I’ve been having a LOT of fun with my new Strathmore® designs for Watercoloring. Each of the pads feature eight different pre-printed Zenspirations® designs on Strathmore’s 140 lb, cold press watercolor paper. There are three different sets of themed outlines: Nature Designs, Flower Designs, and Abstract Designs:
The 5”x7” size makes them easy to frame or turn into a handmade greeting card. Here are a couple of examples from the Nature collection that my daughter, Samantha Trattner, painted:
Here are some painted examples from the Flower collection. Color was added to the design on the left by my friend Penny Lisk; the middle flower was a collaborative effort by Samantha and me, and the design on the right was painted by my friend Linda Sharp.
In the examples from the Abstract collection below, I painted the design on the left, Sam painted the design in the middle, and my friend Sharon Jaffe painted the design on the right.
As most of you know, I love showcasing the collaborative efforts which result from people using my work as a springboard for their own creative efforts, and thought I’d share a few examples tonight.
Below are three designs which Sam painted; the left is from the Flowers collection; the middle design is from the Nature collection, and the design on the right is from the Abstract collection.
And here are the same designs colored and patterned by my friend Terri Brown.
Here is a close up of the cactus design so you can see the cool patterns and details Terri added.
Strathmore is my favorite paper company. Not only do I create most of my Zenspirations drawings on Strathore’s 400 series drawing paper, but I’ve been using their vellum surface Bristol Board for my original painted art for more than 30 years! Naturally I’m REALLY excited to be working with Strathmore on this new line; I consider it an incredible honor to have had my art selected to be featured on their paper.
For those who are interested, the Strathmore pads are $6.99 each, and you can get them from the Zenspirations webstore.
I’m going to be filming videos to promote the new line, and in addition to showing how the same design can be interpreted by different artists, I am wondering if I should show different color variations the design. For example, I painted all three of these with Sakura’s awesome Koi® Coloring Brush Pens… on the left-most design I only added color inside the shapes. On the middle design I painted a dark background wash and then created depth by using paler color inside the shapes. On the right-most design I painted bright shapes, and then pulled a little of the color out by adding water to create a light background wash.
I’ll be doing an overview video to introduce the new line, and will also be filming longer videos demonstrating how to paint the designs with:
a. tube watercolors
b. pan watercolors
c. watercolor brush markers
d. watercolor pencils
I’d love your input on the videos, and I’m hoping you will all help me make this line a success by answering a few questions. As an incentive, I will pick one name at random from those who leave a comment before the end of May, and will send that person all three watercolor pads! Here are the questions:
Thanks, in advance, for sharing your thoughts!
As a reminder, this is the last week of the Zenspirations Webstore special gift with purchase where I’m giving a FREE copy of my gift book, With God All Things Are Possible, with every order placed this month of $17 or more (not including shipping). To get the free book, all you have to do is add With God All Things Are Possible to your order along with the coupon code sam2017 and the $10.95 price of the free book will be deducted from the cost. International readers can get their gift with purchase by ordering through John Neal Bookseller. See last week’s blog for details.
Before closing tonight, I wanted to say hello to all my friends attending the National Stationery Show and SURTEX, and share a photo that was taken during last year’s show:
It was such a pleasure to meet Zenspirations Color & Creativity Enthusiasts Toni Popkin (and her service dog, Bud!), Leitha Hunt and Jamie Torres… I’m not attending the show this year because my son is graduating from High School this week… but I’d love to plan a Zenspirations get together during the Atlanta Gift Show in July… so let me know if you’ll be in Atlanta the 13th, 14th, or 15th, and maybe we can get a group together.