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.

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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:

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And my front door WELCOME mat:

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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

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

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

 

 

Coloring Fun: Cats, Stamps, Pointillism

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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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