Turtle Craft by Janis Cox

Torn Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

Torn Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

Turtle Craft

Janis Cox is the illustrator of Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation. She is also an author, watercolour artist, wife, mother and grandma — but most of all she’s a faithful follower of Jesus. She’s been retired from teaching for over 15 years but finds herself back into her passion of working with children.

Janis created the craft in the photo above. Janis writes, “This is a craft that I had my children do at school in art lessons. It is great for dexterity, colour, and placement of objects. This week I am showing you how to make a picture called Torn Tadeo Turtle. Of course this can be extended for any picture.”

Click here to learn step-by-step directions at her blog.



Why does a Toucan have such a large beak?

Photo courtesy of Alex Grichenko

Photo courtesy of Alex Grichenko

Excerpt from Janis Cox’ Creative Tuesdays:


So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:21, NIV).

The prompt from Creative Tuesdays for this week was “Twitters” – and I know Michael expects little tiny birds. But my thoughts and heart went to the colourful toucan. I couldn’t resist trying to paint him. Then I became interested in where he lives, what he eats, why he has such a large beak. So here is what I found out.

Certainly God created each part of the toucan for a purpose.

The large beak has been found to be a type of thermal radiator (it cools the toucan).

Click here to read more at Janis Cox’s blog – Creative Tuesdays

Artist of Adam’s Animals writes about the Locust

locust, beetle, caterpillar, cricket - grasshopper

What is very small with no king but has great power?

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
    yet they advance together in ranks;

They may be small without a king but locusts have great power.

To read more of Janis Cox’ post visit Sunday Stillness.

Artist paints her ant drawing from Adam’s Animals

Artist of Adam’s Animals paints the ant line-drawing she created for the children’s book

an excerpt from Sunday Stillness at He Cares for You blog …


Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

“The picture today comes from one of the sketches I did for Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne – a great resource for homeschoolers and Sunday School teachers. I decided to sketch it again and try my watercolours.”


To see the watercolour painting and read the entire post visit Janis Cox’s blog He Cares for You