I feel so honored to be featured on Handmade Philly today:
I thought I’d share a book that was given to the kids by their grandmother some time ago, and I’ve since fallen in love with it. The Secret Seahorse, by Stella Blackstone. It’s a cute little story that has an added element of a hidden seahorse in each full-page spread. Even though the boys have read it enough times that the little seahorse’s secret is out, they don’t grow tired of it. Neither do I.
More than the story, however, I find that the pictures are what keep me coming back time and time again. As a child, I wasn’t much for reading, but I loved getting lost in intricate illustrations of sea life, forest life, anything nature-oriented. I guess not much has changed!
All of the illustrations are done in felt and vintage fabrics, buttons, trims, and stitched by hand. The bright colors, the rich layouts, and the intricate detail are just fascinating to me. I guess being an artist who also fell in love with fabric, this is something that I find wildly inspiring.
The artist, Clare Beaton, clearly has some skills. Not only is it obvious the woman can draw, but her stitching is impeccable. Her work, to me, is the perfect marriage of the two mediums.
If you check it out, I hope you find it as charming as I do. I’m curious… what’s inspiring you lately (doesn’t have to be a book)?
Max came home from school the other week with a cute little project that I thought I would adapt & share. It’s easy and versatile- I basically just scanned a fancy picture frame that can be printed out & filled in by little (or big) budding Picasso’s and Kahlo’s:
Or, if you prefer, some oval fussiness:
You can either print them out onto white paper, then let your little (or big) person draw their masterpiece within the frame, or, go a little further and print it on a color paper of your choice, cut out the middle, & frame around an existing drawing.
Just click on the above images to open them in a new window & print- I tried to get them the right size for printing, but you may have to resize beforehand- I would recommend doing a “print preview” to see if it needs adjusting, which you should be able to do from the preview screen. Let me know if you need help, & I’ll give it my best college try. Feel free to make several copies to give art projects a little added flair. This is Max’s self-portrait:
I was also thinking these frames might be cute for other paper projects, such as collages, silhouettes, etc. Have fun.
*** Update ***
You’ll have to resize the images from your print preview screen to at least 150%, but no larger than 167% for the rectangle, or 187% for the oval to get the most out of your 8½” x 11″ sheet of paper. Sorry for the confusion!
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