Book pages of the Wizards and the Whale at KMS Litho

Printing our first book The Wizards and the Whale was an adventure. We knew that because of the extraordinary colours we were going to have to choose an amazing printing house. We found the “Dream Team” at KMS Litho in Hook Norton. The printing process was incredible. Working with the team all the way through to this…

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Tulips in Amsterdam by Jean Tori

Inspiration comes in many shapes, experiences and mediums and stories. Jean’s tulip-inspired painting, Tulips in Amsterdam, is an interesting combination of these elements. Jean got ideas from tales of Amsterdam travels and photographs of heron-filled canals. Although tulips are everywhere in Amsterdam, they also grow in abundance in our garden in Umbria in the spring. So, bunches…

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Purple Teapot and Red Sun by artist Jean Tori

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” wrote the insightful author, Annie Dillard. We think that goes well with how we use colour in our every day lives. How we choose colour represents how we surround ourselves with artwork and objects and designs. Colour Theory helps us combine the right colours,…

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Blue Bamboo pattern design by Jean Tori

The colour of green bamboo is beautiful. The shape of the stems and leaves also provide a harmonious design. We love that this pattern was invented by nature. At dusk the bamboo turns a deep hue so that green is not the first colour that you see. It transforms into a deeper shade of aqua…

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Flag Collection by Jean Tori

We came up with the idea of printing flags with Jean’s artwork when we moved to Umbria. We have a big garden and always have flags fluttering in the breeze against a green backdrop of bamboo and walnut trees. Having flapping flags flying in the garden is a very joyful idea! They are full of…

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Painting inspiration – “Bird Market in Hangzhou” by the Chinese painter, Zeng Mi. His birdcages portray a great sense of joy and remind us of the beautiful bird markets in Hong Kong, where we used to live. Here is Jean’s version of hanging birdcages. Yes, that’s a giraffe – Jean can’t exactly explain what inspired her to paint…

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Rabbit on the Moon pendant designed by Jean Tori

There is a folktale in South Korea that a rabbit lives on the moon. Legend has it that the rabbit pounds the ingredients for rice cakes with a mortar and pestle. It’s a special story and Jean loves rabbits! But this pendant story goes back even further. While we were living in Seoul in the…

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Year of the Horse pop-up by Jean Tori

Jean’s Year of the Horse pop-up page is in this year’s M Diary (M-Restaurant Group – M on the Bund in Shanghai) and we love it!! Michelle Garnaut has done it again with her absolutely stunning diary. To order a copy, or find out where the bookshops are in China and Hong Kong go to:…

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More alphabet letters during this Umbrian heatwave! I is for Isolated Island. And I couldn’t resist combining J and K – after all, I didn’t paint this jigsaw rabbit with a kite with the Alphabet Book in mind, but it fits the profile wonderfully! J is for Jumping Jigsaw and K is for Kaleidescope Kite.…

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Part 4. After Adding 5 Layers of Paper, That Have Dried, Remove From the Wooden Frame. I usually add 5 layers of paper to have quite a hard consistency. The more layers of paper, the harder the final product is. After each layer has been added & dried – see Lesson 3. http://jeantori.com/2012/07/paper-making-lessons-part-3/, cut around the…

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