Free Colouring Sheet!

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I’m busy drawing some new illustrations for the poem ‘Where Do Your Parents Go At Night?’ by Dom Conlon.  I’ll show you those when they are all finished. In the meantime, I’ve made this colouring sheet based on one of my new drawings.  Just click on the picture above to go to Inkology.co.uk and download the colouring sheet for free!

Don’t forget to show me or Dom the results! And let your kids colour it too. x

 

Astro Poetica: Free mini poem book to download and make.

Something to do with the kids in the holidays. Or on your own. 🙂

I’ve been busy experimenting with making little origami books in different forms and I thought I’d like to share the fun, so I’ve designed a poem book for you to download and make at home.  The poem is from Astro Poetica by Dom Conlon.  The illustrations are new.

download-36All you need to do is download the PDF from Inkology here, print it out and get cutting, folding and glueing!  Full instructions are included. You will need computer paper, glue and cardboard (a cereal box would be ideal).  I used coated photo paper to print out my book, but it will work with any computer paper.

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Once you’ve made it and know how it’s done you could experiment with making your own books, be creative, experiment with paper, ideas, words, pictures….

A full set of photos of me making the book are here.

Merry Christmas!

Five poems for children: 4

A nonsense poem. I love nonsense poems. There are many goods ones. Edward Lear is a favourite of mine, you can read some of his nonsense verse here.

This one is by Dom Conlon.  I like it a lot. It’s also the first thing I ever drew an illustration for.  I think I’ve improved. You can see other, better illustrations for this poem here.

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Five poems for children: 3

A poem about by Gavin Ewart about his elderly cat.  I read this poem many years ago and remembered it when my cat, Hobbes, was elderly.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a copy of the poem and looked for it for years.  When Dom suggested sharing children’s poems leading up to National Poetry Day, I took at look at the Children’s Poetry Archive site for inspiration. There was the poem. 🙂

The photo is of Hobbes. Enjoying the sun in his last summer. 🙂

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Hardback (with cat).

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Sunday lolling in the conservatory with the cat and a good book.  ‘Astro Poetica’ in hardback.  It’s so nice to hold it’s putting a big smile on my face. The cover is shiny black and silver.  It has a couple of extra poems and illustrations and if you’re quick you’ll get a piece of free art (by me) when you buy it.

You may have noticed that Leo modelled for one of the illustrations.