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

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More Faux Macros

I affixed the x10 diopter to my little lens and went hunting in the garden again.  It was a nice enough day, not too hot, not too much sun beating down, but it was a windy day.  I had to delete many pictures due to too much motion blur. But I did save one.  I found the blurry bleeding heart picture interesting enough to keep it.  I enjoy the dandelion pictures very much so.  And yes, I did find the trail of seed heads just like that. No photo-manipulations was done, just color changes.

 

While I was photographing the plants, I found some spiders, and a katydid on the rocks and in the flowers.  No arachnophobia here.  🙂 Enjoy viewing the jumping spiders, katydid and the large harvestmen that I found.  The Opiliones must be eating well here.  I’ve not come across one this big before.   The katydid was one of the hardest to photograph for this set of pictures. Those Irises and that wind made things complicated.  The jumping spiders were a cute find.  The one with the decorative abdomen had a little black beetle run across his rock and it was jumping to stay out of its way.  The little blue one on the other hand just played hide-and-seek with me, I think it was a bit shy.