December 9, 2017


At the gallery where I sell my work, I have several designs of cards boasting a focal point all ready for coloring. These are going over well at the gallery, so I thought I would also include some old-fashioned Santas for people to color and send to others. 

The vintage Santas, unlike the others, have not been selling well. So, the last time I worked my day at the gallery, I opened one up, and went to coloring it myself with my markers. 

This Santa (Father Christmas on page 114) has so much intricate detail, it can be almost overwhelming to decipher what is what in the image. I have a feeling that's what is keeping people from buying them.

Anyway, this is the way mine turned out. 

Now, as I was about to start taking these photos, Fred was on the floor looking curious and interested. All of a sudden -- LEAP! -- and there he is in my photo shoot.

I just did not have the heart to scoot him off. So, I finally laid the card flat (with him in the background) and took a few close-up shots.

The photo below is actually larger than life (!). It's interesting to see it this magnified. It is obvious from looking at it that my eyes are not as good as they used to be. There are so may spots that I thought I had colored completely, but are actually still white.

Meanwhile, Fred is unmoved.

What are your feelings about items that are made and marketed as ready-to-color? 



  1. Linda, glad you've recovered from your nasty fall. "Hello Fred. Pleased to see and meet you!"

  2. I think you did a beautiful job! The Santa is classic and so is Fred!

  3. Fred is very photogenic and this card is so pretty. My hands are nowhere near steady enough to do something like this. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  4. I'm really not seeing the missed spots that you talk about!
    Fred is gorgeous, how lovely to see him.
    i love the idea of ready to colour cards, I used to give them to my nieces and nephews, but it would be a fun idea for adults who you know like to colour too.

  5. Fred is a handsome guy--he looks as excitable as our cat Buddy does lol. Love your card, Linda! Thanks for sharing at Party in Your Pjs!