WIP Wednesday – Coloring catchup

A coloring page I started on Saturday.

Hello, I hope you are all well. I thought I would share some WIPs I am working on since the sun decided to hide from us today. It’s cool and rainy today and I took the day off to mellow out with some coloring and reading. The first image I started this past weekend was when I was on my weekly zoom craft session with friends. I chose it because it reminded me of spring.

My first attempt at coloring the Mandalorian.

Creating a metallic effect is not something I have a lot of experience with so I did some snooping online to find out what I could do to create the look. This one I started weeks ago and I think because it only required blacks and grays I lost interest. But I think I will see it through and maybe add some color to the background.

I love this illustration.

This is an old WIP that I believe I started last year so it’s time to complete the coloring. I love this image. I am not as good as I would like with coloring animal fur with colored pencils but I can only get better with practice. I am not a big fan of coloring owls and I think that is why I stopped but I think it’s time to finish this one.

These are the three books that the WIPs I am currently working on.

These are the three books I am coloring the WIPs in today.

Have a lovely day!

Happy Monday – Spring is in the air!

My art wall.

Despite the sharp drop in temps today, I am excited about spring. So I have started updating my office decor with some spring elements.

Remember those butterflies? I finally finished them and hung them up. Because they frame some windows, it is hard to capture the sparkle from the holographic paper. I also spot some paper flowers and some bunnies. The lovely woman with books is a cute print I bought on Etsy and being a bookworm, I had to keep it up.

Butterflies flying in my office reading nook.

I decorate for the seasons in my home so there is no way I will miss out on my office. Decorating for the seasons keeps my office fresh and motivates me.

The lighting doesn’t allow you to see them so well.

I hope you are having a wonderful spring day. Happy Monday!

WIP Wednesday – March 23

A peek at my desk today.

The title of this post was inspired by a colorist that I watch on YouTube where she works on her unfinished coloring projects – her works in progress (WIP). So I thought I would borrow it since as a small business owner I am constantly surrounded by WIPs.  It’s also a fun peek inside of what’s happening here in my craft room. I will also share WIPs of projects I do for fun like my coloring book pages.

Last week, I showed you these butterflies that I had intended on completing to hang up in my studio. Well, I never got around to gluing them so today I will finish the gluing process and hang them up.

I also started working on the backgrounds for these cards that I mentioned to you on Monday.  I hadn’t completed them so today I will assemble the cards. This is actually one of my favorite parts of cardmaking. Once I have all the components made, I can work on the layout and other aspects of the design.  When I make cards for the shop I tend to make the components in batches and then during another work session, I can put them together. This part I can play around with more options. Sometimes, it’s using other tools to enhance the layout and design of the cards. Sometimes it’s choosing embellishments or adding dimension to the layout. It’s very satisfying because I typically complete the project and have a finished product in my hand.

I hope you had a wonderful day!

Happy Monday – Where do I find inspiration?

Where do I find inspiration? Sometimes, I will be in my favorite place, nature and sometimes I find it in the aisles of the supermarket or in this instance Target. The box for this candle caught my eye. I thought how the yellow color made me feel happy and I liked the pairing with the lavender color.

Sometimes I only pull the color combinations and other times I want to emulate the design in some way. So after taking the candle out, I kept the box. I have had this box for a few months. But I wait for the inspiration to really work its magic and waited for the right moment to use it.

This weekend I was on Zoom crafting with my friends and I started pulling out spring supplies. By the way, Happy Spring!! I had this stamp set for a bit and wanted to play around with it. Then I thought about the box and knew that now is the time to see what I could do with it.

I pulled out my brushes and some Distress Oxide inks and I emulated the design and color of the box for a background. I then grabbed my Copic markers and after stamping up the image I colored the flowers.

The sentiment just felt so right. How many times, do you lay your head down on the pillow only to hear that inner voice criticize your efforts for that day? Well, this card is here to remind you that you are enough today. I really love this sentiment because it addresses the feelings of inadequacy in our daily lives.

I made several backgrounds and colored up several images so I think I will complete them and consider them for the spring inventory.

Where do you find your inspiration?

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