Bible Art Journaling


Hey guys,

Proverbs 3, 5-6this is probably old news, but Bible Art Journaling has finally made it over to Germany!

I have crafted my first page and I am working on others that I will share with you soon. For this one, I kept it pretty simple and just used coloring pencils.

In case you want to know how artsy Germans craft their Bibles, check out this link. Don’t worry about the language, I have made sure to guide you directly to the galery!


“kreativAll”-Fair in Wiesbaden



This past weekend I visited the kreativAll fair in Wiesbaden. It is mainly a profit-oriented fair that allows the over 150 exhibitors to sell their products. You can find anything from pearls, fabrics, and much more to stock up your craft-supplies. Although I was hoping to find more gimmicks, but I saw these great upcycling ideas that I wanted to share with you…

Since I love music, these guitars made of cigar cases caught my eye. And yes, you can actually play them! If you have an old ukulele, here is a great idea to convert it into a cute birdhouse. For more information, check out!

Do you have any old vinyl records at home that you cannot listen to any more?! I think it is sad to leave them lying around with no purpose to fulfill… Upcycling-Deluxe shows us many ways to reuse them

I hope you found some inspiration in these ideas! Maybe, next time you want to throw something out, think of a way to create something new without causing waste…


New Guide to Coloring – Patterning



Hey guys! This is the last part of my series on the “New Guide to Coloring” by DesingOriginals. I thought it would be fun to show you that there is more than just color to a picture. If you have large areas that seem boring to you, why not add your personal note to it by filling the spaces with patterns. The Coloring guide describes patterning as „the use of different shapes and lines to add interest to areas of a coloring design“. Basically, squarethere are no limits to patterning: dots, waves, squares, circles….

Here are some tips that might help you get started!

1.opposites go great together, eg circles and squares

2.If you have trouble coming up with enough patterns, try variations in size, length, and placement

3.large spaces are easiest to pattern, they are perfect if you are new to the craft

heart4.the pattern doesn’t always have to be in black, you can use different media and darker shades of the color you are coloring with. Remember the rules of combining different media from the first article

5.You do not have to pattern every area of your picture or color one whole area, eg. let the pattern fade out

Of course the number one rule, as usual, practice before starting to pattern! I think patterning is as much relaxing as coloring itself. Plus, you are creating a unique art piece! Here is a great step-by-step illustration of how a picture can come together:


“New Guide to Coloring” – Blending


A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to DesignOriginals’ “New Guide to Coloring”, a new book on coloring techniques. Instead of just writing a review, I decided to give you a short insight on three selected chapters. I have grown to love it, because it makes coloring so much more fun! Enjoy the next lesson on blending:


Blending is a great technique to give your picture a professional look. It can actually mean two things: mixing two colors together to create a new one OR creating a smooth transition from one color into another. I will focus on the latter with a few illustrations that I did with colored pencils.

1.The first of three steps is to apply the light color.

2.When using the dark color, start coloring from the middle of the area towards edge and intensify the pressure towards the edge.

step-by-step-example3.To finish off the blend, go back to using the light color and apply it to all over the area to smooth out the transition of the two colors. The smoothing out might take a while and you can also go back using the darker color of necessary.

In my personal example, I started with the dark color, added the second color varying its intensity. I feel, when you start with the dark color, it already starts blending when coloring over it with the lighter color. However, that depends on the colors and the pencils you use. You can blend the colors step by step, switching more often between the two colors you are using.



Sorry for the bad quality of the last pic! I just finished it and loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you, but I did not have the time to scan it…

The last lesson I will introduce to you will focus on patterning, so stay tuned!

All coloring motifs are by DesignOriginals.

New Guide to Coloring – Media



New Guide to Coloring

“New Guide to Coloring for Crafts, Adult Coloring Books, and Other Coloristas!” by the editors of Do Magazine, Design Originals an imprint by Fox Chapel Publishing, ISBN 978-1497200876, $11.19 or 14,95€

This book will teach you everything you need to know about coloring such as layering, shading, blending, patterning, and other techniques. Coloring has become more complex and more fun, but it has also developed into a new therapy method for stressed-release.

The “New Guide to Coloring” makes it easy for you to learn the different techniques with helpful practice areas and many illustrations for demonstration. There are a number of pages with patterns for you to color and try out.

Over the next months, I will introduce you to three lessons from the book that will definitely make you want to buy a coloring book and get crackin’! The first lesson will sum up the most important rules for the use of the most frequently used media.

It’s all in the pen(s)

tip sizes

tip sizes

There is an incredible variety of pens to color with. However, you need to consider certain factors before you start coloring a picture. How do I want the result of my picture to look like? Am I working with more than one media? And so on…

The number one general rule is to color with the pens you feel most comfortable with. Once you are ready to try more, you can experiment with other media.


#1 Adjust the tip-size to the size of the area you are coloring. A small area requires a small tip to stay in the lines, larger areas are filled much faster with a large tip.

#2 Keep a safe distance to the lines to give the ink space to bleed out. Otherwise it will look like you had trouble staying inside the lines.

#3 Too many layers of a water-based marker can damage your paper, so the less layering, the better.

Colored Pencils

#1 Take good care of your pencils. If they fall too often or they are handled roughly when transported, they can break easily while coloring or sharpening.

#2 Kneaded erasers are best to use for colored pencils. Usually, the colors are hard to erase in general, so do not apply the colors with too much pressure if you are not 100% certain about your choice of color.

#3 With wax-based pencils, fixate your result with hairspray to avoid wax bloom (Wax bloom is a white shade that develops over time from the wax that holds together the colored pigments of the pencils; if this happens, you can use a cotton wool to wipe it off).

Watercolor Pencils

#1 Do not use too much water or

a) you will ruin the paper and

b) the color will fade and won’t have the intended effect you wished for.

#2 Practice the appliance of the water before you actually use it on a picture.

Gel Pens

#1 Let the ink dry long enough or the color will smudge.

#2 Test the colors before you apply them. Some colors might not be visible on the color you are using it on, therefore you have to plan the combination of your colors beforehand. Try them on an extra sheet of paper.

A little hint: white goes with almost everything, white patterns on a colored picture look!


pens pens pens

There are many more options of media for you to pick from, but there are a few you might not think of…Try eye shadow, for example, coffee or tea (they will also give your picture a great smell!), or nail polish!

Have fun figuring out new combinations of media! I think I am gonna get my nail polish and try that one… I am just too curious!

If you want to learn more, check out  “New Guide to Coloring”  for more detail and further lessons or check out the next lesson on pen.paper.polkadots coming soon.

Daphne’s Diary 2017- a colorful agenda


Daphne's Dairy 2017

Daphne’s Diary 2017

May I introduce you to the „best agenda for 2017“—and it’s true! Daphne’s Diary is a lovely detailed agenda. Playful and romantic themes in a vintage look make it your colorful companion for 2017. But you might ask yourself: who actually is Daphne?

Daphne lives in the Netherlands and turned her diary-entries into a magazine that is published in several languages all over the world. From crafts to recipes and garden-tips, everything can be found in Daphne’s world. She uses mostly nature-based products such as flowers or wood, and a lot of color and patterns.

The agenda dresses up the usually boring pages in amazing pictures that change weekly and adapt to the seasons. It has enough space for notes and lists and, additionally, entails stickers and cards. Recipes make you want to try them right away and crafts-ideas inspire you to start new projects. I love the motivating sayings appearing at the start of every month. My personal favorite: „Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough!“. If you hang that one on your fridge, your diet will be a piece of cake 😉

The general structure of a weekly view is nicely explained with comments, because there are some special features that are rather unusual for agendas: a mood-o-meter, water bottles and fruits to check your daily intake, as well as a line for planning your vespertine tv-program. Everything is taken care of….well, almost, because one thing is missing: a space to note addresses and phone numbers. Although it is nearly unnecessary to write down phones numbers in today’s smartphone-universe, it might be helpful to have the most important numbers handy in case technology fails you. Daphne’s Diary is quite big and heavy, so it is even more uncomfortable to carry an extra address book. Still, you will find a space to write them down, even if there is no separate address-category.

beautiful artwork

beautiful artwork

As I said, the book is a little heavy, which is why it is almost better and more decorative on your counter at home than in your handbag. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop the calendar from bringing you joy and inspires you to live out your own creativity. It’s almost a pity that there is no week left to design yourself. The (slightly too corny) coloring pictures are not enough to fill that need. But, it is so much fun to peruse the agenda and discover new patterns and themes every week.

There is a short video displaying the agenda on Daphne’s homepage, go check it out for more insight:

Daphne’s Diary makes planning more fun and gives your year the dose of corny it needs. For me, it was love at first sight and I can’t stop browsing in the agenda. It makes a great gift for a friend, your mom, or, better yet, for yourself!

The Chalk-Style Holiday Coloring Book – Review



“Chalk-Style Holiday Coloring Book” by Valerie MCKeehan, Design Originals an imprint by Fox Chapel Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4972-0164-4, $9,99 or 6,99€

The “Chalk Style Holiday Coloring Book” caught my attention because I hadn’t seen coloring books with a black background before. The colors are so much brighter this way.


Valerie’s colored samples

The book starts out with an introduction of the author, handletterer and chalk-style artist Valerie McKeehan. She gives a short insight into her work how she transfers her pencil sketches on the chalk board and digitalizing them to add color on her computer. Valerie includes many of her colored examples to inspire her audience.

Tips and tricks on coloring in chalk-style art help you to get the best effect for your picture. Valerie suggests using gel-pens to add your own design on the black background. I would also use a white pen to create extra (snow) decorations. Gold and silver pens add a festive touch to it. She also uses layering and shading to create 3D-effects in the drawings. To learn more about these techniques, stay tuned for my series “How to Color”.

The individually detachable pages are made of acid-free paper under fair-trade principles. Each page has a quote on the back and space to include a personal message.

In a section called “Color Theory” Valerie serves you with basic ideas of combining and mixing colors. Here she says to use black and white to create shades and tints, but I would rather advise you to use complementary colors on the color circle. If you use black or white the color might fade and lose its brightness with the black background. Try it and see which effect you like better. In case you need suggestions for color pallets, Valerie gives you a choice of colors and her fully colored picture on “super easy coloring pages”.


super easy coloring page

Pencils suit the typical chalk-style best, even though the colors might need some layering to make them stand out more. Gel pens can create a great contrast to the black background and Valerie even recommends neon colors for highlights. The only disadvantage of some of the designs is that the drawings presuppose certain colors, because you would not normally color a Christmas tree blue or yellow. Hence, there are limited color options, if you want to make the pictures look authentic and realistic.

If you are a beginner and you still have trouble staying in the lines, this book makes it easy for you to practice, since the black background hides your mishaps better than white paper does.

Some of the designs feature a drawn recipe that will sweeten-up your holidays.

Since I love Christmas, I cannot get enough of this book! There are so many playful designs with wonderful lettering that get you in the Christmas mood. You can find the “Chalk-Style Holiday Coloring Book” by Design Originals on amazon.

In case you are looking for a non-Christmas item, there are various other themes available such as “Blessings”, “Simple Life”, “Nature”, and “Garden”.