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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…

Make Stuff!

Happy New Year everybody! I can't believe it is 2013. The past year just flew right by. Of course this is the time when people make resolutions for the coming year. I've decided that I will make and record some creative goals for myself to accomplish in the next 12 months, in the hopes that having a set list will give me some focus and accountability to those goals.

I came up with a few crafty things that I want to get done this year, ranging from simple crafty things I've always wanted to do, to more business and career-oriented resolutions. Some of these include...

-Blog!
-Make a quilt
-Learn to crochet
-Get my scrapbook up to date
-Reopen and maintain my Etsy shop
-Build a portfolio for pattern design and licensing illustration

I also came up with these additional goals for myself. Maybe these are too broad to really be called goals, but they are things that I need to improve upon that will enable me to accomplish the things I set out to do.

1. Start stuff: No more &qu…