Tuesday, November 1, 2016

!!! Let the 30-Day Coloring Challenge Commence !!!

Kathy's ready!  Are you?
I prepared for this 30-Day-Coloring-Challenge by doodling my own coloring sheets during the month of October, because I took Stephanie Ackerman's online class here. What better way to practice doodling AND coloring than to join a coloring challenge, right? grin!
I follow Stephanie's Documented Faith (see the link button for it over on the side menu) and want to add in some of her doodled art, but also some of my own. She has really taught me to not discredit or apologize for my crafting style.
Also, our Pastor challenged us, his congregation, to journal or scrapbook our faith journeys at the beginning of the year (2016), so I will be answering (offline) a list of journaling questions that I compiled and listed here for each month in my 3-ring binder journal notebook that I use for Documented Faith on some of the coloring sheets I made. I didn't want two different books to have to keep up with, so I combined the two ideas into one faith-book.
And while I'm at it, I might even throw in a Christmas card or two or maybe an ATC (artist trading card), because I belong to a FREE monthly ATC swap club hosted by Ink, Paper, Rubber!
If you have followed me before, you know that  I post about half of my coloring projects daily in one long (updated) post, so be sure to remember to come back each day (or every other day) to view. PLEASE don't flake out on the second long post! I NEED your encouragement! grin!  I'll be here each day to add in what I colored for that day. Gifted-ADD brains lean towards disorganization (ie. losing track of time/hours/days), so posting in one long post helps to keep me on track as to what day it is.
New for me is the label: "30-Day" which will show all the participation posts for this particular coloring challenge. Also check out the label "color" for other posts related to color such as this one. You will be able to find Kathy's coloring projects on her Daily Marker blog. I won't be listing them anymore along with my posts as it seemed to have caused some confusion for my readers.
DAY 1:
This is my February journaling page that I doodled first (see left) and then colored in with pencils (see right), cut out and added to a sheet of pretty pink gingham scrapbook paper. Click on the images if you want to enlarge them to look at details.

DAY 2:
I've been wanting some pastel water colors and haven't broken down and purchase any tubes in those colors yet, but did find a Martha Stewart 36 marker set at the thrift store for $3.00. Brought them home to see if I could use them to watercolor with and I don't like them as the darker colors aren't pure and bright but muddy gray looking, especially that purple around Elizabeth's name and the blue around Jesus. I may have to red0 this page. . .

DAY 3: Colored pencils today.

DAY 4:Watercolored. This is Stephanie Ackerman's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that I doodled around. My post is being contrary tonight, so I'm going to leave as is. Let's just call it "creative layout." 

Day 5: It's more of the same mulish contrariness today, so I ain't messing with this post no mo'. RRR! Anyway, after I recolored that sheet from DAY 2, my husband told me he liked the first sheet because of a couple of things 1.) The so-called muddiness of the colors are actually dusky (i.e. dusky rose) and 2.) he liked how I colored in the letters with the different colors. I thought I would take it to you the readers. Which do you like the best? I have another sheet printed out that I could color in.

DAY 6:  This one is inspired by Joanne Sharpe. I colored it with colored pencils tonight and I personally like this one the best! The scan doesn't do it justice, but it's really bright and pretty!
DAY 7:
Did today's frame with watercolor pencils. I liked how I could color it in like with colored pencils, lightly layering over the top of each other, but then I could smooth the pencil strokes out with the water brush. I especially like the inside of the frame where the purple pencil line looks like a shadow but the pink fuzzed out softly towards the center. I added a white dot or two to the flower and leaf up at the top to give it a highlight.
DAY 8:
Anybody hear the results of the election? I used water-color pencils on this illustration too!

 Day 9:  Watercolor pencils on one of my illustrated frames for some poetry I've been saving that I wanted to add to my Documented Faith-book. Just noticed the top of the frame is a bit wonky! grin! Oh well!

DAY 10:
Today I used watercolor crayons by Faber-Castell. You can't blend colors into one layer like you can with watercolor pencils, but have to add more colors on top of your watered down color after the paper is dry. But I can say the crayon colors are certainly bright and can be useful if you want to take something convenient to carry with you when traveling.  

DAY 11: 
I didn't want too much color on this coloring sheet today because of the vibrant background sheet I was planning to use for it, so the beauty of the coloring pencil is that I can erase if a color doesn't suit me. The dots received three different colors before I settled on green! grin!

Heard that my dad's cousin passed away this morning. Perhaps this is why I chose a coloring sheet that didn't have much coloring to do today. Didn't have the heart to do it, but didn't want to skip any days like last challenge.
DAY 11: I went back to watercolor pencils today to color in Stephanie Ackerman's globe she sent us through one of her devotions for Documented Faith. #documentedfaith
DAY 12: I'm a day late and a dollar short. Literally. Found out yesterday that one hour after we left a nice restaurant somebody cleared out my husband's bank account plus overdrew it by $550 . . .so anyway, needless to say I was doing good to get the atc jam cards done yesterday. Didn't get the swap cards done, but went anyway. And today, I water-colored (pencils) two pictures and my scripture for Documented Faith today. So here tis':

 DAY 13:

 DAY 14: I added in the weekly scripture from Stephanie Ackerman for Documented Faith to this week's square and used watercolor pencils to color it.  After tomorrow's entry, I shall begin a new post.

DAY 15: I was working on my Faith-book today, adding in quotes and doodles to the back of my monthly dividers that I colored in the last 30-Day-Coloring-Challenge and then laminated them. Here's two of the four that I colored --
Tomorrow, DAY 16: will be on a new post, so click here if you want to continue. . .


  1. OMG you created the journalling page all by yourself, it's fabulous!! I look forward to seeing your creations as the challenge goes on.

  2. I see those cute checked borders you were talking about on my blog! You do a really good job with script and coloring!
    Thanks for the comments on my blog!

    1. Why, thank you both for your comments. Yes, I do love the black and white checks! :)

  3. Brilliant doodling and colouring. I try doodling and it just doesn't work. Always end up all out of proportion. Wonderful talent.
    I Also wanted to say thanks for the nice comment on my blog when you came to visit. I couldn't reply to your comment as its a 'no reply blogger' so came looking for your blog. Glad you like our pink noses, no one ever says anything so I think we will need to resort to something more startling lol.

  4. I enjoyed seeing what you are doing this 30 day coloring challenge. Watercolor crayons are fun to use.
    You asked me if distress crayons were like watercolor crayons. They are similar but still different. On the iris stamped image I did for day 10, I did direct to paper on purple and then used water brush to blend. On the leaves I blended on kraft sheet and then painted. The tip of the distress crayon is not pointed like a watercolor crayon.

  5. Wow your work is really beautiful. So glad you are enjoying Stephanie's pages.
    I was doing them and ventured off and did the 30 days of doodles on Instagram, and now have created a bible journal and taking my time reading through John and taking notes. I seem to need things and ideas to keep me in the word, motivated you know. Some times I read a good Christian book and take notes on what the lord is teaching me there also.
    Have a blessed day!

  6. What wonderful pages you have made for the coloring challenge. All are interesting and loving the soft tones.
    Thank you for visiting my craftchaos blog and leaving your comments.

    1. Thank you, ladies, for visiting my blog and leaving your comments. You've made my day! :)


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