Adult Colouring Tutorial - Stage 7 Details: How not to make a colourful mess: patchwork rabbit
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Adult Colouring Tutorial #1:- How not to make a colourful mess!

Free Colouring Pages: Kids colouring page - Patchwork Rabbit
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Free colouring pages – Patchwork Rabbit

School drawing competition. Eye and imagination winning drawing by prep student Jed Fraser Monbulk Primary School
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Monbulk Primary School has great imagination!

Students of imagination at Monbulk Primary School

Take a look at the clever drawings from the students of Monbulk Primary School! Some students entered the eye and imagination competition for a chance to win one of 2 books. The winners are Jed Frazer (Prep class) and Samantha Daly (2/3 class). Well done everyone who entered. All the entries where brilliant!

If you haven’t seen it yet this is the video I created about using your imagination creatively. (At the time I posted this it is positioned on the side bar) It uses a simple illustration of an eye and turns it into all sorts of object. This is what the students did for their competition entries.

Monbulk Primary Students Montage of entries. Drawings for the eye and imagination competition.

Monbulk Primary Students Montage of entries. Drawings for the eye and imagination competition.

I was also impressed with some of the original ideas some students created like eyes-cream and the spider and web. There were impressive birds and animals of all kinds and the strange creatures were pretty popular.


Congratulations to all students who will receive a certificate this week. The prize winners will also receive a personalised certificate created just for them and their personally signed picture book. Well done Monbulk Primary, you all have wonderfully creative imaginations.

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #9
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Make these easy teddy cakes from my book.

In my new picture book I illustrated some teddy cakes that the character Nonna makes with Celia. I decided to recreate them in real life. I took a batch to Ivanhoe library where they were quickly gobbled up. I was told they were delicious  – I should have made more!

I am sharing the instructions here so educators and parents can enjoy this easy activity with their children. I don’t profess to be a cake decorator, my sister, Joy is the expert in that field I can honestly say this is an easy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate cup cakes
  • small light brown biscuits (I used Almond Florentines)
  • Pink Smarties
  • Small chocolate drops (or brown smarties)
  • Soft white vanilla Icing
  • Black writing icing

You will need:

  • piping bag
  • butter knife
  • a sink of soapy water
  • will power not to eat all the left-overs!

Gather all the ingredients:

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #2

Chocolate cup cakes. Make your own or buy them Chocolate chip is okay too.

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #3

Shop bought Almond Florentines where used for a “Italian Nonna” theme but some children don’t like the strong marzipan taste of these. You can use any light coloured biscuit this shape. These were approximately 2cm wide.

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #4

As I was making the cakes on a very tight time frame I used bought vanilla frosting in a small tub. The type that stays thick but soft.

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #5

Pink Smarties for the teddy’s noses and small chocolate cooking drops for eyes. Alternatively you can use the brown Smarties for eyes. Do what you will with the left-overs – yum!

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #1

Pretzels: we will loose a few to breakage but aim to break off the 2 sides like so. These will be our teddy’s ears. We will need enough for all our cakes.

When you have prepared your pretzel ears start assembling the nose. Spoon a good amount of icing into the piping bag and use to glue the pink Smarties to the florentines.

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #6

Using the black writing icing pipe the mouth on the florentines.

Then stick the whole florentine to the cup cakes, slightly offset, allowing room for the eyes on one side.

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #7

Making the eyes

Next, pipe a good amount of white icing onto the cupcake where the eyes will be. When we add the chocolate drop eyes the overflow will create part of the eye. Push each drop into the icing until almost touching the cake – but not quite!

Add a small amount of white icing to each end of the snapped off pretzel and push gently inot the cake until it grips. Ta-da!

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #8

Smile teddy!

Lat tip: If transporting your lovely teddy cakes, use a muffin tray so they don’t slip around. We don’t want teddy looking beat up, do we?!

Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #9

If you have some teddy cake pictures you would like to share here, I would love to see them.

Enjoy!

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download
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How to draw cartoon faces – basic cheat sheet for kids and teachers.

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Cartoon faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

An integration aid asked for a copy of my drawings I did at a literacy Expo. She wanted a cheat sheet. decided to upload it to share. I have created 2 page lesson sheet for anyone wanting to give drawing characters a go.

You begin with basic shapes, create eyes, noses and mouths, then mix and match the face parts to make characters. Jeanette Rowe, did a similar thing by using 2 pieces of paper. One to draw the parts and the next to trace over to make the faces.

Here are the parts I drew, cleaned up a little for a download:
My free cheat sheet for educators and parents (both sheets)

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Cartoon faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Free printables for kids. I Can Be Like Jesus- Colouring pages - Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.
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Better Than A Superhero free printables and teacher’s notes.

Hey kids, here are the free printables for my newest book, Better Than  Superhero!

Better than a superhero- children's books about Jesus

Better Than A Superhero

Teachers: Download Teachers Notes and printables for Better Than A Superhero (includes all printables below)

Click on the images to open and download a word search and colouring pages – enjoy!

Free printables for kids. Word Search for Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. Word Search for Better Than A Superhero.

Free printables for kids. I Can Be Like Jesus- Colouring pages - Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. I Can Be Like Jesus- Colouring pages – Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. Jesus Is My Friend - Colouring pages - Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. Jesus Is My Friend – Colouring pages – Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Slug In Love Illustration. Free colouring pages download. Free kids activities. Educational aids.
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Free Colouring Page Printables – Slug In Love

Slug In Love Illustration. Free colouring pages download. Free kids activities. Educational aids.

Slug In Love Illustration. FREE PRINTABLES – colouring pages. CLICK THIS IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD PDF 620KB

Strange subject hey? Slug In Love was the subject for the latest @DailyDoodle challenge on Twitter. How could I resist; the challenge to make something so gross and slimy – cute? My slugs are seriously in love and the wedding bells are ringing.  They are strawberry slugs, can you tell? I had requests for more kid’s colouring pages to download so I have uploaded this one too. You can access the free download by clicking on the image above.

Don’t forget I have pages I create for the kids when I launch a book. You can find more kid’s activities to download here: Education/Free activities for Kids!

There will be more coming including how to draw cheat sheets etc. Make sure you sign up for the weekly news to stay in the know!

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Without Me – Teacher’s lesson plan and activity sheets

Teachers and medical health professionals: Please feel free to email me with any suggestions for more play activities that may compliment this book.

Download teachers notes and lesson plan for Without Me: Teachers Notes-WITHOUT-ME

Download extra children’s activity sheets below:

Lesson Goal: To illustrate how our first reactions can mislead us, how important we are to others and our actions affect others in their lives.

“A fun and engaging story that helps children explore how emotions can influence decisions. Kayleen’s playful illustrations bring the story to life…and even add another story of their own! This is a great resource for both parents and teachers to help prepare children for life’s tricky moments.”

Natasha LeBrocq
Student Welfare Officer

Buy the picture bookBetter than a superhero- children's books about Jesus

Would you like an author/illustrator visit at your school? Email your request and dates.

Radio interview YVFM with Author & Illustrator Kayleen West. Mission books.
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Book Giveaway for Children’s Book Week

Who likes free books? Who would like one of mine to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

It is easy……

1. If you are on Twitter follow me @ArtKayleenWest and tweet this click to tweet:
#childrensbookweek giveaway, Picture Book-Adoptive Father! RT for a chance to win!

2. Comment below and tell me why you would want to win a copy Adoptive Father.

3. Share my giveaway post on Facebook and invite others to enter, and if your friend wins, you will too! That is potentially dozens of chances with a couple of click.

You can have multiple chances by entering on Twitter, Facebook and here!!!

Told you it is easy. Now go for it!

At the heart of LOVE is adoption for one another. It's all about the HEART!

At the heart of LOVE is adoption for one another. It’s all about the HEART!

Free colouring printables - Jesus hugs me mobile.
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Free colouring printables – Jesus loves me mobile.

Free colouring printables

This free colouring printable: Colour in and cut out to make a mobile. Children can child draw themselves on the little person. Slip it into Jesus’ arms.

Free colouring printables - Jesus hugs me mobile.

Free colouring printables – Jesus hugs me mobile.

This free colouring printable mobile can be downloaded from the Adoptive Father’s website. Click HERE or the image to access the download.

Printer's press sheet proofs. Children's picture books.
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How Picture Books Are Made – Printing Process.

How Picture Books Are Made

Have you ever seen inside a large press and seen how picture books are made? Me neither, so I asked the printer to send me some images, and she did! How cool is that!?

It was printed in a large press in Singapore. You can see a few of the printing stages of a picture book here.

Printing process of a picture book. Adoptive Father

Printing process of a picture book

And here are the proofs I received off the press. I had to check these. The first proofs needed some adjustment, but the second lot where perfect!

Printer's press sheet proofs. Children's picture books.

Printer’s press sheet proofs. Children’s picture books.

Picture books (advanced copies arrive)

Picture books (advanced copies arrive)

 

Free colouring pages, color pages for kids
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3 Free Kids Colouring Pages – Without Me

Free colouring pages, download free activities for kids #1 -With puppy & cat
Free colouring pages, download free activities for kids #2 -With brother on seesaw
Free colouring pages, download free activities for kids #3 -With family