Thursday, October 6, 2016

Custom Painted Cabinet Doors

My boyfriend is custom building a toy hauler. He asked me to paint four of the cabinet doors he is putting in it. I discovered that painting on wood is much different than painting on canvas. The paint acts completely different. It was not better or worse, only different. The slicker surface meant that it would take more than one coat to get good coverage and I couldn't build up impasto without risking that the paint would be bumped off.

In the end, I am quite pleased with the way they turned out. He will finish the outside frame of the door with a brown paper bag/leather look treatment. Here is one of the doors.

Never to let an opportunity to market my work go to waste, I also used the completed images on products in my Zazzle shop.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Greeting Cards to Color

Added several new designs to my Ready to Color Greeting Cards section today. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Friday, August 12, 2016

eBooks Being Stolen From Authors - Copyright Infringement

Just this morning, I did a Google search of one of the titles of my books. I was flabergasted to find it on a site that was offering it as a free download. After further research, I realized that most, if not all, of the books on said site have been stolen from the authors. This site sells memberships and makes thousands of dollars from the theft of copyrighted works. I will not add to their advertising by posting a link to it but I do suggest that, if you are an author, you should do a Google search of each of your titles and follow all the links that come up. Google does have a form you can submit to express your copyright infringement concerns and ask that the listing be removed.

I support myself and my disabled son with my artwork and books so it infuriates me to know that some anonymous entity is stealing my work and taking money that should go to put food on the table for us.

Here is a link to the form I used to request that my copyrighted works be removed from the offending site:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Children's Book Illustrator

It is always such a great feeling when the book you have been working on for 2 months is finally published. I did the illustrations, cover, Createspace print, and Kindle eBook layout and conversion on this. Open to accepting my next job so contact me if my style and abilities interest you. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Best Eraser

Over the years, I have used every kind of eraser out there; pink pearl, kneaded, gum, etc. These are, hands down, my favorites. I keep them all over my studio and all over the house. I sometimes cut the tip end at an angle, with an x-acto knife or single edge razor blade, to give a nice wedge shape to it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

5 Star Adult Coloring Book

I just noticed that I received the following 5 star review on my book... "versatile...a lot of nature that is well done for coloring. she has so many different things in this book. Landscape, birds, cats, dogs, beach, my goodness, I've never liked a book better." I'm doing the happy dance now.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Johanna Basford Magical Jungle

Johanna Basford's fourth and newest book

Magical Jungle: An Inky Expedition and Coloring Book for Adults

is now available for pre-order and will be out in August. I love all of her books and especially enjoy watching her tutorials on youtube. She is adorable. I keep expecting to see pixy dust swirling around her. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Best Sharpener for Colored Pencils in Adult Coloring Books

Had heard many good things about this sharpener so I ordered and tested it for myself. Shipped from Japan, the instructions are in Japanese but the handy picture showed me how to adjust the pencil length. Tested on Crayola, Artist's Loft, and Lyra Polycolors and it did great. If stranded on an island, this is the sharpener I would want with me. Comes in 3 colors. The back slides off to remove shavings. I was surprised that the lead did not break, even with the longest taper. I've posted a link to this sharpener under my photos if you would like more information. Happy Coloring!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Colorist's Journal

When I first saw "A Colorist's Journal", I thought well that's a silly idea. Then, I read the description and now I see the value in it. Who doesn't need to be better organized? Have you ever bought a book only to realize you already had it? Here is a part of the description from it's Amazon listing. "Just a few of the perks of A Colorist’s Journal for the Artist in you: •List your favorite Artist •Keep track of books you already own •Keep a wish list of books you wish to own •Make note of upcoming Coloring events •Organize a List of Coloring Groups you have joined •Keep up with your current supplies •Make note of the best coloring supply deals, and where you have found them in the past! •List your favorite websites and blogs •10 full pages of color charts to create your own color swatches from your favorite coloring supplies •A Color Wheel for you to learn a bit about color theory •Pages for your own notes •Of course all of your tried and true tips and tricks! You will never have to hunt for anything again, it will all be at your fingertips!" The more I think about it, the more I think it's a great idea. I would like to have a "Graphic Artist's Journal".  What do you all think?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Who's Who in Adult Coloring Book Artists

Have you ever wished you had a book with a wide variety of artists and styles included? Check this out. 119 single sided pages by many of the top artists working in a wide variety of styles. You can see inside the pages, and artist's names, in the video review in the comments section.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Marco Raffine vs. Crayola Brand Colored Pencils

So, my new set of Marco Raffine colored pencils came in the mail yesterday. Oh my! Love, love, love them. Going from Crayola brand to Raffines is like going from a peddle car to a Lamborghini. They spread like butter and don't hurt my hands at all. The colors are rich and vibrant. The cardboard box they come in is pretty much useless since you can't really see the colors or get them in and out easy so I ordered this case for them. I want to be able to take them with me to the park or the lake or wherever in an easy to carry and easy to use case. Other wraps have the pencils in a single row and would take an entire picnic table to spread them out. This is a double row and I am so looking forward to taking them on the go with me.

You can also get the Raffines already in a wrap. So wish I had know this when I ordered them.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greetings From Down Under

This morning I read a post in one of my adult coloring book groups on Facebook from a woman in Australia who had just received two of my books she had ordered from Amazon. She even posted a picture and thanked me for them. My books get to travel to places I only dream about. Thank you Sally Morton, you totally made my day!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman Seductive Villain

Alan Rickman was my all time favorite villain, even more than Bruce Dern who was the only man to kill John Wayne. Rickman always made me want to hate him and hug him at the same time. Don't know if his character will be in this new book but I hope so. RIP dear sir.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Adult Coloring from Flowers, Animals, Birds, and Still Lifes Expanded Edition

Tessa Marsh did such a wonderful job coloring this I just had to share. From my book Flowers, Animals, Birds, and Still Lifes Expanded Edition. She made it look even better than I ever imagined!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Amazon Coupons

Amazon has coupons for all sorts of things. Who knew? I just missed a great coupon for colored pencils, probably because others knew about it before I did. This is worth bookmarking.

Click here for Amazon Coupons

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Color Your Own Children's Book Sammy the Silent Songbird

When I wrote and illustrated my children's book, Sammy the Silent Songbird, I had so much fun coloring it that I thought, why should I get to have all the fun? So, I turned it into an adult coloring book.

Unique among adult coloring books, Color Your Own Children’s Book: Sammy the Silent Songbird, allows the colorist to relax and enjoy the stress relieving benefits of coloring while creating a one of a kind gift for any special child. The cover has a matte finish which can also be colored. The title page includes “Colored by” and “Presented to” blanks for personalization. Imagine the look of joy on your child’s or grandchild’s face when they see that you took the time to color this beautiful story book for them. Sammy the Silent Songbird tells the story of a little wren who was born without the ability to sing. Little Crow teases Sammy who then withdraws to the safety of his nest. It is during this time of solitude that Sammy discovers his special gift. Seeking safety from a frightening storm, the same birds who teased him soon are amazed and admiring of Sammy and his ability. Rather than being resentful, Sammy happily shares his talent with Little Crow and all the little birds.

Illustrations are in greyscale. Colored pencils, eye shadow, and other dry media are recommended for coloring. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

First Annual McLoud Area Writers Showcase

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being one of the 19 authors at the First Annual McLoud Area Writers Showcase. It was sponsored by the McLoud Public Library and included a panel discussion and lunch. We had a wonderful time. I sold several adult coloring books and enjoyed seeing many of my fellow authors I hadn't seen in awhile. The ladies of the library made it a first rate event.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Adult Coloring Pages to Download and Print

New adult coloring pages have been added to my store. Have a look!

Adobe Illustrator Course Online

If you have been wanting to take an online technical course but didn't know where to go, I highly recommend I am taking an Adobe Illustrator course that has 53 lessons with downloadable course files and practice exercises that was $99 but I got it for $19 with a coupon. Just google udemy coupons and find one that hasn't expired. I am learning so much more than I was with free youtube videos.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

How To Increase Your Web Presence

Have you ever wondered how to increase your web presence as an artist? Here is a list of most of the places you can find me. Maybe you will find you hadn't thought of before...or two, or three, or four.

Links to Tanya Provines pages, websites, and stores.


Facebook group: Adult Coloring Book Techniques

Creative Supply Store

Facebook artist’s page

Amazon Author page

Zazzle store


Fine Art America