Becky and I were recently at big home school fair in Florida showing off our issues of Moo-Cow Fan Club magazine and our latest book Sword of the Ramurai. On the first day of the fair, a girl named Grace bought some issues of the magazine because she liked the way it looked. Just knowing we've reached one more person with Moo-Cow Fan Club always makes us happy, but this was just the beginning of our meetings with Grace that weekend.
Make Your Own Foam Tray Prints!
You see that Craft Corner image above? I just made that with something most people would throw away! You know those foam trays you get in the supermarket, the ones with food shrink wrapped in them? I bet you never thought those would be the perfect thing to use for easy printmaking. Go get one and follow the instructions below and see for yourself. It is really easy and fun, and great for people who have never tried printmaking because of all the time and materials. All you'll need for this is are some basic items you probably already have around the house.
Bonus, web only, super special, top secret, official Sword of the Ramurai illustration !
So, you've gotten our book, Sword of the Ramurai (right?), and you've read it 3 or 4 times already (hey, don't laugh, this phenomena has been reported by multiple sane individuals), yet this illustration doesn't look familiar to you.
There is a reason for that. That reason being, I forgot to put this image in the book!
Valentine's day is a time to show appreciation for those you love. I love all my friends, and of course I love gardening. I've decided that I'm going to combine my two loves and give away seeds this February 14th! Of course, I won't just hand people a pile of seeds. Instead, I'm going to make everyone a special card to put the seeds in. Because the only thing better than getting a packet of seeds, is getting a packet of seeds and a really nice handmade card!
Construction Paper, Scissors, Glue, a Packet of Seeds.
Well, you might have noticed that we've been taking a bit of a break from the website after we finished the camping trip. We're sorry about that but it's for a very good reason. We're finally getting to work on the art for what will be the first MCFC book release, and the first in a series called "Oraculous Tales." Each book in the series will find the gang being transported to a different time and place in history to have an adventure and meet Rhetorical at the age he was then. Here is a sneak peek at the very first illustration that kicks off the first Oraculous Tale called, "Sword of the Ramurai!"
Editor's Note: This is part 1 of a great 2 part comic Thomas H. had sent us way back when we were doing the last couple print editions, but we were never able to run it in the print MCFC gallery. By the time we started getting fan art up on the web the second piece had disappeared. We've looked high an low for it but can't find it anywhere. This really upsets us because it was so good, and we are usually extremely careful with fan art. We're really sorry Thomas! As soon as the other part shows up we'll put them both togehter in our fan comic section as well.
Just last weekend we here at MCFC helped organize, and had a table at, broke: Affordable Arts Fair! It was a huge success with hundreds of people coming out to buy art from 50 different artists. The best part about it was that most of the artwork was 50 dollars or under!
We're back from China, but it was such a great trip I can't stop thinking about it! One of the things that I really liked there were Chinese seals, also known as chops. Chops are blocks that have a name or symbol carved into them and can be used to stamp documents. Chops have been used in China for thousands of years as official signatures. Originally, chops were used just by the Emperor to sign official documents, but over time other officials started using it, and now anyone can have their own chop!
I thought I would do my Easter comic in a new way. This is the first comic I've done that also made a great sandwich!