I’m excited that Wendy Piersall has a new coloring book out! Her latest book is full of designs one may come across in their dreams as they rest on their pillow for the night or when going about their day. I’m so happy to have been able to get my hands on a copy! I’ve been finding time throughout my busy Fall schedule to make time for a bit of coloring this book here and there.
In Coloring Dream Mandalas, there are thirty hand-drawn designs. Wendy includes design elements of Moons, Stars, Castles, Fairies, Beautiful ladies, feathers, flowers, dragons and typography throughout. My favorite design features a tree. This design has beautiful lanterns hung from it’s branches among a star filled sky. A second favorite of mine is a hot air balloon made up of flowers and ribbons. I find much joy in coloring these designs.
I enjoy coloring the designs in this book with my set of colored pencils. Fine point markers or pens would work as well. This thickness of the pages has a good weight but if using ink, I would suggest placing a thin piece of cardboard or a clipboard on the backside to prevent any sorta ink bleeding, just in case.The size of this coloring book is thin enough to place in a medium to large purse, tote, or other bag with art mediums of ones choices!
I’m very happy with Wendy’s new book! I recommend picking up a copy for yourself and for someone you love!
What inspired you to create Coloring Dream Mandalas ?
There are a lot more stories behind the drawings in Dreams than in any of the other books. I drew the pair of budgies for a friend who had lost a dear pet bird just a few months ago. My very first art business at the age of 26 was named “Luna Art”, with a logo similar to the moon on the back cover. A tattoo I designed at 18 and used to have on my arm is incorporated into the Egyptian mandala. And there are a bunch of retro looking flowers with faces that are based off of a 1950’s figurine that my grandmother gave me. I adored having a lot of room for interpretation with doing a book on Dreams – that could mean fantasy and mystical art, celestial art, and literal sleeping/dreams art. In fact, I used to have a reoccurring dream as a child about going to an amusement park – that’s why there’s an old fashioned Ferris wheel in there!
Do you favor one of the designs in this coloring book above all the others?
My favorite is the woman with the Victorian era hat with peacock feathers and a stained glass border. I loved that mandala so much that when the book was done I got it tattooed on my shoulder. My other favorite is the flowery hot air balloon. I drew it for Coloring Flower Mandalas, but it wasn’t quite flowery ‘enough’ to make it into the final edition. It got such a huge response on Instagram when I first posted it that I had to make sure it would be included in the book following Flowers!
How do you feel when you see your illustrations colored by others?
It absolutely NEVER gets old! I am constantly inspired by the range of interpretations and ideas from so many amazingly talented people who like to color in my books. So many people choose colors I would never even think to use, and each creation surprises and inspires me – it’s the BEST part of what I do!
What drawing tools do you recommend to use in coloring?
My personal favorite coloring tools are colored pencils, and Faber Castell’s Polychromos are my pencils of choice. But pencils can be hard to use, especially when you have carpal tunnel like I do. So I also love to use alcohol based markers like Copics or Prismacolors. But honestly, I just co-hosted a wonderful coloring competition with a fun Facebook group of colorists, and one of the winning entries was colored with a single blue ball point pen. It was painstakingly shaded with all levels of ink intensity and it was incredible! It just goes to prove that the tool is just that – a tool. What’s important is the process of coloring and how fun it is for you.
When you are stumped in designing new illustrations what can refresh and re-inspire you?
I get a lot of my art ideas through my meditations or by doing things decidedly not artistic – like when I’m cleaning or driving around on errands. But when I get stumped I dive into my huge collection of vintage paper, magazines and postcards from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. There is so much rich and wonderful history in vintage art and it always inspires me.
What can be look forward to next from you?
We just sent Coloring Ocean Mandalas off to the printer a little over a week ago. It is coming out sometime in October. I’m also doing a book of coloring postcards, and that book is in the very early planning stages. It will be loosely based on Coloring Flower Mandalas, which has been my most popular book to date. I’ve also started branching out into illustration work, and will be doing watercolor paintings for a landscaping book coming out next year. I’m busier than I’ve ever been in my life and loving every minute of it!
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Coloring Flower Mandalas by Wendy Piersall through Ulysses Press. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.