I mentioned the other day that one of the things I have been doing is just coloring for fun while listening to “Lives” or classes online taught by my friends. One of these is my dear friend Lydia Fiedler. Something about that dear woman’s calming voice and humor just makes my day better. I’d love to say I even did the basic work of stamping the image for this but my Crafty Friends teammate (and of course, friend) Sandi Maciver shared the image with me in the fall (Botanical Burst by Tonic Studios).
I started with my G series Copics on the greens (G20, G21, G24, G28) and played with shading. Once I got those right, I stared on the flowers using some pinks, oranges and yellows (RV09, YR68, Y38, Y17, Y06). I was just messing around with blending while listening to the lovely chatter about shading (with Lydia and Kathy Racoosin) and then while Lydia was showing some swatching. These wonderful friends who share their time and talents make me happy. Friends who send not only pretty cards but pretty things to colors are amazing! In all of this that is swirling about, I love that one my constants is the kindness of my creative community.
Most of the time I share things that were created with a “purpose” but I wanted to remind you that now is the time to create when the actual creating is the purpose. The coloring on this took about 4 days or so, just a little at a time. It is hard to pay back for how these people help but I can attempt to pay forward. Affiliate links are how many of us pay for our crafting blogs and products. They don’t cost you, the customer, anything additional. It just allows companies to reward those who create sales for them. Lydia and Sandi have affiliate links over on their blogs. So if you need a little something for your craft room, I promise they probably will enable you to go ahead and get it. Just click the links on their names above and you will be routed to the right place.
I hope you have a peaceful day. Remember to cut yourself some slack if things don’t be going how you think they should. None of this is normal. It is ok to be on your heels a bit, to feel like you have lost control of things. I know that is how I feel many days. But we have each other and isn’t that a beautiful thing. I’ll be back soon with more to share. Until then, stay safe and healthy!