Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mandalas and patterns, mixed media colored pages

Mandalas colored with highlighters

Today a bunch of colored pages from the Relaxed and Focused Coloring book. I work on this book in the evenings, while sitting in front of TV. No much thinking, no much worrying - just indeed relaxed coloring. The first image is done completely with highlighters.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Beauty of Horror coloring: Medusa Gorgon

The Beauty of Horror coloring book, Medusa Gorgon

I have started coloring a new book, the famous The Beauty of Horror by Alan Robert. Since I have seen a flip through of this book on YouTube I wanted it. I am not a big fan of horror genre, be it movies, literature or animation. But couldn't help but fall in love with the illustrations in this book. They are beautifully scary and frightfully beautiful. And this is the first image from the book that I colored.

The Beauty of Horror coloring book

The face of this lady, presumably Medusa Gorgon, is quite disgusting and all those snakes...yuck... but still I enjoyed coloring the illustration. What I used: Derwent Artist 72 colored pencils and Derwent Pastel pencils for the background. I know background is supposed to be colored firstly but it just doesn't work with me, background is the last thing that I color in.
Well, I hope you liked my Medusa Gorgon
Till the next time

Friday, 27 January 2017

Escape to Christmas Past coloring book finished pages, part2

Escape to Christmas past coloring book, feast finished page

Hello! Today I'm showing another bunch of finished pages from the Escape to Christmas Past coloring book by Good Wives and Warriors. But I think that would be it, done with this book for now. I used these illustrations to try different media, to experience with those I am not quite familiar with. The first page from the ones I am showing in this pose is done with watercolor pencils (Staedtler Luna 48 pieces). I still try to figure out how to work with this type of pencils and not always I am happy with the result.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Fifty shades of green mandala

Adult coloring mandala in green

Today is another mandala from the Enchanted Dreams: A Meditative Art Therapy coloring book by Poppy Appleby. I called it "Fifty shades of green" mandala and you can guess why. I used markers and pencils in different shades of green to color it in.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Escape to Christmas Past finished pages

Adult coloring christmas cats

Hello and Happy New Year!
Today I finally can post winter themed pages that I recently finished. All they are from the Escape to Christmas Past coloring book and are done with watercolor markers, glittering gel pens and color pencils. Paper of this book is of a rather good quality so no bleeding through when using gel pens and markers. The page with kittens is one of my favorite in this book.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Glittering cat

Adult coloring cat illustration

It's been some time since I colored a cat themed illustration. Well, today there is one from the Cats Colouring for Mindfulness book. Except for the eyes, I used only three colors to fill in this image. The work was done with glittering gel pens, very cheap Chinese stuff but looks really nice and very sparkly under the light.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Lost Ocean: seahorses

Lost ocean coloring book: seahorses

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I have colored a few Christmas and winter themed pages but had no time to take photos of those yet. So, instead a finished page from Johanna Basford's Lost Ocean book today. For coloring these seahorses I used Faber Castell markers and Maped Coror Peps pencils. To achieve that smooth background I put 5 layers of a color. Quite a task! And here is same page colored by my daughter. She used WHSmith markers.

Lost ocean coloring book seahorses

Lost ocean coloring sea horses

Have a nice day and happy coloring!

Monday, 12 December 2016

WHSmith Let's Create pack of 100 color pencils review

WHSmith Let's Create 100 colouring pencils

There are plenty of reviews of artist coloring pencils on the net, such as Faber Castell Polychromos or Prismacolor. I am sure those pencils are fantastic and lucky are those who can afford them for using in coloring books. I can't. All the pencils I have been using so far are budget ones. And today I want to write a review on the most budget color pencils that I managed to find. I am talking about WHSmith Let's Create set of 100 coloring pencils that I bought online for mere 6.49 pounds. And what can I say? I am pretty happy with them! Of course, if you like coloring by putting layer after layer of a color these pencils would not work. They can be used for two-three layers but no more. Anyway, a reaaly impressive effect can be reached thanks to a large variety of shades. Have a look at the range of colors in this pack

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hidden in the Jungle: pinkish birds

Hidden in the Jungle coloring book

 Today I'm showing another finished page from the Hidden in the Jungle coloring book. Nothing much special about it. I colored birds and flowers with markers and all the greenery and background with pencils. I like such simple coloring from time to time, very relaxing.

Hidden in the Jungle coloring page before and after

Happy coloring!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Relax with Art: Native American portrait

Adult coloring: Native American portrait

Here it is another page from the Relax with Art colouring magazine and I enter into the competition with it too, along with the Golden Pharaoh from my previous post. The Native American portrait is done with budget color pencils (Maped and WHSmith). The wigwam, however, I colored with acrylic because I wanted to paint over some patterns. But I am not quite happy with how the wigwam turned out after all - too dark, I should have chosen a lighter shade perhaps.
Here is the before and after photo

Before and after coloring page America Indian

Happy coloring!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Golden Pharaoh

Relax with Art coloring magazine: pharaoh image

Hello! Here I am again with a new finished coloring page. This one is from the Relax with Art UK colouring magazine. The image is from their October issue. Besides being full of interesting illustrations of different topics the magazine holds a competition where the winner will get a 150 set of Prismacolor pencils. So, I decided to try my luck. In any case, I did enjoy doing my pharaoh.
Thinking of pharaohs I always imagine those gold sarcophagi decorated with lapis lazuli, turquoise and carnelian stones. So, for my pharaoh I decided to experiment a little and to use gold tempera paint. Here and there I added some bronze as well, just to create an illusion of shade. As the result the pharaoh turned out quite majestic. Here is a flash photo which gives you idea about the luster.

Golden Pharaoh adult coloring page

Besides those already mentioned gold and bronze tempera paints I also used acrylic, markers and pencils for this illustration. Here is the before and after photo. As you can see I painted over some patterns - on the face and arms, just thought there were a bit too much of them...

I know my pharaoh is not perfect but on the whole I am quite happy with how the guy turned out. Plus it was fun experimenting with different types of paint.
That's all for today.
Happy coloring!