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Just Add Color

Meet Kansas City-based artist and illustrator Sarah Walsh, the artist behind Rockport Publishers' Just Add Color: Circus, Just Add Color: Day of the Dead, and Just Add Color: Carnival and enjoy a look into her creative workspace! The new books are out in September.

Image provided by Sarah Walsh

Where do you create?

[I create] ideally in my studio but sometimes at the kitchen table. I feel lucky to have a designated space to create. My old studio space became the nursery for our son, so we decided to renovate/finish our basement into a studio. My husband, Colin Walsh, is also an illustrator, so we needed a big space.

Image provided by Sarah Walsh

What inspires you when you're working in the studio?

I like leaving out my paints and bits of paper; that way I can just sit down and play. I don't have to think about it. The colors of the paint or bit of paper with a nice texture will get me psyched. Or I'll have an old children's book out that I like. And good music!

Image provided by Sarah Walsh

What's your favorite thing about your studio?

I like being surrounded by my "stuff"−things that inspire me−like happy colors, vintage children's books, fun toys, things I've collected over the years. Come to think of it, I actually have some old Walter Foster How to Draw Horses books from when I was a kid on my book shelf! I love those books and would study them like crazy! I also like the different works stations. We have one for our etsy shop, a computer station, a sewing station etc. Everything has its place, and you can work on whatever you're in the mood to work on that moment.

Sarah Walsh lives in Kansas City, Kansas. She has experience working as an in-house designer/ illustrator for Hallmark, and her current work as a freelance artist and illustrator allows her to work on a variety of projects including fabric, books, editorial, fine art, and greeting cards. To see more of Sarah's artwork visit her website, or her blog,

Olivia Bartz

Olivia is the Marketing Intern for Quarto Publishing Group USA and is excited to graduate from UC Irvine this June with a B.A. in English. She is happiest when reading a good book or writing about her adventures abroad, and continues to be inspired by all things outdoors. Olivia loves to try out new art mediums and techniques but has yet to be disappointed by a pencil and sketchpad.   

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