Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

December 30, 2014

Le Sigh

I had just one Christmas altered art box to finish and then put my Christmas crafting stuff away.

I'd been on such a push to create stuff, for weeks on end prior to the craft shows, that once I got my craft table all straightened up, I realized I didn't have a clue what to do next!! I found zero inspiration on my Pinterest 'Crafts To Do' board or in the tutorials I'd saved.  

Around the 18th, I remembered that I had a new Christmas-themed colouring book.  Wish I'd remembered a few weeks earlier, but better late than never.  I always think I will get at least 3-4 pics coloured in a day but that's never the case.  Realistically, it's more like 2 per day.  Of course I had to add silver stars and a crescent moon to the Santa pic.  This one is mostly done with coloured pencils, although I did use a blue marker over dark blue pencil for the sky. 

This one is sparkly gel pens and coloured pencils.

I made a major blunder at the beginning, in that I forgot about the bleed-through on the pages, and the way coloured pencil will rub off on the page it's resting against when you are colouring the flip side.  I usually remember to put a white piece of paper between each page but I spaced it. Unfortunately it would be on a picture that contained a lot of snow, ice and clouds.  I tried best I could to cover it but you can still see it. This is supposed to be Russell & me as kids, skating on Shawme Pond.  lol  

Hard to see but I did the church windows in multicoloured gel pens to look like stained glass.

Another case of bleed-through on the page above the roof and near Santa, because I used gel pens on the other side.  I didn't realize how bad it showed up till I took this picture.  Maybe I'll go back over this and use dark blue pencil for the sky.  I just didn't feel like colouring around all those snowflakes.

I really love these vintage pics but there's sooooo much snow and I can't leave it white so I end up using a lot of greys.  I have to colour it rather than keep it just plain page to help create that barrier against gel pens on the other side.  I really wish these companies would make books with just one picture per page with their backs plain.

I'm still on pace to finish this book by tomorrow night.


  1. If you hadn't mentioned the bleed-through factor, I wouldn't have noticed. In fact, it's barely noticeable when I look for it. You make coloring book pages look like works of art, JoJo, and I love the little stained glass windows on the church.

    Have a wonderful New Year's. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your creations, while continuing our friendship, in 2015. Big hugs!

    1. Thanks! Everyone tells me I'm way too hard on myself with my arts and crafts. lol I did end up coloring the sky on that one picture dark blue because it was bugging me so bad. lol

      Happy New Year to you too!!!

  2. Nope, I wouldn't have noticed the bleed through either. Have a Wonderful New Year and all the best for 2015.

    1. Thanks Jo! And to you and your family!!!