So what do you do with all those amazing pages you spent time on in your coloring book? Well, that exact question is what I wanted to find a solution to. I wanted an idea that would allow me to display my finished coloring pages in a unique and individual way.
For this piece I took a finished coloring page and made it into a flowing piece of art that I could display either in a frame or in my art journal.
To start out, I wanted to keep with a rustic theme that matched the artwork but made sure that it wasn’t inundated by neutrals by bringing in splashes of blues. I wanted to use a mixture of mixed- media and different techniques in the background in order to really give the piece an “outside of the coloring book” look. Illustration by Leslie Sabella from The Coloring Studio.
The Coloring Studio Meets Mixed-Media Project Directions
Color in an image with Neutral Prima Marketing Watercolor Pencils. Use water and a fine-tipped brush to blend and shade.
Once the piece is completely dry, use Faber-Castell Brush Pens to add pops of color.
Next, stencil Platinum Crackle Texture Paste using a palette knife onto a sheet of cardstock or a journal page. Let dry.
Spritz center of page with yellow ink spray.
Stencil circle, lines, and dots with black acrylic paint using the Mini Ink Blending Tool. Once the paint is dry, using the same stencil, spritz pink ink spray through the harlequin pattern.
Arrange metal rimmed grubby tag and large grubby tag and image onto the background. Before attaching all of the elements, wrap layout with teal Baker’s Twine.
Attach image and tags with glue dots.
Stamp word onto small metal rimmed grubby tag, and letter onto large grubby tag with black ink.
About the Artist:
Bekah Ellington displays her daily crafting and life discoveries on her Instagram @bekah_ellington.
Interests: Watercolor, scuba diving, running, baking, event planning, and, of course, crafting.
Favorite Movie: It’s a tossup between “The Flower Drum Song” and “Guys and Dolls.” I love anything with a good beat and an amazing dance number.
Favorite Quote: “The tiger never loses sleep over the opinion of the sheep.” — Anonymous