When I started my children’s picture book I had it in mind that I would create a series of sketches and mixed media paintings.
But I had no idea how to make those pieces work as a picture book.
It has taken a lot of trying and retrying, but I am having so much fun with these new paintings.
I was having trouble making my paintings fit a storybook. So I added on to every piece to make it flow as you turned the page.
My book is about monsters in your closet. As the story goes along, the reader is invited to follow the monsters and see where they live. It was especially fun to add on illustrations of whimsical houses in the woods.
As I added to each painting, I started the new piece the same way I had done the original, repeating the background I remembered to achieve a similar look and layered effect.
No matter what I am creating, I always try and remember to have fun. Without play, my work always turns out so tense and I get completely caught up in the perfectionism of it all.
I can’t wait to share the published book with you (very soon)!
Ps. If you’d like to paint together, there’s an incredible group gathered already for my new online class PAINTING FOR THE HEART – A Mini Course. Click here to join us anytime.