Starter Kit Giveaway #3 & Peek Inside #1 ~ Altered Storybook

This little book wangled it's way onto the cover of my book 'The Artistic Mother'.

It is also the feature of the project for Week Seven in the book's workshop. Due to space limitations in the book you only get to see a couple of pages. I thought it would be fun to show the rest of the story.

The story is called 'Annie loves drawing'. I love to write little stories in a voice that my kids like to hear. A story that is all about the little bits of their lives. I have lots of these little books. I will be sharing more of them over the summer.

Here are the pages of 'Annie loves drawing' as it meant to be read:

"once there was a little girl named Annie
she had two big sisters, laura and Lily"

"both of whom could draw lovely pictures"

"Annie loved her big sisters so much
she wanted to be just like them
one day she picked up a marker
and started to draw!"

"she drew with her left hand
and right hand"  [note to friends & relatives - yep Annie seems to be Ambidexterity]

"and after that Annie drew every morning
when her sisters were doing school
Annie loves drawing!"

There you go, so simple, I used photos from their everyday life. They are not all from the same time or photoshoot, but they come together to tell the story. And best of all, Annie loves to hear this book. It is about her, so what is not to love?



I have put together a collage supply kit to help someone get going on some collage art. I have included some of my favorite supplies. This is the 3rd of 4 kits I am giving away this month. If you would like to win the third box simply LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST! Even if you commented on the last post, to enter for this one, you gotta comment here. I would get way too confused if I tried to combine them! I hope you understand. You don't have to say anything clever, just hello, especially if you have entered twice!

To recap for first time visitors....

Here are the rules:
1) Anyone can enter to win these supplies, you don't have to have my book (but of course I would love it if you did, that way I know these supplies are going to their intended use :)
2) Leave a comment in this post.
3) Comments will close at noon on Thursday April 22 and then I will draw for the winner.
4) If you add me to your blog roll (or already have) you can leave a 2nd comment and have a second chance of winning. But you must leave me 2 comments to be entered twice.
5) If you win, I will announce it here next Thursday and you can send me your address and I will mail you your supplies.

Here are the supplies in this 'Artistic Mother Starter Kit' (pictured right):
These are all part of the essential tool box suggested in my book:
1) A box of my favorite water-soluble oil pastels - Portfolio Series by Crayola
2) X-acto craft knife with #11 blade
3) an 8oz tub of gesso
4) A tube of gel medium - which can be used as a glue and a varnish
5) 4B pencil
6) 4 sheets of my stamped handmade papers to add to your 'Art Stash'
7) My favorite glue stick - Scotch Permanent Glue Stick

Project related things:
8) A Daler Rowney 80 page, 5.5 x 8.5 sketch book/journal (for Week 2 project in my book's workshop)
9) 9 4x4 fabric squares (for Week 3 project)
10) Balsa wood (for Week 5 project)
11) Butterfly image sheet (for Week 5 project)
12) A 6x8 canvas panel (for Week 6 project)

I have this one and 1 more of these kits to give away next Saturday. If you don't win this one you can try again next week! And again, you don't have to own my book to enter ~ as long as you will use them in the next year to make something I am happy!

NOTE on the products - These were not donated by anyone, I purchased them myself and unless stated I do not recommending them over another company's products. In fact I have never used this brand of gesso or gel medium! I am sure they are good though. I have used this brand of craft knife, canvas, glue stick and Water soluble oil pastels. The sketchbooks turned out a little bigger and fatter than I imagined, but all the more for you and they have perforated tear out pages which is a nice touch! 


Mindy at the Wishstudio has recently unveiled her new look, new location Wishstudio. It is worth a look. The site is beautifully designed and her content is really comprehensive. The "wishstudio is the place for you to create, share your stories and talents, find togetherness, experience life and joy, and discover your very best self." I love this vision.

I will be doing a mother and child workshop along side Tracey Clark, Stephanie Lee and Pixie Campbell and in the Fall on the Wishstudio. Wow what a wonderful group to belong to! I am in the planning stage right now. Details to follow


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