Patterned paper — or not …


I determined which paper pad I wanted to use next for my Patterned Paper series — Spice Market by Basic Grey.  Except now I can’t find it.  It’s a six by six pad, and I’ve looked through ALL my 6 x 6 pads, and my 12 x 12 pads, too, and it’s nowhere.  It’s got to the point, I have so much stuff, I can’t find things when I want them.  Which is one reason why I needed to go on a buying moratorium.  To use some of this stuff up.

So I was all pissed off and disgusted, and I was watching some YouTube videos to soothe myself.  And I found that Katy Racoosin over at her Daily Marker blog is running a 30-Day Coloring Challenge.  It started on June 1.  The first project was a lovely butterfly shaped card, colored with Copics.

Oh, I thought, coloring.  I can do that.  Just ten minutes a day, she says.  Butterflies are one of my favorite decorative motifs.  I have a big butterfly stamp.  I can do that.

Well, Kathy Racoosin is an experienced Copic colorist, and I … am not.


I have to admit I half-assed this coloring while watching Kathy’s videos.  I just thought it would be fun to give it a try.  It’s far more blotchy than it really should be, if I had paid more attention.  And the fussy-cut image is smaller and thinner than it seemed while stamping, and the Copics bled through the paper pretty bad (Neenah Solar White).  The shaped card wouldn’t do it.

So I mounted the butterfly on a kraft card and added a sentiment and called it a day.  You know I do love the contrast of bright colored images on kraft paper.  The sentiment is kind of hard to read in the pic — it says “Believe in Yourself.”  It’s a Mod Podge rub-on.

Oh, to give the butterfly somewhat of the iridescence of a real butterfly’s wing, I sprayed it generously with Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Mist.  And I put a spritz of Pewter Distress Stain on the card behind it for some interest.

So that was 30-Day Coloring, Day 1.  Days 2 and 3 … no. No-line coloring is too advanced for me.  I’ll check back in with it later.

Just wish I could find that Basic Grey pad.  Where the hell did it go?


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