Lorrie Tom's Writing Recipes
Whipping up writing love one teacher at a time
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My blog is filled with little treats I like to call Lorrie Stories.

These posts make you feel warm inside. And then, just when you think I'm a little heavy on the sweet and serious, I'll throw in a dash of Lorrie-style humor.  My mission is to help you think, " Hey, I could have written that.  That's my story, too." 

Nourish yourself with words instead of kale.
— Lorrie Tom

Crazy Color Illustrations


This illustration goes with my There's No Place Like My Favorite Place Copy Change writing recipe.

This is a simple art project that can make your students' writing pop.

Here's the secret sauce:

First, cut quality watercolor paper into smallish squares - mine is about 5 inches by 5 inches.

Then, students sketch the favorite place.  Pencil first. Second, outline with an extra-fine Sharpie.

It's ok if the picture isn't an exact replica of the location - mine certainly isn't, but it's the essence of my favorite place.

Then, when coloring with markers, tell students to use unexpected colors.  

Notice that my sky is green and my palm trees are pink and orange.

That's it.

If you really want these to pop, place the finished piece on a six by six piece of black construction paper. 

Enjoy the thrill of Crazy Color Illustrations!

Always writing and arting,