I have recently published my first picture book ( A Wonderful Thing to Win) on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. I really enjoyed working on this illustration where the bright blue balloon is “floating on its own next to the moon”. Thought I would share it with you all.
I have recently published my first picture book entitled A Wonderful Thing to Win. The whole process was exciting and challenging. It felt like everyday I had butterflies in my stomach.
Once the story was written I realised very quickly that a children’s story needs illustrations. When I first challenged myself to illustrate the book I had a very definite starting point – to draw or design Owen and Carson.
This week I have been looking through some of the first illustrations and designs. I used graph paper and pencil to play around with shapes and styles, and boy were there a lot of them!
Here are a few below.
It was a great feeling to finally settle on a design/ style for Owen & Carson’s Bright Blue Balloon. At this point it felt like the journey had finally begun.
Just had to take some time to talk about this beautifully illustrated book: A Recipe for Playtime by Peter Bentley & Sarah Massini. We discovered it on a recent library trip and it’s been a big hit, particularly for Carson (and me).
The story is written like a recipe but is about all the fun things to do at playtime, like paint, play hide-and-seek and much more.
“Take a box of coloured blocks. Lift up lid. Tip up box. See them rising… add one more… See them TUMBLE to the floor.”
After all the fun it’s time to snuggle with a good book and have a nap.
“Softly, softly, creep away. Soon we’ll be back to play.”
I love how the story is written like you are following a recipe. The colourful illustrations and rhyming text adds to the enjoyment of the book.
We recommend following this recipe, the best recipe ever!
I have always hoped to be a writer and have always loved writing poetry and stories. In recent years (after becoming a Mum) I have been immersed in a world of creativity and imagination where anything is possible. We go on daily adventures through imaginative play (to the land of dinosaurs or to the moon) and children’s literature (some books are copies I have from childhood and others are on our kindle e-reader). The sky is the limit and it is amazing to have the opportunity to revisit childhood and just imagine, be anything you want to be, tap into your creativity.
About a year ago I started writing a story inspired by my boys entitled A Wonderful Thing to Win It’s been a great adventure writing and illustrating this book and I am so excited to announce its now available exclusively on Amazon kindle and Kindle Unlimited (in all Amazon stores) [ search for ASIN B07GCPJ3FQ]
I always know when August has arrived because around 10:20pm we can hear the fireworks from the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (I had the pleasure of attending the event a few years ago and it has become one of my treasured memories). A few evenings ago I was looking for some inspiration and almost immediately the sound of fireworks caught my attention. This poem and illustration followed.
Nothing beats a good bedtime story. We love reading before bedtime and have a a few favourite titles that never seem to get old.
Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Nick East is one of our favourites. The pages have been turned and turned. It was a 2nd birthday gift from one of our dear friends (Owen’s first friend in fact) and we have been reading it ever since. Owen (4.5 years old) and Carson (recently turned 2) throughly enjoy Goodnight Tractor. They love to get involved and say the words with us.
“the stars are out, it’s time for bed so say goodnight my sleepy head”
The story helps set the tone for bedtime as we follow a little boy on his night time routiene. Where he says goodnight to his toy farm, including the animals, combine and tractor of course.
“Goodnight donkey. Goodnight duck. Goodnight pig and goodnight sheep…”
The rhyming text is complimented by fantastic illustrations which both transport us into a night time farm setting.
We most definitely recommend reading Goodnight Tractor.