Creative Break: Floorcloth Fun!


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I needed to take a creative break from work and rediscovered floorcloths. I started making them about 20 years ago and love them. They are fairly easy to do and surprisingly versatile. I get a roll of 12 or 14 oz primed cotton canvas and cut out pieces, usually for table runners, pet bowl mats or door/kitchen sink/shoe mats.


I paint with acrylic, often using characters from my stories. Then a coat or two of varnish and outline with a sharpie and another coat of varnish. Here’s one for my cats’ bowls:


And my front door WELCOME mat:


I put some plastic, grippy carpet stuff under the mats so they stay in place and feel a little cushy under your feet. AND…you clean them with your favorite spray cleaner. Easy. Once I finish the elephants and the cats in the second picture, I’ll do a #giveaway on Twitter to celebrate :))


Practical Tips for the Bologna Book Fair

When I got back from the Bologna Book Fair last year I jotted down a few practical notes, because, as a writer/illustrator who was looking to connect with international publishers, I wasn’t as prepared as I might have been. I organized them into an article and submitted it to SCBWI, the wonderful professional organization to which I belong.

I am so happy that the article just came out in the Winter SCWI Bulletin. And I want to wish the Bologna Book Fair  2016 and all those who attend:

Ecco a quest’anno! Here’s to this year!

Tips for Bologna


The big wall at the Bologna Book Fair where you can post your promotional materials.


And plenty of opportunity for illustrators to show their work at the exhibitor booths.



Coloring Fun: Cats, Stamps, Pointillism


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pointillist coloring

I was experimenting with different coloring techniques on a black and white photocopy printed on Staples’ best card stock. The cats were done in watercolor and sharpie. Then I added some rubber stamping and sharpie pointillism for a different background, plus details and cat colors in metallic gel pens. If you’d like to try, here’s a pdf of the design:


Musical Cats Coloring


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