Ness Butler’s amazing christmas coloring!

Every day I see extraordinary pictures, colored of you amazing colorista artists! One of those pictures is this, colored by Ness Butler (@forestlovecolouring) When I saw it, in Johanna Basford Your Pages group I was speechless! So I asked Ness how on earth she has made it! And she kindly sent me these pictures, so we can see the process, to share with you all! Merry christmas!

My christmas calender and links to free christmas-pictures!

This time of year, we are a lot of people who likes to color pictures with a christmas-feeling in. I have not started my christmas-pictures yet, but at least I´m coloring some pages with winter-theme, in Botanicum, by Maria Trolle.

After that I have plans to color in my new winter-book by Molly Harrison, in Johanna’s christmas by Johanna Basford, and in Seasons coloring book by Hanna Karlzon.

And of course, I will color on this christmas calender, from Rita Berman’s ”Mein spaziergang durch Die jahrezeite” (originaly it’s in her ”Mein winter spaziergang”)

I am doing this as a color along on youtube, where I pick a note from a tin, Every day until christmas (24 days), and Some of my followers helped me to come up with creative challenges, that I wrote on the notes, and put in this tin.

The first challenge (day 1) was to color the picture with skin Tones. The second challenge (today) was to color the picture with just brown and white.

If you want to join, you can do it with whatever picture you want, from Any coloring book, if you can find a picture with 24 different parts/details.

Here is my youtubechannel, where I do a video/stream Every day, where I pick tjat days challenge. I will also do a post in my Instagram stories. And if you join, and post pictures on Instagram, you can use the hashtag #24christmaschallenge


I have so many Wonderful pictures in my books, but there are also so many wonderful Seasonal freebies right Now, from great illustrators.

On Hanna Karlzon’s Facebook-page you can download this beauty:

Rita Berman has made three beautiful christmas-pages, for free download:

Krystyna, @ojkipopart, has made this georgeous christmas-girl. It is in her F-group, but you can read about it on Instagram:

Laura Rafferty is giving away two pictures in her FB-group, and having a color along with the pictures. More info on her Instagram-page:

This cute christmas calender, can be found on Instagram , at @hattifant’s page (scroll down quite far):

This cute gingerbread house is also a freebie, made by @foxdesignden

Edwina Mc Namee, has four christmas downloads:

And this is coloring pages, with text and bible verses, is made by Dena Douglas Hobbs and Jennifer Tucker:

Happy coloring!

Hugs Isabell

Gold, with colored pencils

I know we are a lot of people that thinks it´s difficult to color gold, with colored pencils. I am NOT any expert at coloring gold, but there are others that have found great pencil-combinations for creating that feeling of shiny gold, and in this post I´m going to share these combinations with you.

Recently I talked to Caroline (@wik_coloring) on Instagram, for my coloring book podcast, Passionistacolorista, and she is really good at coloring gold. She has two different combinations, both with Polychromos, and I asked her if I could share them with you, here on my blog, and she said yes.

(And here you can listen to the episode: ”Hanna Karlzon, Polychromos and gold”)

This beetle, from Hanna Karlzon´s Summernight, Caroline made with her lighter gold-combination:
183 Light yellow ochre, 187 Burnt Ochre, 177 Walnut Brown and 199 Black


And on this coloring, from Hanna Karlzon´s Magical dawn, she used her darker gold combination:
107 Cadmium Yellow, 115 Dark Cadmium Orange, 169 Caput Mortuum and 199 black


I also found some other person´s gold-combinations, that we can use for inspiration and help:


Cadmium yellow
Orange glaze
Burnt Siena

The video: @ojkipopart Colouring

Naples yellow
Light Yellow Ochra
Brown Ochre
Burnt Ochre
Blenda med den vita pennan.

The video: Colour and chat with Sammie

Olive green yellowish
Burnt siena
Green gold

The video: Wendy Danko

Cadmium yellow
Burnt ochre
Raw umber
Walnut brown

The video: Pam Proctor

Dark Naples ochre
Burnt ochre
Raw umber
Walnut Brown (or Dark umber)
Cadmium yellow

The video: Jazz_Funk

Van Dyck-brown
Raw umber
Light yellow ochre

The video: Alwayscoloring

Walnut brown
Raw umber
Dark Naples ochre
Naples yellow
Light cadmium yellow
Light yellow glaze

Se filmen: Coloring Frances


Cold gold:
Deco yellow
Sunburst yellow
Green ochre

Warm gold:
Yellow ochre
70% french grey
90% french grey

These two combinations are made by Malin Holmberg, a coloring friend in Sweden, who talked about coloring gold in my Swedish coloring book podcast, Målarbokspodden, last year.

Canary yellow
Golden rod
Light umber
Metallic gold
Indigo blue

The video: Color my World

Lemon yellow
Yellow ochre
Light umber

The video: Leasha loves

Dark Brown (eller Espresso)
Yellow ochre
Canary yellow
Deco yellow
Light umber

The video: Coloring Frances


Sand (Prisma)
Golden rod (Prisma)
Light umber (Prisma)
Indigo blue (Prisma)
Raw umber (Poly)
Black (Poly)

The video: Art@Fadil


Olive brown
Green ochre
Yellow ochre
Golden bismuth yellow
Bismuth yellow

The video: Coloring Frances


Canary yellow
Golden ochre
Brown ochre

(My own combo)



My coloring friend, Matilda Furness, (@matildasysteryster on Instagram), shared this great color-combo with me, that she used on this amazing valkyrie in Serene coloring book, by Nicholas Filbert.

Golden ochre (Pablo)

Indian red (Pablo)
Raw umber (Polychromos)



Naples yellow
Yellow ochre
Burnt Umber

(I have borrowed this combination of my coloring friend Maja (@coloringmaja on Instagram)


Free Halloween coloring pages

I´m no big Halloween-fan, because this holiday is quite new in Sweden. I like the Swedish Allhelgona (All Saints’ Day), more, where we go to the cemetery and light candles for loved ones, that´s no longer with us.

Still, I think it´s fun to color some Halloween-pictures, and I know this is a HUGE thing in the US.

There are some Halloween-coloringbooks out there, and you can find pictures in a lot of books. As you might have seen I recently colored this witch in Seasons coloring book, by Hanna Karlzon:

But if you don´t want to buy a whole book, and cannot find any picture in your books, I found some free Halloween-downloads, you can print and color in!

Last year, Johanna Basford, made a Halloween-picture, because a cute kid asked her to. It´s still on her blog, ready to print out:

Inky Ivy Halloween-picture

The illustrator of ”Greek coloring book” and ”Cats and dogs”, Konstantionos Liaramantzas, has some free pictures on his Facebook-page, and at least two of them have Halloween-themes:

The illustrator Jen Katz, has also a free download right now, for Halloween:


Have a happy coloring-weekend!

Black posca versus black acrylic paint

I think a lot of my coloring friends have heard me say this: ”You can always cover it with black Posca!”. It has been my back-up-plan for experimental backgrounds for a long time.

But actually I don´t think it´s that easy to do black backgrounds with Poscapen. I know this is how a lot of people, in the coloring community, makes black backgrounds, but there is a lot of other ways too (as you can read more about on my Instagram, here: Black backgrounds in coloring books ).

Lately I´ve started to do my black backgrounds with a mix of Poscapen and acrylic paint, and I think the result, for me, is better than before, but not perfect.


This weekend I´ve made three black backgrounds in Seasons coloring book, with this method.

First I´ve used a small, black, Poscapen, around the picture, and all small details, like this:

Then I´ve used acrylic paint (matt), and a acrylic paint brush, to cover the rest of the background, like this:


My coloring friend, Pernilla, says that she only needs one layer of acrylic paint, for her backgrounds, but I needed to do two layers, before it covered enough.


Acrylic paint:
– A much more fast way to do black backgrounds, than with Posca.
– Cheaper than Poscapens (you can not use the same pen for a lot of big backgrounds before it runs out).
– Makes a more even background, than poscapens.
– Don´t bleed through.

– A easy way to add black close to the picture, without getting black on the wrong side of the lines.
– Because it´s acrylic paint, in the pens, it covers really well, and you get a really black, matt, background.
– Don´t bleed through.
– The pens can be more easy to handle, than a brush.
– You vill just need one layer, for good coverage. (You can do two layers, but it´s not super-easy, and the surface looks a bit different than with just one layer).


Acrylic paint:
– It is difficult to use it around the picture, and small details. I guess you can do it, if you have a steady hand, and a small brush, but I cannot do it.
– It needs two layers before it covers enough (at least the acrylic paint I bought).
– It can be a bit messy, and my paint went over the edges, to the other side, and the other spread, like this:


– It can be difficult to get a perfect amount of colour coming from the pens: You need to shake them often (with the cap on), and press the tip on a paper, until you get perfect flow. And you need to repeat this, often!
– Because of this, the backgrounds easily don´t get as even as you want to, like this:

– You will need different sizes of the pens, one smaller, to use close to the picture, and around small details, and a bigger, for better coverage on big areas, which costs a bit of money.
– The tip can be a bit strange after a while, it´s like it has been worn out, and can drop some fluff into the picture. You can still use the pen, and you can just take the fluff away with your finger, but it doesn´t glide over the paper as good as before this happened.

So right now I´m mixing these two; the pens and the acrylic paint. But as I already said: It´s not perfect either. The posca and the acrylig paint doesn´t look exactly the same on the paper, so you can see where the posca ends, and the acrylic paint begins. At least my acrylic paint, is not exactly the same black as the Posca.


What do you use for black backgrounds?

How to color rain, drops and fog

There are so many wonderful color alongs on Instagram, in October. I´m going to do my monthly post, about all color alongs I know about, on Instagram, tomorrow!

(I´m taking a break from hosting color alongs in October, but I will be back with a cosy tea/coffe-cup color along in November.)

One of the color alongs in October is the #dripdropalong, hosted by my friend Marie, and I´m a little bit involved in that one.

You can read about this color along on her Instagram-page (@mjaurimakes), but it´s about coloring rain, drops and fog, in any coloring book, and I promised to post some inspiration, and share some links, here on my blog.



Dear Katrine (RIP), @alwayscoloring, made this fantastic coloring for my #thefrogalong, on Instagram last year, and she made such great rainy background! There is no video on Youtube on exactly this background, but here she shows how it is done, but with different colors:

Here is one way of making rain, with a layer of charcoal, and prismacolor pencils:

This is rain made with a ordinary pencil, but I think it can be done with colored pencils too:

This is a fast way to add a rainy feeling to your page:


In this video Chris Cheng is doing beautiful raindrops on a flower:

And here she has another video, on how to do a raindrop, with colored pencils:

Here is a video of making raindrops with colored pencils in different colors:

Krystyna Nowak, known as @ojkipopart on Instagram and Youtube, has done an amazing coloring in Hanna Karlzon´s Daydreams coloring book, where she added fog.


We are talking about this picture, in my podcast, episode 17, and this fog. She told me that she did the fog for making the page look dreamy and magical, and that it takes a LOT of different colors to create a good fog. You can´t just use greys, she said, because it will not look good. Fog has other colors in it too, like yellow and green.

Here is the episode, if you´ve missed it! We are talking about the fog at 23:20.

Interview with @ojkipopart

And here you can see her color this fog, on Youtube:

I´m a bit tempted to try this out, although it seems quite advanced. I think it seems more easy to use white acrylic paint, or white gouche, and color a thin layer over the picture, where you want the mist to be. In this video, Katrine makes clouds in this way:

Here you can se Tim Gagnon color simple clouds with acrylic paint, and it could be fog aswell, if you don´t do all the steps:

And last, a video I really enjoyed watching, although I´m not sure if it can help me doing fog in a coloring book, but it inspired me! It´s LethalChris Drawing who showes how he draws a misty forest-landscape with pencils.

I was inspired by these videos, I hope you found some inspiration too! I have not choosed picture yet, but I will do that soon. I look forward to see your WIP:s and finished pictures on Instagram, even if it´s not me hosting this color along!


Lot of details – but fast to color!


I finished this detailed mushroom-picture (an illustration made by Jen Katz, @katzundtatz on Instagram) today, and it was so much fun!

A lot of people who have commented on this picture, have written that I must have a lot of patience, but if you know me, you know I have not! And this was actually a quite fast coloring, because this was how I did it:

  1. I decided to use a fast medium, that also works well on small spaces: waterbased markers. In my case I used Pitt pens and Zig brush pens.
  2. I decided the colors in advanced, and because I wanted to color it for my #flamingseptember2018 color along on Instagram, I knew I wanted autumn-colors, like red, yellow, orange, brown and green. I also added a light and a dark blue and a light Purple, for a poisonous look on some of the mushrooms.
  3. I picked out a selection of pens in these colors and put them in a box.
  4. I used one color combination at the time, like red – orange – yellow, and added that color combo on a lot of spaces, evenly spread over the paper. I had printed the picture on a really great paper (it´s actually the back of one of the pictures in a coloring book I have, that I don´t want to color in: Rembrandt by Pepin Van Roojen. It´s an artist edition, so the paper is fantastic, but I really don´t dare to color Rembrandt-pictures!), so it was quite easy to blend the colors together with the pens. Zig was more easy to blend, but Pitt worked ok.


5. I just kept doing one color at the time – or a specific color combination at the time – and tried to spread them out evenly on the page.

42412946_2136843896554778_2084911510710124544_n6) When I´ve used all combinations, and different colors, but still had some white areas, I went over the picture again, with the colors I wanted to be most dominate: orange and green.


7) I tested to color the background black, but it just didn´t look good, so instead I colored it over with a green Posca-pen. And last – I used my white gelpen on almost all the mushrooms and all the leaves for make them look a bit shiny (I could have left more of the picture un-colored instead, to get the same affect, but I didn´t).

Ok, so now you know how I could color this over a weekend, but just let me say: There is no need to speed-color things! I know that coloring is a slow, and relaxing, hobby for a lot of people, and that´s good! But even if this was fast, I enjoyed every minute, and had a smile on my face, and didn´t feel stressed at all. I guess we just color in different ways, depending on who we are (I walk fast, I talk fast, I color fast).

By the way: Thank you Elin for the tips to drink JAMU, for getting over the cold! It was DISGUSTING (I think I might have messed up the recipe, because it just tasted turmeric root), but I actually felt better after drinking it (or maybe it´s placebo effect!) You sent me the recipe in Swedish, but here I found a similar, in English: