no bee
no bee



The squirming caterpillars
crawl up on to the little
Their fur is soft.
The little beetle giggles at
their touch.
"Tee Hee Hee"
– Farfalla


Paperback: $8.95
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Hardcover: $15.95
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Vanita Oelschlager
Kristin Blackwood

Ages 4-8
42 Pages



Illustration Technique
By Kristin Blackwood

Kristin’s art process for Farfalla combines smooth cut block printing and soft edge watercolor on different paper types. She created the black main image with traditional block printing, cut in linoleum, and printed on smooth white paper stock. The images were scanned and printed on full-sized transparency film. The films were used as overlay guides to view the watercolor backgrounds which she painted traditionally on cold-press (rough texture) watercolor paper. The paintings were photographed digitally and combined with the block print art using layering and color management features in Adobe® Photoshop®, computer software for digital artists. The result is smooth edge block printing and rough texture watercolor painting successfully joined in a single image, the perfect note for this simple story of loss and hope.

Carving on linoleum block.



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