Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book

 

My Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book is coming along great. I’ve been thinking about what I like to color and now to focus on what will inspire other. I’m thinking special events, holidays, and word catchy ideas.

I’ve finished most of the drawings and now to start some embellishments to give the drawings a unique flair. I want my Whimsical Art Queen Coloring Book to inspire the use of bold colors.

 

 

I feel creativity is the key to seeing beyond the page and add the artist touch to my drawings. I am more of a Pop Art artist and that gives me an edge to almost child-like coloring pages. I have researched some of the coloring books and the dark areas of most pages don’t appeal to me. My idea is to give my book art for framing or place on their walls to bring joy. I’m dreaming this would be the ultimate reward.

My Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book is a work in progress but it’s full-filling my need as an artist. I love color and drawing from that I can visualize the pages. Come back soon and even give me advice, I welcome it.

Artist in training,

Doris

Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Pages 2

Feeling blessed and happy with a vacation coming next week! It will be relaxing and fun with our family together and enjoying the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida. My plan is to sit on the beach and dream of getting my Whimsical Art Queen Studio Coloring Book plan of action complete.

flocks of flamingo
flocks of flamingos encourage relaxation for me….

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Inspiration Project Completed

InspirationI am so amazed and happy my Inspiration Art project, 5 canvas painted with acrylic paints is completed!

Another goal, another dream of being a better artist. You have to keep believing you can accomplish any goal you set out to do!

 After much research, this was the art I felt spoke to my heart. I love the violin and it had a real meaning to me. I once worked at an elementary school and took violin lessons along with the students. I wasn’t very good even with private lessons. I wish I could be as good as Winslow Davis as he played at Bridgestreet Town Center, Huntsville, Alabama.

Here is my inspiration from the art I found on Light In the Box.

Whimsical Wall Art

Whimsical Wall Art

I would love to hear from all of you. Believing in yourself is the ultimate of loving yourself before you can love others. God has blessed me and I like to share my blessings with you!

Please leave comments and let me know how my Inspiration Art compares to the original inspiration.

Wonderful having you on my blog!😍

Doris

Self Publishing Part 3

Self Publishing Part 3

Are you ready to move on with Self Publishing Part 3? I am here to tell you Rome wasn’t built in a day! You must buckle down and focus on the end result. Make lists with daily points to complete. I would not make that list too long. Many times we all are anxious to get the job done but lose ourselves because it overwhelms us. I set a goal of completing certain areas of book writing on a weekly basis. Don’t let yourself fall into a slump, it’s time to get real.


I Think I Can!

                        Self-Publishing

Focus-Focus-Focus

1-Focus on illustrations – this may be illustrations you draw, select from various friends or the internet, or need the help of a professional. Don’t make the mistake thinking you can do it by yourself. Don’t forget to get permission and a signed contract to use the images in your book. You will also need a bio page of your preferred illustrator.

2-Focus on your book contents page – arrange your chapters with a focus on the reader instead of the author. Chapters require a flow of information to give the reader an easy guide throughout the book.

3-Focus on quotes – quotes from famous people can give your book a sense of ownership and enhance the book tremendously.

4- Focus on costs– a very important part of the book writing process. Talk with your advisor and get a detailed list of items required to complete your project. Don’t just assume the company will cover costs such as, book cover, copyright, etc. Research and research your options.

5- Focus on distribution costs will rise with many attributing factors such as design elements, color illustrations, and selecting a kindle version. I hope by now you did your research and are on your way to having your book cost under control. Yes, things will come up but keep your head focused on costs.


Self Publishing Support

I encourage you to be creativity and get the assistance of your friends and family. Especially let them know you’re in your final days of being a self published writer. Others being behind you and supporting your efforts will give you a rush to help you feel accomplished. I visited a site that inspired me and I think you will be happy with a post of this kind too,  book writing .

I congratulate you as a writer and let’s keep in touch. I hope in some small way I have given you tools to be inspired. Self publishing is a goal that is obtainable. My post, Self Publishing Part 3, contains 5 areas to focus on and complete on your way to become the best writer of year!

Sending inspiration, Doris aka Queen Rose

Self Publishing Part 1

I Think I Can

I Think I Can!

 

Self Publishing is our topic and I am sharing my experience and with all who keep reading.

Maybe you think you will never be able to gather all the research needed. Sometimes it crosses your mind but maybe you don’t have the confidence to forge ahead. It is a over-whelming task unless you take it step-by-step. Begin to rethink the idea. Tell yourself, “I Think I Can self publish.”  I’m here to help you begin. Many other bloggers have excellent blogs with information that can get you on your way.  I’ve been in your shoes. I learn to focus on step 1 and it taught me to realize my potential. Now I want to pass it on!

Steps to consider prior to Self Publishing Part 1:

  1. Do you have a story to tell that will give the reader pleasure?

  2. Are you aware of costs involved to self publish your book?

  3. Will you give your time to make your dream come true?

If you answered yes to these three questions go to Part 1.

Quick Notes

  • Find a room or hide away where you can write and be free from distractions.

  • Purchase a journal or notebook and special pen. ( maybe a pencil is the best choice)

  • Make sure you have good lighting for long periods of writing.

  • Keep a note pad on your night stand. Thoughts come to you when your mind is going over the events of the day.


Self Publishing Part 1

Several ideas come to mind to help you get started. Start research on self-publishing and especially for a rebuttal self-publishing company. There are many companies to choose from with various plans available to help you throughout the process. With so many available, you need to view their credentials and background before you decide. My choice was Outskirts Press  . I know Amazon and others now are in the business too. All it takes is research, research

  1. Begin to write your story with either the use of pen and paper. You might want to use a feature on the internet also.

  2. If you are writing your memories then talk with family members to get their perspective on relatives and events.

  3. A title is very important part of your book. Just think about a catchy phrase to lure your readers. It can wait for you to discover one that fits your . If you have one selected, I suggest you request a copy right to secure it from being used by another author.

  4. Research the internet for a self publishing company to handle your writings. This is an important step and please do read the fine print. You want to own publishing rights!

  5. Engage an illustrator to produce your images and front cover. (You may want to use selections pre-made with your publisher)

  6. Look for photographs or images that speak to you and convey your message.

  7. Make a list of your chapters to be included in your Contents page.

  8. Research images and photographs for your book. Gather some old and new and maybe even some funny ones to give your book humor.


A Self Publishing Company is a great choice on your way to become an author.

I hope you will continue to follow my blog and the second part will be featured in my blog next week. Keep trying to follow your dreams and believe in yourself. I know you too will begin to say,

“Self Publishing is for me!”

Keep your dream alive! Doris

Crafting for the Soul!

I came across a study, actually my boss sent it to me, about the effects of crafting and how it can be beneficial to you. I feel it carries a lot of weight when you think about the hours spent on a hobby or business and you get self-absorbed in blocking the world out. I know crafting helps me personally when I feel down, depressed, or otherwise not myself. I hope you will find this article inspiring.

“It’s okay to do your craft, anytime, any day.”the Queen said so!

Some highlights are:

  • Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say it is a good way to increase activities.
  • It may also ease stress, increase happiness by releasing neurotransmitter called dopamine.
  • Leisure activities such as reading and crafting may protect brain from aging, study finds this to be true.

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Touch of Whimsy – Life is real good!

It’s bold colors and a touch of whimsy that I like to paint, draw, scribble or anything that has a pencil, pen, or paint brush as a media of expressing my creativity! I have tried various art forms and like acrylic painting the best. I hope I can jump-start your creativity to a higher level. Keep checking back for ideas and weekly updates. I like to create products, whether paintings or crafts almost every day. I go out into my Queen’s Studio and feel inspired to use my hands in loads of different projects.

How many of my audience have animals that are dear to your family? I’m sure at one time or another we all can relate to a precious puppy or kitty from our past even.  I have a darling kitty, Bootzi. I might try to paint her one day. I think a painting of her would be fun.


For our project, Life is real good!”,  I want to give you some insight about the subject. My niece, Lisa, has 2 dogs that have been apart of her family for the past 10 years or longer. She carries Riley, the Bison, to bed at night and he sleeps at the foot of the bed with her and her husband. Along with Riley, there is another dog, Blank, he is a Heinz 57 variety. Both dogs are well-mannered and fit in with their family lifestyle. They are both getting pretty old and don’t seem to like change.

Knowing how much my niece and husband loves their dogs, I wanted to give them a fun canvas art with a touch of whimsy. Her birthday was the special time to get creative.  I gathered my canvas and brushes and thought about the words I wanted to add for a fun approach. I toyed around with several different sayings before I stumbled uponLife is real good!”

  • I wet my brush and do a quick wipe on my paint rag. I select the colors prior to starting so I dipped my brush in the yellow acrylic paint. I wanted to split the painting up so I used 3/4 of the area.
  • I let the yellow dry and wet my brush a second time to dip it into the blue paint. The colors of yellow and blue are pleasing to the eye.
  • After the acrylic paint dry, I free-handed a tree in brown for the trunk and green topper.

Now it is time to add a touch of whimsy with the drawing of Riley and Blank. I like to free-hand most of my art that way I can cover my mistakes easier. I try to control the area I paint so that I can cover up mistakes quickly (the great thing with acrylic paints, you can control your brush if you add medium ) I don’t use a stencil or graph paper on this canvas because I want it to look fun and silly. I am a master at silly, I’ve been that way all my life.

  • I use my white acrylic paint with small strokes while visually checking out the post on Facebook Lisa sent me. I try to make it realistic but with a touch of whimsy added.
  • I stop to view my project and decide to use colored beanies for the top of the dogs heads. I think it is a fun addition. Plus a quote, “Cheese please”, both dogs love cheese.
  • Painting the larger dog, Blank, I use black acrylic paints for his spots and ears. His face is more defined and harder for me to imagine. You can see the stupid look on his face.
  • I finally decide that I need to add a quote, “Life is real good”, how could it be any better for a dog’s life than to live in the house with my niece, Lisa, and her hubby, Bubba.

 

Life is good!

Life is good!

Lisa is holding the painting, and showing it to Riley and Blank. She sent this to me and I thought it was adorable. I hope you go away with a small sampling of my art work and maybe even a few laughs along the way. Come back next time  for another story about my art paintings.

Hugs, Queen Rose

Pallet Projects

I am all about the new-found crafts and decor for my home and wanted to get some help using old pallets found at various department stores. I thought I would be able to cut them apart and make just about anything I wanted to. Oh yeah, that was before I tried but soon realized the project was harder than I had time for. I am head strong thinking I can do anything. I had to give in on this diy project. I enlisted the help of my nephew and he built me a love seat, chair, and coffee table for our deck. I got some cushions and made it a little more comfortable. I have enjoyed the pallet furniture for some time. I need to buy some Thompson’s Water Sealer to protect the wood and will do that in the next couple of weeks.

Pallet furniture

Pallet Furniture

Painted Pallets

Painted Pallets

After a few weeks and lots of sunshine, I decided to use Behr Deck over paint to give my pallet outdoor settee and chair a coat of turquoise paint. I really like how it turned out and went out and bought a light color, yellow, to give the pallet furniture a chic look.


WALLS OUT OF PALLETS

My next project with the pallet crates I did was to use them on the walls of The Queen Studio. I used my son’s air compressor and his nail gun to shoot them up on the walls. Some of the boards had to be cut with a saw to make them fit but mostly all the boards worked like a puzzle. I took my time and wanted it to be special. I spent about 2 weeks working the layout and even standing on a garden table to complete the walls. My husband hung a pallet shelf that I really like. It holds all kinds of garden items. I added a peg board painted turquoise to match my decor. I laid tile squares of black and white in a checkered design like Mackenzie-Child. I love giving the studio a touch of whimsy look. I hung wind chimes, shelves, and art work to complete the look. I loved how it turned out and it was a fairly simple project. The results are amazing and I would do it again.

pallet walls

Pallet Walls in The Queen Studio

Pallet Walls

Pallet walls in The Queen Studio


BAR OUT OF PALLETS

My third project was using an old door I had left over from the studio project to make a bar. My friend, Kathy, 2nd Chance Furniture on Facebook, found a similar one we both liked. We decided to use old pallets for the sides with a drawer and rollers. Kathy is a genius and I love working with her. She designed the bar to have a working area that could be lifted off for a tray. She cut out a hole for a stainless bowl for ice, fruits, etc. I purchased a small refrigerator for the open area. My husband and I will enjoy having cool drinks when we are gardening or just kicking back on the deck.  I love the bright colors that match my studio so I had painted it have red and turquoise. Love, love, love my pallet projects. I think the touch of whimsy brightens my world.

pallet bar

Making the bar from pallets.

pallet bar

Pallet Bar for
The Queen Studio


Queens Thoughts

I even made some shelves out of the pallets. I used my skill saw and cut the pallet apart and it gives you two shelves for storage. It’s amazing the things you can make in a short time. Pallet projects is the way to go. Check out Painted Furniture for ideas working with pallets, it’s awesome.  Pallets are wonderful project supplies. I learned to use a skill saw, nail gun, compressor. I think we all can learn valuable lessons when we forge ahead and try new things. Life is about learning and using what we learn to share with others.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” – Robert Schular


Enjoy life!  Doris aka Queen Rose