A Different Shade of Blue

When I set out to color one of my Mandala Monday designs, I decided that I wanted it to be all shades of one color.

Blue seemed fun, so I chose that.  I colored the same mandala in a blue color scheme in both traditional colored pencils and digitally using my Procreate app.  You can see the Procreate digitally colored version here.

Of course, it takes a lot longer to color with traditional pencils than it does with a digital program where you can drag and drop large blocks of color.  But I’ve always enjoyed coloring, even in my teens and 20’s.  I loved it so much that my parents bought me a set of Prismacolor Art Pencils as a Christmas present one year while I was still in high school.

I have no idea how much my parents paid for those pencils, but they are still with me after all these years.  Some have gotten a lot of use and are now short, stubby pencils, and some still haven’t even been used.  I’ve thought about buying a new set, but dang,  those suckers are expensive!

I can’t even find a 120 pencil set, which is what I have.  But a set with 150 Prismacolor pencils is $100 or more on Amazon, and I’ve seen them for even more than that in brick and mortar stores.

Pencils aside, I had a lot of fun coloring.  I like the colored pencil version more than the digital version.  I think because you can see the variations in color and texture in the pencil version.

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What do you think?  Which version do you prefer?

Photo Fail

I’ve been working on drawing and coloring mandalas, experimenting with all the different ways to use them so that I can get an idea of what people who purchase them might want to do with them.

I printed out a couple of my Monday Mandalas from this blog and colored them in with my favorite colored pencils.  I wanted to take a photo of them and show you how they turned out.

Unfortunately for me, my photo skills aren’t up to par and apparently neither are my photo editing skills.  I’ve taken a million photos and I can’t seem to get the paper to look white – there’s always a weird yellow cast.  I’ve tried editing the photo, but whatever I do also affects the colors I used on the mandala, which I don’t want.

So, after much frustration and face-palming, I’ve decided that this is a fail that I need to accept and move on from.  The photo itself wasn’t the point, the experience of coloring it in was.

The failed photo:

Colored Mandala MeSee how it’s dark on the right side?  So, clearly, one of the things I need to work on is how to take better digital photos, especially if I’m going to be posting some of my designs for sale on Etsy.

Ignoring the lighting fail, actually coloring in the mandala went well.  This one is a fairly simple design, but that meant that I could color it in quickly, which is nice.  I like how it turned out, even if my photo skills don’t do it justice.

Maybe I’ll try taking some of the photos with my digital camera rather than my phone and see if that works better.  In the meantime, I’m also experimenting with layering some of my designs and turning those into coloring pages.  Hopefully I’ll have something to post about that here soon.