Friday, January 15, 2021

Volumes of Beauty: Work in Progress

Hello, and welcome back to the blog! I know that I have been neglecting my Readers, but I am trying behind the scenes to create some new content for you. I have to admit, it has been very slow going! I am making some plans and do hope to have more regular content in the coming months. Things won't be the same as they were back in the blog heyday, but it should be better than it has been for the past year or so! 

Now, for today's post! I am joining up with the Power Poppy team again to showcase two stamp images that were released to Kit and Clowder Online Coloring Classes last fall. The team was not able to use the images for a period of time in order to give Kit and Clowder the opportunity to teach their classes. Then, we had our huge Christmas Release, so here we are! (Please note that the classes were part of the Kit and Clowder monthly subscription and are no longer available.)

The new images are called Volumes of Beauty, and Pure Fragrance. Each are ready to be downloaded and colored! Both contain the black line art and the pale gray line art. These images are also are part of the Fresh-squeezed Scents line.

I know you will be stunned by what the team was able to do with these images! 

On to my project, which is a work in progress!

My long-time readers are probably saying, "What is a work in progress, and why are you not posting a finished card?!" Well, a work in progress is just that...a work that is in the process of being completed. And in many coloring communities, these are just as coveted as fully finished works! Plus, having something to share is better than nothing to share, am I right?!?

I have printed my image onto colored pencil paper, using the gray line version. I printed the image at just larger than 7" x 5".
On a fun and exciting note, I am using ONLY Crayola colored pencils on this project! Yes, you read that correctly! I am still on my mission to show you that you CAN created lovely things with student-grade or budget-friendly supplies! Learning art fundamentals and techniques is far more important than which supplies you use.

Don't get me wrong. High-end supplies can sometimes make the job easier and I love my high-end items! But, for coloring therapy you can use budget-friendly supplies and have a great time doing it! 
I used 4 pink pencils, 3 greens, and an acid-yellow shade to color this caladium leaf. Since Crayola pencils are a hard wax pencil, I was able to add the veins back in after coloring! (Please note that there will be final touches to what you see here when the project is finished.)

I was able to get lots of layering out of the pencils on this Bienfang Bristol paper! Folks are always saying that budget pencils are not very pigmented, but I have found, with the right paper and lots of light layers, you can achieve great color!
I started the peony bloom with the same pinks that I used on the leaf, with a few alterations for a softer look. I will list all the colors when I post the finished piece. 
Costing just under $23 for a set of 120 pencils, Crayola colored pencils are approximately 19 cents per pencil. The 100 set is under $14! Perfect for most budgets! As a comparison, Prismacolor Premiere pencils are around 64 cents per pencil if purchased as part of a set, and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils are $1.35 per pencil when bought as part of a set. To purchase individual pencils for these brands, the price is $1.35 each for Prismacolor and $2.23 each for FC Polychromos! If you are just trying this hobby on for size, you may consider a more budget-friendly version.

I will be back soon with the finished piece! I hope you have fun coloring something while you wait!

Make sure to hop over to Power Poppy for a visit. To see what my teammates have created, check out the list below!

Gloria - you are here


  1. Starting to be just amazing I see. Just goes to show you that cost isn't always a factor when you have coloring skills. Can't wait to see the end result.

  2. Insanely stunning! So glad I was able to catch up with you. Your coloring is perfect.