Laurie Beauchamp – An artist in detail

laurieLaurie Beauchamp is has recently released her new book Teacup Treasures. It’s an adorable collection of fuzzy little (and not so little) creatures hanging out in teacups. She also has a beautiful book, Dazzling Dragons with an incredible array of dragons both large and small rendered in incredible detail for our coloring pleasure.

Laurie is a bakery manager, and spends 48 hours at work per week. In her spare time she decorates wedding cakes. On top of this, she draws and paints commissioned murals in children’s rooms. I am in absolute awe at her ability to fit in drawing let alone create such beautiful and detailed images with such a crazy schedule.

weddingcakeLaurie has three cats, Bellybutton, Loki and Porkchop, who she draws with. They keep her company when she’s drawing through, not when she’s decorating cakes… They love icing and can’t be trusted.


What do you like to do when you’re not drawing?

finalbellybutton2I live in Michigan in the USA. In the summer months I like to swim and garden. I love to draw my flowers and birds and bugs. Lots of nature in my yard. So I’ll look at a flower and let my imagination take over when I draw. I draw when I am at home to relax. It’s very relaxing to me.

How did you get involved with Global Doodle Gems?finalloki

I belong to a few pen and ink groups. Maria Wedel seen my drawings and asked me if I would like to be part of Global Doodle Gems. I agreed. At first I altered the way I drew to adapt for the coloring books but it just wasn’t me, so I put the details back into my drawings and I was happier going back to my style of drawing.

What has been your favourite coloring book project? Dazzling-Dragons was my favorite project with Global Doodle Gems. It took me a long time to complete that book because of all the details that went into the drawings. On an average each drawing took anywhere from 25 to 40 hrs to complete. I would start drawing when I came home from work and I would sometimes draw all day on my days off. Once the pen gets on my hand it’s like I’m in a zone, a world of my own. Because there are so many details in my drawings I need to take lots of breaks to give my eyes a rest.

What’s coming up next for you?

book-of-handsI’ve started a new book of hands for my next project.

Thank you so much for sharing some of what you do. We have loved learning about your creative process and your incredibly crazy busy schedule. We are looking forward to seeing your new book. And thank you so much for sharing this beautiful preview (can I share the preview you sent me with a watermark?), as well as one from Dazzling dragons with us (you can find this on our facebook page).finalporkchop

You can see more of Laurie’s work in the Global Doodle Gems volume 3 and 6, Halloween volume 1 and 3, the Valentines volume 1, Christmas volume 1 and the upcoming volumes 15 and flower fairies.

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Craftsy courses – October Sale

carftsy imageFor any coloring book artists or colorists who would like to take a little course in drawing or versatile techniques in color pencil use, Craftsy offers a number of online courses. This weekend they’re offering a really good deal. All their courses will be priced under $20.00.

Have a look at their huge range of courses that are relevant to artists and colorists alike. Offer available from Friday 28th October to Monday 31st October 11.59pm MT.



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New Releases – October 24 – 30

Oh this is a gorgeous week for new releases! I was hard pressed to choose only three…. But I’m sticking to my guns and this is what our picks are for the last full week of October.

First of all I was tempted by the David Bowie Retrospective, however on closer inspection it seems a little disappointing. It feels like a bit of a play on the whole creepiness of his music and art right now when it’s so close to Halloween. So by all means if you’re a fan and you just have to have every Bowie piece of paraphernalia you can get your hands on, go ahead… otherwise, there are some much more exciting books newly available this week (in my opinion).
The one who started it all Johanna Basford is releasing her BEAUTIFUL Christmas book in October. Johanna’s Christmas: A Festive Coloring Book for Adults is a total must have for Basford fans, and will give you enough time to color and display her work for the festive season.

This beautiful offering My Wondrous World: Enchanted Winter Adult Coloring Book is a lovely look at the cold, snow covered fields, sweet wintery mandalas and patterns and enchanting forest creatures. It has also been recommended to me by one of our readers, the lovely Stephanie V who has all four of this artist’s books. It has a pseudo Christmassy feel to it, but that’s fine with me.. I’m on the countdown to the holidays!

And this one is just lovely. There’s nothing particularly exciting or innovative, it’s just beautiful images that you can color easily for a pretty special outcome. Check out National Geographic Magnificent Animals: An Adult Coloring Book

What’s on your wish list this week/ month/ year?


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Carol Mayer – An Artist in Nature

carolwithcatCarol is a Canadian coloring book and page artist who lives in the country with her husband, five cats and her husband’s dog. Her environment is a clear and direct influence on her work, being surrounded by an incredible array of natural wonders, fauna, flora and fossil related. Most of her work includes animals, both of the wild and domestic variety.



When she’s not drawing, Carol can be found gardening, fishing, hunting and rock hounding (I had to look that one up – finding an collecting fossils or geologically interesting rocks). Living in Northern Alberta, the four to six months of the year when things are covered in snow, make their spectacular greenhouse where she starts her flowers and vegetables, and her straw bale house a welcome and essential haven.

We asked Carol to share some of the details of her coloring journey and inspiration.

When did you start drawing?

I began to draw horses at about 5 years old – they were awful of course! I always painted a bit, and then last year my daughter-in-law sent me a link to someone’s zentangles, and the rest as they say is history. I put some on my Etsy store, Canadian Art Beats and they began to sell. Out of the blue a publisher from the States (Castle Publishing) and Eyfalia/ Quadratwasser Publishing contacted me to do coloring books about dogs. I found Global Doodle Gems, asked to join and Maria graciously accepted me. It is a home for me! I have submitted work for every volume that I possibly can.

Where do you draw (and with who, if anyone)?carolsgarden

My studio is a love seat shared with my kitties. We live in a straw bale house and I’d love to have a ‘proper’ studio. Someday hopefully!

Do you prefer coloring or drawing?

I don’t color at all well so I’m so very glad there are fantastic colorists with Global Doodle Gems who bring life to my drawings. My next book ‘Sit, Stay, Color’ will be colored and shared by video when it’s released.

What’s next in drawing for you?

shared-with-permission-ofI have many more ideas for books and will get back to work on my Etsy store which has been neglected while I worked on the books. I have an individual book of animals coming out soon, and another of Alpha Cats almost done. This one was inspired by my cat Juno who has a very long tail that makes the perfect letter P, S, C and J.


You can see Carol’s beautiful work on her Etsy store, Canadian Art Beats, inpolarbear the Global Doodle Gems Halloween and Christmas collation. Her two new individual books “Sit, Stay, Color” and “Alpha-cats” featuring cats and dogs will be published by GDG and available soon. We’ll keep you updated when it comes out.

You can connect to her facebook page here

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Lynn Excell – An artist in community

I first became aware of Lynn’s Excell’s work through her contribution to the Global Doodle Gems group collaboration coloring books. I reached out to her through my blog and her incredibly detailed answers to my interview questionslynn today reveal an artist with a huge range of interests and a commitment to sharing her love of art with family, friends and strangers alike.

Lynn lives in rural Essex in the South East of England with her two adult sons, her two Guinea pigs, Apple and Cinnamon, her two cats, Crumble and Custard, and her dog Beatrice.

One of Lynn's pets, Custard the catLynn went to art college but didn’t complete her studies, and has only returned to it in the last few years. She enjoys a huge range of arts and crafts including pastels, painting, crocheting, embroidering, photography and colouring with a wide range of mediums especially her favourites, Faber Castell Polychromos. She has a voracious appetite for learning diverse (and sometimes obscure) art and craft skills including basket weaving and wig making.


Lynn’s love of people, community and art makes her the perfect fit for the Idea’s Hub. Her involvement in this remarkable place has led to setting up a coloring club, joining a local art society, participating in a nationwide art project, and being commissioned to create an artwork for the ideas festival to be completed by the local community.

Lynn Excell's collaboration with her son

We asked Lynn some questions about her life and her art to get to know a little bit about what makes this inspiring, connected, community spirited artist tick.




How and when did you start drawing?

As I suspect with many artists, I starting drawing at a very young age-I love drawing fashion designs and my dream was to become a designer. As a child, my paternal Grandmother was very arty and would help me make pictures of lovely lady’s dresses with the coloured wrappers from sweets. My life journey has taken me a few twists and turns, but I’ve finally come back to the thing I love.

How did you get involved with the collaborative project, Global Doodle Gems?

I asked Maria if I could advertise my etsy shop lynniexDoodles in her Global Doodle Gems group and she asked if I would be interested in becoming one of thelynnie_etsy-image artists for the collaboration. Her idea was so unique, I had to get involved. The idea of being amongst other artists from around the world with different styles and ideas was such an incredible one, and I have absolutely never every regretted it. I have made new friends that I have never met in real life from the other side of the world, and been so inspired by them. We have a unique relationship, our lovely collaboration, and I’m am so, so grateful to Maria for making it happen.

What inspires you when you’re drawing?artjournalcanva

My inspirations come from everywhere. But if I have a theme, I have to try to think/research into the background of the theme-it’s not enough to me to draw the obvious, even though that may be the most commercially obvious thing to do. A LOT of my time is taking up in researching and deciding on how something should ‘sit’ on a page. If I didn’t put so much effort in and just ‘churned’ out drawings, it would no longer hold interest for me. Art and craft are part of me and the way I relax-I can’t imagine a day of not doing something along those lines.

Where do you draw?

I usually draw whilst on the sofa at home, but often get stopped by my dog (who is still a puppy!) or my cats, so I do have an art/craft section of my living room with a lovely big curved desk and a wall of shelving to hold all my things. The desk is big enough for me to have my drawing things, my laptop and my new large screen monitor, to use with my wacom tablet to ‘clean up’ my images. I prefer to draw alone-I become so immersed in my drawing that I wouldn’t be able to do it with others. I keep promising myself that I will one day take my drawing board and pencils to my local wood as being amongst the trees would be my choice for a perfect, calming studio.

What’s next in drawing for you?

punkrockercanvaNext in drawing for me is to finish my designs for my individual book. I am working on a book of the colourful characters I knew ‘back in the day’ when I hung around with a group of mainly punks. They have very kindly given me permission to use images of them back then to base my designs on. I’m hoping to promote it particularly to my local area, but it will have appeal to all.

I also have an on-going project of a reading book (don’t we all?!) and I’ve started forming the ideas behind it. It is about a very adventurous steampunk ferret called Montgomery Silk, and I will be doing the illustrations for it too.

Alongside that, I will be doing designs for Global Doodle Gems and I’m sure to be involved in some more community type events, as well as taking part in some art exhibitions.

Thank you so much for sharing some of your work, ideas and projects with us. We hope you’ll keep us updated on your novel and your exhibitions so we can share.

You can see more of Lynn’s work in her Global Doodle Gem books, both collaborations and individual.

She will be hosting a session at the Chelmsford Ideas festival on October 24th 2016. You can book tickets and see what other great events they have on their website.

You can see her individual pages for sale on her etsy shop LynniexDoodles and can follow her on her facebook page.


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Great British bake off

Since the relatively new release (in Australia) of our free to air television channel food network I have been obsessed with cooking shows. I can’t get enough of them. One of my favorites is the Great British Bake Off.

I just found this Great British Bake off coloring book online, and it’s adorable. Not only does it have baking images in it, they’re images of bakes that I remember from the season I just watched (not necessarily the latest season).

If you like baking and want to check out some other cute baking coloring books, we have collected a whole bunch on one of our categories pages.


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Halloween Coloring books and Pages

There’s still time to get that Halloween fix before the date actually arrives. If you’ve got nothing spooky to color and you’ve been itching to get your fingers onto a creepy tome, here are some slightly different ideas for you:

misfits-coverA whole lot a big eyed zombie dolls. The images are deceptively simple, with quite a lot of undetailed space for you to add your own creepy touches.
Misfits – A Coloring book



menstrous-mandalas-coverMonstrous Mandalas by Christina McAlister – mandalas featuring mummy’s, witches, skulls and Godzilla, among other things.
Monstrous Mandalas




enchanted-halloween-coverEnchanted Halloween which is a much sweeter little book. Cute girls being just a little naughty when they’re getting their Halloween kit on.
Enchanted Halloween

Or if you just want one or two pages to tide you over to the rapidly approaching Christmas season, these are beautiful and instantly downloadable.

markieanncreativecoverSkulls and pumpkins are intricately and delicately woven into gorgeous pictures in this pack by MarkieAnnCreative


MindfulResource has some of the most intricate and adorable spooky coloring pages I’ve seen. There is so much tiny detail, these guys are going to take you a WHILE to complete, but at the end you’ll have your own “where’s Wally?” image.


lizzylovefrankensteinAnd what Halloween coloring session would be complete without the iconic Frankenstein. Lizzie Love of OddBallArtCo has an adorable Frankenstien complete with a teenage scowl and a boyband hairdo.

I hope you find something among these little treats that tickles your fancy.

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Three minutes with Paula Pertile – The Knitting Sampler

We were lucky enough to have Paula Pertile who drew the knitting sampler agree to interview with us. She works as a busy freelance illustrator and has a lot of different projects on the go. She came up with the idea of drawing knitting on her own and has been having fun turning it into another facet of her illustration business.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not drawing or coloring?nail-art

I enjoy knitting, cooking or taking care of my cats. I have six cats, Saachi, Charlie, Phyllo, Willow, Ben, and Tracy. All boys. All ages, from 17 down to 3. They keep me busy! As for the cooking, actually I like baking best: cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate torte cakes, and stuff like that.

What inspires you to draw?

I’ve drawn and colored since I was a kid, it just came naturally to me. I’m inspired by food a lot, and knitting of course, and sometimes a costume and patterns.

What is your favourite medium to color with and why?

color-pencil-drawing-shared-with-permission-of-the-artist-paula-pertileI love colored pencils the best. They allow for so much control and you can layer up colors to get the effect you want with no messy paint!


What are you working on for your next project?

I’m working on the next knitting coloring book with mostly fair isle patterns in gray scale, and although it’s way behind schedule, I am hoping to have it done soon, for holiday gift giving!

paula-pertilePaula’s first knitting coloring book – the knitting sampler is available from amazon. She also has a lot of beautiful individual downloads available through her etsy shop. If you have or are interested in Debbie Macomber’s Come Home to Color, you can see two of Paula’s BEAUTIFUL pages featured. You can see (and order) her custom work on her website. And if you’re a cat lover, you HAVE to check out her upstairs/ downstairs tabbies.


Thanks so much Paula for sharing a little bit about yourself. We’ll make sure to keep an eye out for your new book and announce when it’s available.

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Halloween coloring

We’ve uploaded a new Halloween coloring page for our birthday month.
We loved the idea of our other merfolk children dressing up in Halloween costumes and turning up on our front doorstep!
Please share our free page, and show us what you do with it.
We’re happy for you to use and print it as many times as you like, as long as you credit us for the drawing (

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Derwent metallic water soluble pencils

IF you’re looking for a bargain, the Derwent metallic water soluble pencils 12 set are currently on sale at $9.03 which is a really good price.

Just saw this on Amazon, and not sure how long the price will stay there (you never know with these things do you? and inevitably by the time you talk yourself into buying them, you have to fork out full price because you missed the sale by 26 minutes or something stupid like that!)

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