The Making of A Coloring Book

I recently made my first coloring book and wanted to give you a behind the scenes look of how I made it.

First of all I want to let you know that you can now purchase a copy of my Adult Mindfulness Coloring Book on Amazon for just $15!

I created the coloring book for many reasons. I want to express my creativity and give people a fun way to express their creativity when alone or with others. I also want to help people relive their daily stress and anxiety that comes from living with COVID-19 as well.

There are many benefits to coloring, including mindfulness, relaxation, and stress-reduction. According to an article on CNN.com from 2016:

Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art

Kelly Fitzpatrick

I want to be able to help other people through my art and I discovered that my designs translate well to black and white outlines.

In order to create the designs for the coloring book, I first sketched them in pencil in my sketchbook, inked the sketches with a Micron pen, and then digitized them with Adobe Illustrator, as you can see the example below:

Mindfulness coloring book star

I hope you enjoy it. If you would like to sample the coloring book, I created a mini version with six shapes that is downloadable if you sign up for my newsletter to get updates. You can download it here:

I’m doing #The100DayProject Again!

2018 100-Day Project

Last year I did #the100dayproject and completed it! You can find out more about the general concept of the project at www.the100dayproject.org. In 2018 I made 100 pairs of earrings. I wrote a little bit about it here: http://carleyknight.com/art/a-new-direction/

Earrings I made for my 100-day project last year

you can find more of my earrings on my Instagram Account.

2019’s 100-Day Project

This year I decided to make necklaces. If you want to follow along, you can see my progress on my Instagram account: @CKnight_jewelry or Facebook page: @CarleyKnightArt.

Day 15 of 100

I hand make the necklaces using beads I repurpose from older pieces of jewelry, some of which are vintage. I usually get my pieces of jewelry from thrift stores or rummage sales during the summer. I then wire-wrap the beads and use chain and a lobster clasp to complete the necklace. I am really liking the results so far. I’ve been playing with shapes and color combinations.

Day 16 of 100

The reason why I’m doing #The100DayProject is mostly intrinsic motivation. I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck in a rut all winter and I have not been productive creatively. To be honest, looking back I was a little depressed. I wanted to express myself artistically and do something every day.

Day 20 of 100

When I heard that the 100-day project was starting up again, to be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to participate. I only decided on April 2nd that I would participate and would be making necklaces. Doing the 100-day project has awakened me creatively, I’ve started to paint and sketch again! More importantly, I’ve been feeling better too.

Day 13 of 100

Today is day 21 of my 100-day project and I’m really liking the results. Even though the reason I’m doing it is personal, I managed to sell 1 necklace so far! I mean, I would still be making my necklaces no matter what other people think, but it is nice to be validated in that way.

Day 11 of 100

Speaking of selling, I just created a shop on my site: carleyknight.com/shop you can find my jewelry listed there for sale. I’m still listing items, but you can check out my necklaces and bracelets.

Day 9 of 100

I’m looking to do more fairs and festivals over the summer, and am still looking for venues to sell, if anyone has any leads, please let me know. You can email at info@carleyknight.com

Day 7 of 100

I would appreciate it if you were to stop by my shop there and support me! Thanks for your time.

The evolution of a painting

I recently started a new painting and I wanted to show you a little behind the scenes sneak peek. I started off painting the background with a pallet knife with the color yellow (I don’t have a photo of the initial stages)

I sketched the outline of the design I wanted to paint and painted in the red in a first layer.

Then painted in the purple going out as a gradient. To the inner circle I added a lighter shade to make it pop more.

Lastly I expanded the variations of color going out to all three layers of purple. 

The painting is almost finished, all I need to do is to add more dimension to the red ribbon. What do you think of this painting? Am I headed in the right direction?

Art and Fear

I have come to realize that doubts and fears will always be with me, and that it’s how I deal with them and move forward that counts. Moving forward in the face of fear is a definition of courage.

The fear and doubt I feel are a sign of the resistance. They are a sign that I am moving in the right direction. I need to lean into the uncertainty, fear, and risk in order to live the life I want to lead.

There are different types of fear, fear of failure, the unknown, death, success, fear of making the wrong choice, etc. The only thing that they have in common is that they are all in my head. Fear isn’t out there, it is inside of me.

Right now my main focus is getting healthy, long-term I want to be able to support myself through my art and lead a life of adventure while making a meaningful impact on the world.

Daily I struggle with making the right choices, leaning into the fear and uncertainty, I often make the wrong choice, I’m not perfect, but I am moving forward.

I believe that focusing on my health has helped significantly. I am meditating daily, I’m up to 20 minutes. As a byproduct of my daily practice I am better able to recognize my thoughts and feelings while I have them.

 

 

Newest Pieces

I have been playing around in Adobe Illustrator a lot lately and I wanted to share my latest work with you. Here are the pieces I made with their original drawings next to them for comparison.

I’m not sure what to do with these pictures, maybe make some prints. Please let me know what you think and if you have any ideas for me, please comment below.

New Piece and show

Hello this is Carley, I’ve got some exciting updates for you, I am in the Warped show! The show runs from November 14th – 30th 2014. Here is a link if you want more info: Warped Milwaukee.  I also completed a new drawing! Here are some pictures of it as a work in progress:

work in progress #1
work in progress #1

Work in progress #2
Work in progress #2

And here it is as a finished piece:

My newest drawing
My newest drawing

Please let me know what you think of it.