My brain has been getting quite the workout the last few weeks. I’ve been trying to research sales tax laws. The most boring subject. Ever.
I’m planning to do a long post about what I’ve found – maybe all my research will help someone. All I wanted was to open a simple online store and make a few dollars doing something creative. I think the days of doing that are long gone.
In any event, I needed something to take my mind off the depressing subject of taxes. So, I decided to play around again in Procreate and iColorama. I still need to find time to sit down and watch some videos on using iColorama – I know I could be doing so much more with it.
I decided to take Mandala 12 and color it in Procreate. I fiddled around with color choices, but finally ended up with this:
When I drew the mandala, I thought the design was too simple, but I actually like the way it turned out once it was colored in. I wanted a fall color scheme (though in my neck of the woods we’ve apparently skipped fall and gone straight into winter – brr!), so I chose some darker reds and greens and browns.
Although I liked the colors, I decided I wanted more depth – it just looked too flat for me. So I headed over to iColorama and played around with several of the options in the program. After several attempts, here is the final image:
I added a texture and another filter (I don’t remember which one), but I am happy with the result. Now the image looks like an old rug design and it’s got some ‘feel’ to it. The filter actually muted some of the colors, but I think that makes it look better.
After I get a chance to watch some tutorials on iColorama, I can’t wait to try it out using some of the mandalas I’ve drawn for my coloring pages. Adding texture and ‘feel’ like this makes it seem like my designs are coming to life – so exciting!