Tulips and Daffodils Florals Coloring Page Printable

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With spring in full swing, how could I miss out on featuring iconic florals such as tulips and daffodils? Not to mention they were highly requested by you guys during the submission process!

Tulips also has a special meaning for a close friend of mine who experienced a very difficult pregnancy around this time of year last year. So I hope that this coloring page can bring her some comfort and joy as she looks forward to many healthy years with her child in the future.

In that same spirit of facing challenges, I really enjoyed this composition where each stem and leaf are leaning in the same direction as if being blown by the wind. Sometimes, when life gets tough, the right answer is to ease into it and let the wind take you where you’re able. The results can be astounding when you’re flexible. Being hard and tough is extremely helpful, don’t get me wrong. But there are times in life when gentleness and flexibility is just what you need in order to weather that storm.

Sometimes there are some small changes between the concept sketch and the final line drawing.

Enjoy this free coloring page during this time of shelter-in-place. May you and yours unleash your creativity of color and fun!

To download, simply click on this link and save the PDF file. Feel free to print as many copies as you’d like! Get the whole family involved. And also don’t forget to share with any friends who may also enjoy coloring this page.

Please share your results on Instagram and Facebook by tagging @playwithpigments and hashtagging #simplyfloralscoloring. If that’s not your thing, I would also love a private message.

Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley Florals Coloring Page Printable

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After releasing my first coloring page, the response was extremely encouraging. Thus, I am happy to present to you today’s free coloring page featuring forget me nots and lily of the valley flowers. These were requested by multiple people on multiple platforms, with people noting that these flowers having special meaning in their lives. So I was extremely compelled to design a page for them.

At first I was intimidated by the fact of these flowers being on the smaller side. It’s harder to convey from hand sketches to digital vectors sometimes when the details are smaller, but I gave it a shot anyway. I have had experience designing even finer details in graphics for t-shirts in the past, so why not flowers?

It always starts with a concept and composition sketch, followed by a larger detailed drawing.

Enjoy this free coloring page during this time of shelter-in-place. May you and yours unleash your creativity of color and fun!

To download, simply click on this link and save the PDF file. Feel free to print as many copies as you’d like! Get the whole family involved. And also don’t forget to share with any friends who may also enjoy coloring this page.

Please share your results on Instagram and Facebook by tagging @playwithpigments and hashtagging #simplyfloralscoloring. If that’s not your thing, I would also love a private message.

Tiger Lily/Stargazer Lily and African Violet Florals Coloring Page Printable

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During our time in quarantine, I’ve felt more and more inspired to work on my dream of a coloring book. I haven’t quite fully decided what this coloring book should be about, but with spring in bloom, I thought florals would be a great place to start my practice.

I’ve asked on my social media for submissions on everyone’s favorite flowers and was so pleased to received wonderful feedback. I wasn’t sure I would have enough ideas, but here I am with so many choices that I’m not sure I could fit them all in!

I literally could not sketch as fast as inspiration flowed. It’s a good problem to have, honestly. But here is one of my favorites involving lilies and violets. Some of you had specific lilies and violets, so I made sure to accommodate as best as I could. In this arrangement, you’ll find African violets with crinkly petals and leaves along with spotted tiger lilies, which happens to also look like stargazer lilies.

Enjoy this free coloring page during this time of shelter-in-place. May you and yours unleash your creativity of color and fun!

To download, simply click on this link and save the PDF file. Feel free to print as many copies as you’d like! Get the whole family involved. And also don’t forget to share with any friends who may also enjoy coloring this page.

Please share your results on Instagram and Facebook by tagging @playwithpigments and hashtagging #simplyfloralscoloring. If that’s not your thing, I would also love a private message.

Inking Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) in Preparation for Watercolor

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So excited to start creating videos and sharing my creative process. This is me inking line drawings using Prismacolor markers and Sakura brush pens in preparation for watercolor treatment.

The flowers you see are called mumunghwa, or also known as the rose of Sharon. It’s a flower that holds deep symbolism in Korean culture to mean “eternal blossom that never fades.” Read more about the meaning of the national flower of South Korea here: The National Flower – Mugunghwa

This project holds special meaning to me because it is commissioned by a dear friend who I met while living in Alaska. As our spouses’ jobs move us around quite a bit, we had to say our farewells eventually, unsure of when we’d meet again. Then wouldn’t you know it, fate brought us back together in the same area in South Korea! And it was less than a year later. How funny. So we had a grand time adventuring together, learning a new language and discovering all the random alleyways and food vendors we could manage. All the wonderful memories from South Korea with this friend came rushing back while working on this project.

Enough with my nostalgia. On with the video! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified of future videos.

Supplies Seen/Used:

  • Prismacolor Premier Fine Line Markers
  • Sakura Pigma FB Brush Pen
  • General Pencil Co. Kimberly Drawing Pencil HB
  • Pentalic Sketchbook
  • Alvin & Co. Drafting Dusting Brush
  • Canson Tracing Paper (to protect from bleeding)
  • Strathmore Watercolor Paper

This video is only part one. The second part will show me applying watercolor paint. Please stay tuned for that.

Revisiting Watercolor Paints with a Red Poppy Painting

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I was struggling with a larger project as described in my previous post. So to change up the pace a bit, I decided to go smaller. Like, 5″x7″ small.

I was feeling like I hit a wall with the mentioned larger project that I wanted to feel like I was able to complete something quickly for just a short stint. So this was just what I needed.

It’s red poppy season in my sweet little city of Georgetown, Texas. They are popping up everywhere! I’m not kidding. And they are a great source of inspiration as they have so much character swaying and bending around with the wind.

The pencil drawing on watercolor has been inked using fine line markers.

I hadn’t done a project like this in a long time, so it took a little longer than I had hoped, but it was still manageable. Plus, I was recording everything with plans of a future video (maybe… my video editing skills are not great), so that took some extra time. It started with a reference image from Pexels by photographer @adonyi.foto. From there I did a pencil sketch, which I then traced onto watercolor paper. From there I inked the line drawing using fine line markers. I allowed that to dry for a little bit before proceeding to paint in watercolor.

I started the watercolor treatment by using greens and blues to give the impression of grass and sky. I used some salt while the paint was still wet to create some interesting drying effects.

Materials used:

  • Prismacolor Premier Fine Line Markers
  • Sakura Pigma FB Brush Pen
  • General Pencil Co. Kimberly Drawing Pencil HB
  • Pentalic Sketchbook
  • Alvin & Co. Drafting Dusting Brush
  • Canson Tracing Paper
  • Strathmore Watercolor Paper
  • Daler-Rowney Watercolor Paint
The finished product along with various supplies used.

It was so much fun to play with watercolors as it can have a mind of its own. I love watching the colors float around and interact with each other while wet. Watercolor paint is also interesting in that you can work in light layers to build up intensity of color. I did that with the red on the poppy petals and I am very pleased with how that turned out.

Another fun aspect of working with watercolor is the challenge of not being able to recover the white parts of the paper. In acrylic painting, you can continue to layer white if you need to bring back a lighter part. But you can’t do that while painting in watercolor. So there is a bit of pre-planning advised with regard to preserving the highlights. I did this by using masking fluid. You can see the bottle of masking fluid pictured above. It can be tricky to apply if you intend to mask a very fine line, but that’s party of the fun!

I hope you you all are taking care of yourselves these days. It’s a strange time for us all with the current pandemic, but we must persevere. Stay calm and stay home when possible to protect yourself, your loved ones and the public. Together we can flatten the curve swiftly. In the meanwhile, I hope there is light in your heart and inspiration in your days.

It’s OK to be Overambitious While Giving Grace to Yourself

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If you know me, you know that I have a tendency to be overambitious with my projects. I’m an all in type of person. So when I commit, I commit so hard that I when I get into a block, I don’t give myself an out. For example, my previous painting. I wanted to finish a large painting of poppies swaying and being flexible in the wind.

After day 1 of painting, I was very pleased with the result. It was exactly the mood and feeling I was hoping to communicate.

Great intention, but in practice I was the opposite of flexible. I didn’t give myself enough time and room to sway with the painting. It’s a type of painting where I need a lot more time to feel, play and express, but I was planning on giving myself two days. Two days full of real life adult responsibilities on top of that. During that time, your mood and feelings change ever so slightly. But it’s just enough to alter the way you interact with this project.

This is day 2, where I rushed myself to apply the next layer. I felt so frantic that nothing was going my way and in the end, I felt like a failure.

So all that’s to day, this restrictive timeline was not at all practical. My mood did, in fact, change, and when I sat down to paint again, it went in a completely different direction. I wasn’t in the proper frame of mind to develop the painting the way I wanted because I was rushing myself. And when I couldn’t deliver, I felt like I had failed. To add salt to injury, the sun was not working in my favor. It was bouncing all over my painting, making it extremely difficult to see colors accurately. Talk about pressure and frustration.

At the end of this painting session, I was so defeated.

Once I was able to process what had happened over some tea and quiet time, I could finally give myself some grace. So let me remind you all to please be kind to yourself. You deserve kindness and grace as you go about your days. Things pile up and it can get tough. There’s no rush! You are allowed to take more time to finish a task or project. Heck, there are times you are allowed to leave it unfinished for an undefined amount of time. And in the meanwhile, you’re also allowed to divert your attention to something else a little more manageable in a shorter period of time. Even if it’s to be able to say “I completed something today”. Certain goals, projects and tasks need our attention intermittently over the course of a week, or even a month. We have a lot going on. That’s real life. And that’s ok.

Or perhaps you just need to do something else as a pick me up. I am more than happy to cross off “make hot chocolate” off my task list.