Making A Christmas Tree Adult Coloring Page

Adult coloring books can be pricey, but it is simple and fun to make your own Christmas tree coloring page with materials from an odds and ends drawer. When I noticed that adult coloring books were trending on social media this holiday season, I was curious because in general I prefer to draw my own pictures. Also, I noticed the adult coloring books were often sold for around twenty dollars, so I thought there was definitely a way to make your own.

Over the holiday season I planned to post this project to the blog, but I just ran out of time. This Christmas tree coloring page was created by tracing around a quarter, a dime, and a penny, and the illustration was colored in with crayons, markers, and oil pastels. This art project demonstrates how supplies from around the house can be used to create a coloring page. I still think hand-drawn illustrations are more exciting, but using simple objects to create illustrations is a fast way to make a coloring page. Of course you can also create more detailed coloring pages, but it is just pretty darn fun to realize that pocket change can be used to design a Christmas tree image.

I traced around a quarter to make the form of the Christmas tree.
I traced around a quarter to make the form of the Christmas tree.
I traced around the dime to create the Christmas tree topper.
I traced around the dime to create the Christmas tree topper.
Here I traced around a penny to create the ornaments on the tree.
Here I traced around a penny to create the ornaments on the tree.
I continued tracing around the penny to make the ornaments on the tree.
I continued tracing around the penny to make the ornaments on the tree.
I used several different shades of green crayons to color in the Christmas tree.
I used several different shades of green crayons to color in the Christmas tree.
The tree topper and ornaments were colored in with metallic markers.
The tree topper and ornaments were colored in with metallic markers.
Here I finished coloring in all the ornaments on the tree.
Here I finished coloring in all the ornaments on the tree.
I used a blue crayon to color in the sky around the Christmas tree.
I used a blue crayon to color in the sky around the Christmas tree.
Here I went over the crayon with an oil pastel to even out the color of the sky.
Here I went over the crayon with an oil pastel to even out the color of the sky.

I was happy with how this simple Christmas tree coloring page turned out, and perhaps I will make a few more in the future.

 

 

 

Stripey Cat At Joshua Tree

Stripey cat is a cool kitty who lives lounges near Joshua trees.
Stripey cat is a cool kitty who lounges near Joshua trees.

Stripey Cat At Joshua Tree is my latest drawing that I created with colored pencils. This illustration was inspired by a day that I spent at Joshua Tree National Park, and a cat that I like to refer to as Stripey. Actually, Stripey is a conglomeration of two different cats. The pose for Stripey featured here is based on a photograph of a cat that used to live near me. However, my parents also have a striped cat, so I have used these two cats as a composite for my imagined Stripey cat. He lives at Joshua Tree National Park, and enjoys gazing out on the vistas filled Yucca brevifolia, which is the scientific name for Joshua trees.

I drew a Johsua tree covered vista behind Stripey cat.
I drew a Johsua tree covered vista behind Stripey cat.
After I drew Stripey cat with the Joshua tree background, and I began to color in the sky with a dark blue pencil.
After I drew Stripey cat with the Joshua tree background, and I began to color in the sky with a dark blue pencil.
Here I colored in the Joshua trees and mountains behind the cat.
Here I colored in the Joshua trees and mountains behind the cat.
Here I started coloring in the grass surround Stripey cat with several different shades of green colored pencils.
Here I started coloring in the grass surrounding Stripey cat with several different shades of green colored pencils.
The completed drawing of Stripey cat at Joshua tree.
The completed drawing of Stripey cat at Joshua tree is a very Southern California inspired scene.

 

Painting Over The Cracked Sky On The Palm Tree And Mountains Painting

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the acrylic painting of the palm trees with snow covered mountains had considerable cracking on the sky portion of the composition. When I created this painting in July of 2013 I had used several layers of glittery acrylic paint, which I think caused the cracking across the sky.  I decided to add a few more layers of glittery blue hued acrylic paint to cover the cracks in the sky. After adding a few layers of paint there was less cracking on the sky, but the new layers made the tops of the mountains start to crack. However, I decided the fissures in this painting give it character. Actually, another person on YouTube pointed this out to me, and I am thankful they did. Also, the cracks on the top of the mountains look similar to the snowy patches painted on the peaks, so this just works well. Some acrylic paints just crack, and sometimes it is better to accept how this can create unexpected but fun effects in a painting.

There were cracks in the sky I decided to paint over with sparkly acrylic paint.
There were cracks in the sky, so I decided to paint over these with sparkly blue acrylic paint.

 

A layer of the robin's egg blue acrylic paint has been added to the cracked sky.
A layer of the robin’s egg blue acrylic paint has been added to the cracked sky.
Two days later the paint layer has dried.
Two layers of this blue paint were added, and allowed to dry.
I allowed the two layers of new paint on the sky to dry, but decided I liked the cracking effect throughout the painting. The sky has fewer cracks than it did previously.
I allowed the two layers of new paint on the sky to dry, but decided I liked the cracking effect throughout the painting. The sky has fewer cracks than it did previously.