Ok, so it’s still a few days to go, but I had to share the Christmas tree from Johanna’s Christmas – I stuck with some basic shading with colouring pencils for the tree itself, and fineliners for the rest to make it stand out.
I didn’t add any metallic detail into these, as the deep colours I used on the baubles meant the lighter colours stand out really well on their own.
Sticking with the Johanna’s Christmas book, this one was actually printed off from the Staedtler website for their #mycreativeescape competition.
I used Staedtler fineliners (of course) for most of the image, but the shading needed something a little less harsh, so I dug out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils to give the snow, polar bear and ice some depth.
I’m not all that confident at knowing how to place shadow, but I’m quite pleased with how the polar bear came out.
I wasn’t able to find a copy of Johanna Basford’s Johanna’s Christmas in town, but I was able to order it from Amazon at a great price (£5 instead of £12.99), but that did give the disadvantage of not knowing what the book would be like until it arrived.
The pages are quite thick, with 37 one-sided images to colour (the reverse side of each image has a generic Christmassy pattern, which can also be coloured if you feel so inclined). The pages are also perforated, so you can remove them from the book once they’re coloured – or even remove them to use paints without the risk of getting paints or water over the other pages.
I used Staedtler fineline pens and a couple of metallic gel pens from Paperchase just to liven things up a little. I’m not sure if the background needs some colouring pencil shading or not….
Notice a theme with these colouring pages yet? This one is also from Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest, and was also started with paperchase fineline pens. Unfortunately that pack only came with two shades of green, but when combined with the Staedtler pens, that gave me four shades to work with.
Another page from Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest today. I started this one ages ago, using some fineliners from Paperchase, but I was getting annoyed with the lack of colour options in that pack. I recently purchased some Staedtler fineliners, and those gave me the inspiration needed to actually get on and finish this page.
There’s just enough small detail to make it interesting, without making the page too busy for me to look at, let alone colour!
November is proving a busy month, and as such I’m not getting much chance to work on my sewing projects. However, I have been trying out some ‘adult colouring’ as a way of switching my brain off of an evening, and I’ve got quite a few pictures finished now.
So rather than those pictures just sitting in the books unseen by anyone else, I thought I would share them here, to help pass the time until I can work on my next sewing project!
Coloured with Staedtler fineliners, this was surprisingly fun to pick a colourscheme – I wanted to avoid greens for this one, so I went with an autumnal look instead.