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Book Review: Tropical Wonderland

Wow, it's been a long time since we had a post around here! I do apologize for the long gap but the job search is taking up quite a bit of my time. The rest of it is filled with frustration at not finding one, so yeah. This means while I have all the time in the world for coloring, I'm too anxious or depressed to pick up my pencils sometimes. And I don't quite have the energy to blog about it. Anyway onto today's book review.

Book - Tropical Wonderland
Author - Millie Marotta
Description
Artists like Johanna Basford and Hanna Karlzon have special editions of their popular books. These books have better paper – often card stock, are printed on one side and can be removed from the book for putting up on your walls. My only issue with these books is that they have only a handful of pages from the original book.

Millie Marotta's deluxe editions are very different. So far there have been three deluxe editions of her early books and they are exquisite. They are printed on …
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Selecting Colors

Last week we talked about color harmonies and I promised to show you a couple of tools that I use regularly for coloring. Even knowing about the color harmonies doesn't mean it's easy to pick out colors for a page. Given the many colors in our pencils and pens, it's not hard to get stuck before you even begin. 

For all those times when you are starting a page and don't quite know which colors to pick, you need inspiration. You can get inspiration by just looking around your home or out the window.  Open your closet and  look at your clothes, see a pattern that you like? Use the same colors on your page.  You can also check out photos on the internet to get some ideas about color palettes and combinations. 

Still having trouble? Check out my 2 favorite tools below and see if you like those instead.

Palette Inspiration
There's one particular website that I absolutely love for color inspiration and that's Design Seeds.  This website has a veritable feast of palettes g…

Color Harmonies

Last week we talked about the basics of color theory and warm vs. cool colors. Today let's take a look at some color combinations from the color wheel. These are classic rules of thumb you can use to select colors for a page. There are two-color combos, three-color combos and four-color combos. When you select a group of colors from these palates, you're almost guaranteed a good-looking finished product. That's because these colors tend to work well together on the page.

Two Color Schemes
When you want to select just two colors for page, complementary and counterpoint colors are a good place to start. Complementary colors are those that are the opposite ends of the color wheel. Since we have 12 colors in the color wheel, we get 6 pairs of complementary colors.

The counterpoint color is the one to the right of the complementary color. So green is the complementary color for red but the counterpoint would be blue-green which is one step to the right.

You can get vibrant look…

The Theory Of Color

My favorite thing about coloring is that it takes away much of the stress of drawing. I've seen disparaging remarks by people against colorists, mostly in the vein of 'just learn to draw already!' But I think that they are kind of missing the point. I know I can get better at drawing if I practice everyday. But being a full-time student with a couple of part-time jobs doesn't leave me much time for creative pursuits. Why shouldn't I enjoy playing with color just because I can't draw well?

Once I jumped into the world of coloring, I faced the biggest question for a newbie colorist - how do I pick colors for something? I loved looking at the finished pictures posted online by advanced colorists and even actual artists. I wanted to be able to create something like that! I started learning some basics about colors and how they work to get better at coloring my books.

So if you have ever wondered about color combinations or why some colors tend to look better toget…

Book Review: Dagdrömmar aka Daydreams

Before I get into today's review, I'd like to apologize for the delay between posts. This is my final semester and things are getting a bit hectic. I still find time to do some coloring now and then but I don't have much time for anything else. Now that that's out of the way, let's take a look at yet another coloring book!

The Daydreams coloring book is one of my favorites and you'll soon see why. Many of the coloring books that we see today are printed in English (as they are created by artists from English speaking countries) and then translated to other languages. Daydreams is different – it was first printed in Swedish and then translated into English. It's not just this book, all the books by Hanna Karlzon are published in Swedish first followed by the English translations.

Book - Daydreams 
Author - Hanna Karlzon
Description
Hanna Karlzon is a Swedish-based illustrator and has published many coloring books, the first being Daydreams. This book has 96 pages…

Add Some Sparkle To Your Coloring Books

When I first started coloring, I used nothing but colored pencils. Slowly I built up my collection of tools - watercolor pencils, ink pencils, pastels, gel pens etc. Thanks to all the artists I follow on Youtube, I've learnt quite a bit about different art supplies and new techniques to use them with. Today I want to talk about a few tools that can help you add some sparkle or shine to your coloring pages.

There are basically two ways to add shine to a picture - metallic paint (in a pen, marker or tubes) and glitter (glue, gel pen, brush style pen).  Metallic colors are shiny and reflect light when applied on a page. You can use craft paint in metallic colors or get some gel pens with whatever colors you want. I have the metallic gelly rolls by Sakura which come in a wide range of colors. This 16 color pack actually contains 2 gold and 2 silver pens along with 1 each of other colors. The silver and gold are handy for coloring metallic objects like jewelery, iron chains or buckles…

Book Review: Jasmine Becket-Griffith Coloring Book

The subject of today's review is the Jasmine Becket Griffith coloring book. It's a bit different from most of the other books in my collection. Unlike the Johanna Basford books which have original artwork created specifically for adult coloring, this book contains line work that was adapted from the paintings created by the artist. It is quite similar to the Discworld coloring book I reviewed last week in that respect.

Book - Jasmine Becket-Griffith Coloring Book
Author - Jasmine Beckett-Griffith
Description
Jasmine Becket Griffith is an American artist with decades of painting fantasy and Gothic artwork in acrylic. This book contains 55 of her original paintings adapted as line work for coloring in. The book has a dust jacket with a half completed image printed on it. The actual cover of the book is a plain brown card. I actually like this better than other illustrated covers since I don't have to worry about getting the book dirty. There are 96 pages inside providing a lot o…