Friday, October 28, 2016


"Magical Fairies & Flowers:  

A Find-the-fairy-on-each-page Coloring Book"

We are excited to introduce this new adult coloring book, also wonderful for ambitious children.

The back cover gives you a taste of what the pictures are like. Each one of the 42 designs is carefully hand-drawn, (none of that cheap and common computer generated artwork), and includes a fairy to find in each picture.

   It's for sale on for $9.99 right now.

 We hope you'll love it!

Here are some of the pictures colored.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Fish

We're going to post some pictures over the next while with narration on color choices, and techniques using colored pencils. Here is the first one.

The Fish 

(from "Whimsical Snowflakes" by Marie Scott & Dawn Andrus)


I did this picture using a twelve-color set of Prang pencils. Though there are all grades of pencils, this is a less expensive school grade of pencil with harder lead. These pencils don't get very dark, so they're good to use when you just want a soft effect. They're best used when sharp and when using a circular motion. 

Since I knew I wanted the flower to be pink, I chose dark pink and yellow to be repeated in the fish. The orange of the fish was repeated in the sand of the sea floor, and in some of the plants. Since the artist gave me a lovely circular pattern in the water, I chose to find ways to use different colors of water in those circular spaces instead of just shading with one color. I also repeated the colors of the water in the dragonfly perched on top.

I simply used a soft circular technique throughout the picture, and pressed down as much as possible for the cute little frog--I love the frog! After I'd based the fish, I decided to give it some soft stripes to add a little interest. Then I used a white pencil to go over top of everything to smooth and burnish it. After the burnishing, I put some darker color in the flower and other shaded areas. I scanned the picture into a photo shop program and flood-filled the dark blue border which picks up the blues of the water.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Some beautiful coloring out of our coloring books by Brittany Jensen.  Thank you, Brittany!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Snowflake Book Colorers

Here are some little coloring artists, (they are not members of our family either!), working in our snowflakes coloring books. This is proof that detailed pictures interest children too. Love to see them so absorbed!  

Sneak Peak . . . Whimsical Snowflakes


Here's a sneak peak at some of our whimsical snowflakes.

Cinderella's slipper--or slippers. There are plenty of extra slippers in case one or two get broken.
Cats and Pumpkins -- fun for Halloween.

Snowmen -- circling in for winter.

A large pumpkin and sunflowers. Can you find the cat and mouse inside?

Sneak Peak . . . Flower Snowflakes

 Here's a sneak peak at some of our flower snowflakes.

Hanging Heads
Water Lilies

Lollipop Flowers

 Tiger Lily Swag --  just for fun.

Sneak Peak . . . Dragon Snowflakes

Here's a sneak peak of some of our dragon snowflakes

The boys in our family especially love dragons, so we had to learn a thing or two about them--an interesting project, since dragons are not real. (At least not in THIS world.)  :)

Hydra Heads 

Butterfly Dragons

Castle Dragon

 Fancy Asian Dragon

Sneak Peak . . . Celtic-Inspired Snowflakes

Here are some sneak peaks of snowflakes out of our Celtic-inspired Snowflakes coloring book.

First are some entwined leaves--always a fun subject for flower and foliage lovers.
This is a rendering of a braided tangle of leather or metal pieces reminiscent of the armor of the Celts.

Roosters are often used in Celtic work, so I included a snowflake of roosters in memory of the chickens our dad used to keep.

I did this picture for my nephew, Eric, who loves wolves.