I went to my guild meeting last night, and was given the opportunity to speak a little about the things I have going on here on the ol’ blog, and I gave a plug for the Year of Cultivating Creativity challenges.
Shout out to the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild! I hope some more of you will be joining in!
I love seeing what you all are coming up with from these challenges. There have been some neat things posted on InstaGram (#CCChallenges), there are a few photos in the Flickr Group, and some of you have sent me pictures directly.
Randy sent me a picture of her doodling, and she graciously said I could share it with you all here. I think it’s great, and I hope she keeps adding to it!
I saw Sue’s photo of random words on InstaGram, and even before I read the caption or looked at who posted it, I knew exactly what it was! It made me smile. I want to ask her: “Sue, were you listening to the news when you did that?” I figured that some of you might be able to guess the songs I was listening to on the radio when I did mine! Haha!
Here we are at Challenge #4 already, and it’s the one you’ve probably all been waiting for:
I hope you’ll color this week, and not stop coloring. I hope you’ll get started, and just keep at it, like the doodling, or the random words thing. Add to it every so often when you want something fun to do. And just so you know, I’ll probably repeat this one again at least once during this year of challenges.
Here is the coloring book I am choosing to use:
I fell in love with this book at first sight months ago, bought it and brought it home, and then never started coloring in it.
I think it’s a fear of “what if I mess it up”? — but I have to get over that.
I hope you do not have this fear of getting started coloring. I hope that’s just me.
This is the page I started with:
Here’s a bit closer view:
I tried Sharpies (my tool of choice), but they threatened to show through, so I switched to PrismaColor pencils, my favorite colored pencils in the entire world. I splurged years ago (when I was an art student) on a good set, and this is my second set. I have to have them on hand — I consider them a tool of the trade that I can’t live without.
I also love Tombow pens, and it’s my dream to someday splurge on a full set of those (someday when I have a spare $150 — ha!). For now, I have only a few colors, and I tried those in a couple spots, and they don’t show through, so I’m using them, too.
So I encourage you to experiment with several different methods of coloring, using various utensils, and see what you like best. And I highly recommend a good pencil sharpener!
I want to say a bit more about the coloring book I chose. I looked at many, and resisted buying them, but this one I had to have. I like it because it has pages where you’re encouraged to add on to the drawing in your own way:
I also like it because Johanna Basford‘s style is comfortable to me. If I could draw like her, I think my style would be a lot like hers, so I gravitate to that when I see it. She has several coloring books available, but I’ve resisted buying more than one so far — I have a lot of coloring to do in the one I have!
But do go visit her website — it’s very very inspiring! She makes me want to cover all my walls with Sharpie drawings!
She also has a video tutorial on coloring that you might want to watch. Interesting to see how she works with colored pencils, and I love what she says at the end — it’s what I was trying to say earlier, but she says it much better.
There are many other wonderful artists out there that also have coloring books.
Here are just a very few:
I’m sure you can find many more if you just look around on the internet.
One last note:
If you do not have a coloring book to use, there are lots of places online where you can download coloring pages for free. Just print them out yourself (I recommend cardstock paper for this) and set to coloring. Here are some links to get you started:
And there are many more of these, too.
So . . . have fun coloring this week, and as usual, I’d love to see what you’re doing. Send me pictures, post on IG (use #CCChallenges), add your photos to the Flickr Group, or write your own blog post and share the link!