Category Archives: KidFiles

April Showers


(Crayon drawing, First Grade- Martha B.)

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A Blooming Interest

On The Road

Paint By No Numbers

Inspired By…

…Walker Evans’ Portrait of Lucille, Alabama 1936.

Walker Evans, like his peer Dorothea Lange, spent the Depression photographing the desperate plight of rural farmers. His image of ten year old Lucille makes this all the more poignant. Five years after Evans met Lucille, she was married, pregnant and still in the cotton field. At thirty she was a grandmother. In 1971, the year Evans had a retrospective at the Modern Museum of Modern Art, Lucille died. Despite the sad outcome of Lucille’s life, her 1936 portrait radiates youthful optimism and hope.


Fashion details-Model Abbi wears a sleeveless dress from Gap Kids. Hat is by Tula.

(Right Photo- Walker Evans. Left Photo & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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Inspired By Dorothea Lange’s Girl Portrait, Ireland 1954

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Two Barns In North Carolina



(Photo- © 2014 Martha Browne)



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Inspired By…

…Dorothea Lange’s Girl Portrait, Ireland 1954

Most people are familiar with the photographer Dorothea Lange’s impressive black and white images from the Depression. But another, lesser known collection of hers, is compiled in the book ‘Dorothea Lange’s Ireland.’

Sponsored by Life Magazine, Lange and her son Daniel Dixon traveled to Ireland to explore and photograph rural life. She loved the country and its people. In particular, Lange enjoyed taking images of children. She felt they were “…incarnations of the past and prophecies of the future…” I couldn’t agree more.


Fashion details- Shirt with peter pan collar, dot dress and knit cardigan all from Gap Kids. Locket and glasses are model A.’s own.

(Left Photo- Dorothea Lange. Right Photo & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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Inspired By Mike Disfarmer- Portrait #3

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Endpapers #9

“Before mass printing in the 20th century it was common for endpapers of books to have paper marbling. Sometimes the endpapers were used for maps or other relevant information. They are the traditional place for bookplates or owner’s inscription…” – Wikipedia


I find the most appealing endpapers to be in children’s books. This  sample is from Vol. 1 of ‘ Best in Children’s Books‘ c. 1958.

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Endpapers- #7, #5&#6, #4, #2

Nancy Drew Endpapers

Learning To See


#13. Through A Child’s Eyes- My little friend E.B. (age 5) showed me how he uses a digital camera to take pictures of his favorite toys.


(Top Photo- © 2014 Martha Browne. Toy Photos- E.B.)

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Learning To See #12. A Story

Inspired By Mike Disfarmer- Portrait #6



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Christmas Craft #26: Nature Garland


This project is pulled from the wonderful book ‘Christmas Decorations.’ Instructions are as followed with a few tweaks of my own. ( * )

Materials: Leaves (* Press in books and later paint some of them gold), berries, cinnamon sticks, nuts in their shells, dried apple rings and other decorative fruits, etc. Lengths of ribbon or flat tape. (* Martha Stewart’s gold thread is perfect.)

1. Cut a tiny slot through each dried leaf near an edge. Put thread through the holes then knot in place. You can also glue leaves flat to ribbon. (* Use a glue gun.)

2. Tie tiny bundles of cinnamon together and tie to thread/ribbon. Wrap nuts and pine cones in a similar way.

3. Cut apples into 1/4″ rings (* Quick Dry Method- Immerse rings into lemon juice for 3-5 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper and place rings on top. Put in an oven set at low temperature…150 degrees…for two hours. Flip rings over and leave for another hour.) Hang apple rings onto the thread/ribbon and then knot securely.

(Styling & Photo- © 2013 Martha Browne)

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Prepping For Christmas

My Imaginary Magazine Cover- Papier Mache


A portrait of Sophie worked well for my imaginary cover of the children’s magazine ‘papier mache.’

(Photo- © 2013 Martha Browne)

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My Imaginary Magazine Cover Series