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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WOYWW 366 - And A Bit About My Copics

Happy Wednesday everybody!
Wednesday is fast becoming my favorite day of the week as I get up super early to snap a photo of my desk and share it with everyone across the planet for What's on YOUR Workdesk Wednesday. (Go HERE to Julia Dunnit's Blog for all the What's, Why's and How Too's for this awesome event.)


But today, before I share my desk, I first want to share a teaser peek of the crazy number of ATC's and cards I created for the WOYWW 7th Anniversary swap, which are now winging there way around the globe from Canada to as far away as Australia, Spain, the Philippines and the UK, and even one wee card heading east to the province of Ontario on the other side of Canada.  Happy Sigh.


I did not plan on making this many but I was having so much fun I couldn't stop creating (OK, let's be  honest, the OCD kicked in again... Grin) and I ended up with 22 ATC's and of course a personal card and note to go with each one of them. I will absolutely do this again... especially as I have received happy mail every day last week and this week and there are still more to come!

Now here is my desk this morning, after I spend yesterday afternoon COLORING with two of my new friends in my new home in Creston, BC.  We spent an afternoon of conversation, coloring and and watching Downton Abby on the new, giant TV Mr. Awesome mounted on the wall in my studio last week...swoon!  (Yes, I do know how fortunate I am... Big Giant Smile)

An afternoon like this has been on my bucket list for a while and I am so pleased that it happened yesterday and that it was even more fun and fulfilling than anything I imagined.  We colored, talked, sipped on glasses of cold, fruity ice tea and of course nibbled sweet and salty stuff.  We attempted to watch (listen to) "Call The Midwife" and then Downton Abby but I think next time just some background music may be a better option.  NOTE: listening to a woman in labour without any pain killers was probably  NOT the best choice for a coloring afternoon... GRIN.


I introduced both my friends to my Copic markers, and shared my favorite coloring pages for people new to coloring, especially if they find it a little intimidating to color in front of other people.

You are given a legend of 10 colors to choose, but YOU get to pick the colors that appeal to you and then you just fill in the the numbered spaces.  The uncolored pages are designed to camouflage the design until you add the color so there is the added layer of a treasure hunt as the picture is revealed. It's pretty fun. 
I bought this book for one of my grandson's, but it quickly became my own favorite because I discovered that when you use Copic markers to color the page, it's the back side that I love the most, your picture goes from coloring book to a work of art, and it looks like a bit like a watercolor painting.  
Completed page colored using Copics - front view



As I am down to my last few pages in this book I went searching for where I can find more of these coloring books I discovered that the company MindWare has a web store! So I am now on line ordering  few more - Grin.
Completed page colored using Copics - back view

I also wanted to share my storage solution for my Copic markers... I have them all and I use them all regularly, so I wanted a storage solution that was easy to maintain, movable (so I could pull them out and put them back as required) and which made it EASY to find the colors I wanted... and Look what I found at a Pampered Chef party!... These holders are made for kitchen utensils so are sturdy enough to hold the weight of my Copics and still spin, plus it is so easy to find the color I want and to put them all away again after I pull them all out to color.  And since Copic markers do not need to be stored horizontally this is a perfect solution for me! Here is a link to the Canadian Pampered Chef site, hopefully you can get these where you live too!

Well that's it for this REALLY LONG WOYWW post, but I hope you enjoyed  visiting and please do pop on over to this week's hop at Jan the Lunch Lady's blog as she hosts for our beloved Julia who is recovering from surgery...
Happy DAY!
Scrapbooking (and coloring) Artist,
Lynne Mizera








28 comments:

  1. Do they still do Pamperd Chef? I held a party once many years ago! I like their stuff but it was very expensive so not many of my friends could buy anything. I think my pizza stone is from PC. Anyways, good idea to use utensil storage for your markers.
    I love your coloring! beautiful! You have a huge screen and some biscuits on a dish. You lucky girl!
    I haven't received your ATC yet, but as you say, it is winging its way to Spain as I speak. I just have to be patient. Aren't ATCs fun!
    Happy WOYWW,
    Lisca#17

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    1. Happy Morning Ms. Lisca! So nice to see your lovely comment today.. and YES they still do Pampered Chef stuff. I sent your bit of arty goodness off on Monday so you should have it by next week, please do let me know when you receive it. I received your amazing piece of art yesterday, and will do a reveal post next week... but for now, THANK YOU! I loved everything you sent to me and I have BIG PLANS for all that lovely ephemera, Have a HAPPY Day!

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  2. I love those coloring books and the back side of the page IS beautiful!!! Sounds like you had an awesome day with friends. Fortunate and blessed, to be able to do that!!! Love your copics storage!!! hugs, patty

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    1. Rose, thank you for the lovely comment and YES, I am hugging this new life of mine close to my chest every single day... Happy sigh. Thanks for visiting, I can't wait to pop on over to your place later this week...Smile

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  3. Wonderfully colourful post, Lynne - love it!

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    1. Thank you Win! It was so much fun to just sit and color and enjoy the moment... Wanna try it sometime? Grin Thanks for popping by ... I'm off to visit your blog and check out that amazing Clock Table you created!

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  4. Gorgeous art, such color-vibrant-filled patterns of beauty! wonderful and inspiring!
    How I would love to have all those colored copics..so magical!
    Happy WOYWW
    Victoria #44

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  5. Beautiful cards, coloring, atcs and all. They will be treasured in their new homes. I am so happy to hear you have crafty friends who can come play with you in your new space. That sweet man is still taking good care of you I see. I enjoyed reading all about your adventures. Rtfn p

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    1. Good Morning Peg - and thank you fo the lovely comment. And yes I am so blessed in my life with Mr. Awesome... and it only took 2 tries to find him... grin, so Never say NEVER because you just never know what is around the corner!

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  6. You need to hook up with Sandy Leigh Johnson of EatWriteDreamStitch (though she hasn't joined in today)...Downton and Call the Midwife ar her favourite programmes! I live about 50 minutes drive away from Highclere Castle where the exterior shots are filmed for Downton! That made Sandy very excited and yet I don't watch the programme, lol!!
    Look at all those gorgeous ATCs - I have really enjoyed getting happy mail from all over the world too. It's so much better than an email, don't you think? I think my ATC must still be winging its way towards you!
    Hugs, LLJ xxxx

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    1. Good MORNING Ms. Jan! and OF COURSE you live next to Highclere Castle... Grin. As if I didn't need any more things to make me start planning my first visit to meet you! (Big GIANT Smile. I received my ATC from you last week, but I am holding off doing my reveal post until next week. I LOVED my bit of you, but I SWOONED Over tha lovely message you wrote to me in my card... It is already resting in my "Happy Box", the place I keep things to lift my spirits when I feel low... Thank you for the visit!! (HUGS)

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  7. Hi Lynne, I love the new TV, Mr Awesome at his finest. I am so happy for you, your day of play sounds like it was fun...I love the ATC happy mail too, sad to have missed this year. Downton is not for me...but I am a Grantham and so my friends now call me Lady Grantham..as they should LOL. I need those colouring books in my life, love the reverse. Cx #19

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    1. Oh Claire I think it is just too ironic that you are a Grantham but don't love Downton Abby so OF COURSE all your friends will call you LADy Grantham... Giggle! If you get some of those books I would love to see some of you compeleted pages... THanks for stopping by today... (hugs)

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  8. Hi Lynne, love the ATCs, gorgeous. I so love Downton Abbey and was very disappointed when it finished so bought the box set so I can watch it all from the beginning again though I haven't opened it yet (there are 19 discs in all). Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 26

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    1. Me tooooo Angela... but I have the first five seasons available to me on Netflix and I have the last season taped on my tv... I have already watched it from beginning to end once this year and I am looking forward to watching it again and again... Happy sigh. Thanks for popping in to visit... (hugs)

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  9. What a lovely lot of ATCs. They were fun to make, weren't they? Sounds like you had a wonderful day colouring with your new friends. Background music would probably have been better lol but probably not as much fun. I try to only watch either one of those when hubby is already in bed as they are not his type of thing.

    Have a great week
    Sharon K#4

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  10. Hi Lynne,
    Well Downton Abbey & Call the Midwife are two of my favourites, as well :)
    The ATCs are addictive, right? Once you're on a roll, you might as well make a dozen, at least! Mine is winging it's way to you. Supposed to take 11 business days to Canada! (Only 8 to the UK.) Hopefully it arrives soon.
    Have a good week,
    RosA # 39


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  11. Lynne, I'm swooning over your yummy topic markers!!!... and that studio of yours too!!!!! I'm even to dizzy to give you my number over at WOYWW! I just LOVE your space. So happy that you had some gals over for a creative "session". It's so just so fun to get creative with likewise ladies :-)
    Happy WOYWW!
    Michelle ♥
    P.S. I'll need the rest of the day to "normalize" after seeing all those lovelies ;-) ♥

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  12. Your ATC and cards are gorgeous! I too have one of those Pampered Chef turning tool holder in my craft space. I love it! Mine holds my many tools, scissors, etc. but great idea for Coptic markers. Tfs your space. It's very nice.

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  13. What a fun post! Loved reading it and was sorry when it ended. There is nothing quite as nice as sharing your hobby with like minded people, is there? I love your Copic storage. Not sure if I would be able to find that over here, but I am going to try.
    Happy belated WOYWW!
    Tertia #46

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  14. Gee, you don't do things by half, do you, Lynne! Your ATCs look amazing! Oooo, which one am I getting? So exciting! You're quite right the flipside of the colouring pages look fabulous, though the right side is pretty impressive too. It must have been rather relaxing to work on that page and wow - you must have every single copic in that collection!

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  15. Hi again Lynne,
    Don't buy those paints yet :) I will let you know what I think of them when I use them a bit more. I think possibly you don't need them if you have those Silk paints and they are very similar to Lumieres. Do you have them?

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  16. Goodmorning Lynne. I just received your ATC and WOWZAH... the other stuff you included!!! I was just working on an art journal page when your envelope came in, and I used the 'insect' (mosquito) paper on the page right away, it fitted perfectly with the colours and paint I was using. Thank you so much!!! I love your blogpost too, so much to see! I love the back of your color-page too... I have only a few copics as I am not a 'coloring-person' but I use them to color stamped images (mostly used on ATCs) I do have a color-book, but use pencils there. I love the effect of copics though! Have a great weekend my blogfriend! Hug from Holland, Marit #30

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  17. Wow Lynne what an absolute FEAST of colour in this post! I loved reading it all. Like you, my hubby and I are great fans of Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife! Great stuff. I love all your colouring, and the brilliant copic storage (more colour!) and all your fabby ATCs. I was sorry not to make it onto this year's swap but have been too busy with other things since my receovery from last year's cancer.

    Thank you so much for your simply awesome comment on my blog - so full of enthusiasm that I had hit the right spot for all your happy stuff lol!! It made my day to read it! So glad you enjoyed it all. I am in the process of doing some more photos of our garden and hope to post about it soon as it's coming on really well now!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #52

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  18. I used to sell its pampered chef many years ago and recognized that as soon as I saw it. What a great idea. I love the backside of your coloring page. It dose look like a watercolor.
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #2

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  19. Hi Lynne! Stopping by for a quick 'Hi'. I love that coloring book.. and the bonus effect on the back side is really pretty. I love ATCs so anytime you want to swap, just let me know. I loved doing mine this time, too, though I do not always make the flip or multi-layered atcs like I did this time around. Creative Blessings! Kelly #37

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  20. The cans full of colorful markers evoke feeling of total happiness! All your colorful things look about cheer. It seems you can paint people lives )

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