Creative Block?

Sometimes I'll warm up with an unlikely medium, and in this case, block printing. It was a college experience, long ago, and sometimes giving it the old college try does just the trick to warm up those creative muscles.

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Refresh and Renew

Please try to ignore the more than two year lapse of my lack of posts. That's not to say there hasn't been a plethora of creativity happening behind the scenes here, so in the spirit of Earth Day and playing catch-up, I thought it fitting to share a project my 6-year-old and I decided to take on: recycling the tired, broken crayon. Rethinking, reshaping, and renewing our most basic drawing tool for which kids of all ages will never tire. 

 Broken crayons were placed in a non-stick mini muffin tray. 

 Broken crayons were placed in a non-stick mini muffin tray. 

We baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Then just let them cool for about 10 minutes out of the oven, and another 30 min in the refrigerator.

We baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Then just let them cool for about 10 minutes out of the oven, and another 30 min in the refrigerator.

After they are cooled they popped right out of the tin. The results were, well, like mini-muffin shaped crayons with super cool patterns and color combos! 

After they are cooled they popped right out of the tin. The results were, well, like mini-muffin shaped crayons with super cool patterns and color combos! 

This is the easiest project that delights children of all ages. Enjoy! 

New Year's Blurred By...

…and it's already February! Today is Groundhog Day, and Phil has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Quite fitting as my latest Highlights High Five illustrations called "Snow Day" are set to appear in the February 2015 issue's "Look and Look Again" feature. Snow is plentiful, winter is very present.