There is a wonderful assortment of friendly, supportive and talented children’s book makers in Northern Ireland. We have banded together to create a space where we can connect with and celebrate all children’s book makers living in NI. A place to share about our authors and illustrators, awards, events, gatherings, good news and of course, books!
If you are a children’s book artist living in NI and hiding your talent under a bushel, then we want to hear about you, so we can share about you!
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Happy Halloween! 🎃
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will gift over 340,000 copies of “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!” to kids across the US this year!!
The program puts books into the hands of children who would most likely not have access to owning books otherwise.
I had a great time illustrating this book with Nancy Paulsen’s imprint at Penguin a few years ago. Delighted the book will reach such a huge number of young readers.
Here’s a fun activity to try at home!
You will need:
- Paint, makers or pencils
- Lollipop sticks
- String, twine or wool
1. Cut one piece of card for the base of your story scene. This will be the ground which you can paint or colour.
2. Fold another piece of card in half and open so that it can stand on the base piece. This is your background which can be painted with any art supplies you can find.
3. Draw or paint your characters and props on card and cut them out. A small folded piece of card attached to the back will let it stand freely.
4. Next, tape two lollipop sticks together (or maybe use a wooden skewer if you can find one). This can be balanced on the top of your 3D scene to hang pieces from. Use wool, twine or string taped to the back of your floating props.
5. Think about creating a wonderful place for your character to live. Does your character have a name? What’s its favourite thing to do?
Here are some prompts, but you can create anything you like! Let your imagination run wild….
A frog in a pond
A hedgehog at night
A fox creeps through the deep dark forest
The faerie kingdom
Tip: All of the pieces can be moved around. Try adding more characters and props, or mix and match different scenes to create new stories. Have fun!
Some of the work created in DIY printmaking sessions during my Creativity Lab at An Creagan
My artist residency at An Creagán Centre in Co Tyrone is underway. The Creativity Lab is open until 31st March and we have lots of fun events planned!
Thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for funding the residency.
A table plan I illustrated for my sister’s wedding. Congrats Amy & Aaron.