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Showing posts from April, 2008

Break the Rules with Coloring

This past spring, I published a coloring book of floral mandalas called Flowers All Around. (It’s available NOW on Amazon!) I had so much fun drawing these designs. I can honestly say it was one of my favorite personal projects I’ve ever done.

Mandala designs are popular in adult coloring for their repetitive and intricate nature. I like to draw them using floral elements because I’m obsessed with drawing flowers and patterns. I’ve created floral mandalas with a variety of media—paint, pencil, ink, digital, etc. I often draw them when I don’t know what to draw. So I had a lot of practice before I got the idea to even make this book.

Adult coloring books are a great way to relieve stress and create works of art in the process. These aren’t the brand of coloring books you used as a kid. These designs are often very detailed and can be beautiful and sophisticated—though there are some fun quirky ones as well. There are adult coloring books for just about any subject matter you can think…

My Knitting Projects

My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was about 10 or 11. I never really finished a project, but I remembered the basics. Then, while in college, I was walking through a craft store and found a free simple scarf pattern. I thought it might be fun to try, so I gave it a shot and haven't put down my needles since. In the picture above, you'll see a few of the scarves I finished, including that first one, which is in the middle. With some practice, I eventually moved on to sweaters. Here are some of my more successful projects. (Please excuse my ugly green carpet...)