Hearts Mandala

I created the mandala below for the month of February.  What happens is February, beside National Pizza Day, Ferris Wheel Day, Chinese New Year (wait, I could have easy created a mandala for these days)?  It is the month that Valentine’s Day is observed.

A PDF of this mandala is available on my coloring page, for anyone to download.

Hearts All Over

It was created and colored in CorelDraw.

Hearts All Over Color

Experiment: Epson Fine Art Paper

As soon as I felt the Epson Fine Art Paper, I wondered if I could use it for some of my coloring page.  Over the last week, I have experimented with the paper.

This is the drawing I decided to use for the experiment.  It was designed using CorelDraw.

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It is also one of the first of my coloring pages I printed.  It was printed using my Epson printer, on Epson Fine Art paper, with the thick-paper setting turned on.  It printed nicely, but I did notice the lines in the middle were very close together.

I thought my first attempt to color it would be with color pencils; instead, I used watercolor pencils, with a water brush, and a light touch.  The black line appeared to bleed a little, but I kind of liked that effect.  The more color I added to the paper, the less the black lines appeared to bleed.  The paper did really well with the water, there was minimum wrapping of the paper.  Below is the results:

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My testing of the color pencils did not go well.  The color went on the paper like I expected, nice blending was accomplished.  However, when you apply multiple layers of color with the pencil, wax bloom happens.   Little specks from the color pencils gets all over the drawing.  One method to get rid these little specks, is to use a kneed eraser.

The Fine Art paper, absorbed the gray color from the kneed eraser.  It also absorbed the pink from the pink eraser and any color left from previous erasing off of a white eraser.  There are two ways I can see to get rid of these little specks for future projects when using this paper:  first, to clean the white eraser every time before touching it to this paper; or use can air to blow the specks off the paper.  I am will probably go with the can of air.

Since I created the drawing in CorelDraw, I had to color it in CorelDraw.  When I saved it out as a JPEG file, I though the background provided additional shine to the colors.  Below is the piece of art.

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It you would like to color this design, I have posted a PDF of it on my coloring page.

2018 Christmas Card

My Christmas Cards are mailed.  Enough time has passed that most of the cards should have reached their destinations.  Now, I can share the cards on my blog.

This year I drew ornaments on 3.5″ square tiles.  I selected the high quality tiles, because I wanted to color on the tiles.  I keep the color to a minimum because I wanted the ornaments to look delicate like glass Christmas ornaments.  Below are a few of the tiles.  All of the tiles are located on Drawing page.

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I designed the card in CorelDraw.  I converted the picture below to an outline drawing to use as a background on the card.

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I created an area on the card to put the tile.   I have been placing the same symbol with my name on all the back of all my cards since 2004.

2018 Christmas Card Outside

Outside

2018 Christmas Card Inside

Inside

The folded card measures 5.25″ square.  I embossed several stems on the front of the card, and attached the tiles to the cards with photo corners.  I wanted the recipient to be able to remove the tile without damaging the tile.   Below is one of the finished cards.

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Flower Spin

Christmas Cards are done!  Christmas shopping is finished (I think.)  Work area cleaned, so I can get back to my drawings!

Here is a mandala I recreated in Corel Draw.  It was based off of the one I drew by hand, which was Number 80 in the Mandala Challenge.

A black and white PDF version of this mandala is available on my coloring page.

Saddle with at Twist

Today’s design inspiration comes from a saddle.  Yes, the thing you sit on when you ride a horse.  No, I did not ride a horse.

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Saddle with a Twist

I started with creating the drawing below in Corel Draw.  The saddle looked like the design was punched into it, so I tried to add depth.  The line drawing is available for download on the Coloring page.  I have increased the available drawing size from 3.5″ to 7″ because of the detail.

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