Colors and Crayons and Designs

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For those of you still interested in hands on, and free design and illustrations added to your handcrafted books and journals, here’s an example of a photographed shadow that quite easily could be used as a model to draw a book cover, or page, design. If you can click a basically-shaped shadow with your camera, you can reproduce it by using your view of the shape to draw it on paper. Then use your imagination to add to it with surrounding colors, colored lines, etc. in any manner you wish.

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Make use of the renewed coloring book crazes!

If you enjoy the art of coloring, crayon productions are another way to add dimension and interest to your handcrafted book pages. Crayons certainly have made a comeback in recent years in the adult world with the outpouring of nerve-soothing design coloring books.

But you can use the old-fashioned coloring book, also, as ABOVE. Always make the picture your own, using your imagination in the way of lines, fill-in, and color choices. If you are a pure journalist, colored designs, as well as black and white ones, make wonderful additions to your story lines.

There can be much more going on, here! Let your mind roam…

+++++Credit:
Photos and Designs from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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About bahelberg1

Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, http://www.mywritinglifexposed.wordpress.com . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog http://www.nearthefinishline.wordpress.com , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.

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