Welcome to June

We’re full steam ahead into June and the beginning of our summer! It’s been a long time coming after dreadful winter temps. Whether you enjoy the warm temperatures and want to color outside or you prefer to hide out indoors under the air conditioning, we have you covered.

Our feature artist for June is Shelah Dow. Shelah has drawn five exclusive images for us. We also have images from: Alex Fizix, Anisa Claire, Aurélie Sanchis, Bridget Flood Hurley, Gillian Adams, Heidi Berthiaume, Mary Winters-Meyer, and Sena Carroz for a total of seventeen images.

Thank you to our Color On! Magazine team Alex Whisman, Jessica Johnson, Kim Bussey, Kristin Fitt, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau!

A Chat with Shelah Dow

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

As an watercolorist, I would originally draw my work in pencil, ink it over, then use a lightbox to transfer the work to watercolor paper. This led to a decent number of images that were line art just sitting around in sketchbooks and portfolios.

I went through a divorce when my daughter was young and spent far too much time apart from her. I wanted to do something special when she was somewhere between 9-13-years-old. I don’t remember her exact age at that time.  I took all of my line art and put it into a folder of print-outs for her to use as a coloring book. At that time, I filled the book with fairy cats and fairies. After creating that as a personal gift, I met Ellen Million online and learned that she published coloring books. I wanted to submit, but didn’t really get around to it.  Instead, I listed some things on Etsy and listened to the crickets. I knew nothing about what to do to advertise and didn’t think I could publish a coloring book on my own.  I didn’t know a thing about cleaning up my work. I was lost.

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Marble Your Bubbles

 

By Anisa A. Claire

Bubbles are a lot of fun to color, and there is a wide range of things you can do to make your bubbles unique. Because we’re coloring, not everything has to be 100% realistic if you don’t want it to be. So let’s learn how to marble our bubbles, shall we?

What You’ll Need…
1. A picture to color with bubbles in it.
2. Light color pencil crayons that blend easily
3. Medium color pencils crayons that blend easily
4. A blending pencil
5. A white pencil crayon

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Alice’s Absur’D Search for Sock-Ness

By Jessica Johnson

One of my favorite stories from my childhood is Alice in Wonderland, second only to my ultimate favorite, Wizard of Oz. Alice’s adventures continue to teach me valuable lessons to this day, from making choices, dealing with consequence, and of course, that “all the best people are mad!”
I was over the moon when I was asked by J.A. Early Riser (aka Anisa Claire) for a review of her newest coloring book, Alice’s Absur’D Search for Sock-Ness. She, along with T.J. Crayons (aka Travis Baribeau) illustrated and designed this hilarious tribute to Alice in Wonderland, adding their own “Absur’D” elements, characters, and story-line. It was difficult for me to choose an image to color first, because I just wanted to color ALL of them!

Many of the images within Alice’s Absur’D Search for Sock-Ness are clearly inspired by the original storybook illustrations by John Tenniel from Lewis Carrol’s book, published in 1865. The images in which inspiration were drawn from are even included at the end of Sock-Ness, which makes the entire coloring book even more appealing. The pictures bring your imagination back to the first time you heard or read the story, and you really do feel like a kid again!
While the book is technically an “adult coloring book,” colorists of all ages can truly enjoy coloring these pages. The images vary from simple to fairly-complex, and the characters are incredibly funny and appropriate for all ages. If you are a follower of the Absur’D series of coloring books, you’ll see some familiar faces and themes, such as Grumpy Grumplin and socks. Socks seem to be a fun fascination within the Absur’D series, and this book even highlights them as the main subject matter!
I highly recommend this book to every Alice lover, no matter what age. There is no doubt in my mind that this book won’t inspire reminiscing or learning anew! It is certainly the most fun coloring book I’ve had the pleasure to color in quite some time, and it will definitely be going on my shelf of favorites.

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June Feature Colorists

By Stephanie Anders

Our feature colorists for the month of June:

Jo Warren – Jo colored an image from Intricate Ink Animals in Detail by Tim Jeffs. You can purchase his book here: http://amzn.to/2rdAjSz. Keep up to date on all Tim’s book releases by following him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TimJeffsArt/.

Gayla Albert – Gayla colored an image from Elegant Elephants by Marjorie Sarnat. You can find Marjorie’s book here: http://amzn.to/2qdvAMt.

 

Paula Owensby – Paula colored a free coloring page given out in Marty Woods’ Coloria Exotica Coloring Group. To learn more and keep up to date on Marty’s book releases, you can join his group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1783188868618636/.