I have been working on several projects over the past few months and one of them has finally hit the market! The Barn Quilt Coloring Book is now available.
This project was something totally different for me. First of all, it involved drawing instead of writing! But it felt like a project that worked nicely with my brand, despite the fact that it wasn’t like anything I’d done before. I never even thought of doing a coloring book! But, the company who is publishing the Home Design Doodle Book presented this project and we developed the idea together.
I first had to do a ton of research on barn quilts and traditional quilt squares. Since I live in Pennsylvania, a place where barn quilts are pretty commonly seen, I was familiar with them, but I didn’t know the history. (For those who don’t know what a barn quilt is, it’s a quilt square that is painted on a large piece of wood and hung on a barn. The idea is that several barns within a county display different squares and people can follow a route to see the full “quilt”. Does that make sense?)
Anyway, I always assumed that barn quilts were a historic thing, something that’s been around since the 1800’s, but it’s actually a recent “invention.” You can read about barn quilt history HERE, if you’re interested.
I had such a fun time designing the quilt squares, trying to be inventive, but rooted in traditional designs as well. Some of the designs are intricate, others are moderate, and a few are very simple. The idea is that you can pick the page depending on your mood or the amount of time you have for that coloring session! We also talked about the idea of kids wanting to color in “mom’s book”. Some of the simple pages would be perfect to “share” with your budding artists.
And within the quilt squares, you could get really creative and make your own fabric patterns. There is lots of potential!
Also included, are barn and farm scenes. Now, I didn’t draw those! They were hired out to an immensely talented freelance artist.
My ever supportive mom was so cute. She asked me what the best colored pencils were for her to buy, so she could color her copy properly. That made me smile. I recommended Prismacolor Pencils, by the way.
I’ll show some video previews on Facebook and Instagram over the next few days. You can purchase the Barn Quilt Coloring Book on Amazon and from other places where coloring books are sold. I’ll also list them in my online shop with the next sale if you’d like a signed copy.
Last night, the boys were at Awana, so I started another online art class. Between family, business, and church stuff, I’m busy, but I’m really trying to carve out some time for myself.
This class is on watercolor landscapes. It’s called “Close to Home: A watercolor landscape journey.” It’s timely, because I would really like to do some watercolor journaling while I’m in China. I practiced on tiny journal with thin pages to see how it worked and, even though it’s really not suited to watercolors, I was surprised how well it turned out!
So, I’m working on prepping a little sketch and watercolor kit I can fit in my carry-on. I also ordered a small Moleskine Watercolor Journal to take on my trip, but I’ll probably work in this one, too. There’s no pressure when the paper is cheap, right?
I am also going to start playing with oil paint. My friend, Katie, who worked with us last year as we were preparing for Lucketts, is an amazing artist and we’ve set up a weekly painting date, so she can teach me to use oils and we can do some painting together. She has a baby girl and twin boys in preschool, so she needs the adult conversation and creative outlet and I am hungry to learn more!
I’ll share how it goes…