Progress on Colouring a Stroll in London

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A few weeks ago I blogged about my newest colouring find – the panoramic fold-out “A Stroll in London” featuring the artwork of Thomas Flintham. I’m now three weeks into this project and barely getting started – of the 8 pages, I’ve only just started three.

The difficult part about this colouring project is achieving consistency. It’s nearly impossible to keep up a consistent theme on so many pages. Do you aim for realism? Or do you just wing it? I can’t decide!

I’ve made an effort to aim for some realism, particularly when it comes to well-known landmarks, but also add in plenty of fun colours. I have 60 colours of pencil crayons – so I want to get a little use out of that veritable rainbow!

I have to say that the best part of this project is colouring in the little characters. I decided to create a little Mario look-alike on the bridge below. I love using unique shades of hair and bright clothing to offset the city scene.

One thing I’ve noticed from these image: I need to commit to the greenery. I think that grass should be bright and consistent. I suppose that will go for water as well… I’m surely going to have my work cut out for me!

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Any ideas? Suggestions? Let me know!

Watercolour Inspiration from the Garden

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I enjoyed a little time outside this weekend and decided to try out some waterolour painting in nature. I think I might have a new favourite subject – I’m all about the bright purple beets and the many shades of an onion!

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I may have a way to go with watercolour mastery, but I find the action of painting so relaxing. I’m always amazed by how the colours mix on the paper and how water can make all the difference. An extra stroke with a brush can make or ruin a painting.

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Designing my Shadow Box – Creating the Perfect Wedding Memento

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I’ve decided to re-purpose my old shadow box.

In the past it’s served as an inspiration board and a necklace storage unit, but after some time spent researching on Pinterest, I decided that I needed to create something truly lovely.

So tonight I started what I expect to be several days of organizing to create the perfect shadow box decoration for my bedroom. I’ve decided to focus on the mementos from my wedding.

I started by gathering some bits and pieces that I would like to see displayed: our program and invitation, some photos, and our wedding vows. I then arranged them on top of some pieces of scrapbook paper in complementary colours. Now comes the fun part…

I intend to keep rearranging until the box looks just-so – and I’ll likely have another photo printed since we’d decided to enlarge the lovely black-and-white one in the top left-hand corner. That said, I think you’ll see an immediate improvement below:

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The Before…

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The Work in Progress

The week ahead

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My days have become busy, but my blog doesn’t reflect this at all!

Over the next week I have a few things planned to share, and many more fun Prince Edward Island adventures to share as time goes on. I just returned from a brief trip home, so I’m neither relaxed or well-rested, but my head is full of great memories and that’s really all that matters at the end of a weekend!

This week I’ll be sharing a couple DIYs, which will hopefully include the overhaul of my shadow box (ugh, see above… I removed some of the more terrible things before taking this photo…) and the completion of my 2014 entries into my garden journal. We’ll be planting our garden this week, so I’ll also be starting a fresh journal record. Lots to do!

I hope your weekend was filled with great memories.

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A Colouring Find – A Stroll in London Fold-out

Today I found the coolest thing at Michaels.

While perusing the book section, I noticed a series of colouring books that aimed at adult artists. They varied on themes, between nature and cities, but it wasn’t until I picked one up that I saw how truly interesting they are.

I decided to treat myself to Coloring a Stroll in London, which is available from Walter Foster. I traveled through London several years ago, and I’m captured by the playful images in this design…image

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The book actually folds out into an eight-page panorama! I love the silly little details (is that Poseidon? A giant fox?) and the happy-faced trees. There are robots in among the historical structures, and such a variety of delightful characters! I’m excited to bring bright colours and silliness to this beautiful banner.

On the back of the drawing there’s a second set of drawings depicting a stroll through the buildings of London, including a brief set of notes. I was happy to see that the stroll was almost exactly the same one I’d taken on my first day in London (although in reverse).

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I’m going to take this outside and enjoy an evening of colouring in the sunshine!

Photo-roll: Watercolour Week One

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So… I started painting this week. This is what I’ve come up with so far – they might not be works of art, but watercolour painting is definitely a great stress reliever and creativity outlet.

Enjoy! And happy Friday!

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Water Colour Inspiration

Water colour painting has been on my mind all week. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, which lead me to pick up a set of paints this afternoon and give it a try.

My grandmother took up watercolour painting a number of years ago, and despite rheumatoid arthritis, she was able to paint nature scenes. I keep one of her paintings of a yellow bird in our livingroom as a reminder of her creativity and ability to do the seemingly impossible.

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More recently, my best friend posted a card that she’d painted for her mother on her blog. I love creating my own cards and couldn’t get the idea of hand-painted keepsake cards out of my mind.

So today I decided to start researching watercolour painting and was thrilled to come across a fantastic tutorial by Yao Cheng offered free of charge on creativebug.com. I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

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I can’t wait to try out the blending techniques and see where I can take this new interest.