Thank you to everyone who viewed and shared my last week's blog. If you missed it, click here. I was feeling so energized by the emails and comments you sent me that I wanted to share more exciting news!
In the last few months I have created over120 of these designs based upon my own artwork. (I can't stop creating these!!!). As I thought about the coloring books I wanted to create I thought about categorizing them both by theme and by intricacy level. These are the categories that best represent my artwork and style:
I have defined the intricacy levels as simple, advanced, master, and "Insanely Crazy!"
Not surprisingly, I found the majority of my existing designs currently fall into the "Master" and "Insanely Crazy" categories.
So moving forward and knowing that I want to create coloring books for all 4 levels, I am challenging myself to simplify (a very difficult concept for me!) so that I can focus on creating more simple and advanced level coloring pages.
Here are some of the features I intend to include in the book itself:
printed only on one side which helps with bleeding of markers or sharpies.
has perforated pages that can be torn out and framed
introduction of my process on creating this book
tips and hints
words of encouragement sprinkled throughout that helps in your art journey as well as in life
This is the original floral watercolor painting that I had created many years ago and is in my "stash" of art that got stuck" because I didn't know what to do with it at the time.
I photographed it with my iPhone and imported the image into my Procreate app for iPad.
As you can see I intentionally zoomed in quite a bit. I saw a waterfall and waves crashing at the bottom and a little bit of sunshine.
Side note: I also intend to create a "reverse coloring book" where I supply these images as already being colored in and you get to create your own line art on top! I would provide drawing tips and ideas as well as a forum for you to share your creations. More on this topic coming as a future blog!
I then created 3 separate layers of line art on top using the various intricacy levels.
"Simple" - thinking about kids and adults who love to color but don't have time or desire to get really detailed.
"Advanced" - just a bit more detail, but not too overwhelming for most people.
"Master" - These will definitely take more time and patience, but it's the journey that matters, right?
I didn't create a crazy insane level here, but may choose to do so in the future. By zooming in I created the effect of a stained glass window, which I absolutely love and makes me happy.
And here is the19-second time-lapsed video of its creation:
Your feedback is welcome!
I could organize these books in so many different ways - by theme or by intricacy level or some other way.
Which do you prefer?
By theme (floral, geometric, gentle waves, whimsical) - all 4 levels included.
By level - all themes included
I am also thinking about selling these as digital downloads on my website. That way you could print your own pages or import into your own drawing/coloring app.
If you are interested in participating as a tester (free) please let me know!
I would love your feedback and ideas on my new adventure! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dripping Springs Art League - Upcoming event
And now I am helping to form the non-profit Dripping Springs Art League along with my husband (President) and many other gallery owners and artists. We will have a "Let's Get the Party Started" meeting on Monday, August 21st at 6pm at Mercer St. Art & Boutiquein downtown Dripping Springs, Texas. So much momentum is happening and it is super exciting to be a part of this start-up. We are looking for artists and non-artists to become members, serve and/or lead committees. If you cannot make it, but are interested in learning more, send an email to email@example.com.
Keep in touch!
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