Hello April and May

 

We are finally back and operational and we have a beautiful double issue ready for you to download right now! Stephanie and I apologize immensely for the inconvenience of our website crashing for as long as it did, and we sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding we have received from most all of you. The last thing we ever want to do is let our subscribers or contributing artists down. Stephanie has worked tirelessly in the background explaining the situation, as I was unable to assist her while I dealt with the website crash and my own personal health issues of being in a cluster cycle.

Color On! has been around now for going on four years and we hope to be here for many more. We have had a few ups and downs over the years, but overall, the content, support and enthusiasm has been consistently positive on all sides. We hope to have another awesome year moving forward.

Let’s Color On!

Anisa Claire and Stephanie Anders

We have a huge issue for you with images from artists Alena Lazareva, Anisa Claire, Color’n’Chics, C Pensky, Dawn Denise Boyer, Deanna Davoli, Hannah Lynn, Irene Aretia, Lesley Smitheringale, Lynette Hansen-McNamara, Raen Art, Robin Gulack, Sabine van Ee, and Sherry Watkins.

Thanks to our great team for this awesome issue. Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau you put the spring in our steps!

Color Me Royal, Majestic Faces & Magical Places

By Deb Rucinski.

Color Me Royal, Majestic Faces & Magical Places- adult coloring book
by Rosemary Babikan

Paperback
8.5 x 11 inches
Glue bound on the left
Non-perforated pages
30 Single-sided illustrations
Medium weight paper

Rosemary Babikan is a talented artist who was trained at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois. She is diverse in many arts, including her creation of original artist dolls in porcelain and vinyl. She loves to sketch and doodle in her spare time, which has brought her to creating adult coloring books.

Color Me Royal, Majestic Faces & Magical Places is a delightful book that has 30 detailed, hand-drawn illustrations of the grace and romance of the Royal Crown, as well as the glamour and charm of the Hollywood Beauty Queen. Illustrations include: castles, crowns, tiaras, sword & shield, a majestic lion king, royal crest, unicorn, jewels, mandalas of florals/royal scepters/jewels and more, some close up portrait style of Queens and Hollywood beauties, etc.

This book has a lovely cover of a floral castle on a white background. The same image is inside to color for yourself. The back cover includes Rosemary’s social media links. Paper is standard medium weight, common of adult coloring books. You can use most coloring medium on it, but if you use markers, you will need to make sure you use blotter pages to avoid bleed through damage to the next page.

The illustrations are drawn with finer lines that are not too bold, and a considerable amount of intricate detail. This book is perfect for those that love coloring small spaces. Those with vision and dexterity problems may have some difficulty coloring many of these. With the intricate details, coloring with sharp pencils, fine liners and gel pens would work best. There is plenty of white space border surrounding the illustrations, allowing for easy removal for framing.

Additional pages include: an introduction, colorist name page, information about the author, coloring hints, and pages to test your colors and record your color palette.

This book is best suited for the older child to adult due to intricate details.

This and other video reviews can be seen at my FB page: Deb’s Coloring, Art and Reviews

Reviews by a Dude

 

Hello out there to my tens of followers. I’m back this month with a new review.  Where have I been you ask?  Well, the management keeps me locked away in a small closet and once every other month they crack the door, poke me with a sharp stick and ask me to throw some words down on paper. All reviews after this one will contain subtle hints to my location and ways to break me out of the closet. SHHHH…. They’re coming!! Better get this thing done before they break out the poking stick.

For this month I’ve decide to do a review of Doctor Who Travels in Time by the Price Stern Sloane Publishing Company.  Much like my last review, this book remains uncolored due to the fact that I am a collector of Sci-Fi books and also a HUGE fan of Doctor Who, Tom Baker was one of my favorites.  The episodes depicted in this book are from 1964 through 2015, so the range of Dr. Who’s represented are all the ones I can remember watching on reruns as a kid and the new incarnations of the doctor. The designs focus on Dr. Who in various time periods – including Vikings, ancient Egypt, the Battle of Hastings with Winston Churchill and even with Shakespeare among many others. The designs are well drawn with clean black lines, though it is easy to see that these designs are hand-drawn for the most part as the lines are not perfectly straight. Some designs are fairly open and easy to color while others are more intricate and will be a little more challenging but still a lot of fun.

Now onto the stuff you guys really came to read.   There are 45 Dr. Who Time Travel Designs printed on one side of the page. Paper is heavyweight, deep cream color, very smooth, and non-perforated.  Even though I have not colored this I can be 100% sure that Alcohol-based markers will bleed right through the page. So as I always say, unless you want two different pictures colored exactly the same way, I recommend using a blotter page.  There shouldn’t be any problems using colored pencils, although if your pencils bleed through you might want to throw those things in the freezer because they are obviously melting.

In conclusion, (sounds fancy) this is a fantastic book for all Doctor Who lovers both young and old.  Go out and pick yourself up a copy that will collect dust on a shelf just like mine.

Tray Decorating

By Stephanie Anders

Spring has decided to show itself along with my crafting bug.

An unfinished set of wooden trays caught my eye on Amazon, and I’ve decided to make them into different gifts for the upcoming Mother’s and Father’s day. Being it’s a set of five, I’ll get to keep a few for myself.

These trays are great for utilizing some of those coloring pages you may have laying in a drawer or stored in an album. Lynette Hansen-Mcnamara’s Fish and Mandala card from our April issue is what I’ll be using for my tray.

Lucky for me, I just happened to have craft paint to match my colored image. After I colored my image, I painted my tray. Something that I wasn’t expecting was that my tray seemed to soak up my paint. It took two coats to completely cover my wood.

Once my paint was dry, I used Mod Podge to glue my image to the tray bottom.  If you have trouble with air bubbles or getting the edges to stick or lay down on the glue, there is a handy tool to get your paper flat and attached to your tray.

When your Mod Podge is dry you want to paint a light layer on top of the page and the entire inside of your tray. This will seal and finish your work to the tray surface.  For added protection, I finished with an all purpose sealer.  On to the next tray while this one dries!

Do you utilize your colored images in crafts? If so, we would love to see what you have created!

April/May Feature Colorists

By Stephanie Anders

Our feature colorists for April and May are Janet Dickerson-Deshotel, Jessica S Whitehouse, and Shawn Bobar.

Image drawn by artist Raen Art. Colored by Janet Dickerson-Deshotel.

Image drawn by artist Hannah Lynn. Colored by Shawn Bobar‎.

 

 

Image drawn by artist Lynette Hansen-McNamara. Colored by Jessica S Whitehouse‎.

 

Hello March

March we are so glad you have arrived. We need you to march spring in early, because we’re ready for some warmer, dryer weather as well as beautiful spring flowers.

We have a great issue for you. Meet our feature artist Ivette Ramos Levy. We have five images by Ivette as well as awesome images from artists Cate Edwards, Grazia Salvo, Katherine Simpson, Kelly Michelle Horton, Lynette Hansen-McNamara, Robin Gulack, and Sherry Watkins.

Thank you to the Color On! team,  Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, Tina Pankuch, and Travis Baribeau.

A Chat with Ivette Ramos Levy

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

I started making illustrations after college in 1991 for my mom. She is a writer, so my first commission was with her. In the end I really liked the result and since then I still enjoy it.

How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do  you prefer old school pencil and paper?

I use both. I sketch on a piece of paper, then I use my iPad Pro with the pencil.

What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?

My inspiration is my family and friends.

Do you ever color your own work? And if so, what’s your favorite medium? Do you like pencils, markers or are you dipping into random reserves around the house for anything that can apply color in an interesting fashion?

Yes, I like to color my own work.

How do you define success and how do you measure it?

I am already successful in life. I have God, my family, friends and a job that is my passion.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?

Actually I love Maurits Cornelis Escher. He is my hero as Illustrator.

What color or colors do you most love to work with?

I really like working with warm tones, the range of reds always comes back to my color palette.

Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?

Yes, I am an art teacher. I teach seniors and adults. I enjoy teaching them. I learn a lot from the seniors , they are a great example for me.

What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?

Yes,  right now I am working on a new book that will include a whole year of illustrations that I shared in my Patreon. Also, I have plans with a new character named Mia for this summer .

What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?

Since I have dyslexia it is difficult to read for me, but I enjoy listening to Siri read me the Bible . The last film I saw was The Thirteenth Floor. I love science fiction.

If you could be any super hero, who one would you be? Why?

Peter Pan or Tinker Bell. Imagine to live in  a world filled with fairies, mermaids, redskins and pirates.

A Review of Little Darlings: Mermaids, Fairies and Elves

By Stephanie Anders.

Scrolling through my feed one day, absolute cuteness caught my eye. Kelly Michelle Horton’s work in progress posts of her upcoming book, Little Darlings has kept me excited and counting down the days to release. I have my book, and my excitement has only grown.

This book is very different from her other books. Kelly has included a color swatch index  to keep track of your color palettes as well as skin tone practice sheets. You will also find character sheets to aid you in following these characters as Kelly expands on their story lines.

I asked Kelly who her favorite Darling was and she replied,  “I think of everything in color, so when I was drawing a character I knew straight away what colors I wanted, what their names were,  and what their personality would be . I think Amethyst is my favorite because she was the first character I created and the rest all came from her.”

If you enjoy coloring mermaids, fairies, and elves then check out this new book with a cuteness flair that’s sure to make you smile. Be on the look-out for an opportunity to win a copy of Little Darlings: Mermaids, Fairies and Elves in our companion Facebook coloring group, Coloring Books for Adults!

 

 

March Feature Colorists

By Stephanie Anders

Our feature colorists for March are Camille Conarroe Bryant, Jane Adam, and T-Robyn Lyle.

Image drawn by artists Kelly Michelle Horton. Colored by Jane Adam.

Image drawn by artist Grazia Salvo. Colored by Camille Conarroe Bryant.

Image drawn by artist Katherine Simpson. Colored by T-Robyn Lyle.

Hello February

Well hello February! You are always welcome you gorgeous month of love. Bring us reds, pinks, chocolates, and sweet nothings. We’ll also take a latte and a warm blanket. We love you, but we’re ready for warmer weather too!

Lots of lovely images this month from artists Anisa Claire, Bernard Whitman, Chet Minton, Krystyna Nowak, Ligia Ortega, Lynette Hansen-McNamara, Lynnda Rakos, and Sabine van Ee.

Thank you to our wonderful team Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, Tina Pankuch, and Travis Baribeau.