Welcome to March

 

March has arrived! March is such a magical month. It brings smiles to many with Saint Patrick’s Day, the spring equinox, flower bulbs will soon be making an appearance bringing with them the excitement of warmer weather and outdoor fun.

We have an issue to match that bubbling excitement. Our feature artist for March is Sue Chastain who brings us seven exclusive images. We also have images from Anisa Claire, Ian De Jesus, Stephen Barnwell, and Vermailene Joyce Barrios.

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

A Chat with Sue Chastain

 

THIS MONTH’S FEATURE artist is the amazing Sue Chastain. Hold on to your St. Paddy’s day hats because Sue has drawn seven exclusive images for the spectacular month of March.

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

I had a forced career change from the web writing job I had been doing for 15 years. This got me back to exploring more of my creative side as I was trying to figure out what to do with my life next. One of the things I was doing was an online “create one a day” group project where I committed to doing something creative every day.

My evening relaxation consisted of kicking back with my iPad and a drawing program called iOrnament where I created all sorts of colorful patterns and mandala designs. Well, at the time I didn’t even know they were called mandalas, but I enjoyed making them—I have always enjoyed patterns and symmetry. I was posting them online for the create one a day project. One of my friends saw them and suggested they would make good coloring pages. She then filled me in on the adult coloring “craze” which was right at its peak around this time.

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Knitting, Kittens, & Cats by Jason Hamilton

By Jessica Johnson

It’s not hard to understand the popularity of kittens and cats when it comes to coloring books; they are, after all, the Internet’s most popular animal! But what makes one book of felines stand out from all the others? A glance inside of Jason Hamilton’s newest adult coloring book, Knitting, Kittens & Cats, answers this.

As a follow up to his wildly popular Cats & Quilts coloring book, Knitting, Kittens & Cats gives us a huge assortment of cats and kittens of various breeds and appearance, with such realistic precision, one could easily be fooled into thinking these are photographs rather than drawings. Each whisker and tuft of fur is placed so perfectly, the cats within these pages seem to jump right out of the book and into your lap, purring for just a bit of your colorful touch!

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Coloring 101: Learn to Colour Water Drops with Colour Pencils

By Alex Whisman

I watched Chie Douglas’ Bubble Effect tutorial on Youtube in November 2016.  I really loved the effect it gave her finished picture with the multi-coloured drops.  I knew it was something I wanted to use for a picture, but wasn’t sure which picture.

This January I came across Colouring with Claire’s blog article listing some challenges you can use to break out of a coloring rut & to challenge yourself.  I liked the idea of “sectional colouring” where you use designs or geometric patterns to break your picture up into sections.

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March Feature Colorist

By Stephanie Anders

Pssst! Guess what? It’s March and you know what that means don’t you? Spring is just around the corner and with it a whole multitude of new coloring books and pages filled with majestic new images of flowers and new life. We see the trickle beginning in our companion coloring group, Coloring Books for Adults.

Our March Feature Colorists are:

Marian Radius: Marian colored an image from the Hope For Paws Animal Rescue Organization Coloring Book by Bonnie Mulchahey. You can support Hope For Paws by purchasing their book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kQ2lz2 . If you would like more information on Hope For Paws please visit them on the web at http://www.hopeforpaws.org/ or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hopeforpawscalifornia.

 

Julie Thompson: Julie colored an image from her own coloring book Dragon Fancy. Dragon Fancy  will be out the beginning of next month. If you would like to know more about Julie’s upcoming book and the release date, follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/featherladystudio/.

 

Hope Case Angotti: Hope colored a card from Butterflies for Colorists. You can find this book of cards to color on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2l5qH6L.

 

 

Playing Color

 

By Stephanie Anders

I recently received a Playing Color deck of cards by Claire Green. I am absolutely in love with them! These cards are not simply pieces of papers that you color. These are one hundred percent real playing cards. They are printed on the same thickness paper you would find traditional playing cards printed on.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to coloring and personalizing these unique playing cards. Colored pencils work well on them, as do most watercolor fineliners. However, I do recommend experimenting with your watercolor fineliners on another piece of paper. Some fineliners do bleed outside the lines. Do not use alcohol markers. They will bleed and do not work well for the type of intricate spaces found on these cards.

Imagine playing cards with family and friends over the years that were personalized by you! Or how about a family heirloom deck of cards colored by your children? If you would like to purchase a deck of Playing Color you can do so on Claire’s website for the very affordable price of $9.93 USD.

Playing Color Website:
https://www.playingcolor.com/

Follow Claire Green on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/playingcolorco/

Find Claire Green on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/playingcolor/

Pictures by Claire Green.