I’ve been having a lot of fun creating the animal doodles – I will probably create an animal coloring book out of these when I have enough of them – but they’ll also be part of The Coloring Lounge – not all at once though as that already has roughly 30 pages in the monthly collection.
It’s been healing in some ways as we are heading into the seasons when my son received his liver transplant and things went a little wonky for a bit. It’s been 12 years now and there are still parts that are healing and it happens every time just a bit more when I doodle. When we were in ICU for his recovery I started doodling like this but not with animals – just words incorporated into my doodles – I feel like that’s probably what I needed at the time.
Anywho, these are fun to create and relaxing too. It’s really meditative for me and allows me to stay in the present instead of getting lost in all the what-ifs my mind sometimes likes to create.
I’ve been using colored pencils for the animal doodles – and actually had to get new ones. My best friend had bought me the Black Widow Colored Pencils for Christmas last year and I was excited to finally use them – and they were used for the Turtle and the Dragon. The Tiger was colored with the magic fly brand. Both brands were solid – but I definitely had more color choices with the Magic Fly Set as I bought the 72-count one.
I am off to work on a few more animal doodles!
I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.
But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.
Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!
I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!