Friday, 17 April 2015

COLOURING IN

Have you seen the new idea - colouring books for adults?
They have pages of line drawings of flowers, birds, animals and other themes for you to colour in.
I saw a really lovely one when I was browsing in a bookshop and was tempted, for a minute, but then I thought that I could really make my own drawings. 

So I came home and drew this.
Drew the whole scene in black, then coloured it in.


This is the original colours.





Here it is in another colourway made with the wonders of photo-editing.





It measures just under 4 x 3½ inches (10 x 9 cms) which is crazy small, even by my standards.  I coloured it with my nose an inch from the paper.


Linking to "Mix it Monthly", theme "City/Village".

41 comments:

  1. they both look beautiful, the drawing looks awesome!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Groetjes Karin

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  2. This is very pretty! Never seen colouring books for adults, but I suppose I never looked. Have a good Friday! Valerie

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  3. Sheila your village is great, I love your original colour one best, it's full of your original and wonderful style and must have been fun to colour in! You did well not to buy that colouring book, your own work is just so great and much more fun to colour in I'm sure!
    I had to go back and take a good look again, I love this composition with all the details and designs, it feels like topsy turvy land and oh such an interesting place to be!

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  4. That's a fun way to think of sketching and doodling and then coloring it it. Love your piece this week, You could do a whole book like this. Have a great weekend.

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  5. love your villages..your nose an inch from the paper made me laugh as that is me when I havent got my reading glasses on..lol

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  6. Amazing coloring book pages, Sheila. Both villages are beautiful, i prefer the colors of the second one,
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    hugs xx

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  7. Top class ideas on drawing and colouring. Must have been good fun. Love it, Awesome !!

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  8. I heard it on the news Fox. It is to help adults if they are stressed out. Are you stressed out girly?

    Ha,ha.

    All kidding aside. It really looks fun. I used to color pages of my kids books and my Granddaughters would say to me. I color that page and you do that page Grandma. I live in Canada so where did you pick it up what store? You did a great job.

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  9. Great idea...coloring book for adults! But I love your original work...great colors and imaginative design.

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  10. Clever talented you dear Sheila.
    You could easily make your own coloring book for sure!
    Back in the day I used to enjoy buying large black and white posters that came with felt tip pens to be colored in. It provided hours of entertainment and relaxation.
    What you've created here in both colorways is super!!!
    Happy beginning of the weekend.
    oxo

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  11. I've read about adult colouring books (and some Guardian comments were very sniffy - how adults were becoming infantalised. Completely missing the theraputic aspect!). Your coloured in drawing is even better because it's unique. Double the fun!

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  12. it would be an outrage against your talents if you would buy such a book (i personally never heard of These...), as you for sure can make it a Billion better!! i love this composition!

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    1. and now that you mentioned These coloring books i found an article about them in the newspaper weekend edition. and i can only say: sheila, find a Publisher and make Money with this, yours are by far better!!!!!

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  13. Yes, I have seen this new idea, but the pages of just scattered leaves or flowers don't draw me into it at all. BUT!...if the pages looked like your little page!...well then, they just might make some sales with the new idea. (All I saw of it was what was shown on the telli) What a fun idea you have taken from this new idea. Love your whimsical, quirky little city. What a visual of you coloring with your nose an inch from your artwork! bwahahhahaha

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  14. Nice! My son used to get the anti-coloring books which gave you a border and room to play on your own. I loved those. Happy colors from your studio table. xox

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  15. Love it! And very unique too. I've got some colouring books and enjoy adding my own doodles too. Cba making my own, but yours is fab. I like the different colourways too.
    Hope you didn't get ink on your nose, lol
    Have a great weekend :o)) x

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  16. cute illustration. Yes I saw a segment about an artist whose coloring books for adults have been selling out all over! They are meant to be a stress reliever and a way to kind of meditate.

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  17. I like both versions of the pictures. Wonderful!
    It looks as if one looks from an airplane at the landscape below. Ulrike .

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  18. I bought a colouring book and have had HUGE fun filling it in. I know you can draw your own - but there's something special about colouring someone else's idea. Try downloading some from the internet. Of course you could also do black and white line drawings for us to colour!

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  19. Drawing your own pieces is always better! Although I do understand some people prefer to colour ready made pages. Colouring is so therapeutic. Love both versions.

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  20. I have almost done the same thing, bought a coloring book. but will i sit and merely color and not create, i doubt it eh ;-)
    they are lovely though and surely meditative to do.

    this is quite charming, i so enjoy looking at it.

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  21. I like your little city scene. It shows
    many worlds in one :)

    Tinna ✐
    (new to mix it monthly challenges)

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  22. Hihi Sheila, you crack me up with your tiny artwork here! I can see you lively sticking with your nose into the paints,hihi :D I found it sooo difficult working so small!!! I mostly have no patience for such things... I adore all the various perspectives in this piece and the headfirst flowers! ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly

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  23. ah, and btw I soooooo loved my coloring books!! I swear I can imagine their smells ;)

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  24. You're an inspiration, Sheila. Seeing your work makes me want to draw. Love both versions. Fantastic scene you've created!
    Have a lovely weekend! Mar x

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  25. OOOH I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! In all the colours it's awesome...Holy doodle I can't believe it's so small.... it seems large. I am always impressed by those who can paint that small.. Apparently colouring books for adults are the new rage....I loved them all my life, but only did it with my daughter when she was little... I guess there is a great new market for artists creating colouring books! You go girl!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Lovely Village dear Sheila ! I love both versions!
    Amazing!
    Happy weekend ♥♥♥
    Susi

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  27. Absolutely fabulous and so much more creative to draw and colour your own (not to mention cheaper!!). Both versions look so good. Jx

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  28. that's a perfect picture for a colouring book! Love the movement in this....

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  29. What a fun piece - coloring is one of the most relaxing things to do - especially when you are coloring your own art work!

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  30. You have created a really lovley town with flowers growing from sky downways and a lot of houses that seem to like their neigbour houses. Some of them look like castles some look like candles. What a great idea to create candle houses. And I like the one left which seems to be a little bit sleepy and just layed down for a while.
    In case I had to move into a city I could imagine to chose your town.

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  31. This is so much better than a bought book of someone else `s ideas. I dont even like colouring in books for kids. Just filling in between lines. I suppose there is some creativity in choosing the colours.
    As usually I enjoy the colour combination you use.What happened to the last house?

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  32. Sheila your village are wonderfully made, the flowers and the houses are lovely and colors on both are so beautiful.
    Anni

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  33. I know well Sheila, books are always tempting. But your drawings are much nicer as determined from a book, they are unique and wonderful!
    ♡ clαuδια

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  34. You are on to something, Sheila! Your adult coloring book would be absolutely brilliant and so much more original and creative than the store bought ones! I absolutely love the little scene you created here - it's fabulous! And thank you so much for your wonderful visit to my blog, too! HUGS!!!!

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  35. I won't buy it either because I make my own and colour it in.

    So fun.

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  36. Both versions are fantastic, love the little buildings and the whimsical design. I'm catching up as I was away. Take care, Shirleyxx

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  37. Yes, I know these coloring books for adults. I got one from a friend last Christmas and sometimes I take the lovely patterns inside for inspiration to make my own pattern. But as you, I also love it much more to draw my own ideas on paper and color them. Your city looks great! I love it how you always draw things in such a lovely whimsical way like the flowers which grow to the bottom and the mountains hanging on the top. It always looks like in a funny dream and makes me believe I can fly :)

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  38. Hello Sheila I love the way you disregard the normal elements of perspective and the taught aspects of art to create a simply stunning individual piece of art. I agree you should make your own colour books for publication.

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