Featuring colorist Ronda Francis

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Today is a great day to get out the paints and make a beautiful picture with FINGERPRINTS!

All you need is watercolor or acrylic paint--and fingers :) Just dip you finger into the paint and press onto paper. You can do just one or dozens. Make bugs, animals, monsters, or anything else you can dream of.

Contact me when you are done and I will post them HERE.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Featured at the Eric Carle Museum of Storybook Art

Being featured at The Eric Carle Museum of Storybook Art was a very proud day. David Rowinski, author of The Open Pillow and I were guests for Special Story Day--David read the book and I did an art lesson. 

We signed the book of artists that had been featured there in the past--our names are now with Tomie DePaolo, Eric Carle, and many others. We were thrilled.

Please visit the Eric Carle Museum page: http://www.carlemuseum.org/

Scroll to bottom of page to see my illustrations in The Open Pillow, a children's book written by David Rowinski, that was featured at the museum last August:  http://www.carlemuseum.org/Programs_Events/Upcoming/#E1679

Friday, May 24, 2013


Happy Katie!!
Do you know a kid who likes to color?

They can join the Out of This World Coloring Club on Facebook! We aren't judging here--we have a few moms who are having a great time coloring our pictures too--but they are not eligible for the prizes during our fun contests--sorry moms!! (Click here for link https://www.facebook.com/groups/478108415587906/?fref=ts )

Jamie's awesome egg!
Pictures from the Out of This World Coloring Book Series are featured--and they have been AWESOME. We have had a striped bunny, a purple haired, candy loving girl named Francine, and a sneaky robot featured on our pages!

There are contests to win, pictures to color, and pages where you can find art drawn by YOU.

The last contest was during Easter, and Francine and the Spy Bunny was featured. The next coloring book will be PENELOPE'S GARDEN, and will feature a spell-casting witch and her friend Heather who can only talk in rhyme.
Penelope and Heather thinking about a spell.

I can't wait until the book is published so I can see all of your work.

I will post a new and printable cartoon to color every week--see on the right column under pages.

I hope you all have fun!!

See you at the club!

XO Dea

Taelor colored a terrific striped bunny :)

Coloring some special eggs.

JP was the grand prize winner of the last contest. Congratulations!!



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Penelope's Garden Coloring Book~~COMING SOON!

Penelope the Witch in her garden.
Penelope the witch is visited by her friend Heather, a famous author who sells her books at The Black Hat Bookstore--and can only speak in RHYME!

After Penelope and Heather harvest the Love Heart Daisies they go and visit Wiser's Bookstore and talk to the old wizard Aleister Wiser to see if they can break the rhyming curse put upon Heather by Merlin hundreds of years before.

Will they be able to get the ingredients from the goblin who lives next door? Or will the creature that is growling in the bushes get them before they can run home to safety...

Read and color Penelope's Garden Coloring Book and join the OUT OF THIS WORLD Art by YOU Coloring Club on Facebook today. See your pictures posted and win fun prizes :) https://www.facebook.com/groups/478108415587906/?fref=ts



Friday, March 15, 2013

Even GROWN-UPS Love to Color!

The Easter season is upon us!

Chocolate bunnies, chicks, Peeps, jelly beans and especially colored eggs made the holiday very exciting for us as kids.

I had, and STILL have, an affinity for the egg coloring. Putting the fizzy little concentrated color tablet in the cup of vinegar, boiling the eggs, and drawing on the eggs with a white crayon to block out certain areas while the eggs cool still makes me happy. I could make the eggs look any way I chose--and they were usually NOT your run-of-the-mill Easter images. Funny faces, space-scapes, or little monsters were more par for the course.

Nothing has changed much--I still color eggs, but now I also have a COLORING BOOK with eggs YOU and YOUR CHILDREN can color.

Francine and the Super Spy Bunny Super Coloring Book is also a story about a candy loving girl who gets all her Easter wishes granted by a mysterious laser-eyed bunny. Is the Easter Bunny a robot?? Color your way to the truth!! HAPPY COLORING! :)

Please join our SPY BUNNY COLORING GROUP and post your child's art from SPY BUNNY! Kids LOVE to see their masterpieces displayed in our Facebook Museum :)  Click here to enter and win a copy of the upcoming coloring book, PENELOPE'S GARDEN.  https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/478108415587906/

No purchase necessary to enter. Email penelopecrowe@hotmail.com for a free coloring page for entry.