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African American Coloring Book

These are actually pages from my new and first coloring book of some of sketches turn into coloring pages. I was working from the author’s proof copy and was testing out the paper and some ideas that I had on other ways one could use the coloring pages.

The paper is quite heavy enough to use wet medium, which I used to test just how the pages would hold up; however, I strongly recommend using crayons, coloring pencils, markers, soft pastels, etc. instead of what I did. However, if you’re like me want to test your ideas, then use the wet medium such as acrylic paint and even watercolor, which I used too.

I’ve used colored pencils, watercolor, and acrylic (I used acrylic gesso to prep the page before painting it) on each of these coloring pages above to give you some ideas of what you can do beyond simply coloring with just crayons. You can take the quotes from the book, cut them out and create art journal pages or spreads from. If you don’t want to cut the quotes out, you could make a copy of the quote(s) you want to use and cut them out instead.

Another thing you could do (I haven’t tried it yet) is to help preserve your masterpiece, add some sealant to your page like Mod Podge or a spray on sealant. Finally, you could use a craft knife to cut your art journal masterpiece and put it into a frame if you don’t want to use a sealant to preserve and hang it up in your favorite part of your home! You can get your copy of my new coloring book now by pre-order at http://bit.ly/Pre-Order-Coloring-Book

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Art Journaling: Self-Care and Creativity

I love to simply allow my creativity to flow and I follow it most of the time! This beautiful woman spontaneously appeared onto my sketchbook. I love flowers but not good at so I make myself what I called whimsical flowers.

When’s the last time you allow yourself to create something for just the pure joy of engaging in it? I challenge you to take some time at least once a week to do something creatively spontaneous, not worry or caring about the end result or product! Allow yourself to take some “me” or a “self-care” playdate with YOU!

Draw something/anything! Paint something/anything! Write a poem and record yourself reciting it with soft, calming music in the background and share it to encourage/bless someone else! Sing at loud and dance too, if you can, like no one’s watching you! This a Creative Playdate with an audience of ONE — YOU!

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Sister Friends

So I just started doodling on a piece of copy paper with a Sharpie and I got carried away! It turned into this! I love the simple black and white version, but got curious to me what my girls looked like with colored pencils too.

“Sister Friends” She sticks with you through all the good, the bad, and the ugly and never, ever betrays that friendship! I’m praying God would bless me with a friendship like this one day soon!!!

If you have a person like this, you are indeed very blessed! Treasure that friendship!

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