Steph CalvertAtlanta, Georgia, US
I’m a one-eyed artist with a boisterous laugh and a never-ending love for all things snacky. I live just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with my hilarious family, a bunch of beehives, and a pile of crazy rescue animals.
I’m a big fan of going on adventures, binge-watching old episodes of 30 Rock, and being ridiculous for the sake of comedy.
• Kids Art
• Editorial Illustration
• Surface Pattern Design
• Hand lettering
• Logo Design
• Donut Eating
I am available for freelance illustration projects, art licensing, logo design work, and custom art projects. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out my full portfolio at www.stephcalvertart.com .
Recipes By Steph Calvert
I created this Cool Beans infographic for the World Pulses Day 2020 call for art - the more I dug into interesting bean facts (did you know the US is 6th in the world in bean production and exports 20% of their beans to help feed other countries?), the more the age old song started playing on repeat in the back of my mind.
Beans beans the magical fruit...
Did you know beans gained popularity during World War II because they're such an inexpensive but nutritionally complete food?
The whole part of the song talking about beans as a fruit was always confusing to me as a kid, but during this project I learned any food that develops from the flower of a plant is considered a fruit. Beans and pulses (dry beans) grow from the fruit of the bean plant, making them a fruit!
I have so many rad bean facts to share, I also reformatted my infographic into a vertical orientation for easy sharing on social media - you can check it out here:
I created this Scandinavian Rosettes recipe for the Global Cuisine challenge.
If you’ve never had rosettes before, they’re basically tiny funnel cakes.
And they’re delicious.
Rosettes hold a super special place in my heart because they are my one and only memory of my great-grandmother. It’s almost a hazy dream-like memory, but I can still vividly remember being at her house when I was visiting as a little girl. She stood in her small town Wisconsin kitchen making these cookies for us when we came to visit. The way the branding iron looking contraption fries the dough was so fascinating to watch.
I can also remember a weird zip line contraption that can fly you around the backyard at super fast speeds, and falling down a hill for what seemed like an hour.
That part I know was a dream.
But the rosettes. They were real.
As I was thinking about what I could illustrate for the Fave Memory challenge, one thing kept spilling out onto the sketchbook. My brainstorming was full of things my husband and I have cooked together with our family in the past thirteen years. I decided to play a little bit of a Newlywed Game with Josh, and I texted him to ask what some of his favorite things were to cook together.
Tacos were almost top of the list for both of us so I ran with it! The best part of cooking with my husband is when we crank up the music, and we hang out in the kitchen working together. It's super relaxed, and his wonky work schedule means it's not something that happens all the time so it's pretty special to me. I let him lead, and I answer him with lots of "yes chef!" as he asks for this onion to get chopped or that lettuce to get washed while he cooks up the hamburger meat. And when all the ingredients are ready, taco night feels like a party in our house. We put all the ingredients in small bowls on the table, and our kids have a blast building their perfect tacos!
I created this thin crust pizza recipe illustration for the Food Geometry challenge. As I started sketching ideas of foods that could relate to geometry, pizza just kept coming back into my mind. You can practice fractions with pizza, which makes it the perfect homework food!
Can you spot examples of these geometry terms in my pizza recipe?
• right triangle
• concentric circles
• line segments
• perpendicular lines
• acute angles
I love this homemade thin crust pizza recipe because it's easy - you can bake it from scratch and have it on the table in about 30 minutes! The crust also doesn't have the yeasty flavor we've experienced with some other pizza recipes we've tried in the past.
And if you're on a budget, this thin crust pizza recipe is a no brainer. For the cost of about 2 frozen pizzas, you can pick up enough supplies to make way more homemade pizzas that don't contain tons of preservatives and other random ingredients found in the freezer section.
This summer, we were looking for a bunch of fun ridiculously messy things to do with our kids; we finally tried the Mentos and Diet Coke experiment!
We tried this with a small 20 ounce soda from the fridge case at the checkout at the grocery store first, and it really has to be a full 2 liter of soda. We've read it works best with warm soda, not cold. We got some great results with room temperature and are excited to try it again with a bottle that's been sitting in the sun to see if it's more epic!
Here's the basic science behind how it works:
The bubbles in soda are carbon dioxide gas. That gas bonds with the water in soda and they hang out together like best buddies. Mentos look really smooth, but under a microscope are covered in tiny pores that actually give it a rough texture. That rough texture breaks up the gas from the water as it gets dropped into the soda, and all that carbon dioxide rushes out of the opening of the soda bottle. There's so much gas escaping all at once it causes an epic explosion!
According to my reading on the subject, Mentos will create this eruption in any soda but works best in diet soda. The aspartame in the diet soda reduces the surface tension of the liquid, allowing the escaping air to get through easier.
You'll notice if you try this that the reaction starts pretty much the second the Mentos hits the Diet Coke - to get as many Mentos in the bottle as quickly as possible, we just hot glued all the candies in the pack together in a stack and dropped it in.
If you haven't seen EepyBird's amazing Mentos and Diet Coke video from 2006, you totally need to - you can see it here: https://www.eepybird.com/featured-video/the-extreme-diet-coke-mentos-experiments/
We hope you enjoy this experiment as much as we did!
This soup holds such a special place in my heart and my kitchen! My mom in law Carole made this as part of Thanksgiving dinner on the first holiday we all spent together when my husband Josh and I were dating. I loved it so much I asked her to write it out for me.
This last fall, my 7 year old son Phil brought home a medium-sized pumpkin from a school field trip to a local farm; we made this soup recipe again for Thanksgiving but kicked it up a notch by making our own pumpkin puree. It was so easy to do! The added bonus is pumpkin seeds to roast for a snack later.
You should also try this soup as a sauce on top of chicken and rice - the curry gives it a panang style flair that's super delicious!
I absolutely LOVE Valentine's Day conversation hearts - it's one of the best holiday candy options around and I could easily eat buckets of them!
I love them so much I created this fun repeat pattern with some sayings for lovers, and some for fighters. And then I wrote a haiku for you:
Be my Valentine.
Gimmie some pure sugar hearts.
K thanks love you, bye!
I tried making waffles this way shortly after our first honey harvest from my husband Josh's beehives in the summer of 2016. Our kids immediately demanded we never buy freezer waffles ever again, so it's safe to say these were a hit!
I usually half this recipe when I make it on a busy school morning - one waffle per kid, one for me, and one for our chickens is the perfect weekday breakfast.