I have been working on sets of illustrations inspired by a Facebook conversation where I asked the question, “If, for some reason, you could only teach your child to cook five or six things really well, what would they be?” The answers attempted to assemble versatile recipes which could act as building blocks, covering as many of the basic techniques of cooking and baking as possible.
I answered with “no-knead bread, because it’s easy and really good; pasta with variations, because it’s versatile and cheap if you’re broke; and roast chicken, because it’s pretty cheap, easy, and can be served as a fancy dinner or for several meals,” and I think I’d add a quick bread or cookies, and soup.
I have completed two sets of illustrations for this Cooking with Children series, Cooking Minestrone and Baking Popovers. I may add a Baking Quick Bread set eventually since popovers are not as versatile but my daughter loves them and has been baking them since she was very young.
These illustrations are available as clip-art sets in my creativemarket shop and my tpt shop. I also have merchandise available on society6 and redbubble, and six Cooking School fabric designs on spoonflower. Eventually, I’d like to create a set of kitchen towels with the basic steps of the recipes that can be used as a guide by kids who are learning how to cook.
I am excited to have a couple of pages in the ebook of new clip-art shops on teacherspayteachers, highlighting tpt stores like mine that have only been open since the start of 2016 or more recently, and which primarily sell clip art. It was generously put together by the artist behind Bell Ink Designs.
I’ve been working, too, on a new logo. My old logo showed a song sparrow with 13 dots overhead and didn’t incorporate my business name. My redesigned logo features my business name prominently surrounded by a silhouetted flock of 13 sparrows. The background color is dark blue and can be changed to match the usage. It also works in a square variation, too.
Another big change I’ve made has been the creation of a unifying color palette for my teacherspayteachers clip art. Previously, I did have a color palette I used in all the tpt work but it was limited and muted. The new palette is more intense, while still reflecting my personality. My clip art on tpt stands out from much of the other work there in its simplicity.
The logo redesign and the color palette change gives me the opportunity to update my thumbnail previews on tpt, too, creating a cleaner look. As I update each set, starting with the Witch School Clip Art, I am adding preview files to give a better view before purchasing, plus index files for customer records.