Co-Founder Lisa Hall on Baby Ventures’ Interview with Top DC Mom Blog

As co-founders of Baby Ventures, Golzar and I were recently interviewed by Do DC with Kids, one of DC’s top mom blogs! We sat down with its founder, Tina Smith, at Eastern Market’s scrumptious Bourbon Coffee for a chat over morning coffee and pastries. The location was particularly special to us, given Golzar and I met just around the corner exactly 12 years ago while working at a nonprofit NGO.

We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our Baby Ventures story and discussing our ABCs of Washington, DC board book and what’s next (hint: our 2nd book)! Read the interview here for the inside scoop and be sure to check out www.dodcwithkids.com for more articles on exploring our nation’s capital with your little ones.

Happy DC adventures,

Lisa & Golzar

Illustrator’s Corner: Unleash Your Inner Creative

One of our favorite rainy day activities is to make art projects with random items around the house! Baby Ventures illustrator and artist Lisa Hall shares how she got her creative start in an awesome and unusual way, thanks to one particular rainstorm:

“As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I spent two years living in a village in Mali, West Africa. One day after a heavy rainstorm, the roads were washed out and I couldn’t make my rounds to the surrounding villages doing health education for the next few days. With nothing pressing to do, I felt an immense urge to create. So I gathered all the scraps of paper lying around in my hut and then went on a hunt for materials. I soon came across a few cans of touch-up car paint and my love of painting was born. I spent the next three days in creative bliss and painted my own original artwork for the first time!”

You don’t need to travel as far as Mali to let your creative side loose! Just take a cue from mother nature and break out whatever is lying around next time a rainy day washes out your plans. From finger painting (don’t sweat the mess!) to macaroni gluing (smiles for grandma!) or good old crayon coloring, getting creative together is a guaranteed rainy day adventure!

Illustrator’s Corner: India Inspiration

Illustrator Lisa Hall’s inspiration for Baby Ventures books comes from her own adventures living and traveling across six continents. One experience in particular has deeply influenced her artistic style: her 2005 trip to India.

“It is said that India is a feast for the senses. And it’s true! Nowhere else have I been so overwhelmed by such breath-taking colors. From groups of women in bright saris, to markets overflowing with flowers, I was struck by awe-inspiring color around every corner. Even elephants’ trunks were painted with gorgeous designs! Images of such rich and vibrant colors have greatly influenced my art and help bring the pages of every Baby Ventures book to life.”

Check out Lisa’s India art, featured in the Baby Ventures Animals of the World book and canvas art.