Evolution of an Illustration Page

For our next children’s book “Bettina Creates a Garden”, we needed a creative page where some story text could go. Here’s the artistic evolution of this illustration page. Jean in art studio working on page for Bettina Creates a Garden 2022 We developed the idea of having a page with a collage of painted borders…

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Falcon & Pig Painted Box

Jean also paints wooden boxes. She first covers them with paper upon which she draws and then paints, creating three-dimensional pieces of artwork. This box is decorated with Leo the Falcon and Elliot the Pig, both characters from our children’s books. The roses and the Leo and Elliot Box painted by Jean Tori 2020 Here…

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Year of the Rat Pop-Up Card

This is how Jean created her Year of the Rat (2020) pop-up card. She started with an idea of a scholarly rat in a study surrounded by books, screen, chair and humorous rows of mice with a nearby cat. She then drew all images that she wanted to use in her design. 1. Jean’s paper…

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Gouache and Tempera Paint

Jean uses gouache paint as her chosen medium, which is very similar to tempera. Often, gouache and tempera are interchanged and are even listed together on Jean’s paint tubes, however, they do differ. Work in progress wedding painting commission by Jean Tori 2019 Gouache is a watercolour consisting of a natural colour pigment, water and…

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Medieval Italian City Inspirations

The Medieval cityscapes painted by extraordinary Italian artists have always been a great inspiration to Jean’s architectural paintings. Here’s a detail of Giotto’s fresco of “St Francis Renounces His Inheritance”. Giotto Fresco of St Francis renounces inheritance Inspired by the complex Medieval cities, Jean combined her architectural designs with very different cultural subjects such as…

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Year of the Sheep/Goat

The Goat, or in some countries, the Sheep or Ram, is the eighth animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle (see dates below). Smart, kind, easy-going and reserved, those born in the Year of the Sheep/Goat have a love of harmony and prefer co-existence to confrontation. The serene and sincere Sheep or Goat will use…

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Hiroshige Woodblock Inspiration

Ando Hiroshige was a remarkable Japanese artist (1797-1858) who created beautiful woodblock prints. One of his most iconic series of prints was “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”. Here is “View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya”, 1857. Hiroshige Woodblock Print View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine Jean has always appreciated Hiroshige’s…

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Arts & Crafts: Christmas Decorations

We have been experimenting and creating Christmas decorations using all the wrapping paper and cards that we saved from last year. You will need: any type of emulsion glue; something to glue the paper onto (we chose plastic baubles that had chocolate in them); scissors; and a brush to attach the glue and all the…

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Jean’s Painted Wooden Animals

During a trip to Myanmar (Burma) back in the 70s, Jean bought a set of artisanally crafted, wooden, hand-painted farm animals at a market in Yangon (Rangoon). Burmese dog, cow and horse wooden animals 2021 Back in Seoul, South Korea, where we lived at the time, Jean had the Burmese wooden horse, cow and dog copied…

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The Year of the Horse

The Horse is the seventh animal in the twelve-year Asian Zodiac cycle (see dates below). Those born in the Year of the Horse are always in motion on an endless search. The Horse may reach the ‘ends of the universe’, but will, nonetheless, keep moving on. Matilda the Horse and Blueberries by Jean Tori Always…

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