Featuring colorist Ronda Francis

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Witches Brew Tea While You Color

Today as I set up my area to start another drawing, and realized that part of my drawing ritual involved tea. 

In the summer as I sit with the doors opened overlooking the cove I drink iced tea. But now there is a bite in the air and I find myself putting on the kettle.

As I waited for the water to boil I moistened the rim of the teacup and dipped it into a plate covered with brown sugar--kind of like an autumn margarita. Then I added spice to my cup of Afternoon Tea by Crabtree and Evelyn. Just a pinch of allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. I added a star anise and stirred with a cinnamon stick.

This nice warm tea was just what the doctor ordered on such a cold and blustery day. 

So grab your colored pencils and your favorite Halloween coloring book, or my new one if you like, PENELOPE'S GARDEN, and get to coloring with a nice warm cup of Witches Brew Tea.


Here is a quickie video with instructions for delicious Witches Brew. If you make it tell me if you like!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Penelope's Garden Halloween Giveaway

Penelope's Garden will be on sale October 1, but until then I am offering a glow in the dark giveaway.

I will give three copies of the coloring book along with black light markers to make the images glow!

Check it out here.

Enter the giveaway here! If you click the little YouTube sign at the bottom of the video as your watching it will take you over to YouTube and you can subscribe there.

Thank you and good luck!!


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Coloring with Polychromos vs. Conte Pastel Pencils

Here is a video where I color one tomato with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and one tomato with Conte pastel pencils.

I originally thought I would just do it for myself--then I figured, why not share!

Nothing fancy and far from perfect coloring technique--just a quickly. 

Interesting results!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Here Comes Halloween and Penelope the Witch

Jack o'lanterns, ghosts and ghoulies, and things that go bump in the night! 

We are entering that delightfully shivery time of year when the days grow shorter and darker, and the veil between the worlds thins. The perfect time of year for Penelope the witch to make her debut!

Cute enough for even the most faint of heart, but still surrounded by pumpkins, bats, and even a Venus fly trap or two, this little witch may steal your heart.

Working diligently to get her done for you by October 1st so you can light your pumpkin scented candles and drink your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte while you color.

Penelope picking Love Heart Daisies for a potion
 Please tell me if you like her, or if you can think of anything you would like to see growing in her midnight garden.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Coloring with Faber Castell Pencils and Lolliz Gel Pens

Here is a video using a combo of Faber Castell Pencils and Lolliz Gel Pens in the book COLORING DREAMS.

I chose the page I did because there is a lot of white space in the flower and hummingbird, and I wanted to show how to enhance larger and somewhat empty spaces.

I used the gel pens to add highlights and detail for the most part.