Today’s blog post is going to be totally backwards. First, I’d like to show you the shades that I ended up using – even though when I first started coloring the page I really had no idea what color direction I might go in.

So here’s the shades. What’s so exciting about this picture is that by the time I finished coloring the middle section, I was basically in a place where if I just stuck with the colors I used so far – every possible way of arranging them was going to be gorgeous. I think there’s something about the range of hues and the balance of light and dark shades that somehow made these incredibly easy to work with and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what made it so magic.

For today, though, I’m just going to show you the first half of the coloring and then I’ll come back tomorrow after I’ve had a bit more time to think about all of this.

Today’s coloring is from Balance For Crayons And Wide Tipped Markers.