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10/28/2016

Coloring Book Zentangle Flowers

Hi, and welcome. Have you seen all the adult coloring books that are out now? I look through them for designs that I might enjoy coloring, but I'm always flummoxed at the large designs, never knowing how to use them. Some time ago, came across some smaller books, that possibly might work for card designs. Since I enjoy copic coloring, & wasn't quite sure how the paper would take to the markers, I copied some of the designs onto Copic Xpress paper (hope that doesn't violate any copyrights!)

Here's a card made from one colored quite a while back, and the design is from Color Zen Perfectly Portable Pages by Valentina Harper (found my book at a Michael's store for $5.00). The paper would probably work well for pencils, but I wanted to use copics, so needed a better & heavier quality paper. It was fun & therapeutic to color also.

 
 
Removed the page from the coloring book, copied onto Copic Xpress paper using the inkjet printer. Let the ink dry well before trying to color it.  (might be able to add some clear heat EP over the ink while it's still damp, and that would retard any smearing).
 
Used some of the Kaisercraft Gel pens on the flower & leaf veins, and added some gold Nuvo Crystals to the stamens.  Shaded the outside edges with DI Victorian Velvet.
 
- green edging was made by sponging DI shades of green over white c/s. Rubbed Perfect Pearls Gold mica powder over the sponging while it was still 'wet', and then burnished to a glow. Dry embossed with the C/B Falling Snow EF. Added this as a side and bottom border for a bit more color.
 
- die cut the sentiment from a snippet of the same green background, 2 layers. Added a trio of tiny pearls to finish off.
 
Hope you've had a lovely day and ready for a pleasant weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Big hugs & blessings too.
 


39 comments:

brenda said...

Funnily enough I saw some smaller colouring books just this week and thought what a good idea they were as most are rather large as you rightly say Mary. The flowers on this creation are really beautiful.

B x

Kath said...

A beautiful card and fabulous colouring too.
Kath x

Loll said...

Pretty flowers Mary! Great colouring with copics. Love the added touches of sparkle and shine with the perfect pearls background and gold stamens. Haven't bought any of the colouring books ... yet! :) xx

Sue said...

Hi Mary, I have been into the adult colouring books for some time now. I try and use mine as back grounds papers on my cards, but they might be ok for scrapbooking as well. Must admit I never thought to cut bits out.

Your card is lovely and your colouring is fab.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Pat said...

This is a really pretty Hibiscus image Mary and love the colours you have used and the pretty inked edges which go beautifully with that green background you made and embossed. Hope you are feeling better and that DH has finished all his tests now. x

Barb said...

This looks beautiful Mary. Lovely colouring with your copics and the shading looks great. You've made a really lovely card. Barbxx

Mrs A. said...

What gorgeous colouring. I love this flower. Crafters Companion do colouring books that have thicker paper in them especially for marker pens. hugs Mrs A.

Lisa said...

Wow, this is stunning, Mary!! The flowers look amazing!! Your coloring is perfect!! What a gorgeous card this is!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oooooooooooo! what a gorgeous card and those flowers are coloured so perfectly too.
I love the wonderful shading on the leaves and petals, and the gold Nuvo just finishes it off perfectly.
What a very fab idea that colouring book idea was as it makes such a boeautiful card.
Love your Autumn blog face and the brown type face I find it very easy to read.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
I do hope you and the mister are feeling A1 now.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

*Vicki* said...

Wow those flowers are gorgeous and you've done an amazing job coloring them too! I never thought about doing the coloring book the way you did yours and I think that's a great idea! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! HUGS

Jean said...

Lovely colouring Mary, and very pretty flowers. I have one smaller colouring book that came free with a magazine some time ago and I thought maybe I could use some for card making. The designs are a bit busy though and would take quite a bit of time. Anyway your card is beautiful.
Jean x

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautifull cad, Mary, and adorable flowers so beautifully coloured! Love the Victorian Velvet distress ink on the edges, it makes the card so soft!
Brilliant idea emboss the printer ink to prevent it smudging, I must try! (I don't use digi images because my printer inks blend with alcohol markers...)

pam said...

Gorgeous colouring on this beautiful flower Mary, love the colours you have used.
Pam x

Shelly Schmidt said...

I like this idea- this is a gorgeous flower. I love your coloring and the fun colors you used. I will have to get out my coloring books and see the images..... I have that paper, but have not cracked it open yet..... Thanks for the inspiration : 0

Liz said...

Gorgeous card, Mary. Great image, beautifully coloured. xx

Carol L said...

How clever and smart of you to transfer the image to Copic paper! So simple, yet something I never thought of doing! I love how you colored those gorgeous flowers and leaves - what a super pretty card!! Have a great weekend!

Birgit said...

I love this...so well coloured and it just pops off the page. I agree...colouring is very therapeutic.

Maxine D said...

How creative of you to use the colouring book design - it is really pretty the way you have coloured it Mary, and I love the green finish on the edges. Beautiful!!
Blessings
Maxine

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Mary I love the way you have coloured those flowers
Kevin xx

Anita in France said...

So very pretty, Mary ... your colouring is spectacular! Hugs, Anita :)

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card!! Beautiful coloring!!

Redanne said...

Such beautiful flowers Mary, they look like Hibiscus, you have coloured them so beautifully - great idea to copy onto different paper too. Hugs, Anne xx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow what a beautiful card Mary those flowers look amazing
hugs
lorraine x

Bonnie said...

I've shied away from the coloring books but this makes me rethink that, Mary! What a beautiful image and as always, beautifully colored! It makes a gorgeous card with that background!

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW, Mary! Your coloring is gorgeous! The shading is so expertly done! Love the image and love the idea of copying the image on X-Press It! The light ink around the edges truly shows off your beautiful artwork!

Donna Ellis said...

How lovely your design is, Mary, and the delicately inked edging brings a softness to the colors, drawing the eye to the carefully shaded and highlighted petal tips! It's beautiful! I have not colored any of mine yet, and am looking forward to doing so! Hoping you are well, and that the germies have finally left your home! hugs, de

Patti J said...

You are so clever to transfer your image - the coloring pages use SO much ink, and don't allow for very good blending. LOVE this beautiful card, Mary! Thanks for sharing, and for teaching me such a clever trick!

Rita said...

Wow Mary, what a card. I wish that I could colour like that. Looks so lovely. Hugs Rita xxx

cotnob said...

This is beautiful Mary, such a beautiful image and lovely colouring.
Pauline
x

Chrisboldo said...

Hi Mary, Love your card! I too have been checking out coloring book pages to use on cards. I found a few that will work but I like what you did, great minds! LOL. Have a wonderful Weekend.

Kim Heggins said...

So beautiful...love your gorgeous and amazing flowers!

Sheila H said...

What a cool idea, Mary. Your coloring is beautiful - great shading!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, well done finding a coloring book with pages that would work for cards, Mary! These blossoms are just the right size and your coloring really is fantastic! It's one of my favorite cards you've ever made!! Happy Halloween!! Hugs, Darnell

Gibmiss said...

Stunning card Mary... Your coloring is superb
Hugs Sylvie xx

Stampsnob. said...

So pretty . Coloring books are very popular I have not caught the bug ...yet...........Lis

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I never thought about using the coloring book designs to make cards with but that is a fabulous idea. I sent my friend a swear word coloring book for her birthday. It had swear words with lots of frilly flourishes, flowers and scrolls around them. It made me laugh.

Olga Fink said...

A gorgeous card and very beautiful coloring!
xoxo Olga

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous colouring Mary-we bough my grandaughters(7and9) some of the big colouring books and they have colouring with pencils puts all my colouring to shame lol-will have to ask for tips lol
Carol x

Gerrina said...

Great colouring; they look so delicate! Hope you have a sunny week!