Thursday, October 1, 2015

30 Day Coloring Challenge 3 - Day One

Hello Friends! Happy Thursday! And YAY! Today is the first day of the third 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Big shout out to my friend, Kathy Racoosin for hosting another one. I'm super excited to share with all of you, so let's get started!

If you're active in the crafting world, you've probably seen or heard about the grown up coloring craze. There are all kinds of coloring books and post cards and things on the market now. One of the main complaints from colorists about these items, is that the paper is not heavy enough to use with various coloring media; specifically Copic markers or watercolors. Well, I happened upon an artist, Karla Dornacher, who has a remedy for that. Ms.Dornacher has created a series of coloring items that can be downloaded and printed at home. Or Staples. Or wherever you choose. That is fantastic news! Because self-printing allows us to use whatever type of paper we want; heavy weight card stock, watercolor paper, vellum, whatever! Right now, she has two coloring books, both can be purchased at Amazon OR they can be purchased in her shop on Etsy as an instant download. Guess which one I opted for? If you said, instant download you're correct! Now. My share today is not of one of the coloring pages, I will share some of those later on, but today I'm sharing one of her instant download greeting cards! WHAT?! Yes! Take a look at this and I'll explain more about it as we go along. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

This is from the set called Trust in the Lord Digital Coloring Collection. This collection includes: a digi stamp, an 8.5 x 11 coloring page and two coloring cards. What's really cool about the coloring pages is that they can be slipped into an 8 x 10 frame and used in your home for wall art. Or, it can be given as a gift. This goes for all of the pages in her coloring books, as well. I ordered a boat load of items from her Etsy shop. You have to go take a look and visit her delightful blog, too. Okay...back to the coloring project for today. Whew! Get me going and I don't know when to stop! LoL!

I am often asked how I print my digis onto watercolor paper, so I thought I would do a step by step photo tutorial to show the process.  First, I print the images onto regular copy paper. This gives me a 'template' of where to adhere my watercolor paper for printing. You'll notice that these are note cards. They are to be printed onto a full 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock and then trimmed out, scored, and colored.

But, since I was planning to use watercolor paper and not make the entire note card, I did this instead.
I die cut my watercolor paper before I run it thru my printer. I use temporary adhesive to hold the watercolor paper in place and then I put it thru my printer. And I get this...

Because I pre-printed the images, I knew right where to place my watercolor paper.

I printed the images onto the smooth side of the die cut pieces of Canson XL Watercolor Card stock. Then I watercolored  using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Distress Markers and a damp brush. I had to bring in my Distress Markers to fill in some color gaps that I have with my Ziggies. I let my image air dry.

I decided to trim around the image to add a little interest, so I didn't use the stitches after all. I rounded the corners of my card base and adhered the focal panel with dimensional adhesive. Then I went at it with my clear WOS! I added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins and a some tiny twinkles onto the center of a few of the flowers.

 I love the simple lines easy to color and very relaxing.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by. If you are joining the coloring challenge, please leave me a note in the comments. I would love to see what you've colored!


digital image: Trust in the Lord Collection(Karla Dornacher)
card stock: Canson XL Watercolor paper
patterned paper: Brenda Walton Super K Stack(K&Company)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens:#041 Light Green, #022 Carmine, #050 Yellow, #036 Light Blue(Kuretake-Zig)  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral Distress Markers(Ranger)
die: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Tiny Twinkles(Taylored Expressions)  Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)
other: #0 watercolor brush(Grumbacher) #4 watercolor brush(Claudine Helmuth Studios)


Jeanne said...

Oh boy! Here we go! And you start out of the gate with a gorgeous project. This is gonna be fun! What a beautiful card, Barb. How fun that you can buy greeting card coloring pages. And your coloring of this one is so very pretty. Thank you for sharing! Thank you as well for sharing how you get the images printed on the watercolor paper. I'm sure you helped lots of people today. :)

Unknown said...

Hi, Barb! Your card, technique, and dedication to this is beautiful. I hope to find something I can be this passionate about. I love how you shared the process too.
Cyndi 😉

Patti Willey said...

Increddible! What a nice find in this ladies Etsy site Barb! I'm going to peruse her blog next. Love these little note cards! Love them! Thanks for sharing the printing details, you are one Smart Cookie! Happy Coloring my Friend!

stampmonkey said...

I'd say you're off to a great start with this challenge, Barb! If I weren't a huge fan of your coloring already, this Karla Dornacher card would draw me in for sure! You did a fantastic job of beautifying that image, and I appreciate your showing us how you printed it off to color/mount it for your card. {Also, can I also just say how much I LOOOOOVE Karla Dornacher --I have several of her books, have given several as gifts over the years, and I recently just purchased a 12x12 print that I now need to frame. I had no idea that she had an etsy shop or a blog, so thank you for that!}

Looking forward to seeing Day Two. ;)

Valentina B said...

What a stunning work! I can't stop wonder how great you colour this. Your colouring is simply amazing. Really love it! Thank God for the colouring challenge and that I found you! Bless you, V.