Kimberly J Tilley

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New! Coloring Books

A project is finally finished! I have spent the past couple of months digging through all of my digital photographs since the year 2007 for this project. I believe, I had caught the coloring book bug because many amazing female artists that I follow had made coloring books. It inspired me to find a new way of bringing my art into the home of others. It was also a good way to spend many rainy weeks.

I created the coloring book series with the self publishing distributor, blurb.com. They are softcover books for the flexibility one might need to color. Before making the books, I had printed out a few pages at home. The intent was to test the artwork and to have others color in the art, to see if it was too difficult, but that part did not fair so well. People did not pull through for me on that. I got back two completed colored pages, and two in-completes.

sample coloring pages

Printed out artwork for coloring in, and the results.

There are six coloring books in total, and each has a different number of pages. The coloring book series is titled, ‘Color In Nature’. There is a book for just butterflies, flowers and plants, birds, landscapes, wildlife, insects. YES there are SPIDERS in the insect book. I do not think they are creepy (except that one house kind that is yellow. It just gives me the creeps for some reason). Some subjects I had to stop myself from adding to, because there would be way too many pages, or I would have had another book to create. I didn’t know if coloring in landscapes would be appealing to people because they might require time for the detail. It was also not easy to choose out photographs for that book. It is my most difficult coloring book if anyone is up for such a task.

When the books arrived I colored in a page in each book. I used colored pencils, markers and pastel crayons. The kids were not home, I didn’t know where the regular Crayolas were. The pastels were a bit messy, so I did only one and I am leaving a blank paper on top of that image. The markers did not bleed through the paper, which was a nice surprise.

The artwork is full bleed on the pages. There is no double sided coloring pages, so you can cut out pages if you like. You can buy my coloring book series on blurb through this link:
http://www.blurb.com/user/kimberlyjt

Playing with Filters

I have a few filters, but I rarely use them. I mostly just use my polarized filter.  I took out the diopter filter and sepia filter last Sunday and went shooting around the plants in the yard.  If you are not familiar with a diopter filter, it is like a magnifying glass you place on your lens, preferably the smallest lens you have, so you can create macro images.  If you do not have hundreds of dollars to put towards a good macro lens, a diopter is a good affordable option. But let it be known that the images are not as great as what you can make from a macro lens.  I also tried out the sepia filter in the NIK software program. I love it! I think I want to go through some old photos and renew them with the sepia filter. But I probably wont, I don’t think I could find the time. But I will definitely make use of this option on some of my future photographs.

Here are a few of the photographs I took with the +10 diopter filter on my 50mm lens.

 

Photographs with a sepia filter on my 300mm camera lens.

No the filter does not give 100% sepia coloring to the digital photographs.  It does add yellowing to the image, which can be used in creative ways. I created a second version of this apple tree picture and the blueberry branch when I  converted the image files to sepia in NIK, and they are amazing!

And now for some fun with the sepia filter in NIK software, courtesy of Photoshop.

I really like this last apple blossom photograph. I did save some of the color, so it is not full sepia, but still does convey a nostalgia feeling.  I was happy to find the walking-stick bug again. I enjoyed photographing it climbing on this branch. I don’t think s/he liked it as much though. I think it would have been happier left alone.