New Colouring Books Round Up

Has it really been more than half a year and I haven’t done a post about my new colouring books? Certainly seems that way. Sometimes with trying to keep up with all the things I so, something slips by. So let’s do a catch up of the new colouring books I’ve released so far in 2017!

Fairy Magic

My most recent release! Fairy Magic – Whimsical Fantasy Coloring Book is, obviously, full of fairies!

Cute fairies, fairy portraits, fairy doorways, and there are a couple of sneaky dragons too.

 

Ponds and Flowers

This was a bit of a different release for me. Not part of my usual fantasy theme of work, this book was created with my parents in mind.

They are avid watergardeners, and the designs in this book are based on photos from their gardens and plants.

I grew up surrounded by ponds and flowers, so they are very special to me too, so this is my little homage to these beautiful plants.

 

Memory’s Wake

These books came as a double release! The line art and grayscale versions being launched at the same time.

These books are, of course, based on the illustrations from my fantasy novels trilogy, Memory’s Wake. With lots of Victorian style and romantic scenes, some of my most details work is in these books.

Line Art Edition

Grayscale Edition

What’s Next?

I’ve already started work on the next Faedorables style book, which will be “Cute and Creepy” themed. After that I’m considering an inspiring words style book and a fantasy alphabet book, plus maybe some more grayscale editions.

Faedorables – Super cute new coloring book!

I hope you’re ready to have your heart melted, because I’ve switched things up a bit with my newest coloring book. Rather than my normal more realistic style, I’ve had so much fun creating these super cute Faedorable designs!

I started doing these designs for my daughter, when she requested something to color from me. Every other day was “Selina (yes, she calls me Selina!), can you draw me an alicorn with a fairy?” or “Can you draw me a mermaid and a turtle?”. After a while I had built up quick a collection and decided to turn them into a coloring book. And it turned out just SUPER CUTE.

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It’s available on Amazon now, on sale at 7.75 – http://amzn.to/2gfL1Qd (Affiliate links)

These designs are simple and sweet, perfect for children or grown ups who need some smiles 🙂

It’s hard to choose, but I think my favorite is the baby dragon puffing a smokey heart at a fairy. It just makes me go SQUEEEEE! Which is your favourite Faedorable?

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Festive Magic – Fantasy Christmas Coloring Book

When it hits November, time seems to speed up in a rush towards the end of the year. And the end of the year to many people means Christmas. I’ve prepared early this year with the release of this Christmas themed colouring book!

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When I was creating and curating the images for this coloring book, I wanted to make a collection that had a Christmassy feel, but could also be used at other times as well. There are some very Christmassy designs which feature holly and baubles and presents and candy canes, but there are also many others which are simple beautiful, festive feeling fairies and angels. They could easily be coloured to make them very Christmassy (I keep using this word. It is a real word, right?) or they could be coloured in any way you like at any time of the year.

Eight of the designs in this book were outlined for me by a talented young artist, Jenna. She did a great job, and it was nice to take some strain off my own wrist in creating these outlined versions of my art. I’m hoping to have Jenna do some more outlining for me in the future to free me up to do some new creations. Jenna worked on the Choirs Angels and Nouveau Angels series. What do you think of her work? If you’d like to see her own creations, check out her Instagram.

These sweet designs range from fairly simple to more detailed, and could be enjoyed by all ages.

It’s available in my store direct from me now (signed!) or from Amazon and other online retailers.

Try a page from this book for free!

Click the image to download the larger version.

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Greyscale Colouring – A new way to enjoy adult coloring

If you’ve been enjoying my coloring* books and you’re looking for a way to up your coloring game, you might be interested to try out my new Grayscale Coloring Editions! These books contain the same artworks as my existing coloring books, but printed as grayscale versions of the original paintings rather than recreated as new outlined versions. There are two books out already, and more coming soon! What exactly is grayscale coloring? Read on to find out and try a free sample yourself…

Grayscale Coloring- Unlike traditional outlined coloring

Grayscale coloring offers a different coloring experience than normal outlined designs. Coloring over a grayscale artwork where the tonal values are already in place means most of the shading has been done for you, creating much richer final creations like magic.

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How Does Grayscale Coloring Work?

Begin by coloring a single color over an entire area, just as you would fill a blank space in a traditional coloring book, and the grayscale image underneath does the work of shading for you. Advanced colorists can use the grayscale values as a guide to layering their own choices of light and dark colors. Working with a grayscale image is very similar to how artists work with monochrome or grisaille underpaintings, and is a great way to help train your eyes and hands to understanding values and creating beautiful artworks.

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Tips…

  • If you coloring pencils or mediums are too opaque or waxy and are covering up the grayscale image too much, practice varying how heavily you apply them. Sometimes you may need them thicker in the darker areas (when using a dark color), and sometimes you might need them thinner, allowing more black to show through (when using a lighter color), depending on the color you are using.
  • Work from dark to light. Lighter pencils can be waxy and prevent darker colors holding, and using light last over darker colours will help blend all the colors together.
  • Always keep your pencils well sharpened, you’ll get better results with less effort.
  • Try picking a light, medium, and dark color for each area and use the grayscale image as a guide for where to place them. The three shades don’t need to be the same color, for example, try lemon yellow for light areas, orange for medium, and red or purple for shadows. This is a great combination for skin.
  • To avoid skin looking muddy from the gray image underneath, use an orange-red color for the darker areas of skin, around fingers, toes, knees, elbows, shoulders, lips, cheeks, and nose to give the skin life.
  • A colorless blending marker can help blend colored pencils and remove some of the waxy shiny.
  • Instead of using black, try a very dark green, blue, or purple for the darkest areas for a more mystical look.

Ready to try it for yourself?

Not everyone likes grayscale coloring as it’s a different style to normal outlined coloring and requires a different way of working. So here’s are two free printable sample pages so you can try out grayscale coloring and see if it’s for you. I hope you love the results you get! Just click the image to download the full size.

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Ready to try out a book?

There are two grayscale edition books out now, with more coming soon. You can get Fairy Art Grayscale Edition Coloring or Mermaids Grayscale Edition coloring from Amazon, or direct from me in Australia from my shop below.

*coloring, colouring, grayscale, greyscale! UK and US english differences are making my head spin! I publish in US english but I’m a UK english user naturally, so forgive me if I switch between the two sometimes!

Fantasy Coloring – New Book and Calendar!

Coloring is taking over the world, or at least, my studio! I’ve been hard at work creating a new coloring book since releasing my Mermaids collection, and have also got a 2016 coloring calendar available now.

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The Color Your Year calendar is on sale right now! With twelve of my artworks to color in, this is a beautiful gift for children to color in and parents to appreciate their kids artwork all year long. Or adults can also enjoy coloring in these detailed artworks. Color them all at once, or work on the calendar one month at a time. At the end of the year the calendar becomes a wonderful keepsake.

And if that’s not enough coloring for you, signed copies of my newest coloring collection, Enchanted, is up for preorder as well. Enchanted features all of my forest themed artworks and is full of fairies, dragons and unicorns. If you want to get your copy ASAP though, you can always grab it on Amazon.

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