What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #532

On my desk…

I finished this page! I procrastinated for a few days and then I decided I better get it done since I told you last week that I would share when I finish.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

I used a white jelly roll pen for highlights. I always wanted to use my white gel pen on my coloring pages and haven’t really found the right one to do so. On this page, I used it on some of the bubbles, on the coral and some of the other creatures.

The completed page.

I am so impressed with the paper. There is a little warping but I kind of like the look. It lends itself nicely to the aquatic theme. The reverse page has a large jellyfish so I think it will look really cool.

Happy mail arrived yesterday!

I forgot that I had pre-ordered these books it was so long ago. So it was a pleasant surprise to open the box and see these beauties. They are both high quality hard covered books. Spirit Animals is by the same illustrator as the book, Daydreams that I colored above. So now I have two of her books.

A peek inside Flora.

What perfect time for Flora to arrive. This book makes me think of both fall and spring so I can see me having fun coloring this beauty this fall. I mean just look at it. How cute is that little tree house? Oh and look at the little hammock.

One more peek in Flora.

A teapot house must be colored by me. I absolutely love it. Look at all the flowers surrounding it. So many possibilities!

A peek inside Spirit Animals.

This one is so cool I like that they designed a tech theme to go with the spirit animal spider and lady.

One more peek inside Spirit Animals.

You all know I like butterflies and this one does not disappoint. It’s beautiful.

Let’s see, maybe I should make a goal to color at least one page in each by the end of September. Let’s see if I can do it.

Today is my boys first day of school so I am a bit emotional. I always cry thinking about how fast they are growing. My youngest looked so small entering the big building. I will feel better after a few days but the transition is always hard for me too.

Well enough of that, I am off to go snooping!

Belinda

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – #531

my desk…

Hello! Sorry I am late. I had class last night, and I had a hard time falling asleep when I got in bed, which resulted in a slow start to the day. But here I am to share my space with you crafty mavens!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

This is my first real dive into my Dewert Inktense pencils. I have dabbled a little but this the first time I really went all in on the process. Today I am using my new Daydreams coloring book by Hanna Karlzon. It’s hardcover and absolutely lovely. I highly recommend it. The paper quality is suitable for pencils and water color. Then I found a Youtuber that used the Intense pencils on this page in her video. I loved her color schemes so much I just had to lift them!

Unfortunately I have to run out later and take my son to a doctors’ appointment or else I would spend the time to finish this page. I only have a little left. It has taken me several sessions to get this far but I think I can complete the remaining items in one sitting. I have to practice more with the blending but it is very relaxing working with these pencils and this paper. I look forward to coloring more in this book. I love this process of discovery. I know I have a lot to learn but definitely want to improve my skills with this medium.

Well I’m already late to the party so I am going to sign off so I can go snoop.

Happy crafting my friends!!

Belinda

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday #529

my desk…

Hello my crafty friends! It’s me! I am sitting out on my deck on this lovely morning typing this post. I borrowed my son’s phone yesterday to take a picture of my desk. His phone takes the most amazing pictures. I still won’t cave and buy a new phone.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

So let’s take a look at my desk. I found this amazing coloring book on the bargain table at Barnes and Noble. For any of you that are new to my site, I love nature and all that it entails. I grow a flower and vegetable garden on my property and am a lover of birds.

The beautiful cover.

I had taken my boys to the bookstore over the weekend to fight the heatwave we were experiencing and came across this lovely coloring book that simply had to come home with me. It includes 39 birds of paradise from the New Guinea region. The cover has gold foil accents with the most amazing images. I could not walk away from it.

A coloring page inside the book.

I was even more excited when I opened up the book because on the left side there is a small image of the bird and below it is listed the name of the bird and a little bit of information about them. In the back they list the birds and have a color photographs of all of the birds. The book is produced by The CornellLab of Onithology, who is the world leader in the study of conservation birds.

They also included a link to watch the birds that they filmed on YouTube. Grab a cup of tea and a snack and prepare to be amazed. I can’t believe how magnificent the male birds feathers are. My husband and I watched this and some more videos on these amazing creatures.

Birds-of-Paradise Project Introduction
The pages are also perforated so they can be easily removed.

One thing I notice about me, is that I get hyped up when I see a coloring book and then when I get it home, I usually set it aside for a while before I begin coloring in it. But this one, I really wanted to dive in. So yesterday, I spent a short time doing just that. I have some amazing glitter gel pens that I have really been eager to use in my coloring books. So I held my breath and went for it. Because many of the birds in this book have iridescent feathers so I thought I would try to incorporate my gel pens in the coloring. I am not sure how much I like it but will know when I finish. I am using my Prismacolors as my main source.

One thing I notice about me, is that I get hyped up when I see a coloring book and then when I get it home, I usually set it aside for a while before I begin coloring in it. But this one, I really wanted to dive in. So yesterday, I spent a short time doing just that. I have some amazing glitter gel pens that I have really been eager to use in my coloring books. So I held my breath and went for it. Because many of the birds in this book have iridescent feathers so I thought I would try to incorporate my gel pens in the coloring. I am not sure how much I like it but will know when I finish. I am using my Prismacolors as my main source.

I used the color picker to help me find the colors.

I am going to try and sneak up there today and continue coloring. I would like to get back to regular coloring sessions but with the construction still going on at our home, and all of my other things I need to do, it gets pushed aside. Well I think I will stop this chatter and go snoop on some desks! Have a crafty day!

Belinda

Fun Photos Friday: Bargain Coloring Books

Hello! It’s Friday and it’s usually one of the happiest days because we have a whole weekend ahead. However, it is so dark outside this morning and rainy and just overall gloomy. It’s hard to get into my happy mood.  Today was the second day that my morning drop-off for my oldest son was in the dark! Yup, the sun didn’t rise until another 15 minutes after I arrived home and to be honest, it’s barely lighter now.
But do you know what makes my day light up? All things crafty. So today I’m sharing with you a picture of an accidental coloring book haul. You see, yesterday I went to pick up some clear bins for my snack station for my boys at Job Lot and I couldn’t leave without peeking in their discount book section and what did I find? Well, I found these three lovelies!  They each only cost $1.99. Bargain!!!I love the tiger and bamboo in the Coloring for Creativity. I never colored bamboo before and look forward to the challenge of making them pop with dimension. The quality of this paper is medium weight and the pages are double-sided. So I will probably stick to using colored pencils in it. There is a mixture of fine items to color and wider images which are nice. There are so many pages in this one I can see me coloring. So it was a total bargain.I fell in love with the cover on the “Moorish Coloring for mindfulness: 70 designs to help you de-stress. I love to look at different types of architecture around the world on Pinterest and this cover design immediately peaked my interest. This one has a flip-top opening and each page is on a pad that can be detached. So it’s nice when you don’t want the cover to get in the way of your coloring process. I think this one will challenge me a bit because the images have so many tiny details but I think I am going to give it a try. The color combinations on the cover really make me happy so I am going to try to approach them with defined color schemes to keep the stress away. After all, it is supposed to be relaxing!

The final one is “Botanicals Color, Remove, Frame, Hang with artwork by Lizzy Dee is really a cool concept. The paper quality in this one is fantastic. It’s really thick and has a bit toothy so it would work great for both my colored pencils and watercolor paints. So I am definitely going to try both out.  The pages are sized for 8 1/2 x 11 frames. I look forward to coloring one for my craft room and maybe even for my laundry room.

Ok, back to work for me. It is still rather dim outside but it’s Friday which means weekend, which means family time so I am happy.

Have a blessed day and I will see you next week!

Belinda

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