An Illustrated Book by Leah Blacher Art

“I have dreamed about illustrating books for years. I get lost in children’s picture books, studying the illustrations and thinking about the techniques used to create them.

A few years ago I started to envision my paintings and illustrations forming a book of encouragement for all to enjoy, and I had many friends (and some strangers at markets) telling me I should illustrate books.

Following a break from painting I picked up my brushes again this year, creating a range of original gouache paint and pencil mixed-media illustrations, and once again I’ve heard the same response.

I’d love to share what I have already created, and expand my collection of paintings to form this book in the hope that it brings comfort to others.”

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About the Product

My vision is for this book to be accessible by all.

For anyone of any age to lift off the shelf and be reminded that they are not alone and they are loved.

To spark imaginations and prompt meaningful and encouraging conversations.

And to ultimately point to Jesus through the interwoven beauty and simplicity of nature, relationships, and encouragement inspired by scripture.

I have been away from designing and selling for some time and lack adequate funds and digital software to bring this book to fruition.

Funding would allow me to accomplish that. It would be a dream come true to hold my own book in my hands, and pass into the hands of my children.

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About the Artist

Hey,

My name is Leah and I create paintings and illustrations from my rural home in Cornwall. Painting the things I love and taking inspiration from my children, faith, nature, meaningful conversations, childhood nostalgia, small and simple everyday moments, and warm earthy tones: my desire is to express what I learn, and share what brings me joy and peace in the hope that it encourages and uplifts others.

I’ve always had a love for sketching and painting, spending many hours as a young girl sat at the kitchen table creating pictures that would find themselves stuck onto the cupboard doors! It’s something that has always calmed and relaxed me, which explains my desire to return to it in 2017 when I had two very young children to take care of. Drawing and painting became a way for me to unwind and ‘find myself’ again amidst the overwhelming demand I felt.

In early 2018 my beloved Dad passed away very unexpectedly and I found my faith restored and strengthened. I felt God leading me to create more designs of hope and encouragement, growing my greetings card and fine art prints collection, and continuing on a journey to learn and discover more about my enjoyment of illustration.

If you’d like to see some behind-the-scenes you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

God Bless,

Leah

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