Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September BBArtisans Challenge – Back to Childhood

Kathy's zentangle fish
When I read the BBArtisans September Challenge, Back to Childhood, and saw Kathy’s zentangle, it reminded me of my coloring days.  As a girl, I wasn’t into sewing, or knitting, or crocheting.  But give me a coloring book or a puzzle, and I was happy!    



A few years ago I bought this wonderful coloring book from a woman in Israel; here’s her shop.  The mandalas were so beautiful, I didn’t what to disturb them.  But this mouth, I decided to play, trying different materials on the paper.  Here are some of my finished pieces.  




With my first mandala I used watercolor pencils (here’s the pencil coloring above).  If you’re not familiar with this, you used the pencils regularly, then take a brush and add water to them. I went out and bought some tiny brushes, because the drawings were so intricate (and I like to stay within the lines!)



Now the mandala has been painted with water.  The paper needs a little more smoothing out, since the designs weren’t printed on watercolor paper.  But I really like how it came out.



With the second mandala I used my new Distress Markers.  They are similar to Coptic markers, with two heads.  One end is labeled “brush” and the other is “fine,” like a pen.  I have a set of 12 called Seasonal Colors, and bought them on Joggles.  You can also buy the markers one by one.



On the third mandala, I was going to use my little box of watercolors, but decided to try  more of the Distress Markers.  I also gave the paper a light dusting of blue with ink from my Ranger stamp pad, which is archival. 



This is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy art.  Since I didn’t have to worry about the design, all I was left to do was choose colors.  The more complicated a design is, the better your final product turns out, if you’re careful.  Everyone should try this.  Go out and get a coloring book, if you don’t have one in the house already!  Thanks, Athena, for creating the chalenge and the BBArtisansteam for bringing me something to relax with!  

8 comments:

Memories for Life said...

What fun designs! And what fun to color again! I love the colors you chose here.

pasqueflower said...

Those are beautiful! I loved to color as a child, too. (And later, with grandkids.)

Rose Clearfield said...

I don't do a lot of drawing, but there is something about coloring that is extremely relaxing. I've always enjoyed it, too.

Duni said...

The mandalas are gorgeous! I find the symmetrical patterns so pleasing to the eye!
I used to draw a lot - these days just sketching :)

Natashalh said...

I love coloring! It's really fun. Those are beautiful mandalas, too. I've always enjoyed their symmetry and organic apperance.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Those are beautiful designs! I loved to color when I was a kid, and still do -- having a granddaughter who likes to color gives me an excuse! It might be fun to try the watercolor pencils with her!

Kathleen said...

What fun! They all came out really neat - great color choices. Thank you for featuring my little fish ACEO =)

Splendid Little Stars said...

How fun! The mandalas look great!
I really like watercolor pencils, too.

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