“Beemused” – Ink design by Johanna Basford in Secret Garden, coloring and addition of various critters by me.
This page took quite a bit longer than I had expected, but hopefully it was worth it in the end. I have to admit, I’m not 100% convinced about my choice of yellow for the background, but it’s too late to change it now. Onward!
I quickly learned that the light-colored background had to be colored in before the darker flowers to avoid smearing the dark colors later. Coloring around all those teeny-tiny leaves was quite an undertaking!
The background inside the maze is a slightly lighter yellow, a combination of bright yellow (very lightly shaded over the white) followed by heavy coloring in a cream color.
For the first time, I added a bunch of drawn elements myself. I drew a series of bees with curly flight lines to complete the maze, and I added some mushrooms and ants throughout the maze for fun. The style of all the added elements was blatantly copied from elsewhere in the book. 🙂
The extra drawing was made possible by a newly purchased “artist pen,” which, I have to admit, makes me feel like an artist. Hahaha. This pen cost about $5 and was picked up at my local Michaels (a discount chain craft store). It’s a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen, filled with black India ink, featuring an extra superfine (0.1 mm) nib. The pen is advertised as waterproof, permanent, and archival. I’ve only used it a bit so far, but I quite like it!
I practiced the critters a bit before getting to work in my coloring book. You know, can’t ruin all my hard work. This coloring thing is serious business. 🙂
And here’s a close-up of the nib. It’s pretty tiny! Perfect for creating fine drawings of mystical creatures.
It feels pretty silly to be spending so much time coloring, you know, as an adult, but whatever! It’s creative and relaxing with zero pressure to perform. Just what I need with my job craziness these days.
Hope you’ve all been doing well!