Monday, November 28, 2022

Make an Upcycled Kraft Packaging Paper Notebook

I posted a step-by-step picture tutorial on how to make an upcycled kraft packaging paper notebook with no special equipment on the catchpenny books website.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

FrightFall2022 - October Art Challenge

 I recently purchased a new iPad that was capable of supporting Procreate, which I almost immediately downloaded and began exploring.

I have experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop so it wasn't too difficult to pickup Procreate and start doodling. And seeing as it was so close to October, I decided to participate in the October Art Challenge named Fright Fall 2022 and hosted by Retro Supply Inc., a company that provides brushes, textures, etc. for use with Procreate and other graphics applications.

So, here are all the #FrightFall2022 prompts with my renditions. And if you haven't already, and you like spooky stuff, I do recommend checking out the #FrightFall2022 hashtag on Instagram for more autumnal fun.


Candy - Cannibal Candy Corn!

Hocus Pocus - No relation to the (imho) highly overrated film of the same name.

Crow - A murder of a crow.

Urn - Poorly drawn in the style of Edward Gorey.

Eye - Don't look at the evil eye! Oops, too late. Sorry.

Razor Blade - Free hugs!

UFO - Unidentified? Really? I mean, he has his ID right there.

Slasher - A big fan of slasher movies, Oliver realized too late that knife handling was more dangerous than he had imagined.

Centipede - Nothing to see here. Just a centipede minding its own business, doing whatever it is that centipedes do.

Fortune Teller - Sometimes it is better not to know your fortune.

Poltergeist - Little known fact: Most poltergeists are just cats living one of their nine afterlives to the fullest.

Jack-O-Lantern - Just a Jack-O-Lantern

Curse - Curses!

Tombstone - Yup, still dead.

Bride - Over the years they had forgotten exactly who had been the bride and who had been the groom but the tragic event on their wedding day had not given them enough time together so they decided to never part despite their “condition”.

Cyclops - Just a #cyclops wandering about foraging for foodstuffs like roots, mushrooms, and lost seafarers.

Bigfoot - Misconceptions about what Bigfoot truly looks like have proven advantageous for this solitary and reclusive creature. Its penchant for flopping in soft muddy patches of forest floors for fun helps contribute to continued confusion as to this fascinating creature’s true stature.

Corn Doll - Pro tip: If you don’t have any good ideas for the day’s prompt just draw the thing dead with its spirit leaving its body.

Monster - She loved her time in the countryside because of the beautiful flowers and because there was no one to make her feel like she was a monster.

Reanimated - Maybe Zombie Guy just wants to talk.

Moth Man - He's like a super hero, right?

Blood - I want to suck your me!

Candle - Suddenly, Candle realized its inevitable fate.

Demon - My favorite candy growing up.

Puzzle Box - The dreaded RGB Puzzle Box! Can you find something good to watch before it breaks your will to live and you are compelled by its evil to watch infomercials until 3 in the morning?

Cauldron - Root of hemlock always upset Cauldy’s tummy.

Toad - It turned out that stealing Frog’s tin crown WAS the way for Toad to get all those princesses to notice him.

Necronomicon - The digital age has made practicing dark magic much easier, but the craft has definitely lost much of its ghastly charm.

Creep - While Burgess knew his appearance was somewhat creepy, he did not consider himself a ‘creep’ per se.

Wrong Turn - Honestly, anyone who falls for this deserves what they get.

Costume - Constance was not a fan of dress up, so most years she attended the Annual Afterlife Halloween Masquerade Ball disguised as herself.

Friday, August 26, 2022

The Dowager's Bodkin

 Here is the first 50 word flash fiction piece I created for Vine Grove Press.

Or you can read it here: The Dowager's Bodkin

I have a couple more that have been accepted. I may also write some more as they accept two submissions a month from each writer. If you are a writer I suggest working up some fifty word stories. They definitely help flex your writing muscles and help train you to be clear and concise.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Sunday, August 08, 2021

The #AUGHOST Challenge

In my never ending search for ways to procrastinate from writing/querying my picture book manuscripts, I have once again found a time-waster worthy of my uh...time...uh...wasting. It is #AuGHOST, a drawing challenge on Twitter started by @theRealAuGhost (which appears to actually be two people). Following the prompts provided on the above mentioned Twitter account, participants create drawings on a ghostly theme. Below I will be posting my daily entries in the challenge. Enjoy!

Great, now I can't get that song out of my head!

I did two for day two for some reason. I liked both ideas I guess.

A tribute to Shirley Jackson's short story. A number of participants created images along the same theme.

The mayor of Ghoulsbergadelphia is here to officiate at the ceremony presenting you with the skeleton key to the city.

Future Fairy Ghostmother Millicent Rose levitates a pumpkin as part of her training.

It appears the lab results may have been tainted.

The Spirit of the Missed Three Pointer is destined to wander the court in an endless search for the championship-winning basket.

Can you ever trust a ghost?

Former meteorologist looking for big fluffy friend who loves long floats above the beach.

It's a bummer when your favorite box is haunted.

Using ghosts as the first line of defense during the siege of the haunted castle turned out to be a poor strategy.

While an accomplished mimic in his previous life, Charlie was not good at it in the after life. But he still enjoyed trying.

Ever since his passing, a thick juicy steak was never quite as good as Bob remembered.

The worst thing about having been a man of the cloth in his previous life was hearing the same "so I guess that makes you the Holy Ghost" joke from each new spirit he met. 

One perk Jay found in being dead was that he'd never again look like an idiot pushing the door instead of pulling it. Now he could just float right though.

The spirits of former statisticians prefer to haunt locations with tiled walls, for obvious reasons.

It was still her favorite scary story book, no matter what the others said.

The other ghosts aren't sure if Ernest is a raging pyrogeist or just a very clumsy candle cosplayer. Either way everything seems to go up in flames when he's around.

This one is inspired a bit by Eric Carle's book The Nonsense Show.

If he'd known his eternal ghostly appearance would show his mortal age, he probably would have instituted a moisturizing regimen in his youth.

It is a little known fact that the spirits of each of a cat's first eight lives follow it around, providing advice and comfort until all nine spirits can eventually be united into one. 

When asked why he liked to take the form of an ocarina to scare people when they tried to play him, Franklin always said because it is easier than taking the shape of a trumpet. 

The first day on the job was not going well for Dotty.

Frank was easily amused and enjoyed watching hikers step into his gaping mouth only to fall to the ground. 

While some looked down on Winston as a lesser wind elemental, he found the work simple and quite agreeable to his temperament.

Chomping a huge glob of peanut butter in his mouth was the extent of Otis' bag of tricks when it came to looking monstrous.

The textile factory had closed long ago so the ghosts of the child laborers didn't remember why they did it, but their favorite pastime was intertwining themselves together, over and over again.

One of the best Ivy League schools. And it isn't that hard to get into. You just float through the walls.

Day 29 of #AuGHOST was 'Past' so I figured why not post a ghost I drew in the past (at least 9 years ago).

The other guests at the Dickensian Haunted Christmas Costume Party weren't sure if Preston was trying to be funny or if he'd just never read A Christmas Carol.

The Grim Reaper always kept a supply of shrouds on hand to distribute to the future ghosts he would make.