Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green…The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City
March 22, 2017 § 12 Comments
Easy as mudpies being GREEN… ChildrensGarden copy It’s Spring! Got Seeds?by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan – arrives in bookstores MAY 2, 2017 ~ my 65th birthday! Here’s A Peek at My Illustration Process:
I use GOUACHE (“goo-wash”), an opaque watercolor, on Arches 140 lb Cold Press (textured) watercolor paper, and Higgins “Black Magic” waterproof ink, in a technique called “Gouache & Ink Resist” which I learned over thirty years ago at
This technique celebrates backwards thinking…something my brain does naturally. What you want showing in the end is painted first to stain the paper. Gouache colors are mixed to a melty-soft ice cream consistency and applied thickly enough – details first – so when dry, the paint resists the ink. Paper is left blank wherever you want black or a black line.When the paint is dry it gets a layer of waterproof ink.When the ink’s dry, it gets a rinse at the sink! (below is the Cover Art) Water beating on the surface dissolves the paint, which runs, pushing the ink off itself in flecks……leaving a brilliant stain and earthy texture. Always a surprise.
I look the painting over for places where color washed away, not leaving enough of a stain, or where ink stuck too much. I wanted the packets to look fairly new, without much dirt on them, especially for very young readers to easily identify the plants and match them with flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing in the book garden.Because Gouache is opaque, it paints over excess ink nicely. The Sunflower packet in these two photos is a good example of before & after ‘touch-ups.Below is what the final endpaper painting looks like printed and bound. Carole and I can’t wait to personalize copies on the blank seed packet. The American Goldfinch seems curious to read them.The back endpaper features Carole’s and my bio, cleverly placed on the flip side of the Wildflower seeds by Sasquatch Books’ Little Bigfoot design team.Oh! I almost forgot – the green snail – it’s in every picture. Can’t wait for you to find it. Click HERE to read more – and buy! – The Children’s Garden on Sasquatch Books’ website. Thanks so much! And thanks too, for reading to a Child. xo Pierr