Whenever I’ve done live events, this is one of the pages that people tend to select. Maybe it’s the intricacies of the design. Maybe it’s the message – Tomorrow is a new day.
I’ve been thinking a lot about where to go next with my books and with my publishing in general. I love creating coloring books and of course using them as well! But as you may have seen, if you’ve been in touch with me before, there’s been a bit of a hiatus. Most of my time is split between my son and my teaching and curriculum jobs at special education schools and at the Museum of Natural History. I’ve been creating designs – just recently my youngest class and I studied symmetry with mirrors, and we examined some of my coloring pages for inspiration as the kids created their own designs – but a lot of what I have been creating falls under a different category.
There are some book ideas in the works – though they may not all be coloring books.
And that’s OK – Turtle Moon Publishing was always meant to grow and expand into different areas. I may come out with a separate imprint for the non-coloring books, just to keep it clear. For now, I’ll just be updating this page a bit more often with what I’m up to, and I hope you’ll find here what is of interest to you!
Tomorrow is a new day!
Here’s one of my favorite designs, from Mandala Joy Vol. 2 (available as a digital download in our shop or on Amazon if you prefer a physical copy).
I love geometric designs when I color! First of all, any combination of colors looks amazing. Even if you do the entire page in one color, it looks amazing! Secondly, I get lulled into a calm state as I focus on the repetitive patterns and the way that the design takes form as I color.
Lately I’ve been into bright colors and rainbow patterns. Maybe it’s my 80’s childhood coming out?
Finally, the message: I believe in myself. Sometimes it’s harder than it sounds. For example, I recently started the school year as a science teacher. I’m teaching content I love in a brand new lab, and the kids are great. But I’ve never taught 6th and 7th grade together before, and there’s nothing like middle school angst – truly one of the great natural forces on Earth. Remembering that I really do believe in myself makes it possible to, in turn, inspire the students to believe in themselves as well.
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Today isn’t the first day of school, but I’m back at work setting up my science lab, so it’s feeling like summer’s over. The students start tomorrow, and I’m sure they’re feeling the same way I am. We all are. Things are changing. Summer is winding down, school year’s starting up, the weather is slowly shifting into breezier and cooler territory, and it’s all too soon.
So, my page of the day is an affirmation for days like these: I feel hopeful for what’s next.
I’ve colored this page a few times, both digitally and with colored pencils, and I love it. It’s as easy or as challenging as the colorist wants it to be. You can color every single open space the same shade and it’ll look awesome, or you can make every space a different color and again – awesome. Here I’ve done a bit of both. Photoshop and I had a minor falling out when I was doing this one, so I decided to leave the background and the outer rim the same, and I love it. The black provides a nice contrast to the light green. Really, you can do a lot with a page like this.
And I do feel hopeful for what’s next. I’m working three days a week this year, I’m consulting, I’ve got several new coloring projects in the works including one that I don’t have a printer for yet (more on that soon), and my little guy is starting preschool. Preschool!
What are you hopeful for that’s coming up next?
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