Creating Digital Art From Stress Relief Coloring

Last month a friend of mine shared a link to a “coloring book for adults” she had purchased on I learned her motivation behind the purchase was “stress relief” and a whole new world of artistic expression opened for me. I have always loved to draw and in the 70’s I produced two books of drawings for my art glass business as well as several design packages filled with themed pages of drawings my students could use for their glass pieces. Now, with “stress relief coloring” exercises turning into a movement I find I can re-purpose those old publications as well as create new ones from scratch. I’m inspired to create again!

Yesterday I finished coloring a paper print and took a snapshot of it with my smartphone. As you can see the lighting wasn’t all that great. I wasn’t too concerned because I knew that running the image through photo filters would produce different results. That to me is what adds the magic to digital art creations.  When I started manipulating the image I was in “beta testing” mode, not concerned as to whether the end result would be a piece worthy of framing and labeling “art”. I was into the experience for the adventure. After several hours and interruptions, I had produced some pieces worthy of attention. 

Here is one of the digital art pieces I generated to use for Instagram and Facebook posts: 
As you can see, the digital art rendition looks little like the original coloring. 

Creating Art With Gel Pens And Watercolor Pencils

Saturday, February 25, 2017 ~ On my last trip to Costco I was attracted to a colorful display of gel pens by GelWriter.  In the past couple days I’ve been testing them out on various papers and combining them with watercolor pens to create art. Around 5 a.m. this morning I ventured over to YouTube to research how other artists and crafters were using the pens and found this introductory video by Cher Kaufmann. Her YouTube channel, The Drawing Desk, is one to binge on. After watching this video on How to Color with Gel Pens, I couldn’t resist subscribing to the channel, followed by diving into my first gel pen art adventure.