Thursday, August 01, 2019

Monthly Coloring Series - August

Here we are, with our last coloring project! It has been a fun year, right?! I have so enjoyed coloring all these flower images throughout the year! I think we should keep going, don't you?! {wink}

I would love to know what I should color next?! Leave a comment below telling me what you would like to see:

1. Another monthly flower series
2. A 12-month Christmas image/card series
3. Monthly images other than flowers (if so, what type of image)
4. An alternating series of masculine and feminine images
5. A "Stamp Your Stash" series (I choose a stamp set from my vast stash, and color up some images each month for card making or tag making)

One lucky comment will receive a surprise from me! You have until August 15 to leave a comment either on this post or on the July post HERE for a chance to win!

For those of you just joining me, I have been coloring one image each month, using the Power Poppy digital flower images, found HERE. If you missed any of the previous projects, click HERE.
I loved coloring this image because the orange and white, with that pop of blue is just so striking! (I confess, this is the FIRST image I colored when I started the series, but I finished it too late to post it, so I ended up starting the series in September instead!)

I also confess that I thought the white flowers were daisies when I started coloring....but they are actually Cosmos! But those come in white, too! The bouquet contains California Poppies, Cosmos, and Hummingbird Sage (which I had no clue what that was! I had to Google it!) The sage actually does have blue flowers on some species, so I am still doing fine! 
The Countryside Bouquet digital stamp set I used for my August image is currently a $6 download. This image is also part of the Countryside Bouquet Deluxe stamp set, for $18. 
Using Adobe Illustrator, I created my panel at about 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". I rotated the image slightly and sized it at approximately 4 1/4" wide. 

The finished panel is 6 1/8" x 6 1/8". I have used a stitched square die to cut out the main image panel (which measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"). My plan is to display each monthly image at my desk, as shown below.
I am using "Great Vibes" as my font, which I sized at about 45pt. I printed the panel onto Hammermill 100# cardstock with my Epson ET-3700 using black ink. I was a bit worried about the printer ink bleeding since I was coloring white (actually gray). But, it worked fine!
My image is colored with a combination of Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils. I first lay down the Copic markers, and then go back and add depth and highlight with the pencils. I finish with more highlights using a white pencil or a gel pen.

Here are the color combinations I have used for the finished project (listed in this order: Copics, then Prismacolor Pencils by name):

Orange Poppies: YR24, R12, YR09, YR07, YR04, E77, E49, E47
White Cosmos: BV31, BV23, BV20, C7, Y15, E29, E23
Blue Hummingbird Sage: B60, B26, B24, B00, B000
Leaves and Stems: G28, G24, G21, G20, GY21, YG0000
Shadows: 70% Warm Gray, 30% Warm Gray, White; White Gelly Roll Pen
Background: BG0000, BG000, Colorless blender
My cardstock panels are black, blue, and orange. I added a blue twine and two orange buttons for decoration. 

I started this project series back in September 2018. If you missed any projects click THIS link.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Digital image: Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet
Cardstock: Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy; blue, orange (unknown); WorldWin Papers Midnight
Markers: Copic (see list above)
Pencils: Prismacolor (see list above)
Gel pen: Sakura Gelly Roll White
Twine: unknown
Buttons: stash
Die: Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Guide Layers
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, hot glue


  1. I tried to pick a favorite(s). Tulips and Sunflowers won. Your technique is amazing and the results - WOW. I love all the depth you get with the shading. I learn something from you each month. I would love you to continue with monthly images. You could do seasonal images: Winter (Snow scene, Christmas, Snowflakes), Spring (flowers, rain showers, sunshine), Summer (poppies, memorial day, 4th of july, at the beach), Fall (back to school, fall leaves, sunflowers). Anything you do will be wonderful!

    1. Thanks, Jane! I am still thinking about what to do next. I love the idea of seasonal projects. I tried to do that with the monthly coloring, picking plants that were close to seasonal. But, I have so many things here that I could color, from coloring pages, to stamped images, to digital images...the list is endless. Folks really seem to want 12 months of that's a possibility!

  2. I would love to see a "stamp your stash" series that might help me use some my own stash!

  3. Your coloring is beautiful, as always, Gloria. I look forward to your floral creation every month. tfs

  4. Beautiful for August. I would like to see #4 or #5.