Monday, May 30, 2016

Coloring Part 2

I'm excited to write another post today that continues the information about my coloring journey.  I'm mainly focusing on showing you some of the coloring books I've purchased and plan on using.  I believe you can find most of these on Amazon.  

This is not a book but 20 illustration pages to color that's printed on very heavy cardstock paper.  Each page is 13" x 9 1/2" and is easily removed from the binding to be framed or used as a gift.  

Please come back for Coloring Part 3 where I will share of my coloring pages with you.  

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Coloring Part 1

I've jumped on the bandwagon of the adult coloring craze and I think it is here to stay.  If you haven't looked at all the books and supplies available, you would be amazed at the choices.  I thought I would show you some of the items I use and enjoy.

There are lots of coloring mediums to choose from.  These colored pencils are a dream to work with.  They have a soft core and the colors blend very easily.  Prismacolor is a quality brand but there are others just as good.  They come in many sets but of course I had to have the largest.  150 wonderful colors!

There are several different ways to blend to get the right shading.  A blender pencil, which is colorless, goes smoothly over the colored surface to give the light and dark shading to a specific area of the picture.  You can also use a paper stump and some blending solution to do the same thing.  

It's easy to color outside the tiny outlines so a pencil eraser comes in handy.  I also have a battery eraser which makes erasing a breeze.  A good art eraser works well too.  One other essential tool is a pencil sharpener.  You should never use an electric pencil sharpener with quality colored pencils.  The color cores are too soft and it's very easy to end up with a short pencil really quickly.  I use a small handheld Kum that has a sharp blade.  I got it for only a few bucks on Amazon.  

You can also use fine line markers and gel pens to color with.  

The array of coloring books and pages is mind boggling.  All book stores, grocery stores and even Walmart has a variety of books with different themes and images.  Flowers, animals, patterns, etc.  An artist who has been instrumental in developing quality books is Johanna Basford.  She is a Scottish illustrator and her first book, Secret Garden, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide!  I purchased a wall calendar for 2016 and have been coloring the months.  Here's what it looks like.

I used water brush markers to color the front.  I'll get into some of the pages I've colored in another post.  So, that's an overview of my coloring journey.  Stay tuned.  We're just getting started.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

I Love My Grandson

My grandson is 23, a hard worker, lives 2,400 miles away and I miss him very much.  It's been a few years since I've seen him but we talk on the phone as often as we can.  Grandmas just do that.  It's not work.  It's not taken for granted.  It's just what we do.  I've been thinking of him a lot lately and wanted him to know it.  I decided to make him and his girlfriend something to show them I care.  He told me they didn't have any magnets for their fridge so I started with that idea.  

This is a plain tag 6.25 x 3.25.  It's heavy duty cardstock and ready to be transformed. 

 I covered it with glue and laid thin printed tissue paper over it, sort of bunching it up to give it some texture.  I let it dry and then began to "mess" it up.  I smeared some paint on in different colors and then sprayed it with some brass and gold stain.  I then started to embellish the tags with cut out letters to create their names.  I added a few typed encouraging phrases.  Done.

I have only dabbled in this kind of mixed media but I'm quite impressed with myself and really like how the tags turned out.  More importantly, I'm pretty sure that Zachary and Amore will like them.  I love you!!!

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(aka Grandma)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Timeless Elegance

Stampin' Up! has some beautiful pattern paper.  They usually come 12" x 12" and the package has several papers that coordinate together.  Timeless Elegance is the name of one group of papers that I bought.  It's so pretty I've been hestitant to cut up some of them.  But I finally broke down and did it.  I used the prettiest floral for the front of this card.  

I cut the large sheet into 3" x 5" pieces, giving me 15 individual pieces to use for lots of cards.  I wanted to keep the rest of the card pretty simple to allow the focus to shine on the stunning floral so I mounted it on a slightly larger black mat.  I used a soft ribbon in Delightful Dijon and also matched the card base.  

A simple sentiment stamped and then cut with a fishtail shape completes the card.  I'm thinking of using the same floral paper with other color combinations of ribbon and cardstock.  I have some beautiful watermelon and grass green that would look really nice with the paper.  

Thanks for looking in today and just a reminder that I really enjoy any comments.  

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