‘Tis the season for gifts! And I have been really productive so far this year : I have already made or bought a lot of gifts. And now I need to think about gift wrapping.
In the last few years I have made it a tradition to make my own gift tags from hand-drawn printables and color them myself – a unique way to add “presence” to presents! And the gift recipients so appreciate the extra thought I put in to the wrapping.
I love seeing what all of you have been coloring: not only the quality, but the thought and soul put into each design. Without exception, all of the pieces I’ve seen over the last several months are beautiful in many ways; I guess the pandemic has brought out the creativity in us.
So I decided to share a few of my own recent pieces with you. I am in no way as talented as as many of you, but I do love the pastime. Here are a few of my completed designs:
As mentioned in my last post on colors, “Going Monochrome,” I introduced some easy ways for eliminating the stress that you may feel when selecting colors. I described the Traditional Color Schemes in general, and provided more information about the Monochrome Scheme.
In this post, I’ll introduce you to the Complementary Scheme.
Whether you are new to adult coloring (if so, welcome!), or an experienced colorist, there is a lot to learn about colored pencils. And good quality colored pencils can be expensive, so using them in the right ways can help you get a lot more out of them, saving you money and frustration.
Although the weather in many parts of North America is still struggling to feel like Spring, Summer is on its way, and with it the abundance of fresh, local fruit that we will see in the stores and – even better – farmers’ markets. If you are looking for some coloring to get you in the mood, or if the abundance of produce is inspiring you, you may find it difficult to find a relevant adult coloring book among all of the mandalas, fantasy, pop-culture/novelty, and animal ones on the market. However, I have tried and can recommend Fruit Garden, An Adult Coloring Book, by Lesley Smitheringale.
Sometimes we want smudged lines when we color – especially when blending.
However, no one likes it when the printed outlines on a coloring page are the smudged lines. I briefly talked about this problem in this post about printing coloring pages at home. However, several of my readers (thanks especially to Ellen!) have told me they are having this problem, not only with printables but with coloring books as well.
In Part I of this Choosing Colors series we learned about the 12 colors of the Color Wheel as well as color harmony. In Part II we covered Tinting (adding white to a color), Toning (adding gray to a color), and Shading (adding black to a color).
In this installment, we’ll learn some simple ways to use the Color Wheel when choosing colors that will give you great looking coloring projects that are also enjoyable to make. You can use these basic approaches whether you are using markers, pencils, pens, or a combination of any of them. Continue reading “Choosing Colors, Part III – Simple Options”
Printables can be great (yay, free goodies!) – and can be awful.
Coloring book publishers and artists give away printable coloring pages as a try-and-buy technique. Oodles of websites offer free printables pages. And artists sell unique ones on their websites or shops such as Etsy. Printables are usually single pages, but you can also find printable collections or books; in fact, many of the coloring books on Amazon are also available in electronic (Kindle) format, with online links to print the illustrations at home. And you can print printables as many times as you want, so you can try different tools, palettes or techniques on the same illustration.