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Have you heard about the 30 Day Coloring Challenge?
It's run several times a year by Kathy Racoosin over at The Daily Marker. Usually Kathy travels around for the 30 days running workshops, while inspiring us all to colour.
This time it's going to be a little bit different as there's no road trip because of Covid- 19.
The idea is to give yourself some time each day to colouring - this is colouring in it's wider sense as can include markers, coloured pencils, painting or a combination of all three!
Colouring is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. It gives you space to go into the zone and unwind.
How much time you spend is up to you. Some days we can all do more than others.
So are you ready to join me in this latest 30 Day Coloring Challenge? Let's get started.....
My first project took place over two days. I used Tumbling leaves stencil from Simon Says Stamp with two zig watercolour markers (Turquoise green and Persian blue)
I attached the stencil to a piece of Bristol Smooth card with temporary repositional spray adhesive.
I coloured the top and bottom of each leaf and blended the two colours together with a watercolour brush.
Even with the stencil stuck down I still had a bit of leakage but managed to cover this up with the sentiment.
The painted card was layered and trimmed before mounting onto a black card base.
Here is the final result.....
For my next colouring challenge I used a postcard from the Twilight Garden by Maria Trolle.
I like colouring postcards as they can be easily made into cards. They're not as daunting compared to a full page in a standard colouring book.
The pictures are beautiful and the line drawings on a black background are stunning.
I chose one of these to colour first with Copic alcohol markers followed by highlights with Polychromos coloured pencils.
White gel pen was used for the centre of the Forget-me-nots and black Sakura Glaze for the centres of the red flowers.
I outlined the red flowers in black pen to make them stand out a bit more and added some Nuvo shimmer pen over the top of them for a bit of a shine.
When finished the postcard was trimmed and mounted onto a red card base.
I will add a sentiment at a later date.
For the last two days I've been colouring a postcard from Feathered Friends Collection (set 3) from Clarity Stamps with Polychromos coloured pencils.
There's still a lot to complete more colouring ahead to complete the card. I think this is one that I'm going to dip into over the next few days.
Time to try something different for day seven.
The Statement Flowers stamp from Altenew really packs a punch filling the front of a standard card base.
I used Copic markers with Polychromos coloured pencils for this card. I can't wait to try this with watercolour paints or markers.
Finished the Parrots! I love the colours but wasn't so sure about the silver outline of the main bird. It seemed a good idea at the time as I wanted it to stand out from the rest of the picture.
Here I used an old favourite - A background stamp "Floral Mix" from Simon Says Stamp.
The image was heat embossed with white embossing powder and painted with Zig clean colour markers.
It was cut into a 4" square and backed with fun foam for dimension. It was added to a 5" card base to complete the card.
Another postcard! This time an owl illustration from the Daydreams postcard book by Hanna Karlzon.
The picture was coloured with Polychromos coloured pencils.
This card was created from the "Color Me Backgound" stamp from Taylored Expressions.
It was heat embossed in silver and coloured with Zig clean colour markers. The first layer was added with the markers and a water brush.
I felt more intensity was required so added a second layer direct to the card without water.
The coloured panel was cut to size and layered on a card front with a vellum overlay for the sentiment as I didn't want to hide the colouring.
A pretty card for a little girl who like pink, bugs and butterflies!
The beautiful stamps are from Clarity Stamps, a UK company.
The images were heat embossed in silver and coloured with Zig clean colour markers.
Over these past two days I've created some digital downloads for Card Making Circle.
These examples were both coloured with Copic markers and I used the Waverly die set from Mama Elephant.
Two more examples of digital downloads from Card Making Circle.
I couldn't resist using the Clarity Alphabet stamps to create this wedding anniversary gift for a very special couple.
The flowers are sweet peas for S and poppies for P.
Water coloured with Zig watercolour markers.
return to the Twilight Garden postcards by Maria Trolle.
Both cards were coloured with Polychromos coloured pencils.
I will add them to my stash to make into cards at a later date.
The mandala image was a free download from Papercraft magazine. I printed it onto Neenah solar white 80lb card.
It was coloured with Copic markers (B02 B05 B32 B34 BG01 BG45) with highlights from a silver pen.
I throughly enjoyed the challenge and looked forward to time each day to colour.
Colouring helps switch off your mind as you have to focus on the colouring. A welcome distraction at this time.
Thank you Kathy Rascoosin.