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 ever, 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. 

Inktober 2014

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Conceived by Utah artist, Jeff Parker, in 2009, Inktober has taken off among artists professional and amateur alike, throughout the internet and all over the world, in an effort to create art traditionally, namely with pen and ink, every day throughout the month of October. I decided to participate by posting on Facebook and Twitter to keep the drawing muscles sharp, making less than perfect drawings for fun, taking inspiration from photos, people I know, or life. Where color was applied, I used a variety of media, like conté crayon, Caran D'ache, and watercolor. Here is my collection of 31 ink drawings. 

The Party

My black & white promotional contribution.

MB Artists' 10 Year Anniversary Party did not disappoint. 110 professionals in publishing attended to see Mela's crew of artists. The space was beautiful, in the heart of NYC's Flatiron district, a sunny loft space with lots of ambience. Each artist contributed one small black and white drawing to be printed on canvas bags for giveaway. The drawings were also used to adorn the beautiful finger foods served throughout the night. Connections both professionally and personally were made and certainly made memorable thanks to Mela and her crew. 

Aren't these great bags? Perfect for book and postcard swag.

Delicious tiny burgers

MB Artists about half of whom are represented here from around the world.

Our stuff

The space

Mela Bolinao, Jess Lam, & Jon Bolinao are MB Artists Inc.