Free Coloring Page, Happy Cephalopod Week!

 

Happy Cephalopod Week! As a fun way to celebrate I uploaded one of my favourite spreads from Mermaids in Wonderland. Click here or on the header menu to go the Free Coloring Page; size is about 10 x 20″ or 25.4 x 50.8 cm. Β This piece is a bejeweled octopus inspired by gorgeous hair jewelry and headdresses from India. Gold and pearls and diamonds… Oh my! Happy colouring and happy cephalopod week!

Gild the Serpent

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Happy #summersolstice 🌞 Gilded sea serpent puppet from #mermaidsinwonderland I’m sort of obsessed with my Uniball gold liner πŸ’› I feel like I’m working on a metal piece πŸ˜† Today’s “Wonderfully Short Tip”: Use a minimal colour palette, and then one or two spot colours as a counter balance to give the piece more pizzazz. In this case my main colour palette is red and yellow, and I’ve used a dash of green and blue as the spotlight” colours πŸ˜‰ #mermaidlife #seaserpent #adultcoloringbook #coloring #coloringbook #coloringaddict #fabercastellwatercolourpencils #uniball

(This post is from my Instagram, hence all of the hashtags πŸ˜‰)

The Mermaid Parade

Yesterday I went to The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. It’s an annual event that unofficially marks the beginning of Summer, which is funny because there was a downpour during the late morning and early afternoon. But by 2:00pm the rain had come to pass, and the thunder began to retreat into the distance. One by one the Mer-folk took off their rain ponchos as the heat from the sun broke through the clouds and warmed our bodies. Here’s a glimpse into the time that I spent there. It was a truly wonderful occasion, filled with so much joy, beauty, kindness, creativity and community – it seemed we all brought the finest sides of ourselves to the parade. At the end of it we left the boardwalk and walked onto the beach — some stopped and partook in song and dance, while others continued towards the soft sandy shore, leaving our tired legs behind, and slipping back into the ocean.

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#cephalopodproblems
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Making lemonade out of lemons. Using watercolor pencils in the pouring rain. I’m soaking wet! πŸ™‚

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The Merdog of Coney Island

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Shopping For My Mermaid Costume

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I went shopping yesterday for a few things to create an outfit to wear to this year’s Mermaid Parade in Coney Island and I got a bit carried away. Originally I was just looking to buy a pair of shorts with fish scale patterning, but then left on my own in this wonderful costume shop on 4th Avenue and 11th Street, I began by picking up one thing, and then another… and then another… and then another…and so on. And so, I left with two bags full of random things. My concept: debris caught in a fishing net πŸ™‚

Coloring Tip 3: Watercolor Pencils

I woke up this morning and started playing around with my watercolor pencils. After blocking in some parts of the spread, I thought to myself,
“Why don’t I record this?”
And so, I shot a short and impromptu demo using my iPhone. Β Excuse the shaky camera work and low level sound quality; it was super early and so I was trying keep my speaking voice on the down-low πŸ™‚
The materials used: Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils, Albrecht Durer series, Winsor & Newton filbert brush, size 1/4″, and Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II series, size 00.

Free Coloring Pages

Although work has been overwhelming recently, I still wanted to post regularly. Ideally every week would be great, but since this blog is new, I wanted to post as much as I could at the start in order to get it going. On my marcoschin.com website, there’s a link to free coloring pages, but I’ve decided to post them here as well. Eventually I’ll be migrating all of my Wonderland drawings onto this blog for ease of reference. In the meantime, I wanted to share some free coloring pages with you (click on the link in the headline menu). I did grab one of my favorites pages from Mermaids in Wonderland, the one of the fish arranged in a circular shape. I love circles. I love the shape and symbolic meaning behind them depending on what culture you refer to; circles can be viewed as open or closed, finite or infinite, and can be found in nature; the sun, moon, an egg, a bubble.

 

Coloring Tip 2: Sharpening Pencils

Here’s “Your Wonderfully Short Tip,” which is sharpening your colored pencils with a knife. I constantly break my pencil leads when I use a regular sharpener and so sometimes what I like to do is use an Exacto knife and sandpaper pad as a alternative to a sharpener. It takes a bit longer, but I don’t mind. I’ve rarely broken the lead using this method. Just be careful not to cut yourself!

Coloring Tip 1: Hatching

Good morning! Yesterday I spent the day on-and-off recording this coloring tip video. I have to warn you that it’s incredibly raw without any sort of scripts, filters, bells or whistles. But I wanted to put something together for you as soon as I could, instead of humming and hawing about it for too long. At the core, the information is there for you to use – I hope it’s helpful. The video is a bit long at seventeen-plus minutes so I’ve decided to incorporate much shorter videos in the future, to deeper describe a particular technique and have it last for about two to three minutes. Happy coloring!