Tuesday, December 13, 2016

an early Christmas gift for you

My school's chapter of NAHS (National Art Honor Society) always has a table at a yearly local art fair, and this year one of the things we sold was an "adult coloring book" (in quotation marks because it makes me laugh a little bit hearing people say that phrase-like they're trying to reassure themselves that it's okay for an adult to use a coloring book because it's an ADULT coloring book.) Apparently they have become really popular over the last year-Johanna Basford is the artist responsible for getting the trend going, and she's done some really beautiful work on them! Anyway, since we've already sold our books, I thought it would be okay to post my designs from the book (another girl from my design class made five other pages for the book we sold as well).

I don't know if anyone who reads this blog is into ("adult" ;)) coloring pages, but I figured they'll get more use here than languishing in the recesses of my flash drive. So if you'd like to try them out, or you have to do some babysitting of kids who might be interested in coloring something more intricate than your usual coloring book, you can download high quality PDFs of any of the pages from the Google Drive folder here. A little early Christmas present from me to you, I suppose:) If you do use any of them, I'd love to see a picture! :) Send them to me at somethingsplendidstudios@gmail.com or tag me on social media or whatever floats your boat! (If there is any interest, I might feature some of them on the blog.

I looked at a lot of old ironwork for this one-lots of gates and gratings and whatnot. I love the delicate curving shapes and all the curlicues and swirls.

Based on European and Scandinavian folk art! 

This one was inspired by Celtic designs. Creating the Gordian knot in Illustrator was a bit painful, but I'm quite pleased with the way this it turned out.

Mainly based off Art Nouveau-style shapes and curves. Again, I took some inspiration from the curves of ironwork-there are so many beautiful gates and doorways made in that era just begging to be made into a coloring book design :)

And this one comes mostly from Indian mandala designs. Look up Indian chalk mandalas-they will blow your mind. So intricate and lovely-and because they're made of chalk, they're incredibly temporary.

Enjoy, and merry early Christmas! :)

Saturday, November 5, 2016


I colored this digitally in Photoshop because I ended up really liking it . . . and now it's my new profile picture :)

Monday, October 31, 2016

#inktober day 31: return of inkPOEber + anna talks about poetry (POEtry haha) + THANK YOU

Wow. I can't believe it's the end of Inktober! And what better way to end it than with some Edgar Allan Poe? (Throwback to last Inktober when I wore out this pun in a shameful fashion . . . and here I am, dragging it out again. whoops?)

Poe is one of my favorite authors from the Romantic period, even though all his work tends to be a bit depressing. I try to follow it up with something nice and cheerful like The Importance of Being Ernest or Much Ado About Nothing or anything by Ogden Nash or Roald Dahl, to keep myself from drifting about for the rest of the day in a mood of sentimental melancholy. Never, under any circumstances, let yourself sit down and read T.S. Eliot and Edgar Allan Poe and Hamlet at the same time, unless you have the time to spare to sit and gaze out the window pondering how terribly sad it is to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune while pining away after the bright eyes of your lost love in an unreal city on the beach of the tumid river under an evening spread out against the sky like a patient etherized upon a table. It'll take a very strong does of John Donne to jolt you out of that. ("Death, Be Not Proud" always tugs at my heartstrings. You don't have to read any of the other stuff I linked to, but go read that. It will cheer you up. Promise.)

(Also, today was the last day of Poe Party, so some Poe stuff seemed to be in order. :) )

I couldn't decide which of the pictures I took was better, so I have burdened you with both of them. You tell me which one is better. ;)

And now that I 've talked about poetry for a far longer time than I intended to: I just wanted to say thank you all so much for reading this blog during this crazy month, and all the time! I know it might be kind of annoying to have these posts keep popping up EVERY DAY, so I really truly appreciate everyone reading and commenting on them. One of the nicest things about this blog was finding that there are so many lovely people out there who are interested in classic literature and art and period dramas and philosophy and theology and all sorts of interesting things, and who are willing to even read my little blogging efforts and look at my pictures and to leave the nicest, most encouraging and most thoughtful comments. As usual, Anne Shirley said it best: "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world." So if you're reading this, thank you so much for being a kindred spirit! :)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

#inktober day 30: 40s

Almost there! Just one day left now.

Thank you so much for sticking with me through this journey.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

#inktober day 29: the bravest jedi of them all

My youngest brother broke his arm last week. He's been doing well and is dealing with it all with a great attitude, but it's just plain hard sometimes to be an active little boy when your arm is out of commission! So it cheered him up considerably when my mom reminded him that his cast will fit right in with his Jedi costume :)

Friday, October 28, 2016

#inktober day 28: eliza

I don't even know.

This is so bad but I have to do something aaaaa