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Good bye to Live Journal

December 29th, 2011 (09:12 am)

I don't seem to be coming here much now that I'm on Twitter and Facebook. I also have my regular blog. Please follow me there. I will be deleting this account with the new year.

A page of snowflakes to color in the New Year http://bit.ly/tOadQ4

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Solstice and Chanukah coloring pages:

December 22nd, 2011 (08:42 am)
current mood: geeky





Happy Holidays! Enjoy. :D

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Penguins bring home the tree – coloring page

Originally published at . You can comment here or there.

penguins by Wendy Martin copyright 2011 It’s been a hectic few weeks for me. I did get my house decorated on the rare sunny day last week. It felt good. The penguins for you to color are heading home with their fresh tree.

Click the image to open a .jpg to print and color. Email your colored image (less than 1mb) to coloringpage (at) handcraftedpagan (dot) com and I’ll post it to my blog!

It seems that all these things I want to be involved in and do all have the same time frame for their deadlines. So, even though I am working non-stop to catch up, I feel as if I am not getting much done.

Maybe my lists are too long and I need to prioritize better.

I did manage to come up with my 30 ideas for Picture Book Idea Month. A huge shout out thank you for Tara Lazar, the organizer and head honcho! Take a visit over to her blog for all things picture book if you haven’t seen it already. Now that I have a pile of picture book ideas, I signed up for 12X12. Another challenge to come up with 12 finished picture book drafts in 2012. That would be one a month. A lot more than my usual one every five years. I feel a need for speed.

Speaking of challenges. Last December I signed up for the Of the Shelf book reading contest. I am 3/4 of the way through my LAST entry to meet that challenge. It’s tough going though. The book is non-fiction and written much like a masters thesis. I can only read a few pages at a sitting before my brain cries uncle and I have to move on to other activities. I will do this though. I’m just THAT close. It’s a matter of personal pride now.

The Picture Book Month initiative went viral just after the half way point in November after an entry on the Oprah blog, Life Lift. Now, the other founders and I have the year long behind the scenes work to make it even better and bigger for nest year.

The winter holidays are fast approaching, and with it many people are examining goals and wishes for 2012. What are yours? I think mine should be NOT to sign up for any more challenges!

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Enjoy the coloring page! See you next week!

Do you have a special request for a coloring page? Let me know either via an email or through one of my social networking sites. I’m on Twitter and Facebook.

I send out coloring pages to let people know about me, my art and my children’s books. Help support my efforts by spreading the word or buying any of my books. Please stop by any of my social networking sites to leave me a message (here is good too!) and let me know how you like the coloring pages. Remember, I provide these pages free of charge for your own personal use. Do not reproduce them or use them for any other purpose without my written permission.

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Nutcracker Brigade for you to color

Originally published at . You can comment here or there.

nutcracker coloring page by wendy martin copyright 2011Sign up to receive alerts when a new coloring page is posted each week and/or click here to view more coloring pages!

Click the image to open a .jpg to print and color. Email your colored image (less than 1mb) to coloringpage (at) handcraftedpagan (dot) com and I’ll post it to my blog!

Enjoy the coloring page! See you next week!

Do you have a special request for a coloring page? Let me know either via an email or through one of my social networking sites. I’m on Twitter and Facebook.

I send out coloring pages to let people know about me, my art and my children’s books. Help support my efforts by spreading the word or buying any of my books. Please stop by any of my social networking sites to leave me a message (here is good too!) and let me know how you like the coloring pages. Remember, I provide these pages free of charge for your own personal use. Do not reproduce them or use them for any other purpose without my written permission.

 

This week’s prompt from http://illustrationfriday.com/ is Brigade.

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Dancing Turkey to color and an IF entry

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free coloring page copyright 2011 wendy martinHere in the US, Thanksgiving is looming on the horizon. After spending Thursday in a turkey induced comma, many people begin their long holiday weekends with the festooning of seasonal lights all over their homes. Some of them include exterior lights and in my town, there is even a contest to see who has the best lawn display.

When I was growing up, my family’s home was the only one on the block to remain “dark.” When I became an adult, I spent a long time in city apartments with no outside living space. When my daughter was 3, I bought a house with a little postage stamp of a yard. Whoa! I could decorate to my heart’s content.

After careful consideration, I purchased some balsam garlands and giant red ribbons. I draped them along the stair railings leading up to the front door. I bought a small, decorated rosemary tree, the live-in-a-pot with roots kind and a tiny string of purple flashing lights. I was in heaven.

Later, when my daughter got older, I decided this didn’t really involve her enough in the holiday spirit. I continued with the balsam boughs and ribbons, (still do that now) but dispensed with the potted plant. Instead, we made our own decorations. Here are some links to a couple of her favorites.

Watercolor paper chain garlands http://ohhappyday.com/2010/12/watercolor-paper-chain-garland/ Pick your favorite colors or seasonal ones for the holiday you celebrate in your home.

Popcorn and cranberry strings http://artesprit.blogspot.com/2010/12/simple-art-of-making-popcorn-chains.html

Click the image to open a .jpg to print and color. Email your colored image (less than 1mb) to coloringpage (at) handcraftedpagan (dot) com and I’ll post it to my blog!

Speaking of cranberries, this is my recipe for a unique and tasty cranberry relish. Much better than the glop from the can.

1 bag of fresh cranberries, water, sugar, 1 large pomegranate, 1 small can of mandarin oranges, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract and a package of unflavored gelatin.

Follow the directions for the plain cranberry sauce on the back of the package of cranberries. This uses just the cranberries, water and sugar. While the cranberries are cooking and popping open, slice the pomegranate in quarters and pick out all the seeds. This is a fun (if really messy) task to do with your kids. Make sure you get the BIG pomegranate so the little ones can eat some of the seeds will making a pile of the rest.

Follow the directions for the unflavored gelatin to dissolve in water. By this time the cranberries should have all popped open and removed from the heat to cool. (When they are cooled slightly taste test them to see if they are sweet enough for your family. I like mine tart, but if you want a sweeter relish add a bit of honey.) After they have cooled for 10-15 minutes, add the dissolved gelatin, 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon and vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp each of the nutmeg and allspice. Stir well and let cool some more. While the mixture is cooling, rough chop 1/2 cup of walnuts (skip this step if nuts aren’t your thing), open the small can of mandarin oranges and drain of the syrup.

Gently mix in the nuts, oranges and pomegranate seeds into the cooling cranberry mixture. Transfer to a nice covered serving bowl and refrigerate until set. Serve with the rest of your turkey dinner. Yum.

The coloring page for this week was at the request of one of my young fans. When her mom told me what she wanted, I asked why the turkey was dancing, wouldn’t it make more sense if it was running away? She replied the child was too young to connect the image of the bird with the cooked one on the table and didn’t realize the turkeys got eaten.

Enjoy the coloring page! If you are in the US, enjoy the holiday. And most of all enjoy the crafts and time spent with your children.

See you next week!

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Do you have a special request for a coloring page? Let me know either via an email or through one of my social networking sites. I’m on Twitter and Facebook.

I send out coloring pages to let people know about me, my art and my children’s books. Help support my efforts by spreading the word or buying any of my books. Please stop by any of my social networking sites to leave me a message (here is good too!) and let me know how you like the coloring pages. Remember, I provide these pages free of charge for your own personal use. Do not reproduce them or use them for any other purpose without my written permission.

 

This week’s prompt from http://illustrationfriday.com/ is Vanity.

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What is the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco?

November 16th, 2011 (02:30 pm)
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Originally published at . You can comment here or there.

If you’ve visited my home page (http://wendymartinillustration.com) you’ll see me describe my illustration as having an Art Nouveau flair. I’ve gotten several comments asking how to tell the difference between Art Nouveau and other art, such as the following period, Art Deco style.

This video does a nice job of explaining the differences of the two styles. http://youtu.be/2_4j2WPzSKU

Art Deco style
Art Deco style
Art Nouveau style
Art Nouveau style


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Squirrels hibernating coloring page

Originally published at . You can comment here or there.

 

squirrels coloring page copyright 2011 Wendy Martin I love watching squirrels play tag in the back yard. They seem to delight in the game in spite of the encroaching winter heralded by blasts of chilly winds.

Usually, when I come out the house, they see me and scamper willy-nilly in all directions to escape my presence.

Usually.

This weekend, I left the house to run to the post office before it closed. On the air conditioning unit, about 5 feet from the door, sat a squirrel completely absorbed by the acorn he was consuming. The door clicked shut, and the squirrel dropped his acorn and leaped from the unit.

I assumed he would run away from me and walked toward the steps on the end of the porch only to come face-to-face with a very startled squirrel. I was pretty startled myself and stepped backwards. The squirrel scrabbled off the trash can onto the chimney, bring him even closer to my face. I’ve never looked a squirrel in the eye before, and am not interested in doing so again.

I think the squirrel had the same kind of thoughts as it scolded me as it climbed up the chimney and onto the roof. He continued scolding as I made my way to the car, and I could hear him still as I drove off.

Today’s coloring page is a pair of squirrels. Silent in their cuddling hibernation, they will be scolding no one for a while.

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Click the image to open a .jpg to print and color. Email your colored image (less than 1mb) to coloringpage (at) handcraftedpagan (dot) com and I’ll post it to my blog!

I send out coloring pages to let people know about me, my art and my children’s books. Help support my efforts by spreading the word or buying any of my books. Please stop by any of my social networking sites to leave me a message (here is good too!) and let me know how you like the coloring pages. Remember, I provide these pages free of charge for your own personal use. Do not reproduce them or use them for any other purpose without my written permission.

 

This week’s prompt from http://illustrationfriday.com/ is Silent.

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School friends – another free coloring page for you

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free coloring page shcool friends copyright 2011 Wendy MartinSign up to receive alerts when a new coloring page is posted each week and/or click here to view more coloring pages!

Do you have a special request for a coloring page? Let me know either via an email or through one of my social networking sites. I’m on Twitter and Facebook.

Click the image to open a .jpg to print and color. Email your colored image (less than 1mb) to coloringpage (at) handcraftedpagan (dot) com and I’ll post it to my blog!

I send out coloring pages to let people know about me, my art and my children’s books. Help support my efforts by spreading the word or buying any of my books. Please stop by any of my social networking sites to leave me a message (here is good too!) and let me know how you like the coloring pages. Remember, I provide these pages free of charge for your own personal use. Do not reproduce them or use them for any other purpose without my written permission.

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Picture Book Month – celebrating literacy with early reading

November 1st, 2011 (09:26 am)

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Join founders Dianne De Las Casas, Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Katie Davis, Tara Lazar, Wendy Martin Illustration & more in celebrating Picture Book Month! Peek from Dianne: “Picture books celebrate childhood. They speak universal truths and help children better understand the world around them. They are often a child’s first exposure to fine art and poetic language.”

Picture Book Month logoYes, I’m one of the founders. That’s what happens when you speak up for something you feel strongly about on Twitter. You get drafted before you even know it.

Picture Book Month is the result of a Twitter brainstorm with the above people and others speaking their minds on how the picture book needs some love. After the ill-conceived NY Times article declaring the picture book dead, authors and illustrators talked back. The print picture book is not dead, is very much alive and vital and a needed tool in helping children on their road to literacy.

Picture books teach many things beyond the story in their pages. They also help to form lasting and loving bonds between parent and child.

Find out more about the founders who are interviewed in a pod cast here.

Visit the Picture Book Month web site for daily blogs from picture book authors and ilustrators from around the world. (Suzanne Bloom, Denise Fleming, Leslie Helakoski, Eric A. Kimmel, Tammi Sauer, Dan Yaccarino, and Jane Yolen to name a few) On the web site you can also download images and activity sheets, a cool calendar, and if you are so inclined become a supporter. Tell your child’s school, you local library and indie bookseller. There’s plenty of room for everybody to climb on board to celebrate.

Read * Share * Celebrate!

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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2011 (02:57 pm)

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free coloring page copyright 2011 Wendy Martin

The last day of October. Ghosts and goblins galore will flood the streets tonight. Except in part of the Northeast where they are buried in snow and are dealing with downed lines and fallen trees. Please take a moment to send some ‘back to normal soon’ thoughts their way.

Here’s a Day of The Dead altar to color. Add your own fruits and vegetables for your ancestors.

To download a high res picture to color just click on the image.

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

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