My latest illustration for coloring, the Lion, Hare & Moon, was a learning lesson once I starting filling it with color, so I thought it might be useful to share my mistakes with those of you who use (or want to try) watercolor pencils in …
I’ve always been drawn to lines. I understood why my art professors hounded me to explore shape and texture instead of focusing on lines, but I was obsessed with them. Especially curvy lines. Circles and spirals. Lines inspired by the natural world and lines that intersected and created patterns. I now know what to do with those lines: illustrate books for coloring enthusiasts to work their own magic.
My first book, Ruby Charm: 25 Artful Illustrations for Coloring Enthusiasts, was completed in July of 2017. I also self-published a “Black Magic” coloring book (which was printed entirely on black card stock, sported a hand embossed cover, and is now completely sold out). I am currently working on a new coloring book (which will feature fantastical insects) and I am working toward self-publishing my original book in a less expensive format. I also continue to add to my collection of downloadable digital coloring pages available at RubyCharmColors on Etsy.
I then started designing home goods and accessories (like notebooks, journals, coffee mugs, pillows, throws and tote bags) based on my illustrations as well as my acrylic paintings in September. They can be found in my Threadless Artist Shop and my Society6 Shop. My most recent project (January of 2018) is the development of a “Color Your Own” line of tote bags and spiral notebooks. The bags can be painted or colored with ink, while colored pencils or markers can be used to color the notebooks.
COLORING BOOKS & PAGES
HOME GOODS & ACCESSORIES
My designs are based on illustrations I completed for the Ruby Charm coloring books and pages on Etsy, as well as my rustic acrylic and collage paintings on canvas. The original paintings (24” x 24”) were commissioned for a long wall in a delicatessen in Traverse City, Michigan. Additional paintings (and subsequent prints) will be completed in the future. Follow me for updates, and please know that all products come with a Threadless happiness guarantee. Have a special request for a product you don’t see listed? Please drop me a line!
You can find me on Instagram @rubycharmcolors and on Facebook (where I also host the RubyCharmColors Community group page). If you join the group, keep your eyes open for occasional illustrations for coloring giveaways!