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The Maze Gets Color

After a week of now and then contemplating my spread, I was finally ready to add color. At first, I just colored the flowers, leaves, and swirls. It was amazing! The paint loaded perfectly onto the brush, my hand was steady, and the surface took the paint so smoothly! I was in a state of excited calm - in short, the flow!

(By the way, I used Golden fluid acrylics and the paper was covered with a layer of Liquitex Matt Medium.)

Then it seemed unfair to leave the mice without paint, so I did them too. But I wasn't done yet! I was determined to have fun with color, and that's exactly what I did. I used a few of my Neocolor II water-soluble crayons and some drops of alcohol ink.

I'm so happy with the result! It's bright and warm, cheery and sweet. Just what I needed, and maybe you did too.

I fooled around making a little video tour of the spread.

And here's a close-up look at the most playful of the mice. She's really into those swirls. Maybe she actually made them herself! She's at least playing with them.

And here's the calmest one. He's just enjoying being surrounded by beautiful things.

Meanwhile, this little chubby girl is contemplating playing like her sister, but she must gather her strength first.

I hope they'll be happy in my art journal, and that you've enjoyed seeing them. I'm often inspired by how much one can do with pencil.

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Stephanie Hardy
Stephanie Hardy
Jul 08, 2023

too cute!


Nancy W. Johnson
Nancy W. Johnson
Jun 29, 2023

Another beautiful spread Kaaren! I enjoyed seeing this sweet layout with your cute little mice. They are one creature that I don’t like co- habituating with, though! 😀


Jun 28, 2023

I love how you tell about your process. The coloring adds so much to this already wonderful piece. I look forward to your offerings and your thoughtful approach. And the tips you give on how to do it!

Chris Husted


Jun 28, 2023

Oh Kaaren - you are such a hoot. One is always amazed at how much YOU can do with a pencil 😉 Just sayin ... But, I am getting better. Better than I was a year ago. 🤣 Some little kids even think I do quite well. 😂 I absolutely love love love your emails and your work. Thank you so much for sharing. It always gives me inspiration and something to aspire to 😍

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