Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Day 23 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2

Hello Friends! Happy Tuesday to ya! I didn't have a lot of time today for coloring, so I just did a teensy bit of watercoloring with my Zig Clean Color pens. I really do love them. They almost make me want to sell all of my other watercoloring media and just use them exclusively...almost. *wink*

For today's practice, I used an image from Stampin' Up's Secret Garden stamp set. I stamped two of the floral images onto a scrap piece of watercolor cardstock, using Versamark ink. Then, I sprinkled on white embossing powder, heat set that and let it cool.

I used only three colors for each image; pink, orange and yellow. The inks are so vibrant and while I like that, I am also trying to learn to tone them down. I can't say I don't like how they turned out because I do but, they are not as "washed out" as I would have liked.

This was fun and easy to do. I just add a tiny bit of color to the petals and then blend them out with clean water. As I've stated in previous posts, the pens blend beautifully with or without water. So, more practice is needed to achieve the look I'm after.

That's all for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by!


stamp set: Secret Garden(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock(Ranger)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens; 025-Pink, 050-Yellow, 070-Orange
other: Super Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)  #0 watercolor brush(Grumbacher)   #2,#4 watercolor brush(Claudine Helmuth Studios)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Day 22 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2

Hello Friends! I am back from my cruise! My brother and I had a blast! There was so much to see and do and we tried to fit in as much as we could. He's a veteran cruiser, takes several a year, this was my first one and I loved it! Can't wait to go again...The ship we were on was called the Inspiration. I thought that was the PERFECT name for a cruise ship for an artsy type person, like me. Here's a little peek at the ship.

We went on the Baja California cruise, to Catalina and Ensenada. It was a really relaxing and enjoyable time. The weather was perfect. We had cool ocean breezes and nice warm sun. My brother spoiled me by ordering room service breakfasts each morning. I ordered smoked salmon rosettes every day, that's my favorite.

Every night we had turn down service and our cabin steward left a different towel animal on my bed. I had a frog, a piggy, an elephant and the last night of the cruise, I got a heart! I wanted to bring them all home with me.

I brought along a small bag of art supplies; a few pre-printed and pre-stamped images, Prismacolor pencils, watercolor brushes and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. And one morning, I managed to squeeze in a little time to color. I got a table on the back of the ship and set up to do a little watercoloring. While I was sitting there, several pods of dolphins were jumping around in the ship's wake. It was very cool to witness.

I printed this gorgeous FREE Enchanted Forest Valentine image by Johanna Basford onto a piece of watercolor paper because I wanted to play with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. There are many things I like about these pens, but one thing that I really LOVE, is that they don't need much water to get a favorable result. They really need no water at all, but with water, one can lighten the colors and get some really nice variations.

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I didn't get a lot accomplished, but I did make an effort! I know I've missed a few days of the challenge, but I have no intention of playing catch-up. I'll just jump right back in today and go forward.

I apologize for the fuzzy photos, they were taken with my cell phone. I tried several times to correct them, but it just wasn't working out. Thanks for stopping by today!


digital image: Enchanted Forest Valentine(Johanna Basford)
specialty paper: 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper(Strathmore)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens(Kuretake)
other: #2 watercolor brush(Claudine Helmuth Studios)  #0 watercolor brush(Grumbacher)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Life is Good!

Hello Friends! My posts for the last few days have had a little theme to them; sandy beaches, blue skies, ocean, relaxing. Well, there was a reason for that. By the time you read this, I will be on a cruise ship taking a much needed vacation. I've left the Hubs and my daughters at home. And I've packed a few art supplies and I plan on doing a little coloring and a lot of relaxing. Sooo...I'll see ya, when I see ya!

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Day 14 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday to ya! I'm on a roll with the Lawn Fawn Life is Good stamp set. Today, I used Prismacolor colored pencils and blended them out with gamesol.

Does anyone else see a smile here?! LoL! I stamped the sandbanks onto smooth white card stock and masked them off while I created the sky background. I used my cloud stencil and Distress inks for this. I stamped the birds with Versamark ink, because I wanted a dark black silhouette. For all other stamping, I used Memento Tuxedo Black. Next, I die cut the main panel using the Postage Stamp Edge die from Simon Says Stamp and colored in the sandbanks. I stamped the other elements onto scrap paper and colored them, too. Then, I die cut everything, assembled the pieces, stamped on a greeting and called it finished!

That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the visit!


stamp set: Life is Good(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: 80# Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Versamark Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black(Tsukineko)
dies: Life is Good(Lawn Fawn)  Postage Stamp Edge(Simon Says Stamp)
coloring medium: Prismacolor Colored Pencils
other: Gamesol(Inky Antics)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Day 13 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2

Hello Friends! I know you're super busy because it's the weekend, so I will be brief. Since I had the Lawn Fawn Life is Good stamp set on my work table, I thought I'd go ahead and use it again. This time I did a bit of watercoloring with Distress Markers.

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To create the background, I started by stamping the sandbanks. Then I masked it and I gave the whole top portion a wash of clean water, picked up the ink that I had smooshed onto my craft sheet and brushed it on. After it had dried a little, I went back in and added the 'waves' using the same color ink that I used for the background. Next, I colored in the sand, using the same smooshing and painting technique. I set the background piece aside to dry and worked on the other elements.

I used the Distress Markers to color directly onto the stamp and then I stamped the images onto watercolor paper. I used a damp paint brush to move the color around and I let them dry completely before die cutting. Next, I stamped the greeting and the birds onto the main panel and assembled the pieces. I adhered the palm trees with dimensional adhesive and the hammock is flush mounted. The palm trees and the hammock looks like a smile!

This is all ready to be put on a card....later!

Thanks for stopping by today!


stamp set: Life is Good(Lawn Fawn)
specialty paper: 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper(Strathmore)
ink: MementoTuxedo Black(Tsukineko)  Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, Tea Dye Distress Inks(Ranger)
dies: Life is Good(Lawn Fawn)
coloring medium: Distress Markers(Ranger)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Day 12 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2

Hello Friends! It's Friday! Yaaaay! I've got another quick color share...I'm coloring in between loads of laundry!

So, because Summer is on the way, I thought I would play with my Lawn Fawn Life is Good stamp set. I stamped out a few of images using MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink, onto smooth white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. I keep scraps of card stock in a folder and those scraps are just perfect for this kind of thing because I store them in the pocket with the stamps and dies and later I can die cut them if I decide to.

I'm not sure if these will make their way onto a card, or if I'm just practicing. Either way, I enjoyed myself and that's what it's all about!

Make it a good day! 


stamp set: Life is Good(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: 80# Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Black Licorice Hybrid(My Favorite Things)
coloring medium: Copic markers

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Day 11 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2

Hello Friends! Happy Thursday to ya! I've got a bit of a different color share for today. I've been seeing a lot of buzz on the InterWebs about adult coloring books. Well, being that I love to color and sometimes I consider myself an adult, I thought I should investigate and find out more. And let me tell you, there is a plethora of information out there! Whew! My head was spinning and I was giddy over the possibility of actually owning one of these gems. After much deliberation, I decided that my first purchase would be one of the books created by Johanna Basford. I am such a lover of fairy tales with princes and princesses, castles and dragons. I love secret gardens filled with beautiful flowers, toadstools and fairies. I love mermaids and pirates and stories about the sea. My parents used to read to me when I was a young girl and I would make believe that I was actually in the stories. Sooo...when I saw Ms. Basford's coloring books with names like Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, I had to take a closer look and boy am I glad I did!

I purchased Book 2, Enchanted Forest. Book 1, Secret Garden is back-ordered AND, I also learned yesterday that there will be a third book called Lost Ocean, which will be released this Autumn. I cannot tell you how excited I am about these!

The coloring book is also a bit interactive in that, there are hidden objects and symbols to be found to be able to unlock the secrets of the castle. It all sounds like such fun and the perfect thing to keep me busy during the horrendously hot days of Summer ahead. I also think this is the perfect coloring companion to take along on my beach days. The book is not designed to be used with alcohol markers. So that means no Copics! Colored pencils are the preferred coloring medium for these books and that is just fine with me! It will be nice to color something that is not going on a card. And, I can get in some practice with my Prismacolors.

I plan to color a little something each day. And I decided to start right here...

At the very beginning of the book. My mother-in-law has beautiful calligraphy skills and I plan to ask her to write my name in each book. I am a little rusty with my Prismacolors, but I know I will get better with time. This first coloring session was a lot of fun! There is soooo much detail on each page and I spent a good portion of my time just admiring the illustration.

Have no fear, I am not going to bombard you with posts about what I'm coloring but, I will share from time to time, especially when I come across a really neat image. And lastly, in case you're interested, I purchased my book at Michael's. It's also sold at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon. I found that those two retailers were sold out. So, I took a gamble and went to Michael's and they had one! If you'd like to try your hand at coloring one of these pages, Ms. Basford has a FREE download on her blog for you. Click HERE. I'm super excited about this one because not only is it gorgeous but, I can print it onto Copic friendly paper and have at it with my Copics! Winning!

And that is it for me today. Thank you so much for visiting!


Enchanted Forest adult coloring book(Johanna Basford)
Prismacolor Colored pencils