Inspiring Minds: Ed Emberley

I first heard about Ed Emberley at a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference. Ed has been making kids’ books since 1961, when his first book was declared an ALA winner. Since then, he’s illustrated more than 50 (!) children’s books, including Caldecott winners. But that wasn’t what caught my attention about Ed.

DIY Wall Art

What do you get when you combine these? I wasn’t sure, but I had a blank wall in my guest bedroom and two blank canvases daring me to find out. Time for some DIY wall art. Care to join me? Here’s the step by step.

Table of Contents

No, not a table of contents for a book or even this blog. A table of contents for you and your life. Last weekend I attended a creative writing workshop by Janie Miller, and that was one of the exercises:

The Making of a Mural

I found this video about the process of making of a mural absolutely fascinating (see below). I never cease to be amazed at the lengths people will go to for the sake of projecting beauty and creativity from the inside out.

T-Shirt Smock

Make your own kids’ art smock, in five minutes or less! It’s (a) easy, (b) takes two minutes—no sewing—and (c) lets your kid go all Jackson Pollock on that paint and paper, worry free. All you need is an adult-size t-shirt. Then you can create this: Well, yours probably won’t be a Myth videogame smock like Szaba’s (unless you’re … More T-Shirt Smock

Living Art

If I won the lottery (which would be pretty difficult, since I don’t play it), I would commission a house that’s a living art piece. As in, a piece of art you live in. Stick with me here. There is a point that pertains to you.

Inspiring Minds: Dalton Ghetti

My friend April recently posted a link to Dalton Ghetti’s tiny pencil art on Facebook with the simple, eloquent comment, “People are amazing.” After seeing pictures of Dalton’s work and learning more about him, I couldn’t agree more. My favorite quote from the artist: