Thursday, 20 October 2016

Meet Beth - 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 May - Erin
Check out Colourer of the Month for June - Kate
Check out Colourer of the Month for July - Lou
Check out Colourer of the Month for August - Amber
Check out Colourer of the Month for September - Jeff

Introducing Beth who lives in the United States.

From Romantic Country Book 3 by Eriy

What made you start colouring?

I liked coloring as a kid. I was that kid that believed that you had to outline each image and then color in.  I would say that if you didn't, it just didn't look right. I had a coloring book and crayons in college and I would color in and shade. At that time I had been in art classes for 7-8 years. I started taking art classes in 7th grade when I was 12 years old. I loved color and the creative process. I was accepted in a public High School for the arts in my hometown but it became increasingly clear that I had limited talents. I couldn't draw. Sadly, neither one of my children cared about coloring when they were little kids.
About 5 or 6 years ago I started searching the web for coloring books that would appeal to that missing creative, color loving adult. I saw mandala and geometric coloring books and truly wasn't interested. For me, the repetitive designs would have driven me nuts.
What I did do was buy a set of 72 Prismacolor Premiers and set to try and do something. It wasn't enough. I could not enjoy myself. I created a few "doodles" that were coveted by my family. 
While this was happening I joined a few coloring groups or pages. I suppose that was how Johanna Basford's Secret Garden popped up in my feed as "something your might like".
I ordered the book immediately. That was April 2015.

From Sommarnatt or Summer Evenings by Hanna Karlzon

Do you consider colouring to be an art?

I think that the "Art World" is a very snobbish arena. There are pencil, ink and pastel drawings, ceramics, sculpture, architecture, photography and others, so if you ask an artist in the life and creating for the purity of it, then no. But that isn't fair at all; many of the same 'artists' have a hard time looking at non traditional works as being "art", such as tattoos. 
And since I was taught under those standards, I have had a tough time seeing coloring as an art.
But how can it not be? There are insane colorists out there. The beautiful works are not something you just say, I am going to do and everyone can do it. And who's to say some of the very same colorists don't have other talents they never explored? Many colorists have a style, that you just see the finished page and say….oh, that's "so and so", I recognise his or her works anywhere.
So the short answer is, yes.

From Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

From Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford

What materials do you like to use?

Pencils. I am a huge fan of Prismacolors. I know that they can have a quality issue but I have had very limited issues and find that the outcome far exceeds the problems that people have faced. I hoard pencils though. I am currently using Prismas, Polychromos, Derwent Inktense, Derwent Coloursoft and my new love, Holbeins. I have had a lot of luck using blending solutions, specifically Zest It. Unfortunately I have found that it cannot be shipped into the US anymore, so I am going to be trying another solution as soon as I run out.

From Po Drugiej Stronie Snu by Karolina Kubikowski

From Color My Sketchbook 1 by Bennett Klein

Which is your favourite colouring book?

I don't have one. I think I have become increasingly choosy though. I do know that the book I am working on is my favourite until I am done with each coloring from it. 
Each book brings a different mood, or feeling I get, when I work with it. For instance, "Po Drugiej Stronie Snu" by Karolina Kubikowski makes me feel dark and introspective, and I have to use my Inktense in that book. But the "Romantic Country" books by Eriy are warm and welcoming, and it's like a cup of tea and a good selection of music is in order.
I am deeply infatuated with "Fantasia" by Nicholas F. at this moment. That book is fabulous.
I have a group of coloring friends who completely enable my obsession with a new book. I have a feeling I will need built-in shelves in the not so distant future!
But to be perfectly honest I will always wander back to Johanna Basford's books. Coloring in her books is like going home. And I am perfectly content colouring her inky creations.

From Íslenka Litakókin by the group Gunnarsbörn

Do you frame your finished colourings? Or display them?

No. I cannot bring myself to dismantle book. I like the idea that one day, say 50 or so years from now, one or two of my descendants will find the books packed away in a box in an attic. They will have that smell that only comes from years of dry, dusty storage. And they will sit on the floor and page through them and ask….who did these? And I kinda hope the stories will live on and inspire some unknown person, that I will never meet, to love color as much as me.

From Fantasia by Nicholas F.

What is your favourite colour?

YES, I love blues. I love to build the blues into inky indigos or splashes of water with swirls. But then again, there is something to be said about yellows and oranges, and the warmth they add to a picture.

From Fairy & Fantasy Art colouring book by Linda Ravenscroft

What advice would you have for other colourists?

Enjoy the process. Color for you. Do not compare your work, but love what you do because it is all for you. Join colouring groups and find one that you identify with. Share your work. 
Meet new people!!! Oh yes, meet new people. I have found that my colouring friends are special. We chat separately from the colouring groups. And we share things….time and ourselves.
I am in awe from having friends from all over the world.
Thank you for this opportunity - Beth.

Thanks Beth.

You can read all about "Johanna Basford's Busy Year" - here.

You can read the review of "Po Drugiej Stronie Snu"here.

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Here are some of the books that Beth is colouring from…..

Romantic Country 1 by Eriy

My review is here.
You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Romantic Country 2 by Eriy - releasing in December

You can preorder it at - Book Depository;

Romantic Country 3 by Eriy - releasing May 2017

You can preorder it from - Book Depository;
Amazon US;  Amazon UK

Sommarnatt or Summer Evenings by Hanna Karlzon

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon UK;   Amazon US

Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

You can buy it at - Book Depository;   Amazon US;
Amazon UK

Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Po Drugiej Stronie Snu

You might be able to buy it at - Book Depository;  Amazon US;  Amazon UK

Linda Ravenscroft's Fairy & Fantasy Art

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;  Amazon UK

Color My Sketchbook 1 by Bennett Klein

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Reviews and Posts from last week

The Joy of Giving; Daria Song - review is here.


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