Step-by-step: Just breathe

A couple of weeks ago I asked my subscribers what kinds of posts they’d like to see more of on my blog. I got lots of great suggestions, with posts about my process being the most requested.

So today, a (hopefully) fun post for you. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of one of my Inkspirations coloring pages, including a mistake and do-over, which proves that I’m not infallible.

What?

You never thought I was infallible?

So much for my meticulously constructed, picture-perfect public persona. :)

Onward!

My editor asked for a word-art page that said “just breathe.” So that’s where I started.

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I then began adding, in pencil, the doodly background. I did the words in ink so that if I didn’t like a doodle, I could erase it without having to constantly redraw the words.

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This is a really detailed coloring page, so progress was slow. Plus, I kept getting distracted because people were posting very funny things to Facebook. Like this. And ridiculously cute things, like this.

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Finally, the penciled doodles were complete, and it was time to ink the background, which I do on tracing paper so that there are no pencil or erasure marks on the final copy that gets sent to my publisher. As soon as I’d inked the background, I could see the problem: the words became very hard to pick out. As you can see in the picture below, I tried to thicken up the letter edges, but I still wasn’t happy with it.JustBreathe (4)001

And here’s where tracing paper really pays off. I went back to the original pencil drawing and erased the doodles closest to the letters. I made the letters bigger, then drew in new doodles in designs I hoped would make the letters pop more.

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Then, with clean trace paper, I re-inked the words and the new doodle designs to see if it all worked.

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It did, so I finished up the page, and  we all lived happily ever after.

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The End (xo)

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