Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Meet Helen -Colourer of the Month

This will be a new monthly post, featuring someone whose colouring has caught my eye.

Introducing Helen who lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

From Manu

What made you start colouring?


My friend Prue cottoned on to the idea a couple of years ago after reading in Huffington Post a piece about the surge of colouring in France.   It seemed like a genius idea, Prue gave me some designs, I bought some pencils and was immediately hooked.


From Lotus Designs
From Lotus Designs


Do you consider colouring to be art?
No.  I would categorise it as "craft", along with embroidery, patchwork, dressmaking and upholstery.   Perhaps not as useful as any of those.


What materials do you like to use?
I like brush pens and markers, although I started out using pencils.   Pitt brush pens are my favourites, although the colour range is not extensive.   Reno marker pens come in a really wide range of colours, but they can be a little wet and bleedy, and some of the colours fade quickly.   I'm still looking for the perfect brush pen, that doesn't bleed, doesn't go fuzzy and is available in about a thousand colours.


Which is your favourite colouring book?
Dover's Decorative Tile Designs is one that I go back to again and again.   The designs are abstract, self-framed, and complex enough to be interesting without being impossibly fiddly.   I also really like all of Karim Benyagoub's books, especially the intricate grids.


Decorative Tile Designs
Decorative Tile Designs
Decorative Tile Designs
Decorative Tile Designs
Decorative Tile Desi


Do you frame your finished colourings or display them in any way?   If so how?


No, I just keep them in folders.   I have a vague idea of one day gluing my colourings to some kind of panel, butted up to each other without any gaps, then somehow sealing  and lightproofing it.   I would hang it in my office like a big tapestry.  I haven't thought through the practicalities of this yet.



Karim Benyagoub Patterns
Karim Benyagoub Patterns





Karim Benyagoub Patterns










What's your favourite colour?








Oh dear, usually whatever I'm colouring with currently.   I do have a fondness for reds and oranges and pinks all on the same page.










From Manu


From Manu








                      















Creative Haven Chinese Designs

Creative Have Chinese Designs

















Creative Haven Lotus Designs
You can find out more at Book DepositoryAmazon US
and at Amazon UK










Decorative Tile Designs
You can find out more at Book Depository
Available at Amazon USAmazon UK
and at Mighty Ape 








Creative Patterns books
You can find out more at Book Depository;  Amazon US;
and at Amazon UK









Manu
You can find out more from the artist Geoff Popham

You can read my review of this book here.










You can find out more at Book Depository;  Amazon USAmazon UK
and at Mighty Ape 



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