My name is Dawn and I am a self-taught artist. Ever since I was a little girl it has been my dream to illustrate Children's books and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself to do something more "practical" with my life, that dream never faded. In 2017, at the age of 35, I decided to finally listen to my heart and take the leap! I am thrilled to share that dreams really DO come true! My first picture book was published in 2019, with my fifth book project publishing in the Fall of 2022. My New Year's Resolution for 2022 is to dream BIGGER! I am branching out in hopes of working on large scale projects with local businesses and brands. If you're in need of a mural, shop display, or simply wish to collaborate on a project, please get in touch! www.dawnmcardona.com @dawnmcardona
The depth, texture, and whimsy of cut-paper illustration begins with one thing: beautiful papers. Artist and children's book illustrator Dawn M. Cardona demonstrates how to play with acryla gouache on a Gelli plate to make uniquely textured papers to use in your crafts. You can apply these papers to other classes taught by Dawn, or use them to add interest to any collage or drawing projects. While this process is instantly gratifying, you'll be rewarded by experimenting on papers with different weights, textures, and colors in order to make them uniquely yours. To see more of Dawn's classes that use the papers made in this class, visit her artist page here.