Friday, 30 September 2016

Hidden in the Jungle coloring: ants

adult coloring ants illustration

I know, this is not the page everyone would gladly color. Some skip pages depicting bugs, spiders or any other insects, many people fine them creepy. But not me...I have no problem at all with watching all these species as well as coloring. And I must say that I did enjoy coloring these ants. As always with me the illustration turned out rather bright and colorful. Here is the before and after photo

Hidden in the Jungle adult coloring book, before and after page

The ants are colored with pencils as well as some leaves. But most leaves and the background underneath are done with watercolor pencils. The paper of this coloring book - Hidden in the Jungle - is of quite good quality so no problem at all with using wet media.
Happy coloring!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Caribbean underwater world

Underwater world coloring page

What can be more relaxing then looking at the sea? Only colouring a sea themed page! This Caribbean underwater world inspired illustration is done in bright and vivid colours. The fish and corals are coloured with markers, with some pencils shading and the background is done with watercolour pencils. Seems like I love mixing media :) The illustration is from the Russian publication book called Море, море which translates as Sea, sea...I bought this book during my vacation in Belarus.
Happy colouring!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Cute stripy cats

Cute stripy cats today...really enjoyed coloring this page. Once again I used mixed media here: the cats are done with markers, the fish with gel pens and the background with watercolor pencils. The illustration is from the Relax with Art magazine, issue 6 Colourful Cats: a Feline colouring adventure. There are many interesting, cute and even whimsical images of cats to color. You will definitely see more colored pages from this book in future.
Happy coloring!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mandala in blue and yellow

Mandala coloring

My first mandala...Mandalas are among the most popular colouring themes. And I understand why...colouring a mandala is a very relaxing and calming experience. Especially if you turn on some meditative sound of Buddhist chants to listen while working on your mandala. And it is quite an easy and quick colouring: just follow the pattern and chose the colours depending on your mood. Here is the before and after photo

Mandala before and after

This illustration is from the Zendoodle Coloring: Enchanting Gardens book. The colouring was done with markers.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Peacock on the eye-shadow background

Completed peacock coloring page

This is the last of my summer works. Since now on I will be posting only new completed colouring pages. This peacock was done with coloured pencils and markers and the illustration is from the Relaxed and Focused Colouring book. As in one of my previous pages that I showed here the background was done with my old eyeshadows. When you don't have pastels at hand this is quite a good alternative.
Happy colouring!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Pinkish cat

Another cat. This colouring I did in Summer. One of my first works and not the most accurate, hehe. I believe I worked in the evening under not so good light. I wanted to play with different shades of pink and violet and the cat turned out that bright and somewhat fluorescent. Anyway, I like the result...I do like bright colours. All colouring here is done with markers. The illustration is from the Cats: Colouring for Mindfulness book.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Cat the Sleep-Maker

Creative cats before and after coloring page

This is my new work, finished it just yesterday. I named it Cat the Sleep-Maker. I was inspired by Cat Bayun - a magical cat from Russian folklore who charms people with his storytelling and lull them to sleep with his mellow voice...(after that he actually eats them but that's another story). Here, have a closer look at this cat

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Random patterns

Completed pattern from Relaxed and Focused Colouring book

Two of my earlier works done both with coloured pencils and markers. I find such pages the most relaxing: you just grab whatever colour comes into your view, not thinking much about palette to chose, and then just follow the pattern.

Completed pattern from Relaxed and Focused Coloring book

I mucked up a bit this second pattern but if not to look at it too closely then it's ok, hehe...No "before" photos today, I often forget to take pictures of the illustrations before starting to colour them.
Keep colouring!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Jungle cats

Completed pages from Cats colouring for mindfulness

These two cats are from the Cats:colouring for mindfulness book. I put these illustrations under one category "jungle cats". The first cat, as you can see, is done in a leopard style and for the the second cat I used "jungle" colours: different shades of green and brown. I am not quite happy how the head turned out but I like the leopard cat. I used mixed media for both pages: pencils and fineliners. Here, have a closer look at the cats.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Magical birds in the garden

Magical birds completed coloring page

One more completed page from the Relaxed and Focused Colouring book. All done with Mapped colour pencils and for colouring the background I used my old blue eye shadows. That was quite an interesting experience. Here is the photo of "before" and "after"

Adult coloring before and after page with magical birds

Keep colouring!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Sea horse

Completed sea horse coloring page

Yet another completed page from the Relaxed and Focused Colouring book. A sea background here, I just wanted to leave it just like this, a bright image on a plain white sheet. Done with markers in blue-green-turquoise shades. 

Monday, 5 September 2016

Two patterns from Relaxed and Focused Colouring

Coloured pages from the Relaxed and Focused Colouring book

Two more coloured patterns today. Each took me quite some time to finish due to so many small parts. Anyway I enjoyed colouring them very much and am pleased with the result. The first illustration reminded me of Aztec designs and it influenced the choice of colours. And the second one somehow reminded me of ice and snow and so I used only three colours for it. With such a limited amount of pens it turned out quite interesting. Here, have a closer look at each of the patterns.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Psychedelic cat

Psychedelic cat

This was the very first page that I coloured. My mood was rather gloomy at the time and that's why I wanted this illustration to be bright and colourful. I worked with several vivid and contrasting colours and you can see the result: a psychedelic cat.
I used Edding 1200 Pens for this page.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Colorful pattern on black background

 Another day and another coloured page. This one is the latest that I finished, just a few days ago. The whole pattern is coloured with pens and I used only two pencils - black one for background before using a marker (this way there are no any licked spots on the other side of the page), and white one - to draw a few lines on the flowers (because I don't have any white color gel pen). Here is the photo of "before" and "after" together

Friday, 2 September 2016

Floral cats

Hello! I start this new blog by posting two colored pages from the "Cats: colouring for mindfulness" book. This was the first coloring book I ever bought, just around three months ago. Since that I have got hooked on coloring. I don't really care whether it has any meditating effect or it doesn't. I just like the process, I just like to see how an illustration transforms into a beautiful colorful picture. I am a cat lover so, no wonder when I decided to try coloring my choice fell on a book with illustrations of cats, haha. These two cats were among the first I colored. I didn't take any "before" pictures at the time. But here are two variants, without and with background