Hello July

Wow, another great summer month to celebrate! Our gardens are growing, summer lawns are looking beautifully green, and our tans are starting to look just right! It’s getting hot out there though! When you come in to cool off, we’ve got a super issue to help your relax.

Our July featured artist is Ruby White. Ruby has drawn five exclusive images for us and we have some awesome images from Alena Lazareva, Bernad Whitman, Chet Minton, Katherine Simpson, Kelly Horton, and Pamela Duarte.

None of this would be possible without our awesome team members, so a huge thank you to Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau.


A Chat with Ruby White

Our feature artist for July is Ruby White. Ruby has drawn five exclusive images for us.


What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

Becoming a coloring book artist came as a sudden inspiration. I have been a professional tattoo artist for almost 15 years now, and my walls are covered in stenciled drawing (outline on tracing paper). I can work very fast when it comes to designing nature images. On top of it i did some art therapy courses in university, so at some point it just all clicked together and took on to starting to create coloring pages as a side line.

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

I’m all for traditional art. Sometimes I’ll start with a basic collage on the computer using stock photography to have an idea of the layout. Next, I print it out and draw on top of it, then produce a final stencil by hand, just like I do for tattoo art. Often, I’ll re-scan the final product to adjust it and clean it up a bit.

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

I’ve always been versatile in different styles, but I especially like realistic themes in nature like flowers, insects and gemstones. I love everything very colourful or with an interesting shape and light. Since I studied art therapy, I am also fascinated with mandalas and the psychology of colors.

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?

When I like a page enough I will sometimes bring it to a finished artwork. It happens maybe 1 in 4 pages, and I vary from my other work by using colored pencils for my art (and it was so even before I ever did coloring pages). Sometimes I’ll go wild and use watercolor pencils or transfer my image to a different surface like wood.

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

This is a deep question. For me success has always been an internal measure of satisfaction. And since for the longest time my satisfaction comes with a sense of performance and perfection in results, I was never really happy nor feeling very successful despite the praises I was receiving toward my art. Lately I am focusing more on the pleasure that comes with creating and playing without expectations. It’s  that childlike mindset that coloring evoke for me. I am finding a level of satisfaction and happiness (therefore success) I was never experiencing before.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?

I have to say in all honesty I don’t know of any other coloring book artists. I came to the craft with fresh eyes and my own experience in tattooing, graphic design, publishing, art therapy and overall traditional arts. I haven’t picked up a coloring book myself  since I was a child, and I am learning to rediscover this pleasure on simple pages with my 3 year old son. I am mostly inspired by botanical art that I twist into mandalas or different compositions.

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

I am definitely a rainbow kind of person. I like bright and bold, soft gradients and dramatic contrasts. When I do monochrome, I’ll usually opt for black and reds.

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

Apart from my tattoo work, I spend free time in nature, doing yoga or meditation. I also like to crochet occasionally, usually smaller items like hats and gloves for my loved ones.

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

I plan on coloring! I would love to tattoo less and invest time in doing tons of new pages. I have the resources to publish a book if I want to, but I feel the fist step is to immerse myself in that universe, really feel it and do a whole bunch of coloring of my own. I wish to connect with other coloring enthusiasts and feel what this community is all about.

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

I really liked reading “the subtle art if not giving a F—” by  Mark Manson. It was a real life changing read and helped me let go of a lot of stressful expectations in life and gave me the permission to start playing again. Otherwise I had a beautiful time watching the all Canadian tale of Anne with an E on Netflix and reconnecting with my inner feminine archetype with the Red Tent.

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

I think it would have to be Wonder Woman, because she is tall, strong, bold and a feminist icon.  She is a powerful, strong-willed character who does not back down from a fight or a challenge. She’s also considered just as strong and sometime the alter ego of Superman, who is my favorite male superhero.

How to Create a Tie Dye Effect to Your Background


By Tina Pankuch

Materials you will need:
Black Widow pencil SC51 Blue Heaven (From Edition 2000SC Scorpion)
Black Widow pencil SC53 Deep Purple  (From Edition 2000SC Scorpion)
(Note: any wax pencil will work for this)
Derwent Inktense pencil Sea Blue #1200
Derwent Inktense pencil Sun Yellow #0200
Derwent Inktense pencil Fuchsia #0700
Derwent Inktense pencil Deep Indigo #1100
You will also need good quality paper for use with water. I use Georgia-Pacific Premium Card Stock 110 pound 92 bright. You can get it at Walmart very cheap.
Step #1
Using the Black Widow pencil SC51 Blue Heaven, draw whatever design you want on the background. The darker the color, the more transparent the image will be. I used a light coating for my design.
Step #2
Now color in the background using your Derwent Inktense pencil #1200 Sea Blue. Go over the designs you colored in lightly, and leave the area around the steps uncolored, for now.
Step #3
Using the water-brush, and working in small areas at time, activate the Inktense. Pull color back and forth into areas that look lighter. It does not have to be perfect at this point.
Grab the Inktense Sun yellow #0200 and Fuchsia #0700, and color different areas of the picture that seem lighter, not as blended, or anywhere you would like color.
Step #5
Activate the color with your water-brush.
Step #6
Now color in that blank area at the bottom using your Black Widow SC53 Deep Purple. 
Step #7
Now you’re going to paint with your Inktense #1100 Deep Indigo. Scribble some color onto a scrap piece of paper and pick up the color with your water-brush. You can grab more color, or dilute color as needed this way. Make sure you clean the brush when changing colors!
Step #8
Paint the area connecting your Deep Purple and Sea Blue section. Once it dries you can always go back and add more color if needed. 
Step #9
Use step 7 to darken the purple area around the hill for shadowing and depth.
Step #10 and #11
Use step 7 to add shadowing around the moon and clouds. Again, you can go back and add more Deep Indigo to these areas as needed if you feel it doesn’t look dark enough. Play around and get a feel for what effect you like!
Steps #12 and #13
Using a scrap paper again, paint some Inktense Sun Yellow #0200 to the area for the lantern light. You can also add some yellow to the moon, if you wish. Now is also the time to go back and add any more Fuchsia, Sun Yellow, or Deep Indigo to the sky. It’s best to complete all the Inktense work before the picture dries, as it blends better.
Step #14
Let the picture COMPLETELY dry before doing anything more. Then finish up by using your Black Widow SC53 Deep purple pencil to do some more blending where the blue and purple meet so it looks smooth. 
Step #15
Finish up the rest of the picture any way you like! You can use this same technique using different colors for a variety of effects, and use any design with the Blue Heaven pencil to get an even more tie dyed look. Experiment and have fun!

100 Years of Fashion.


By Stephanie Anders

One Hundred Years of Fashion by Kelly Horton is a coloring book about early English fashion trends. Kelly has shared with us some of the most interesting histories from the Victorian era, Edwardian Era, and the reign of King George.

When watching old movies we do get a glimpse of past fashions, and in historical novels we are left to imagine the descriptions that we read. In this coloring book gone history book not only will you learn interesting facts about historic fashion trends, you’ll find true historic information that will intrigue your imagination as you color the historical women in this book. You will also learn a broad range of fashion tidbits about lingerie, outerwear, and footwear. Kelly also touches on hygiene practices, make up practices, and beauty regimens as they changed through the eras. Hair styles are also discussed in great detail.

Once you reach the fashion histories at the beginning of World War I, you will be fascinated in the evolution of women. Women stepped up to take over and work in many industries that were left vacant because so many men were going to war. Many of you will be inspired as you read how women of yesterday changed the future for you and I today.

In fact, I find the entire book inspiring. Go girl power! I have to admit, reading and coloring this historical coloring book has put a skip into my step. Reading and learning about women of yesterday and realizing how far women have come had me looking at my own accomplishments and feeling good about myself.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. I think it would be a great gift for all women and young teens. You can find Kelly’s new book,  100 years of Fashion on Amazon and in her Etsy Store  The ColourcollectiveShop.

Follow Kelly on Facebook: The Colouring Collective.

You can also join her in her group on Facebook: Colouring Collective- Kelly Horton Fan Group.

Find Kelly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_colouring_collective_.


July Feature Colorist

By Stephanie Anders

Our feature colorist for July are Deb Rucinski, Jane Adam, and T-Robyn Lyle‎.

Colored by Deb Rucinski. Image drawn by feature artist Ruby White.

Colored by Jane Adam. Image drawn by contributing artist Pamela Duarte.

Colored by T-Robyn Lyle. Image drawn by Bernard Whitman.