises to be an interesting display of original illustrations, sketches, dummies*,  and published books. If you're in the area come by and take a look... better yet, come to the opening reception!

I'm honored to exhibit my work with an exceptional group of illustrators!  Here's the line up...

* Dummies: A dummy book is a small sample book made of sketches, used to layout a plan for illustration compositions to make sure they work with the story and text, and have a visually interesting flow.



12.01.2013

Scrappy Gift Bows from Fabric Scraps

These "Scappy" gift bows are fun to make with left over fabric and other odds & ends from your craft supplies or sewing box. They can be reused by the recipient putting them in the "twice as green" catagory. 



I'll give basic instructions for the whimsy poka dot bow accented with pipe cleaners and buttons.





You'll need:

3 different cotton fabrics
3 buttons
3 buttons in a coordinating color that are slghtly smaller
pipe cleaner
spray starch*
iron
scissors







    1. First starch both sides your fabric scraps with your favorite fabric starch, or make your own. I used this easy recipe from Pinky Has a Brain
    • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup cold water
    • 3 3/4 cup tap water






    2. Cut your fabrics into strips approximately 6" long by 1" to 1 1/8" wide angling the edges. Don't worry about excact sizes or cutting perfectly straight. 

    You can mix & match as you like. I used 3 strips of orange, 3 strips of green on top of that, then 2 strips of yellow on top. 



    3. Prepare you button accents



    Cut two peices of pipe cleaner about 4-5" long. Push one end through button holes as shown (left). Then bend the tip (center) Push the bent tip gently in another button hole to secure (right). I wanted 3 buttons for the center of the bow so I followed this proceedure at each end of one pipe cleaner, but only one end of the other, tucking in the extra pipe cleaner into the center of the bow.

    4. Assemble strips & tie it all together


    Lay out your strips, shorter ones on top with the pipe cleaner on the bottom (left & center) you can use a piece of fabric, ribbon, or cord in place of the pipe cleaner. Lay your button/pipe cleaner accents on top (not shown) before you tie it all together. Wrap the pipe cleaner and twist to secure (right). Now pinch each strip close to the center and twist to open up your bow, much like you would to make a ribbon bow, until it looks like the one shown (below). You'll probably need to trim a few at the ends to even it up.



    Once you've done a basic bow you'll realize that you have endless possibilities with things that you have on hand. Bits of wired ribbon, raffia, gift shred, strings of beads can be used in the center. And there's no reason to limit them to gifts - Why couldn't you add an antique brooch or button to the center and adorn a hat or purse? Let your imagination run with it! Here are a couple of other examples...








    Plain white fabric, starched. For the final step, place a pinch of fine iridescent gift shred in the center and tie it all together with a strip of the white fabric instead of pipe cleaner.














    If you're lucky enough to have silk scraps, the type used for home decorating, you'll love making bows with it! The fabric needs no starch since the silk has a body of it's own. It has an elegant sheen and frays a little when handled which add interest to your finished bow. I've added a bit of iridescent gift shred and a string of plastic pearls I had on hand.






      
    Have fun gifting!

    1.05.2012

    Fresh! Start for 2012 at New Seasons Market



    Let's help the little ones start the New Year with a healthy positive attitude towards wholesome fresh fruits and veggies!






    Bring the kids and join me at the New Seasons Market
    weekly "Kid's Day" kick off event.

        Book reading/sing along
        Crafts - kids make their own chef's hat
        Food tasting - "Try something new!"
        Original Illustrations on exhibit
        Book signing
     



    Sunday, January 15, 2012
    1:00pm

    New Seasons Market, Fishers Landing
    2100B SE 164th Ave.
    Vancouver, WA 98683
    360.760.5005  

     We Eat Food That's Fresh! 
    is for sale at New Seasons Market. 
    I'll be happy to dedicate your copy 
    after the scheduled activities.




    12.24.2011

    IF - Messenger

    Have a Happy, Joyful, Merry Christmas!
    And Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends!
     
    digital and pastel on paper
    7.5 x 7.5

    12.17.2011

    IF - Sink

    The Illustration Friday topic for this week is Sink.

    Don't you wish kids were always this happy about helping out around the house?
    From Wash the Dishes by Geneus English, LLC
    This illustration started out as a  pencil sketch. I scanned it, cleaned up the sketch and painted the color in photoshop.

    12.11.2011

    IF - Separate

    This week the subject for Illustration Friday is Separate


    Pastel on PastelMat   12 x 9.5
     I've been having fun with this stout little girl and her tall timid friend. I had been working many long hours digitally painting illustrations and I was ready to revisit my beloved pastels, pencil and paper when I started this piece.



    I was happy with the original drawing layout, but I wanted the giraffe to have more character, so he got a redo.
    I traced my original drawing onto PastelMat using a light box (which doubles as my sliding glass door). I like PastelMat for illustration, because it takes a lot of layers of pastel like sanded papers, but it is much smoother, so it's easier to do a small illlustration with details.  

     
    Next, I blocked in the main color with PanPastels using the large oval sponge applicator at first, then the small wands. The Pan Pastels cover a large area and blend easily. You can see their painterly effect in the clouds. Last, I finished off the details with colored pencil, though I have to admit that I'm feeling the urge to go back and define some edges a little more, since some of the detail was lost when it was photographed. 

    I'm having so much fun with these two characters, that I'm sure they'll pop up in another illustration soon!

    12.05.2011

    IF - Brigade

    This is my vision for the Illustration Friday subject this week - a brigade of peace makers, starting with one...

    "Peace"
    6.5 x 6.5
    pastel on paper


    This is another illustration that I used the process of scanning the original sketch. I then edited it in Photoshop, changing the pencil lines to black and blue. I also filled in the darkest areas with blue to avoid white paper showing through (below). I printed the photoshopped image on Canson paper and finished it with soft pastels and pastel pencils (above).

    Finally, I scanned the completed illustration, printed it and tore the paper right to the edges of the image. Here's the finished product as a Christmas greeting card.

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