Building a Coloring Team

I have been not-so-patiently waiting to go live with my coloring books for adults. I’ve been looking forward to getting a copy and coloring along with those of you who purchase it. As I have been waiting for the proof to arrive for the second volume, I’ve gotten antsy. I decided to start coloring from the proof of Volume 1.

I tried Prisma Color colored pencils this time and I think I’m falling in love. I love how the tooth of the paper grabs the color, and shading is a blast. They feel like crayons for grown-ups. Liking colored pencils was a surprise for me but up until now I’ve been trying to use them on copy paper. The tools and supplies you use can be so important for full on enjoyment.

Meditative Mandalas - Volume 1

If you look closely you will see a boo-boo in design. (It has been fixed, along with another faux pas). It sucked to see that but it’s so much better than having sold some of them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at these images and did not see these things. It’s only when I started coloring each individual area that it became evident.

With that said, I’m looking to build a coloring team. Ten people who would fully color five pages for me in advance of book releases. Team members would print the pages themselves from a digital download and color them, seeing if any issues pop out and reporting back with a quick shot of the images. Coloring quality is not important…just the fact of touching each element and noticing differences between the repeated areas, or other issues.

Details will be coming in the next couple days, on my facebook coloring page. If you are interested, please pop on over there and join. If you haven’t been to the page, also check out the giveaway/random contest I’m running for a gel pen set and Dick Blick gift certificate.

Happy coloring!

Where do you color?

I realize that it takes nothing at all to pull out your coloring pages and color. A cozy corner in the TV room would suffice nicely. I work from home and have a lot of studio space to which I can escape when I’ve been sitting in my office for too long and just need to unplug (aside from my Spotify playing in the background). So, I use my studio to color, as if I were creating great works of art. It feels good.

Lori Greenberg Coloring Spot

I love my inverted drawing board to help with overhead light glare. The idea is also to help me not hunch over and get a stiff neck and shoulders. I find myself needing to be right up in the detail of the work though and I still find myself tensing and always reminding myself to relax my muscles.

My spectacles are a favorite too. While I only need +1.50 cheaters for everyday reading, I pop on my +3.00 glasses for detailed coloring. I love feeling like I’m right there in the work, watching the marker ink bleed right up to the line as it’s happening.

And my desk light. I have great lighting in the new studio but again, with my old eyes, there is something to be said about having a spotlight blaring on the detailed drawings. I really should draw detailed landscapes and pretend that I’ve shrunk myself because I really do become immersed in the design with everything I use to feel up close and personal with it.

So there you have it. How and why I color like I do. What do you love about your space (even if it’s your lap while you lounge in bed and watch Netflix)?

Gathering Loot 1

I’ve been back from the Gathering for two days and even though I was able to pace myself successfully so that I’m not exhausted, I’m still have that after-conference brain buzz that does not allow me to focus too much. I think it’s probably because I don’t have another show until November so I’m feeling kind of free.

But anyway…I have so much to write about and am starting with a handful of things that I picked up while I was at the conference. It’s a souvenir from Rain City Artisans (Ellen Harbison?) for my penguin-obsessed 10 year old. So cute.

New flip up magnifiers in +3.0 and +5.0 strength from Anne Mitchell’s booth. All the better to see my micro mosaics with. I’m windering how much more detailed I might get not…I’ve been working with +2.5s. Now I have to figure out what to clip them to.  Hmmm.
My Ali VandeGrift. Love this bead. I always say, “I don’t need anymore beads” which is true. But I don’t necessarily see the ones I get as beads, per se. Not for jewelry or to wear. They are my collection to look at. And I like ’em big.
A bigger sifter. This one may not seem like a big deal but when you’re chopping up all of those stringers, there is dust and tiny pieces made. When you’re trying to pick up the pieces to apply to the mosaic it gets in the way and causes problems. It also is nice to not have it in the storage baggie when I’m done. The strainers/sifters I’ve already tried have too big of holes and the actual chips fall through with the dust. Hopefully this will be the answer. It’s the little things that end up helping me be more efficient and work more quickly.
A Zoozii Knob press, ’cause you know I need more presses, right? I have two knobs made by Rebekah Higgins that I received as a trade a few years back and I have them on drawers in my studio. Every time I open those drawers I love how they feel. Every time I open the other drawers, not as much. So, I’m finally committing myself to make the knobs for the rest of the cabinets and drawers. In my spare time.  :o)
So, that’s where I am right now. Lost more to show, lots more to talk about, lots more inspiration that I’m trying desperately to keep alive before it slips into that place in the brain where all of those lost moments hang out.