Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Meet Erin - Colourer of the Month

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

Check out Colourer of the Month for April - Helen

Check out the May New Releases post here.

Introducing Erin who lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Secret Garden

What made you start colouring?

Believe it or not, I actually started colouring because I wanted to learn to knit.  I'd tried to learn to knit for years without much success.  Even my grandmother did her best to teach me before she passed away but her words never got to my fingers.  I could cast on like a champ but the actual knitting bit? Nuh-uh.  I was actually desperate for something that I could do to help me focus as I suffer from a brain that often won't shush and settle when I need it to. I found peace whenever I did digital art, photography or making jewellery (my other passions) but I needed something that was a little more transportable and easy to set up or didn't require my presence in front of a computer for twelve hours.  I'm not quite sure where I first heard about or saw the colouring craze but I remember seeing a few youtube videos mentioning this awesome hobby, so I bought a couple of books and here we are today!

Secret Garden

Do you consider colouring to be art?

I think it is very much what I would call a collaborative art style. You have the awesome artists who put their heart and soul into producing beautiful images for people to add their special touches to, and then you have the colourists who do just that and reap the benefits of colouring - whatever that is for each person.  At the end you have a gorgeous work of art.

Creative Haven Fantasy Designs

What materials do you like to use?

I'm a pencil girl, through and through, though you will occasionally see me use markers.  I love how easy pencils are to blend and use and the array of colours always gives me a case of "the happies" whenever I open one of my tins. I thoroughly enjoy trying new pencils, seeing what works and what doesn't. My favourite pencils are Lyra Rembrandt Polycolors, followed very closely by Faber Castell Polychromos and then Marco Raffines. I have been enjoying Derwent's Inktense pencils for something different and also incorporating pastel to do backgrounds too.

Creative Haven Fantasy Designs

Which is your favourite colouring book?

This is a hard one. I have so many books in my collection now. I have to say for pure enjoyment, it's Dover's Fantasy Designs book. I love the images in that one, though a close second is Johanna Basford's Secret Garden. I have a John Howe illustrated Pictura book that I love though I'm not game enough to try that one yet -  but the art is gorgeous!  I'm not one for mindless patterns or tiny little details as they stress me out, but scenes and characters are lots of fun. I'm always a sucker for a good dragon picture.

Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom

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

I don't like printing pictures to colour so 99% of my projects are in books - and I don't like pulling my books apart so that's where my projects all live. Maybe one day I'll be brave and pull out a couple that I think are frame-worthy.

Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom

What's your favourite colour? 

I always seem to gravitate towards cool colours. It's actually really hard for me to use warm tones so it's something that I force myself to do, even if it's just for the sake of not using up all my favourite blues and greens! I love greeny-blues especially teal and aqua. A lush aqua really floats my boat.

Space blast from Color Me Crazy

Work in progress from The Tattoo Colouring book
You can find Erin on Instagram here. - 

Here are the books that Erin is colouring from.

Secret Garden

You can find out more at Book DepositoryAmazon US;
Amazon UK and at Mighty Ape 

Creative Haven Fantasy Designs

You can find out more at Book DepositoryAmazon USAmazon UK

Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom

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

Color Me Crazy

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

The Tattoo Colouring Book

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

Thanks Erin.

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