Anita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read Juliette`s  yoga stories about 2 years ago… I loved the idea of using stories and yoga together as I  pictured how children can use their imagination to have their own pictures of story running in their head while enjoying yoga. I thought rhyming stories and yoga together is a beautiful idea and combination!

 

Myself, I love pictures and colours :photos, paintings, cartoons, prints but mainly book illustrations. I like when the characters are moving in the pictures,when they are in the middle of doing something,when you can see their expression and thoughts behind the colours and lines.

 

The Jungle story became my first fully illustrated picture book. After reading the story first, I pretty much had all the pictures to it in my head. Like in a movie…

Juliette`s words led  my mind to the adventure of two little yogis and their colourful journey full with curiosity, exploring and fun!

One by one, I let my pencil to spread the ideas onto paper. Sometimes it comes out totally differently as I imagined in my head, as if that pencil had control over my hand! Sometimes it appears much better than I imagined! Sometimes I have it exactly how I pictured. Honestly, that drawing pencil can be a magical tool when it links to a mind!

 

After drafting ideas, I have a go with colours –  mainly water colour. That again ,gives a different feel to the picture. Maybe some ink or pen to outline bits at the end. Just follow feelings, no learnt structure or routine. My husband caught me smiling while I was drawing and painting the pictures- they really became my passion.

 

Most of the time I have to finish the same picture within the same day before the feeling and inspiration change or disappear. If I need to go back to it the next day, that would end up totally differently than originally imagined. Therefore I need to make sure I leave enough time for a picture to be completed.

 

Once ready, I leave the picture on my desk overnight or a few days to see if I  am still happy with it the next morning. If so, I take a quick shot of it and send it to Juliette to see what she thinks about my mind`s production. She always seemed to fall in love with them straight away – which obviously kept me inspired all the way along.

 

This is how I let my creativity mess around on paper then I love observing people’s face to see how they can link to my imagination.

 

Creating this book  with Juliette was a magical journey itself  -with all the teas and coffee times on the way! – to experience and see how words and pictures of two different minds can merge together to open a new door for a whole amazing adventure. I really enjoyed it, I hope you will, too!

 

 

 

 




About us

We are simply two friends who happen to love poetry and pictures. We talk an awful lot and drink a lot of tea, so to be able to do this more…we needed a project! Our first project – ‘The Jungle Story’ took nearly 2 years to come into full fruition as back in the beginning we were both school teachers – and contrary to belief – it’s not all about the holidays! We were busy. However, so inspiring was The Jungle Story, we met nearly every weekend to do ‘book work’.

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Book Reviews

''I purchased this book for my 2 year old. I decided to take it to our RAF baby group (ages from 6months to 3 years) the children absolutely loved it. The story and yoga positions are easy to follow and the children had a blast. As did the adults joining in. We cannot wait for the next book. Awesome idea. And we'll written and illustrated''
5 stars By Natasha Douglas