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Archive for the ‘illustrations’ Category

Illustrating Children’s Books

Tonight’s “Expert Media Show” is going to be a fun one…I’m teaching on “Illustrating Children’s Books.” I’ll be sharing some cool ways to create stunning illustrations without hiring an illustrator! Here is what we’ll be covering:

  • The Growing Children’s Market
  • Why Illustrations Are the Weakest Link
  • Using Photos for Illustrations
  • Some Clever Illustration Tricks
  • The Software I Use
  • And Much More!

Hope you join us for this no-cost webinar tonight at 7pm! If you aren’t already registered for these awesome, free webinars, you can register HERE:


The replays for ALL the episodes of the Expert Media Show are also available for viewing on the site!

A New Use for Public Domain Images

I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new product creation ideas, and recently I found a use for Public Domain images that, quite honestly wasn’t even sure was possible for the average person. Boy was I wrong! The site I found is certainly one to check out…and it’s one that I plan to do some serious experimenting with.

The site is called Spoonflower ( and it allows you to create your own fabric. Now before you begin thinking that I’m going to tell you all to get into the custom dress-making business (yes, I can actually sew rather well…Mom was a career seamstress), hear me out for a little bit. The idea of using Public Domain images to create your own fabric isn’t cool because of the fancy material you can make to sew your own clothes…oh no… this strategy is cool because of ALL the things you can make with fabric…like furniture and wall coverings, purses and bags, dolls and stuffed animals (using vintage patterns of dolls as the image for your fabric), pillows, camera and cell phone cases…the list goes on and on. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of products you can create from custom fabric apart from clothing! As a matter of fact, I just shared one with my daughter related to her Native American regalia! Below is an example someone created on the site using Public Domain images as a pattern.

So if you find yourself thinking, “Hey…I could do this, and this…,” write those thoughts down and then take action! And if you get any great ideas, share them in the comments below! Let’s see how creative you REALLY are!