If you follow me on Instagram, you know of my paisley obsession! And, I've been working all summer on a dream project - a PAISLEY COLORING BOOK! For my wonderful publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, who published a book of my cartoons, "The Older I Get, The Less I Care." Since I was a kid, I've drawn paisleys for fun - and now I get to do them for you to color! The book is POSH COLORING BOOK: Paisleys for Fun & Relaxation, by Teresa Roberts Logan (that's me), and you can pre-order it now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, OR, get your local bookstore to order them! Order several, and plan a coloring party! I like coloring with Faber-Castell brush markers; they don't bleed through, and they come in an amazing array of beautiful colors! Aaaaaand here's the link to order my coloring book: http://www.amazon.com/Posh-Adult-Coloring-Book-Relaxation/dp/1449474209/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1440850326&sr=8-1&keywords=posh+coloring+paisley
I obsessively design, draw, and doodle paisleys, when I'm not cartooning, and I have for years. I have a fantasy about going to the PAISLEY MUSEUM in Scotland and just spending ridiculous amounts of time staring at paisleys (or IS IT ridiculous? I should make a plan!) This is a piece I'm working on currently - with a new Holbein gouache set I got at New York ComicCon (from Vermont Art Supply/HOLBEIN booth, on the main floor! It's always a great one.) The colors are SO deep and rich! AND the HOLBEIN gouache is smoooooooth. In a word: JUICY. I carry travel paints with me most of the time - a very minimal set, usually black and white plus one other color, usually red (this time blue). This travel set is an AVEDA eyeshadow compact I'm upcycling - it has a magnetic strip in the bottom, and these are beer bottle caps with gouache in them. I've added a tiny travel brush which fits in the case when it's closed. The silver pill bottle can carry a tiny amount of water, which is all I need when working with a limited palette (and it's easily changeable with a water bottle on hand, which I usually have anyway!)You could easily do this with any old compact, which has a metal bottom, by adding magnets to your beer, wine, or soda bottle caps.
This system also easily works with old ALTOIDS and MYNTZ and FISHERMAN'S FRIEND tins, as well :) If you follow me on TWITTER or INSTAGRAM, you've seen my concert drawings - this is a great system for that, too, easily takeable in a small bag. This past Wednesday I went to hear Daniel Lanois at The Hamilton DC and got some fun drawings from that - I always give them to the artists after. It's great figure drawing practice to draw musicians on stage (fun, too!)
In other news, please check out my MUSE CRUISE 2015 FACEBOOK page - we have a great group going so far, but plenty of room for more! I'm teaching Art Journaling, and the amazing writer Vicki Kuyper is teaching the writing (she's authored well over 50 books - for many publishers!) Art journaling, writing, and photography on the Caribbean. Some of my favorite things in the world, combined! You are welcome to sign up, details on our FACEBOOK page, and feel free to PM me with any questions!
In FURTHER other news, I've become obsessed (yes, I've overused that word today) with podcasts, particularly those from Nerdist Chris Hardwick (you might know him as the host of Talking Dead, the WALKING DEAD aftershow?) - they are frickin' hilarious, and great to listen to while I work. Yesterday, though, I had to lift my brush from my work because I was cackling too hard to keep it steady. So, it can be risky . . .
A big doe walked through our yard, and by my studio window this morning - so pretty and graceful! I'm pretty clumsy and clunky - so I really appreciate graceful animals. Speaking of which, Olympians blow my mind. I feel like I'm watching magic. Only I like it more. (The Olympics, not magic shows. Capiche?) Anyway, the one area I can achieve some gracefulness is in drawing and art - not always, but sometimes.
Here's today's doodle. If you read my blog regularly, you already know I'm obsessed with paisleys. And zombies. I do plan to combine the two at some point.
Thought note: I doodle paisleys all the time, and this one I did on the psych book page - this would make good jeggings :-) Tech note: Copic Sketch pen, Faber-Castell brush pen, and EBONY pencil by Sanford Design (very black graphite - blacker blacks than the usual #2 pencils) . . . love these pencils, and have for eons. I even bought a pencil extender to get every last drop of graphite out of these . . . this pencil is about an 2 inches long now, haha!