Hi ya! Lynn here and I've got a super cute quick project for you that is perfect for popping in your bag and making art on the go.
My geekiness over drawing tons of patterns has led me into creating coloring book style drawings. I'm sure you've heard about adults turning to coloring books to de-stress from our busy lives? Well, here's how you can make a coloring book from your very own designs.
Here are the supplies that I used for this project:
* Mini Mixed Media Journal®
* PITT Artist Pens® in various colors (I'll tell you the colors during the tutorial)
* Paper Crafter Crayons NEUTRAL®
Can I just say that the Mini Mixed Media Journal® seriously has it going on? We're talking very heavy duty board that lets you work on both sides. Which means with a six board set you can go nuts and create TWELVE patterns to color in - woo!
I used Pitt Artist Pen® in Cold Grey VI 235 to create the outlines for the patterns:
If you're new to drawing patterns, here are a few tips:
1. If you need some inspiration, take a look around you. You'll be surprised at how many everyday items have patterns on them. They make great jumping off points for your own drawings.
2. Use a black or dark grey pen to draw your patterns - these create great contrast for the colors you will add.
3. Draw large shapes/images first and then go back and fill in with smaller details.
* * * * * *
Once you have your patterns complete, it's time to COLOR!! Yay! I used a combo of Pitt Artist Pens® and Paper Crafter Crayons® on this project.
I started coloring with Pitt Artist Pens® in the following colors:
* Deep Scarlett Red 219
* Orange Glaze 113
* Magenta 133
* Cobalt Green 156
* Black 199
* * * * * *
After I finished with the Pitt Artist Pens®, I worked with the Paper Crafter Crayons®. Since the journal boards do have some texture to it, you can see a little bit of it come through when you use the crayons. But I really like the effect, makes me think of coloring as a kid. :)
The crayons are super cool, lots of pigment and really smooth. Here is how I applied them to my pattern:
And viola! Your little coloring board is done!
I adore creating super complex projects but I also value the simpler, FUN projects too. It's nice sometimes to just play and go with the flow. That's how this project feels to me - a lovely little pause in a hectic schedule.
I hope you'll make your own little coloring book and if you do, I'd love to see pictures - have fun!!!!