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.
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.
What do you think of when you hear “Comicon”? I’m guessing your top 3 would likely include comic books, nerd herds, and costumes. Excuse me, epic costumes. That’s what I thought three years ago. Then I attended one for the first time. Now my top 3 would be inspiration, imagination, and motivation. Why? Because of the … More Top 3: Inspiring Tales from the Con
What do you do with all those postcards and travel brochures amassed on trips? Store them, only to ditch them on a future organizational rampage? Add them to that scrapbooking basket gathering dust on the shelf? Hope they’ll magically transform into something amazing? Well, it’s time to save them. Here are 10 easy ways to … More 10 Uses for Postcards and Travel Brochures
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:
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.
Psychology has long utilized creative exercises as a healing balm for grief. But sometimes an unexpected consequence of grief (as I have personally discovered) can be creativity, or more specifically an intense, driving passion for some vision of the soul that requires you to create it. That’s why I am intimately drawn to Kirsty Mitchell. … More Inspiring Minds: Kirsty Mitchell
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
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.
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: