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1. Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

lee & low 25th anniversaryLEE & LOW BOOKS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and to recognize how far the company has come, we are featuring one title a week to see how it is being used across the country in classrooms and libraries today.

Today we are featuring one of our favorite titles: George Crum and the Saratoga Chip.  This fun story looks at the history behind everyone’s favorite snack food: the potato chip! 

Featured title: George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

Author: Gaylia Taylor

Illustrator: Frank Morrison

About the book: Growing up in the 1830s in Saratoga Springs, New York, isn’t easy for George Crum. Picked on at school because of the color of his skin, George escapes into his favorite pastimes — hunting and fishing. george crum and the saratoga chip

Soon George learns to cook too, and as a young man he lands a job as chef at the fancy Moon’s Lake House. George loves his work, except for the fussy customers, who are always complaining! One hot day George’s patience boils over, and he cooks up a potato dish so unique it changes his life forever.

Readers will delight in this spirited story of the invention of the potato chip — one of America’s favorite snack foods. George Crum and the Saratoga Chip is a testament to human ingenuity, and a tasty slice of culinary history.

Awards and Honors:

  • Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist, Texas Library Association
  • Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
  • Distinguished Children’s Biography List, Cleveland Public Library

gaylia taylorAuthor Gaylia Taylor began writing for children after she retired from many years working as a Reading Recovery® teacher. Taylor stumbled across George Crum’s story while researching African American inventors on the Internet.

“I’m always looking for a story to tell, and George Crum caught my attention because his invention, the potato chip, is loved by so many people,” says the author in an interview. “I have to admit that a story about the potato chip peaked my own curiosity, because it is my favorite snack.” The more Taylor read about George Crum, the more interested she became in his life. The author says that all her research described George Crum as having a very distinct and colorful personality. “I just couldn’t let him go,” says Taylor. “I said, ‘George, we’ve got a story to tell!’”

Resources for Teaching With George Crum and the Saratoga Chip:

Explore Other Books About Food:

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Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji

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Sweet Potato Pie

by Kathleen D. Lindsey, illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb

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Hiromi’s Hands

written and illus. by Lynne Barasch

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Cora Cooks Pancit

by Dorina Lazo Gilmore, illus. by Kristi Valiant

Also check out our Food and Cooking Collection! These books explore different foods and cuisines from around United States and around the world!

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Have you used George Crum and the Saratoga Chip? Let us know!

Celebrate with us! Check out our 25 Years Anniversary Collection.

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2. Book Journal: Just One More Way That Books Have Changed My Life

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3. खूबसूरत त्वचा, खान पान और स्वास्थ्य

खूबसूरत त्वचा, खान पान और स्वास्थ्य हैल्दी डाईट और निखरी त्वचा मेरी त्वचा से मेरी उम्र का पता ही नही चलता.. बेशक ये हमें सुनने में अच्छा लगता हो पर ये सच्चाई आप पर भी लागू हो सकती है … अगर जानना चाहते हैं तो जरुर पढिए … मेरी एक जानकार को जब भी किसी […]

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4. How To Face Your Fears

I am a big believer that outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens. I don’t just believe it does, I know it does.

Here’s a little example of a recent experience in facing creative fears:

The other day I had a delicious meal and ate Dutch asparagus. Those white asparagus come from the south of the Netherlands and can be harvested only for a very short season so every year. So these beauties are celebrated on the plate. All the more reason to draw them too!

So I did.

Although that comic-style recipe illustration doesn’t quite match the rest of the page, I loved working on this and it could be the basis for a version 2.0, an illustrated recipe to send to They Draw And Cook for example.

The eventual purpose (if any) didn’t matter, because I was just enjoying the process of drawing in my sketchbook.

Now it definitely needed color, that was for sure.
So my brush hovered over my color palette, deciding whether to go for a safe color or something different. I wanted a contrasting color and looked at the red watercolor in my palette and thought: red can be quite aggressive, it’s kind of scary.

If something is scary… Do it anyway!

All the more reason, actually.
It might surprise you how much you can accomplish, when exploring the unknown or unpredictable.
And besides: what is the worst that could happen?
My father taught me something valuable, which he learned from his mom: to remind yourself that “your life doesn’t depend on it”. This is especially true when it’s just a drawing!20160520_aspergeskleur

So I decided to make that red paint bleed all over the page and then also added a layer of red color pencil to deepen the color. And I love where it brought this page.
It may be too bright, and the red doesn’t reflect the delicate flavor of the dish, but it looks great as a sketchbook spread.

What scares you? Go and do something with it. Today.

Oh and if this asparagus drawing tastes like more: join my 4-week online class on illustrating recipes in June. Click here to learn more and sign up!


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5. Draw Tip Tuesday: Draw Your Food

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Do you have a favourite dish or recipe? Why not draw it then? It can be very simple to do.

What’s your favorite food? Draw it! And if you are hungry for more, make sure you don’t miss out on my online workshop ‘Draw It Like It’s Hot!’. Four weeks of delicious art making and fun!

Click here to learn more and sign up today!

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6. I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Now that I work in a studio outside of my home (bye bye tiny spare room and sweatpants, hello spacious room and cute top!), I plan ahead a bit on my portable lunch sometimes. I love bringing tasty food with me to enjoy during a break when I’m at the studio.
Whether it’s a peanut butter sandwich I enjoy on a bench in the sun, or some leftovers from last night’s dinner, I just really like my meals and I want to make them count.
But you know, those weeks where the days fly by and you’re left with just some scraps in the fridge? Well, then I just really love to get creative and I kind of giggle to myself when munching on my copious lunch!


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7. Draw Tip Tuesday: Watercolours and Pen

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Here’s a great way to fill a page with lush watercolours.

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Do you like the juiciness of all this? Are you thirsty for more?
Then why don’t you join my online art class on foodie-art? It’s called ‘Draw It Like It’s Hot!’ and it starts this Friday in Sketchbook Skool. Let’s make delicious art together. Find out more and join me by following this link.

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8. Draw It Like It’s Hot!

Wake up and smell the crayons!

Do you like making art? Do you like making food?
Then I think you are gonna love my 4-week online art class ‘Draw It Like It’s Hot!’ It’s all about sketching food and illustrating recipes!

Why wait? class starts this Friday! Come along and join ‘Draw It Like It’s Hot!” for only $69! Click here to enroll

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9. Draw Tip Tuesday: Finger Tip Art!

Today we’re using a stamp pad. And our fingers!
Because after all: who needs fancy art supplies if you have your imagination and some color?

I see fruit everywhere – even in my finger prints! I guess my mind is all set on Foodie Art, since my online class ‘Draw It Like It’s Hot’ started last Friday – it’s not too late to join me in a 4-week journey of delicious artmaking fun. Click here to enroll.

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10. Ten facts about snack foods from around the world

Did you know that in the United States, February is National Snack Food month? In 1989 a need was seen to increase the sales of snack food in the usually slow month of February, and so National Snack Food month was born. To celebrate we’ve collected together 10 surprising facts about snack foods from around the world, all taken from The Oxford Companion to Food.

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11. Little Chef: Watcha Cooking?, by Suzanne Rothman | Dedicated Review

Author Suzanne Rothman has crafted an interesting way to deliver the message of being positive no matter what happens through her main character, Little Chef.

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12. A few lucky people will get to taste “The Avengers Interactive Ramen”

Ippudo is an esteemed Japanese restaurant famed for their noodles.They have a “secret” ramen bar, which sounds quite exciting. And if you have special noodles and a secret HQ, who better to team up with than the Avengers? On Thursday and Friday a super special “Avemgers Interactive Ramen” will be served to 40 lucky chowhounds: […]

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13. Poetry Friday -- Boiled Eggs

Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Steve Johnson

A Quiet Life

by Baron Wormser

What a person desires in life
   is a properly boiled egg.
This isn’t as easy as it seems.
There must be gas and a stove,
   the gas requires pipelines, mastodon drills,
   banks that dispense the lozenge of capital.
There must be a pot, the product of mines
   and furnaces and factories,
   of dim early mornings and night-owl shifts,
   of women in kerchiefs and men with
   sweat-soaked hair.
Then water, the stuff of clouds and skies
   and God knows what causes it to happen.
There seems always too much or too little
   of it and more pipelines, meters, pumping
   stations, towers, tanks.
And salt-a miracle of the first order,
   the ace in any argument for God.
Only God could have imagined from
   nothingness the pang of salt.

(the rest of the poem can be found at A Writer's Almanac)

My environmental club kids were getting ready to create short videos of a bunch of the suggestions in 31 Ways To Change the World. They were having a hard time understanding how knowing your food could change the world, so I shared this poem with them, and then we thought about where our snack had come from -- fresh apples perhaps from last year's harvest in Washington state (and the machinery, trucks, and boxes to get them to us); apple juice (the apples, plus juicing machinery and plastic packaging for the cup); even just the box for our cereal bars (trees grown, harvested, ground and pulped, plus ink and machines to fold and fill and label each box). Maybe if we start with this kind of appreciation, we can raise kids who will make more mindful purchases and eat healthier (both for themselves and the environment).

Liz has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Elizabeth Steinglass.

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14. Poppy’s Place: The Home-made Cat Café

That we refuse to have a pet cat is an ongoing source of frustration for my kids (if you’re curious as to why, several of the reasons are covered in this article) and so when M and J discovered poppysplacePoppy’s Place: The Home-made Cat Café they hungrily swallowed it whole, making notes as they read, plotting quietly with each other when ever they though I wouldn’t notice.

Isla is cat crazy, but her mum refuses to let her have one as a pet. Isla’s mum works as a veterinary nurse and the last thing she wants after a busy day at work is to come home to more animals who need looking after. But then Poppy appears in their lives…

This especially lovely cat, in need of a home, turns up at around the same time as Isla’s granny comes to stay for the first time since becoming a widow. Gentle strands exploring family relationships, the grieving process, and the adjustments that have to be navigated as family shapes change all come together in this sweet story where Isla comes up with an entrepreneurial way to persuade her mum to finally let her dream come true and have a cat at home.

And as the title alludes to… not just one cat, but a full on fantasy for many a feline fan: the creation of their very own cat café, a place where you can not only get great cake, but can enjoy a coffee with a cat purring in your lap. The experience of reading books is often about escaping into dreams you wish could become reality, and for my girls this was definitely the case with Poppy’s Place: The Home-made Cat Café!

This is a feel-good, gentle comfort-read of a story, ideal for fans of Holly Webb’s animal stories, or perhaps those who like Jacqueline Wilson’s younger fiction. Isla’s persistence and her tech savvy big sister’s kindness are great, and the way the community comes together to support a project is another charming side to this story. Both my kids are very pleased there is to be second book later in the year following the characters they’ve met in Poppy’s Place… even if they’re still getting nowhere when it comes to persuading me that we should have a cat. At least now they can live vicariously through Isla!

I wouldn’t want you to think that I have a heart of stone, even though I refuse to have pets. I really do have a soft side, and I even let it show one day after school when the kids came home to this:


The girls ordered from the menu…


Can you spot all the different feline-themed food?



We may not have had any real cats in our café, but we certainly had a few who stepped out from stories. Who can you spot?



If you’d like to make your own cat café at home, please feel free to use our menu template. It has endorsements from all sorts of fictional cats (Garfield says of the café: “Paw-sitively the yummiest place to eat even if there isn’t any lasagna…“), and also some cat-themed book recommendations on the back. You can download the menu cover here (pdf), and the inside (ready for you to fill with your own choice of food) here (pdf).

Except for the book covers and the silhouette cats, all the images used in the menu come from the British Library Flickr Stream, an amazing set of over a million images from British Library held material, free for anyone to use, remix and re-purpose.

Whilst dining in our home made cat café we listened to:

  • C Is for Cat by The Pop Ups
  • Walking My Cat Named Dog by They Might Be Giants
  • Kitty Fight Song by Joe McDermott

  • Other activities which might work well alongside reading Poppy’s Place include:

  • Visiting a real cat café, like this one in Cardiff, that you could help fund!) or this one in London.
  • Virtually browsing a variety of cat cafés in Japan
  • Finding out about volunteering with a cat charity, for example with The Cats Protection League. Some volunteering opportunities are sometimes available to older children.

  • If you liked this post you might like these other posts by me:

  • That Cat who came in off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt
  • The Tip-Tap Dancing Cat by Joanna Boyle, plus making your own disco ball
  • I am Cat by Jackie Morris, plus how to make a giant cat mobile
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    Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of this book by the publisher.

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    15. Two New Favorites

    Every Day Birds
    by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
    illustrated by Dylan Metrano
    Orchard Books (Scholastic), 2016

    This book-length poem pays tribute to birds we see every day -- the birds so common that we should, as Amy reminds us, pay more attention and learn more about them.

    Gorgeously illustrated in a unique cut-paper technique (watch a fascinating time-lapse video of him making a puffin here), this book has a natural flow that will make it a joy to read over and over again.

    by Irene Latham
    illustrated by Mique Moriuchi
    Wordsong, 2016

    I love farmers' markets! This lively book of poems pays tribute to the vast variety of foods you can find at the farmers' market. The foods are described through many senses -- tongues "buzz with pleasure" tasting honey, peach's "baby-fuzz/cheek" tickles a nose, and (my favorite) the watermelon looks like a galaxy, with the spit seeds the shooting stars.

    Two new favorites, both celebrating down-to-earth joys in life -- the rich diversity of nature around us, and the delicious variety of fresh foods available from farm to table.

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    16. Nice Art: Jaime Hernandez hot dogs the New Yorker

    img_1147-1.jpg   The New Yorker has been on a recent run of covers by cartoonists, with Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes doing recent covers. Now Jaime Hernandez has joined the gang with a cover for the annual food issue. “I put both mustard and ketchup on my hot dogs,” Jaime Hernandez says of his image for the […]

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    17. Cake, anyone?

    It’s 2 years ago Danny and I opened the Sketchbook Skool doors and offered our first Kourse, called ‘Beginning’.
    Every single day I feel blessed because of the wonderful Kommunity of artists (students and Fakulty) that Sketchbook Skool came to be. They are so supportive amongst each other, super creative and just an awesome bunch of inspiring people from all over the world! And what amazes me that it is both already and only 2 years ago we started this. Time is relative, I guess. And you know what happens with it, when you’re having fun. And that is just what Sketchbook Skool is all about: fun.
    That’s why a brand new Kourse is starting on April 15. It’s called ‘Polishing’ and it has 6 amazing and inspiring teachers in it, who will show a wide variety of making art, keeping a sketchbook and an art habit. Don’t miss out! Sign up now by clicking here!

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    18. Draw Tip Tuesday: How To Make Your Drawings Count

    Welcome to draw Tip Tuesday!

    Here’s today’s tip: always carry a sketchbook with you, and use it. You will create a treasure of memories for yourself, capturing things photos or videos could never do.

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    So – use your journal and make awesome art.

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    19. Draw Tip Tuesday – Illustration ideas

    Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

    When you don’t know what to draw… Then, what to draw?
    The things you like most are actually a lot of fun to draw. The subject will be familiar to draw, and enjoyable.
    I love food related art, and I love good coffee, so today I just pick a few favourite styles of coffee, and draw those. Adding banners to use as ‘titles’ for each item is a great way to unify the elements in your illustration. For these coffees, I can write the ingredients and even the measurements next to it, and then it becomes an illustrated recipe!

    There’s more where this came from! Follow me on YouTube by clicking here

    One of my favourite “go-tos”, to draw in my art journal is coffee. What’s yours?

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    20. Journal pages of a foodie-artist

    Food illustrations are great! I enjoy awing over the huge collection of illustrated recipes on ‘They Draw And Cook‘, and love it if one of my recipes gets published there, or even featured! But even without a recipe or an end result in mind, food just never gets boring as a subject to draw!





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    21. StoryMakers | Mother’s Day Special

    StoryMakers - Mother's Day Special 2016 Featured Image

    In the spirit of celebrating moms KidLit TV produced a Mother’s Day special inspired by Josh Funk’s popular rhyming picture book, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are best friends who find out there is only one drop of syrup left in the refrigerator. Soon the friends embark on a hysterical and sometimes treacherous dash to get that one last drop. Of course they they both learn a valuable lesson — but the end is anything but typical.

    StoryMakers host Rocco Staino and Josh Funk were joined by dad and travel blogger Jason Greene (One Good Dad). Together the trio cooked up a Mother’s Day breakfast fit for a queen … A queen who loves pancakes, French toast, strawberries and cream! If you’re still thinking about what to do for the special lady in your life — whether she be your partner, wife, or mom — we highly recommend watching this episode. If that’s not enough to keep you glued to the screen, two of Jason’s children make a special appearance.

    What’s your idea of the perfect Mother’s Day? What’s your favorite breakfast dish? Let us know in the comment section below!

    We’re giving away three (3) copies of Josh Funk’s picture book, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast. The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on May 18, 2016. Enter now!

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    Download the free Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast activity kit.

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    Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast
    Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast - Mother's Day Brunch
    Written by Josh Funk; illustrated by Brendan Kearney
    Published by Sterling Publishing

    A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest “food fight!” ever! Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship—until they discover that there’s only one drop of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast … even without a drop of coffee!


    Via Josh Funk Books
    Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books – such as the award-winning Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (Sterling), as well as the forthcoming picture books Pirasaurs! (Scholastic 8/30/16), Dear Dragon (Viking/Penguin 9/6/16), It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk (Two Lions, 2017), and more.

    Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and the co-coordinator of the 2016 and 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conferences.

    Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes picture book manuscripts.

    Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ and has always loved __________. He has played ____________ since age __ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a __________.

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    Via One Good Dad
    From the time I was a child, my dream was to become an actor and a writer. After college, I set out along with my wife to chase that dream. We arrived in New York City and I was ready to “make it.” After a few years of auditioning and bit parts here and there, my wife gave me the news that I was about to take on the biggest role imaginable — the role of a daddy. After my son was born, I became a stay-at-home dad and now I’m a proud papa of 4 children. Being a stay-at-home dad has changed the way I think about myself and the world around me. And that has lead me to become a dad blogger and travel blogger.  My blog touches on parenting challenges and rewards, faith, travel, entertainment, sports, sponsorships and reviews, or whatever else is keeping me from getting that great night of sleep I so desperately need.

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    22. cybils poetry finalists II

    Second in my series highlighting the 7 finalists for the 2015 Cybils Poetry Award is The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes. It's by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Joan Rankin, published n March 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.
    This collection offers 21 short poems on the ever-popular theme of good eats. They're organized by season and are rhymed and metered verse, every one.  Titles like "Only Guacamole!", "How a Poet Orders a Shake," "Voyage of the Great Baked Potato Canoes" and "The Word's Biggest Birthday Cake" give a good sense of the spirit of this collection aimed at readers 4-12.  Here are two excerpts.
    from "Welcome to Watermelon Lake"
    That's right, it's PINK! And what is more,
    you're sure to like the pale green shore,

    and how you feel so fresh and new
    you’ll love it here, we promise you!

    But wait, there’s more!  This place is sweet!
    We even have a little fleet
    of small black boats for summer fun—
    enough of them for everyone!

    and from “Gingerbread House Makeover”

    And picture now a healthy house,

    admired from coast to coast,

    adorned with corn and carrot sticks

    and built of whole wheat toast…

    The radish roses near the walk,

    the grove of broccoli tree,

    the teeny-weeny doorknobs made

    of bright green peas…”

    Just makes you smile, doesn't it, starting the day with those tasty mouthfuls?!  Puts me in mind of some foodily nonsense I experimented with years ago....

      The Produce Cinquains

    alien green
    inside, alien fuzz
    outside—fruit that will never look

    shrinking darkly,
    the grape adds its juices
    to the cloud of vapor on the ho-
    thick skins heavy
    with Florida sunshine,
    so round that they resist being

    no matter how
    you slice it, the flesh around
    its deceptively large stone gets
    Wax bean:
    its name alone
    is unappetizing—
    not to mention how it looks fake,
    lacks green.

    all of August’s
    sweet heat accumulates
    until the fruit dips within our
    how can something
    that grows in the dark be
    as bright as the feathers of a

    once a month
    I buy one, thinking coleslaw;
    three weeks later it goes in the

    ~Heidi Mordhorst

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    The Poetry Friday Roundup is with Keri today at Keri Recommends--go get a bite of poetry produce!

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    23. Travel Journal Pages #1

    Now that I’m catching my breath after the very exciting pre-launch week of the new term in Sketchbook Skool (you didn’t sign up for “Expressing” yet? Seriously? You still can; there are a few seats left! Click here to sign up right now before enrollment closes!), I would like to share my travel journal pages I filled during the trip to Thailand I came back from last weekend.


    The excitement of a holiday starts in the plane! So great to kill time during a long flight. I didn’t even watch any movies; drawing this was very satisfying. After finishing, I put an eye mask over my eyes, an audiobook in my ears and managed to get a little bit of sleep.

    You may have noticed I have visited Thailand more than once – I and my husband just really love the country. There are so many beautiful places to discover, the people are so lovely, the pace is so much slower than here in the Netherlands, the temperatures are so lovely in winter, and of course… the food is delicious!



    We stayed in Chiang Mai City for the first days, to acclimatize a little and to shake off business and busy-ness.

    And to spend new year’s eve.



    The tradition of letting up paper lanterns for good luck is (although quite polluting) very magical.


    I wanted to draw that! So I decorated the first page of my sketchbook – there was a LOT of hatching, I kept coming back to it to fill the dark sky.

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    24. Travel Journal Pages #2

    Yesterday I showed the travel journal pages I filled before the new year started. Here’s more!

    Food, of course… I just have to document it, when it’s good. Can’t help myself.


    We rented a motorcycle and left Chiang Mai City. Travelling light has a lot of advantages. You don’t need to schlepp around all kinds of unnecessary things (that you won’t use anyway) all the time, and you can travel with 2 people on one motorcycle. One bag in front, one at the back and you’re good to go!
    So we went up north and found a gorgeous place – a treehouse resort of which I will share a drawing later, in a different post. 20160102_Rabaeng-Pasal-Resort


    Oh and.. more food…20160104_Lhongkhao

    A page in my mini-sketchbook on a sleepy morning in Mae Ha Pra. Doing art during breakfast.20160104_minisketchbook

    And one of those typical drawings where the hand goes and starts drawing lines and the mind goes: “What are you doing? are you really going to draw all these leaves? This is way too complex!”. Because I really loved the feeling of the black ink lines flowing onto the watercolour background I prepared the night before, it was easy to ignore that voice in my head and just go along with it, bit by bit. I am very happy how it turned out and it reminds me of the fact what a difference it can make to work on a watercolour background – the sunny yellow adds so much to this line drawing!


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    25. Travel Journal Pages #5

    It’s so great to go through all my travel sketchbook pages again. They contain so many memories!
    So these are the last pages of my recent Thailand trip:

    Flying back to amsterdam, waiting for a delayed flight in the China Airlines Lounge, and capturing some fun memories from our vacation.

    Whenever you take a trip, I can highly recommend doing a page like the one below: drawing from memory and document the highlights of each day. So fun to remember those things you already almost forgot about – especially when you’re with a travel buddy, it’s a lot of fun to go through all the adventures together and capture them once more!


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