Monday, May 22, 2017

Vase Fairy

Imagine a fairy hiding, or even living in a decorative vase. What fun if it could be true!
I first decided on the color I wanted my fabric, then I chose all the rest of the colors to go with it.
Decide what color you'd like your fabric to be in this picture, and go from there. I particularly liked leaving a lighter glow around the fairy. Instead of hiding her, I've showcased her, since she's right out on display anyway. There are many different tacks you can take in your coloring and still feel like your picture is a success.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Violin Fairy

I used classic reds and greens in this picture, with touches of blue and yellow, and left the lilies of the valley white for contrast. You could still use greens for background and make the roses your own favorite color. See what fun you can have!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Rose Fairy

This is one of my favorite pictures to color. It can be done in so many different ways. I wish I had put my fairy in blues and yellows instead of blues and purples.  Enjoy shading the roses and choosing fun colors.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pumpkin Fairy

I made my pumpkin orange-red in this picture, so I could use plain orange inside and create a difference in tone. I could have put my little fairy in some shade of orange as well, but I chose to let her hide in blue among the leaves. You could make the blue flowers bright pink if you wanted them to pop out more--or change all the colors together. What about a purple pumpkin and orange sky? See what you can come up with.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tiger & Lilies

Since I've already shown the king of the jungle, I needed to feature the dramatic tiger with both day lilies and calla lilies. I used bright flower and jungle colors. Do your own thing and see if you can create a new jungle setting.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lion Bouquet

I tell my students that I have only one rule: BE NEAT!  Coloring takes a lot of time, and whether the finished product is just as you like the colors or not, if you did a neat job, it won't have been a waste of time. I don't think you can go wrong in this picture if you just do neat work and pick a good color that transitions your lion into the flower stems. Put on a cozy movie, kick your feet up, and color away.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jewel Box Ballerina and Fairy

This is a busy picture to color. For that reason, I tried to stick to colors that harmonize well, and yet offer some contrast. Enjoy coloring your version!

Monday, April 3, 2017

High Heel and Roses

I closed my eyes and picked out a handful of colors to use in this picture. It's kind of fun to give yourself a challenge like that. If I did this picture again with the same handful of colors, I'm sure I'd do it differently. Using these same colors, how might you change my rendition?  See what you can do.

Monday, March 27, 2017


These ugly little gargoyles almost look happy nestled inside the flower pattern. Another way to do this picture would be to use a very dark background and lighten and brighten the gargoyles -- especially the flowers. I wish I could see your colored renditions of these pictures.

If you can tell in the reproduction, I usually use two or three different colors or shades in my flowers and leaves

Monday, March 20, 2017

Battenburg Lace Fan

Again, I used dark mysterious jewel tones. If I did it over, I'd lighten my background to show off the fan to better advantage.

I should warn you, since I've learned the hard way, that dark blue pencil colors often give off a lot of dust that tends to muddy the colors around it. Sweeping off the dust with an artist's brush, or blowing it off doesn't prevent the smearing from taking place. I would suggest doing those particular blues first, then using a kneaded eraser to take off what dust you can before you lay in other colors.

Battenburg lace is usually white or ecru, so I took a lot of artistic license using red, blue, and green instead. You can do whatever you like in your pictures. :) Have fun!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fairy Chimes

It's easy to imagine fairies being near whenever I hear chimes. I used pinks, lavenders, greens, and browns to hide my fairy. Use your imagination in coloring your own fairy chimes picture. What colors evoke the thought of fairies to you? Do you want your picture light and playful, or dark and mysterious?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you or to whomever you'd like to send greetings. I used teals, pinks, and burnt yellows--the colors I had on hand at the time I colored this picture. I think more cheerful yellows might brighten it up. The best thing to do with this would be to color it in the favorite colors of your birthday person. Good luck!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bright Books

I used lots of jewel tones in this picture that remind me of a library, but it could be done in mysterious Americana browns, reds, oranges, and blues. The possibilities are endless. Have fun with your picture.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Brown Bear

Here is a traditionally colored brown bear with a rather smudged little green fairy. Maybe you could brighten her up in your effort. Also, if I did this again, I might make the change from a blue side, to a teal side, more green or yellow-green. This could be done beautifully in reds, oranges, and yellows as well. Enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fairy and Birdbath

Colorers tell me they have a hard time choosing colors for their pictures. Well, I'm here to tell you, so do I! But I'm used to the fear, since failure is an artist's common fare.

I'm going to post a series of colored pictures for the next 15 weeks from my "Magical Fairies & Flowers" color book, to help inspire my favorite coloring artists in their color choices. (For better or worse). Even if I don't mess up a picture, I always feel like I could do better if I did it again. Maybe you can build on my efforts and mistakes and do better.

Starting with this . . . Here is a possible way of coloring the fairy and birdbath scene using evening colors because of the early night moon. Enjoy your coloring!