Sunday, August 2, 2015

National Coloring Book Day

Hello Friends! Well, when I found about National Coloring Book Day, I took that as an invitation to sit down with my Enchanted Forest coloring book and do a little coloring! I was going to work on one of my greeting card orders, but you know what? I decided that from now on, Sunday is going to be for me. I am going to reserve Sunday for coloring in my coloring books or working on a project for myself. And with that...take a look at what I worked on today.

I gathered my supplies and started right in on this rambling vine.

If you're curious about my pencil case, I bought it from Hobby Lobby and it holds 120 pencils. It has four sections, it zips shut and it also has snaps at the end of the zipper pulls, so they don't flap around. Honestly, it's not my favorite, but I needed something in a hurry and that was the largest case Hobby Lobby had.

If you did a Google search for these adult coloring books by Johanna Basford, you would find that there are some awesome colorists out there, doing fantastic things on their pages. I haven't quite found my groove yet. But, spending more time with the books should remedy that. So, for this fairly plain page, I decided to add some fluffy clouds.

I pulled out my  well loved cloud maker template, some Distress ink and a wedge of sponge and got busy.

For my coloring, I used PrismaColor Colored pencils and I blended it out with Gamsol. I was not planning to use any blending medium in my coloring book, but I saw a page on Instagram that had been blended with OMS and I loved it! So I had to give it a go.  I also added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and a ClearStar Gelly Roll pen.

I like how it turned out! With all of that open space, I was tempted to stamp a meaningful sentiment or a verse or something, but then I thought, what if it smudges, or doesn't stamp properly? Then I would be stuck looking at that for the rest of my days. Soooo, needless to say, I left it off...for now. I have a nice collection of verses and sentiments printed on vellum and I might just pull those out to see how that would look.

Here are a few more close-ups

And that is it for me! Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope your weekend was wonderful!


Enchanted Forest Coloring Book(Johanna Basford)
ink: Tumbled Glass Distress Ink(Ranger)
coloring medium: PrismaColor Colored pencils
bling: Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)  Clear Star Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)
other: Gamsol(Inky Antics)   Blending stumps(Dick Blick)  sponge(Stampin' Up!)


Alanna said...

This is beautiful Barb. Your coloring looks amazing and I admire you setting aside the day for yourself. I can't wait to see the other pages as they get colored.

Jeanne said...

Wow! You are brave to sponge those clouds in. I'd be afraid of messing those up along with any sentiment. But I love what you did! I didn't know there was such a day as National Coloring Book Day. Too bad I missed it. I really like how you are enhancing the coloring you do with Wink of Stella and the sparkly Gelly Roll pen. Do you still have the link to the page you described. I'd love to see it! Thanks so much for sharing, Barb. Your work is beautiful. :) Hugs!

ChristineCreations said...

This looks awesome Barbara! Beautiful colouring and such a pretty spread of flowers!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Barb, this is gorgeous, and I recently purchased a coloring book. But I really love this one! Wow, your well-loved cloud template is beautiful, and it sure made for a gorgeous sky! Stunning work, my friend. And good for you for setting aside some time for you! Hugs!