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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…

Easter Egg Doodle a Day, Part II

Happy Easter, everyone! In my previous post at the beginning of the month, I set out to create one Easter egg each day leading up to today. I had a lot of fun with it. I found that I not only liked coming up with the different designs, but I also enjoyed finding creative ways to photograph the eggs for posting on Instagram. In addition, I entered a few of them into a Martha Stewart egg decorating contest, and one of them (the patchwork design) ended up being a top 50 finalist.  So all in all, it was a great crafty, creative exercise with some unexpected results. Here are the final eggs:

























Easter Egg Doodle a Day

Well, it's April, and it's FINALLY starting to feel like spring is here in my neck of the woods. A cold spring, but as long as the snow is melting… It has been a long winter, and I am ready for some colorful flowers and green grass. 
For the past few years now, I have enjoyed decorating eggs during the Easter season. It's a fun way to express my love of pattern and color. I try to pay special attention to each egg and make every one unique. Here are some that I've done in the past.







For most of my eggs, I just draw on them with permanent marker. I haven't really experimented a whole lot with other techniques, though once I did use food coloring to paint on some Cadbury mini chocolate eggs, which kind of worked like watercolor paint. It was a lot of fun, and adorable! 



Usually I only do a few at a time, but this year I am going to attempt an Easter-themed doodle-a-day challenge. Hopefully by the time the holiday is here, there will be 20 eggs total. If you would lik…