Calling All Eco Art Supplies!

By heather at 4:26 pm on Friday, December 11, 2009

environmentally friendly eco art supplies

Finding eco-art supplies has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, and had a chance a couple weeks back to really do some research and order some environmentally friendly alternatives to some of the art supplies I use regularly. Being a full-time Mom I’m also keen on green art supplies for children… and happily there is more demand for eco-kids art supplies than for professional grade, so I was able to easily find a selection of crayons, paints, markers, pencils & papers to try. I’ll be posting reviews here on my blog of both professional grade and children’s eco-art supplies, and compiling them all on my new list of Green Art Supplies. Am so excited to give these a go, especially my new Canadian 100% Recycled Eco-Jot sketchbook.

If you know of any great environmentally friendly art supplies, or have tried any yourself that you like please let me know!

P.S. To reduce the carbon footprint of ordering these art supplies online, I ordered all my new supplies (save one item!) from the same online shop. Making one order from one location, rather than ordering individual items from multiple locations, is an easy way to care for the environment as it saves on the extra resources (fuel, packaging, purchase orders) used to ship multiple items.

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Back from Canada

By heather at 5:13 pm on Monday, August 3, 2009

photo heather castles waterlily algonquin park canada

Just got back yesterday from our nearly 7 week trip to Canada to visit family & friends. Was a great holiday, starting with two weeks in Kelowna, followed by a week or so each in Toronto, Michigan, Ottawa, and Algonquin Park. I stumbled across some great art while there (see Miriam Dwyer, Wanda Martin Hicks, and Andrea Ross), took the plunge and bought an Intuos Wacom tablet, and even bought a few bags of the Truly Kettle Chips I did the illustration for. So lots of goodies to share with you all over the next few weeks!

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A Plethora of Paper Dolls!

By heather at 5:14 am on Friday, November 7, 2008

Oh my, I just stumbled across Hazelruthe, a blog full of eclectic vintage sewing inspiration, including this post on paper dolls which makes me want to get my scissors out and cut something!

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Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass

By heather at 1:11 am on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

alice in wonderland harry rountree

This is the other treasure I picked up for $10 from the antique flea-market here in Adelaide last week… a copy of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.” I’m not sure how old it is as there isn’t a publication/print date, and it’s missing it’s dust jacket (which I prefer anyway!)… but the book has some lovely plate illustrations by Harry Rountree, placing it at being printed around 1908.

alice in wonderland harry rountree

alice in wonderland harry rountree

alice in wonderland harry rountree

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One Man’s Junk | Vintage Pencil Tin

By heather at 2:11 pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

antique pencil tin

I found some treasures at an antique flea-market here in Adelaide on the weekend, including this vintage Cumberland pencil tin… not sure what I’ll do with it but I liked it!

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In The Picture | Interview with Quentin Blake

By heather at 6:14 pm on Monday, September 15, 2008

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before (here & here!) that I LOVE Quentin Blake’s illustration style, he’s such an inspiration! I enjoyed reading this transcribed interview with Quentin on the Children In The Picture website, here’s a snippit that totally captures what it’s like to develop a character for a children’s picturebook :

“The process begins with immersing yourself in it. You have to learn the book really and the book, the text, is the guide to the illustrator, that’s my view of it, but of course you start off, once you have read it a few times, you start off by drawing and its very interesting because there are some descriptions of the characters but you don’t really know them until you have drawn them so you start drawing and you sort of find out what they are like by drawing…. It’s is a very strange experience because you start drawing, even with characters of my own, by the time I have got to the finished illustrations in the book, you can look at the early ones that you started doing and they are not the same and you think “Oh, it doesn’t look like him”. It is a very strange experience, you’ve got to know them like a person, but you have to do it by drawing.  You can think something but that does not really produce the appearance of that person and what they are like.” – Quentin Blake

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Good-bye, Baby Max | Talking to Kids About Death

By heather at 4:39 am on Saturday, June 28, 2008

I just read an interesting article by Angie Wagner over at AOL Australia Lifestyle on Talking to Kids About Death. Wagner has interviewed Diane Cantrell, author of our book “Good-bye, Baby Max,” which is about a kindergarten classroom who deals with the loss of their classroom pet. Diane provides a lovely honest perspective on talking about death with little kids, offering the advice to not be afraid of discussing it with your children.

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Just One More Book | Love of Reading Logo Call for Entries

By heather at 5:36 am on Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My favourite children’s book review podcast, Just One More Book, is coming up to it’s 400th episode this July… and to celebrate the love of reading they’ve invited children’s book illustrators to come up with a logo for their website. Mark & Andrea are a lovely couple whose love of reading with their children is truly apparant through their podcasts… they’ve received some great submissions already, including this awesome one by one of my favourite illustrators/writers, Oliver Jeffers… as well as artwork by some very tallented kiddies! Deadline for entries is June 15th, 2008… Happy drawing!

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Artist Quotes | Unknown

By heather at 1:29 am on Monday, March 24, 2008

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” – Unknown

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Template for The Cute Character

By heather at 1:28 am on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

disney cute character diagram

If only I’d known it was this simple :) I came across the above here.

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