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Monday, November 5, 2012

Review of Carolyn Boettner's Coloring Pages

Many of you are aware of Carolyn Boettner's beautiful Zentangle®-Inspired Art.  And I'm happy to be introducing her work to those who haven't seen it before. (You can find her work on her Flickr site or at her Facebook Page Doodle Daze Designs)

Carolyn creates the most amazing ZIAs, and she is now selling coloring page sets of her work!  I was so pleased when I saw this, that I bought a set, and when I told her I'd be doing a review, she graciously offered a set for this giveaway (details below).




Carolyn has six sets of coloring pages available.  Each set includes a black and white sheet suitable for coloring and a full-color sheet, showing how she colored the work.  

Specs
Size: 8.5 x 11 inches (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Weight: 80# laser on the color prints & 67# Bristol on the B&W's.
Surface: Smooth but not glossy. 

Look and Feel
These sheets are light enough to be flexible, but heavy enough to be sturdy. I can bend a sheet (gently) so that the corners touch and there is no creasing, and I can stand one upright, holding it at the bottom, and the sheet stands up straight without collapsing.  They'd be easy to carry inside a PeeChee style folder or large envelope and sturdy enough to take some wear & tear.

The full-color sheets have a nice range.  There is a white border around them that isn't always even, but that can easily be covered by framing! I just wish Carolyn's signature was placed a bit higher so it won't be covered when I do frame them! Personally, I think these are worth the price alone.  

The black & white sheets have gray tones, so you already have shading.  Although, they're inviting to color, you may be tempted to leave them as is, just to have the artwork both ways. 

Performance
Before I started coloring my pages, I spoke with Carolyn a bit, and asked what she had tried on the paper.  This was her response...

"Sandra, I tested alot of different mediums on them ... I used Prisma, Tombow,& kuretake markers, the Prisma had bleedthru (like they do on everything) but none of the markers smeared the ink of the print ... I used Prisma, Derwents Colour soft, Derwents Inktense, Faber Castell watercolor pencils & General's Kimberly watercolor pencils ... I used a colorless blender brush pen with the Inktense & the watercolor pencils instead of a waterbrush or brush & water ... I also tested Sharpie & Bic markers for those who don't have the more expensive markers, they worked fine but had the same bleedthru which did'nt affect the coloring page on the front but I would want to lay down something to protect the surface below it. I think that's about it, oh, .. I did try Lyra colored pencils too, used them both dry & with my Tombow colorless brush marker ... I never use waterbrushes or brushes & water with my watercolor or Inktense pencils anymore , I love the way the respond to the colorless brush blender & they are really portable that way ... just have a separate piece of paper off to the side to run the brush over to keep from carrying it from one color to another, especially the dark ones."

Since, she had not used water that was the first thing I decided to try out.  

I whipped out my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and the color went down smoothly and richly.  These are water-soluable markers, so I used a waterbrush hoping to lighten and spread the color.  The water just soaked in, and made no difference to the color at all.  Once the wet spot dried, there was no indication it was there at all.

Since the color was a little darker than I wanted over all (something I've found with these markers in the past), I decided to use my Faber-Castell White Big Brush pen to lighten some areas.

I wasn't done with testing out the waters, though.




For my second page I used Luminarte's Twinkling H2O watercolors.  The color spread easily though I did need to keep my brush wet to keep it moving.  The paper did buckle and dimple as the paint dried, but I piled a few books on top overnight, and it flattened out with just the slightest of dimpling left.

The scan never picks up the glimmer of these colors, but they look fantastic. The heavily shaded areas of gray tone give a slightly greenish cast to the yellows.  I got some spotting of color on the back of the page so you'll want to have a craft mat or some protection underneath while coloring this way.

Satisfied that watercolor is an option, I moved on to Colored pencils.



Since the coloring pages are quite smooth, I wondered if they would have enough tooth for colored pencils, and indeed they do!

I was able to work up to four layers with no waxy build-up, and I could have continued had I desired to do so.  If you apply too much pressure rather than building up color with layers, you do get pencil marks (that is very common), but I found I could lift some color away with an eraser.

I was very pleased with the delicacy of the color.  Unfortunately, the scan lightened everything, especially the greens in the background.  There is far more definition of color than it shows here.

Overall
I decided to save the other pages for when I remind you about the giveaway! Coming up next--alcohol marker.

Based on what I've done so far,watercolor is fine, but you won't be able to get washes or to blend water-soluable media with water. (I need to get one of those colorless brush blenders!)

Color pencil works beautifully, buidling color nicely, and allowing highlights to be added by lifting color away. 

These pages are great fun.  You can use Carolyn's full-color pages as references or do your own thing.  Either way, you'll find her line work and fanciful twirls and whirls to be an inspiration!

Uou can purchase Carolyn's coloring pages at her website, 2nd Story Studio Designs.

The Giveaway-now closed

One winner will receive all 6 sets of Carolyn's coloring pages.


Comment on this post to enter.  Leave contact information. 
If you don't wish to leave contact information here, copy your comment, paste it into an email and email me at LifeImitatesDoodles@gmail.com.

Starts Monday 12:00 AM  PST 11/05/12  

Ends  Sunday 11:59 PM PST.  11/11/12
I'll announce the winner on 11/12/12.

Good Luck!

88 comments:

  1. What a great idea - I love them!
    Count me in please.

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  2. oohh very cool! something about zentangles i love. :)

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  3. I love the different perspective of these drawings. Would love to win some of them.
    Lynda

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  4. I recognise Carolyn's work by a thumbnail. These are also adorable. love 'n greetz, Ellen

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  5. OH, how much fun is this!!!! I loooove her work!!

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  6. These are beautiful and I love what you did with them. Great review! You can contact me through my blog at artfulori.com

    Lori Hamilton

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  7. Oh, these are gorgeous! I'd love to put my nAme in!

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  8. i really love her work! and she is such a sweet lady! Pls include me in the drawing!!! Courtney Prudhomme (cajunhillbillyhousewife on flickr - courtneymsp@gmail.com)

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  9. These are beautiful!! They look like such fun to color!!! Thanks for the chance to win a set!! Michelle

    michellebuschur@cox.net

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  10. These are truly gorgeous works of art. What a lovely idea to have a chance to win a set.

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  11. I'd love to win :) owllovingapril@gmail.com

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  12. Awesome giveaway. I'd love to win the coloring pages. Thanks for the opportunity. Just starting into "Tangles" so would love these for inspiration. Should I be the lucky one, please email me at bkisrael@gmail.com. Thanks again!

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  13. How fun these would be to color, I will try and win first then I will have to buy a set too!
    RudyTay@twcny.rr.com

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  14. Carolyn - I love your art . . . thanks so much for a chance to win these great coloring sheets! Holly Williams williamshj@aol.com

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  15. What beautiful work. And what an honor to be included in the giveaway. luvhymns@Comcast.net

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  16. This is cool. Count me in please and thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  17. Coloring is so relaxing. Brings back memories of coloring books and crayons and the hours I would spend as a child on Saturday mornings. Carolyn has brought this to a new level. Thank You Sandra for this giveaway. You can message me here on facebook.

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  18. You made these look so beautiful. Add me to those that want another set. hb lair at gmail dot com

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  19. Love Carolyn's work and would love to win a set.

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  20. Just lovely and so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Cari
    craboin at chartermi dot net

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  21. Carolyn's work is as amazing as her friendship!!! LOVE these. Sandra this review is great!!! I feel like I have held them in my hand already. Well done both to both my friends!!!

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  22. I love Carolyn's work and follow her on FB. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win these!

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  23. Absolutely beautiful work. Everytime you look at one you see something different. Thanks for the giveaway. Whoever wins them is one lucky person. sewkath@aol.om

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  24. Stellar work. I would be honored to be considered in the draw!
    JoHanna

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  25. I love Carolyn's artwork; she is truly an inspiration. Thank you for such a wonderful review, including the various media tests! That is so helpful! I would love to win these...katerothacker@me.com. Thanks for the chance.

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  26. Thank you Sandra. Carolyn has been such a generous and supportive friend on Flickr for some time now, and I am thrilled that she is coming into her own and being recognized for her incredible talent!! I would be so proud to own her coloring pages. Cheers, Joanna Grant (Zettangle aka JoannaBanana).

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  27. Oooooooo! I would really really really love to have these....

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  28. I love Carolyns work. She is a delightful person and AMAZING ARTIST. I look forward to logging onto facebook to see her new designs. I mean I used to doodle. But this is Wowowowowow. I cant afford the sets now as Im disabled and have been sick. But she is a dear and Said she would make sure they dont sell out on me. Im so excited to get a set for me and my daughter to share. There are still days when she and I sit and color, she is 21 and Im 42. Something about putting color on a page or a creation brings so much happiness and excitement. Please count me in for the giveaway. I would be honored to win. I shared your giveaway on my facebook. www.facebook.com/Kimberly.Idalski and I will share on my blog tommorow www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com . I cant wait to get my set and blog about her amazing work. Hugs to all and happy creating. Excited to see everyones colored designs. :) Kimberly

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  29. Thank you, Carolyn for such gorgeous pages. This is all news to me.....exciting news and I can't wait to have them, but winning them would be even more fun! LOL Thank you Sandra, for that opportunity, and thank you for a WONDERFUL review of the product!!! I'm already planning to use colored pencils....I think. :) Dorothy86@hotmail.com (Judi Gluck)

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  30. I love Carolyns doodles and colorings - I always check out her work - what fun it would be to play with your pages - It would be a great treat to win this set.
    Rodailey@yahoo.com

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  31. These are lovely. Consider me entered.

    webster@harbornet.com

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  32. Loving all of these wonderful tangles Carolyn....I would be honored and excited to be a winner, but I don't have a lot of the pens you mention:-(
    I only have watercolor pencils...I wish you all the best with your book :-)
    artyjules@gmail.com

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  33. Well Sandra you probably know already how much I love Carolyn's work and so want to be able to draw like her. I was thinking of buying them anyway as I want to see her work up close and personal and you know I love to color. I would love to win these, it would so make my zentangle life. LOL
    I am so glad she is giving you some to give away.

    Thank you for testing out her pages and both yours and her explanations of all you used on those pages. That is helpful when I do get mine, hopefully won, but anyway I can get them. :)

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  34. heck yeah, i'd love to have these coloring pages! and carolyn's notes on the coloring steps would be wonderful! here's my contact info -
    kenoly2000@hotmail.com
    thanks, sandra, and thanks, carolyn!

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  35. Thanks for the review. Esp like knowing about the watercolors.

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  36. Please consider me entered. I had seen these were available to purchase it is on my list. Love Carolyn's designs, especially once she has then colored, they are gorgeous. My contact info sms at enter dot net
    Thanks

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  37. I've just started zendoodling/zentangling. I am finding that I learn a lot by studying the work of others. Carolyn's designs are amazing & a great source of inspiration! I'd love a chance to see them 'in person'. One of my personal challenges will be to learn how to use color on the designs. My experiments so far have not gone well so I appreciate your detailed notes here.

    Please thank Carolyn for sharing her amazing art. Linda...

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  38. I would love to win Carolyn's beautiful art set! She is amazing! Jackiemirmina@gmail.com

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  39. Carolyn's style of doodles are so unique and she has done so much to bring more attention to this style of art that anyone should be proud to have a set of her drawings. Thank you for the review.

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  40. Gorgeous!! Count me in okami0731[at]verizon[dot]net

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  41. Her work is amazing. I'd love to win. http://suejacobs.blogspot.com/

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  42. Thanks for all the comparisons on the color.
    I would love to win too!
    barbiemav17@aol.com

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  43. Her work is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing this, I am new to her work. ccollins@fraser-law.com

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  44. Beautiful pieces of art...she did all the hard work..and we get to color..how wonderful and fun...would absolutely love to get a hold of some of these for my Grand-Daughter Karissa who I have been encouraging to pick up the art of doodle/zentangle.email me at
    pchildtristan@sbcglobal.net

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  45. These pieces are absolutely beautiful. You are an inspiration to me to improve as an artist whether it is in the drawing arena or any of the other things I try. Thank you.

    cherokee410@kc.rr.com

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  46. Oh, this is just such a beautiful artwork!!! You two are amazing!
    Thank you for the chance to win the pages.
    My contact email
    perennialgoddess@gmail.com

    my blog
    http://raymondesavoie.blogspot.ca

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  47. Her work is so wonderful. I would love to receive these pages.
    kimmmmeee@aol.com

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  48. OOOOOOOHHHHHH I so want to color these. g.a.s.
    http://myblogg-a-sart.blogspot.com

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  49. WOW!! These are fabulous!! I would love to win a set. Thank you so much Carolyn! And thank you, Sandra, for the detailed review.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    Sue Brailey
    wahini97 at yahoo dot com

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  50. These are so pretty! What beautiful designs. They make you want to crawl into them and not come up for air for days. Thank you for this opportunity. :)

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  51. Stunning! Excellent designs and fabulous colouring. Thanks for sharing them. x

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  52. These would be so much fun to do. Please add me to the drawing. jeanchaneyaz@gmail.com

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  53. Fantastic concept! I would love to win a set!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  54. Carolyn's work will be a wonderful gift to have. She has such a wonderful hand.
    scherbie fifty five at yahoo . com

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  55. These pages are breathtaking!! It would be an honor to win them ,

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  56. I love these designs! I'm just learning this craft and would love to have these to study!
    My email is stvan3 at comcast dot net.

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  57. Oh WOW!!! This is pretty cool! I would love to win also. Please enter me!
    klpich at aol dot com
    www.robinpich.blogspot.com

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  58. Oh, these are just gorgeous! I'm going to run over and look at Carolyn's originals also. I would love to be included in the drawing for the giveaway! Linda Selymes, sqlinda@comcast.net

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  59. Those coloring pages are wonderful! I have so many types of colored pencils I'd like to try, and also some twinks.

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  60. I've always loved Carolyn's work. It would be amazing to have a set of these. Count me in. kraftikim at yahoo dot com.

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  61. I love that you can look at these "tangles" and get lost in them. And no matter how often
    you look at them there's always something new to catch your eye. And the colours just
    make the pages come alive. Gorgeous work. crazee4books@hotmail.com

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  62. I sure would love to win a set of these! Carolyn is one of my favorite artists:) You can contact me at www.diannelemaystudio.com

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  63. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I love carolyns beautiful work and really appreciate your informative reviews. zenpen

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  64. Pick me!! Haha! These are so beautiful!! Contact info:
    Dawn Maurice
    williammaurice44@comcast.net
    Yay!

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  65. Lovely coloring pages! thanks for the great review sandra! and beautiful work as always. I was hoping you're do one with alcohol inks, but i might have to test that one myself ;) thanks for doing another giveaway. contact info ; miss.thundercat @ gmail.com

    xoxo Tarah

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  66. Quite Stunning!!!

    bemi9@yahoo.com

    would be wonderful since I am new at Zentangle, to try my hand at. I just love them!

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  67. so awesome.... i just saw where the were going to starting printing the doodle art posters from the 60-70 same ones no new one.....I want this soooo bad.

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  68. i just shared this post here
    http://www.scoop.it/t/artistic-line-designs/p/3272106405/reply-to-giveaway-carolyn-boettner-s-coloring-pages

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  69. Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    Lucy

    Violet1350@aol.com

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  70. Love coloring pages for the adult set!
    gracefuljourney at gmail dot com

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  71. I want to redo my bedroom to match your art work and put framed art on one entire wall. please. help me achieve it!

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  72. These colouring pages look amazing, and I love your colour work!

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  73. I absolutely love them! Exceptional!

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  74. I haven't had the nerve to try color on my ZIA's as yet. These are just begging for color! Lovely concept, and so nice that they come with an example of each colored by the artist.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

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  75. These are all wonderful. Even my husband admires them!

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  76. Again a great giveaway. One I would love to win ;)
    Ellen Gozeling
    info@kunstkamer.info

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  77. Whimsical, fanciful wonderment. OOOH, OOoooh, pick meee. ling7842@comcast.net Robin

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  78. Coloring can be just as 'zen' as tangling. These are wonderful. Mimi.Lempart@gmail.com

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  79. Dear Sandra
    What a wonderful, generous pair you and Carolyn are. Thank you both so much for making this giveaway possible. If I'm lucky enough to win, please contact me at ruby (at) opaltones (dot) com
    Best,
    Ruby

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  80. Wow! Do I ever love this! Thanks so much for the review and for the opportunity to win these wonderful coloring pages.
    Barbara Leonard
    stampkat1@cox.net

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  81. Beautiful work and great teaching pieces! Count me in!

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  82. These look like great fun! Thanks for the chance to win. I have begun to follow Carolyn on Facebook too.

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