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Go with life’s flow… and then what?

Monstera leavesIf you’ve read my latest blog carefully, you might have noticed that I talked about the FIVE drawings that I’ve made for the Costa Women Make It Happen 2019 Planner. But I’ve only shown FOUR! While writing that blog I was in a certain flow that I didn’t want to disturb. And telling about that last drawing just didn’t fit in.

So here’s the missing part, about the last coloring page that I’ve drawn for the planner. And it was also the drawing for the coloring contest, where you could win a free copy of the Planner!

Getting back in the flow of drawing

In the previous blog I wrote about how uninspired I was and how at one point I didn’t know what to draw. One day I told my daughter about the drawings I had to make. And that I had no idea what to draw for the last page. Then she said something that got me back in the flow again: “I love the Monstera plant, maybe you could do something with that?”

So I started drawing Monstera leaves. And I wanted a nice, inspirational text to add to the page. This wasn’t very easy and I searched on the internet to find something that appealed to me. To no avail. Therefore I had to come up with something myself.

I tapped into my inner poet *ahem*, and came up with the words ‘Go with life’s flow and find the true you’. Hm… maybe not all that poetic, but it does have a kind of ‘inspirational feel’ to it, don’t you think?

Work In Progress (W.I.P.) close up

Realistic or not?

After all it didn’t take me very much time to finish the drawing. I added some fairly realistic items. Like a tree branch with leaves, some mushrooms, acorns, Chinese lantern flower seeds, a couple of butterflies and a few maple seed copters.

As a child I loved to play with those copters… Best place on earth was walking in the woods with my grandparents, looking for mushrooms, sweet chestnuts, beechnuts and maple copters. Sweet memories of days long gone… 

Oh and I’ve added some bamboo-palm-papyrus-like plants and a plant with flowers that look like candle holders. No idea if plants like that exist in reality. But who cares, nobody said it needed to be realistic 😀 . I am actually very pleased with the outcome of this particular drawing. And in the end I figured this was the best drawing to use for a coloring contest.

Adding colors and shading

Life's flow colored

Then came a new challenge: coloring my own design. Of course I’ve done that before, but not with drawings of mine that were out in the open. As in ‘published’, for others to see. I wanted to provide a colored example, for people who want to join the contest.

And yesterday I’ve finished it and I must say that I’ve had a lot of fun with it. It also made me feel so very proud, working on my own drawing, finishing the total picture by adding colors and shading.

The design is in A5 size, so printed on A4 paper it looks like the small picture on the left.

Cropped my end result looks like this:

Life's flow colored - croppedI’ve worked with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. For highlighting I’ve used a water-base white Sharpie. And all the black lines were traced again with a black Uni-Ball Eye UB-157. The design was printed on Kippers 175 grams Water art paper.

Now the story is complete. I’ve told you all about my journey of drawing five designs for the planner.

Hope to see you back on my website soon! And if you’ve got things you’d like to see from me, related to coloring and art, don’t hesitate to ask and leave a comment below.

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