Colleen and I tend to stir up mischief, in this case it’s making coloring and activity books for Halloween. Not satisfied with purely kids Halloween, we followed up with lined journals with a spooky theme. We started to wonder about turning gothic fantasy figures into full pages for adult coloring. Why not? Coloring is fun. That’s led to rather more children’s activity and coloring books, and then adult journals.
In for a penny, in for a pound, as our Nan used to say.
We have a batch of Australian animal images because Colleen instigated us learning the art of digital coloring from photographs. We found our images in the wild and paid for commercial use (well-credited to the lovely photographers at various image providers). Making beautiful or quirky things is a great way to distract from stress.
Take a look at our growing page of adventures in print, and we hope some will wander home with you.
Billabong Flats, the creation of Ria Loader is a mythical place in the Australian Bush. Full color images accompany the first three stories, published by Book View Cafe in November 2020.
It shares space with other imaginary places like the Five Acre Wood, the Peace Rock, and the abode of Ratty and Mole. It is just as real as you’d like it to be – no more, and no less.
The animals dream the world, as much as the world creates them. The Land speaks through them. They welcome all, no matter how different they may be, or what native languages they may speak. When they come together, they can all speak the same, the voices become that of friendship and accord, where all can have adventures together.
BOOKS1-4 IN EBOOK June was a busy month, with two books published. August followed on with book 4, making 12 stories with around 15 illustrations per book. It was fun reading out loud, tuning the rhythm of the words. My sister, Colleen M Loader was a brilliant collaborator in getting the final stories read. A big thank you to the BVC team, especially Sherwood Smith and Jennifer Stevenson. These are all eBook’s, with print to follow in a few months. They read well on all mobile devices, including phones. https://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/bvc-author/ria-loader/