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Here's a happy colorful owl from my Dapper Animals Coloring Book! As an experiment I colored in this owl using Papermate Felt Tip Pens and Ballpoint Pens. I also added lots of details, particularly on the belly of the owl.

Dapper Animals on Amazon: http://amzn.com/1574219588
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Spring is here, time to get out the camper and go exploring! :)

(Or if it's still cold where you are, you can dream of flowers and sunshine with my Happy Campers Coloring Book! http://amzn.com/1574219650)

I colored the page on the left using markers and gel pens, and the page on the right using colored pencils.

Happy Sunday!
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Come join my new coloring group where you can post photos of your colored pages from my coloring books, and see how others have colored my art! Check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/coloringwiththaneeya

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Getting ready to color!! :)
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Hello, March!!
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One of my favorite ways to add detail to a coloring page is to layer different media. For example, in this photo I'm adding details with a white gel pen on top of sections that I colored in with marker. I also colored the face of this Matryoshka doll by shading with colored pencils on top of a layer of markers. Markers make a great base layer and you can add colored pencils and gel pens over top to make the art really pop!

This Russian nesting doll is a page in my upcoming Folk Art Coloring Book, which will be available in a few weeks!

#matryoshka #russiannestingdoll #coloringbook #coloringpage  
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Here's a little peek at how I create my coloring pages!

After brainstorming a list of ideas, I begin to visualize each one by creating small thumbnail sketches in boxes approx. 2.4 x 3.2 inches (6 x 8.2 cm) that will later be scaled up digitally to the full coloring page size. These sketches always start out as quick scribbles that I continually refine as each idea takes shape. It's a bit of a wrestling match with the pencil, paper and eraser as I work out the composition, aiming for an overall sense of balance and flow. By the time the sketches evolve to the "polished" stage you see here, most of the original pencil marks have been erased, leaving relatively clean lines that I can scan and then draw over digitally using a stylus on my touchscreen laptop.

These sketches will become pages in my upcoming Good Vibrations Coloring Book, which will be published later this year!
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Woohoo - my coloring books are going international! Here's a copy of Nature Mandalas in French, and World Traveler in Korean!! It's so exciting to see them in different languages. :)
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I colored in this flower mandala using an initial layer of Copic markers, on top of which I added shading using Prismacolor colored pencils. Just a little bit of shading can go a long way in giving the flowers a sense of dimension. This will be a page in my upcoming Flower Mandalas Coloring Book, to be published later this year!
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Woohoo - so excited to see my sugar skull puzzles at Barnes & Noble!! :)
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Here's what's on my desk at the moment... mandalas made out of flowers, petals, leaves, etc! Available for your coloring pleasure later this year... :)
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Guess what - you can find my books at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores!! They're carrying Draw Groovy as well as my coloring books! :)
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Artist, Author, & Founder of Art-is-Fun.com
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  • Thaneeya LLC
    Artist & Author, present
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Art is Fun!
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I'm a licensed artist, published author and world traveler.

In addition to running Art is Fun - an art education website - I also founded a social network for artists called The Art Colony.
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June 3