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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…

Sharpie Shoes



A few weeks ago, my mom handed me a pair of white canvas shoes that she had recently bought. The first time she wore them, they got muddy and stained. Despite her attempt at bleaching, she could not get rid of the brownish-yellow marks on them, so she gave up and asked me to try decorating them instead to hide the stains. I thought it sounded like fun.

Of course, I procrastinated. The shoes have been sitting in my crafting area, waiting for me to finally get around to making them pretty. Then finally, I realized that Mother's Day was coming up, and what better time to present my mom with her new shoes. First, though, I bought a cheap pair of white shoes in my own size that I could use as a sort of warm-up, as I had never done this before.  

I sat down with my collection of Sharpies and went to work. After some initial sketching, I came up with a floral pattern for each pair of sneakers.

Here is a breakdown of the final patterns:





Then it was just a matter of putting those patterns on the shoes. I dyed my mother's shoes yellow first. I figured that would blend in with the stains. Then I drew on top of that with the markers. 


Here are some pictures of the shoes in progress (my pair is on the left, my mother's on the right):



And here is my first pair, the test run:



And finally, my mother's finished shoes:



As you can see, I added some extra details on the heels of the shoes as well. They haven't been worn yet, so I still have to see how well they will hold up to the elements before I declare complete success. I sprayed each pair with some spray fixative, so I hope that will help a little. I guess we'll see...  Anyway, this project was tons of fun, and I was pleased with the results. Happy Mothers' Day!

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3Angelbugs said…
I have received so many compliments on the cool shoes. You have a winner Niki!!! Happy Mothers Day to Me...:)

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