My coloring book, “Everyone Colors: Amazing Sea Life,” was featured on Good Morning Texas yesterday! In case you missed it, here’s the video to the full segment where Mike Castellucci and I talk about the growing trend of adult coloring books.
My book started with a fish drawing on an airplane a few months ago. Coloring was on my mind after reading about the resurgence of coloring books and I wished I had something to color on my flight. So I drew something to color in! As I drew more creatures and shared photos, my friends started asking me for a coloring book. So here it is! Order yours today on CreateSpace or Amazon.
Be sure to share pics of your coloring under #EveryoneColors so I can see your amazing work.
Exciting news: My coloring book is also available to order through Amazon!
The books are still printed on-demand, so they’ll ship just as soon as they’re made. If Amazon is where you shop or you’re already ordering something, then nab one of my books there. It’s eligible for free shipping on orders over $35 or Amazon Prime (it will be sent with 2-day shipping after it’s printed)!
Don’t forget to share your coloring and tag #EveryoneColors!
It all started with a fish drawing on an airplane. Coloring was on my mind after reading about adult coloring books and I wished I had something to color on my flight. So I drew something to color in! As I drew more creatures and shared photos, my friends started asking me for a coloring book. And here it is! The books are printed on-demand by CreateSpace, so they’re only printed when you order them. The book is 8 in. x 10 in. and contains 11 illustrations. Each page is blank on the back, so it is easy to display your work when you are finished.
It all started with a fish drawing on an airplane and evolved into a fun set of art prints. I created the art for the prints with watercolors, colored pencils, and pen. They’re available on cards, prints, phone cases, totes, pouches, pillows, and more! All the orders are printed on-demand by RedBubble. (P.S. Sign up for the RedBubble email list to receive 10% off your first order).
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My costume, bodypainting, and graphic design worlds are colliding! I’ve created designs based on my past work and they’re now available printed on leggings. Check them out in my Shop. All orders are processed, manufactured, and shipped through Redbubble.com so they’re only made when you order them. Don’t forget to sign up for the RedBubble mailing list and you’ll save 10% on your first order.
My costume, bodypainting, and graphic design worlds are colliding. I’ve been creating designs based on my past costumes and those designs will soon be available printed on leggings! I also have some new ideas in the works too! You may recognize the design in my test pair (pictured above) from my Fiery Phoenix costume from a few years ago. Now that I’ve seen a test pair I just need to finish a few minor tweaks to the artwork and we’ll be rollin’!
More Maleficent! I had the good fortune of bumping into Alan Tijerina Photography while I was at Dallas Fan Days in February. He captured some great photos of my Maleficent costume on the patio at the Irving Convention Center. And in case you missed it, take a look at my blog posts about how I made my Maleficent collar and horns so you can be Maleficent too!
After sharing this art with my family and friends, I had some requests for prints and cards. And after checking with my family, I decided to share the ordering links more broadly (see below).
This all came about recently when I wanted to send a sympathy card to a grieving friend, but I just wanted to send a card that was simple and sincere. After reading many sympathy cards after my mother’s passing, I noticed that a lot of the pre-printed messages were either very religious or excessively poetic. So I painted this lily and a simple message of love on a card. I later I painted the lily over and over again and realized it was exactly the kind of card I would have wanted to receive. This lily holds special meaning for me as it was the last flower to bloom in a bouquet by my mother’s bedside, right before her passing. It continues to remind me of her love and I hope you can share love with it too.
The original was created with watercolors and colored pencils.
Last Friday I won the Saturday ticket giveaway from the Irving Convention Center for Dallas Comic Con Fan Days! I was so excited, but I didn’t have a new costume finished…and how could I go to Fan Days without dressing up?! I already had Maleficent horns from a previous project, so I took on the challenge of making a Maleficent collar and cloak in one night. Below are some of my behind-the-scenes photos of my late night crafting.
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I got some great ideas from this DIY Maleficent tutorial by Pins and Things. She used cardboard and wire to hold the collar upright. I opted for craft foam, hot glue and wire as the core for my collar. I sandwiched the wire between a layer of craft foam. Then I sewed fabric sleeves for each section, pulled it over the craft foam, and sewed up the open end.
Attaching the Collar
The robe for my costume wasn’t going to support the weight of the collar, so I made a base from EVA foam (you can use those interlocking anti-fatigue floor mats, visit my Resources page for where to buy it). Now the whole collar would be a solid, removable piece from the robe. I shaped the EVA foam with a heat gun and made a fabric sleeve for it in the same way I made the collar sleeves. I hot glued and sewed the individual collar pieces to this foam/fabric base, then loosely stitched it to the robe.
Enhancing the Collar
In the recent Maleficent movie, she has a cloak with the iconic pointy collar and a cloak with a feather collar. I took the best of both and added the feathers to mine. I used a section of black hackle feather trim (check Michael’s or Hobby Lobby) and glued it to the collar base with hot glue.
I never thought I’d find a use for my graduation gown, but tada! It provided a great base for the Maleficent robe. I purchased 4 yards of black polyester, cut a hole in the middle, and draped it over the robe like a poncho. I sewed the sides of the fabric “poncho” and left room for armholes, then cut open the front and stitched the fabric to the collar of the gown. If I’d had more time, I would have loved to make a really elegant cloak from scratch. Maybe next time!
And don’t forget the horns! Check out my other post with details about how I made my Maleficent horns. They’re made with reticulated foam, craft foam and electrical tape!
I used a variety of products to create the Maleficent face. I love the purple accents in the cartoon version of Maleficent, so my makeup was a mashup of both Maleficent looks.
Eyes: light and dark purple eye shadow (shown on my hand in the photo)
Eyebrows: Wolfe FX Hydrocolor cake in black
Face: Airbrushed with European Body Art Endura airbrush paint in white and black. Contours with grey eye shadow.
Lips: Vincent Longo lipstick in “Lust” (not shown)