My Coloring Book Journey

My journey to getting my first adult coloring book published has been very interesting!  This journey started several months ago when I received a private message from a friend on Facebook telling me (in a nutshell) that I needed to start making coloring pages.  I chucked and said “I don’t think so”, then quickly dismissed the thought.

Closeup with Pencils

Over the next several weeks, three other people sent me messages with videos telling me that I needed to make an adult coloring book.

Then once again, several days later, another Facebook friend sent me a message and another video about adult coloring books.  At this point I had to pause.  I couldn’t help but ask, “why are all these people sending me these videos and telling me that I need to do this”?  This was now  five people telling me that I needed to make coloring books.  Then in my head I heard this snickering voice and the words, “how many times am I going to have to tell you to do this?”  I laughed because I knew that was the voice of God and He was the one telling me to make a coloring book.  At that moment I knew that I had to make a coloring book and it didn’t matter if I wanted to or not.

After I finished laughing, I called my publisher and told her that I was going to make a coloring book.  Much to her delight we talked about the details and she told me what I needed to do.  As soon as we hung up the phone I immediately went to work.

Within a couple of weeks I had everything ready to go.  Drawing the pages for the book and putting them together went really fast and it seemed rather effortless.  The editing and proofing process was by far much more lengthy and difficult.

Open Book with Pencils

There was one point during the proofing process that I was feeling very frustrated and discouraged and thinking, ‘why am I doing this?  I didn’t want to do this in the first place’.  Then, low and behold I get a private message on Facebook from another friend with a video about adult coloring books.  I couldn’t help but laugh!!!  Then I remembered why I was doing this and who was telling me to do it.  That gave me the final push I needed to work through the difficulties and get the book finished.  Within a couple of weeks the book was finished and posted on Amazon.

This has been a fabulous journey.  I didn’t want to make a coloring book.  I still don’t know why I was supposed to make a coloring book.  When I think about it I don’t think that either one of those things are even important.  I think what is important is simply the fact that I did it.  Perhaps I will know the “why” some day.  For now, I am pleased that I listened and I followed God’s direction.

I’m sorry that it took so many people telling me to do something, but for each of my six messengers, thank you for sending me the message.  Had this not been so obvious to me by six totally different and unrelated people telling me to do this, I still would not have made the coloring book.  I also want to thank my publisher Candi with Parker House Publishing for her wonderful expertise and patience in working with me through my frustrations!

I don’t have a clue what is going to happen with this book.  I don’t know if even a single person will buy the book or not.  The important thing is that I did what God wanted me to do.  I guess time will tell me why.

The first book is finished and I am working on the second book, with a third book waiting to be started.

It has been a very interesting journey.  I know that the journey has just begun and I am so excited to see where this journey takes me.

"Time Out"

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Fight For Love

CloseUp#1There are things in life that you should fight for, and there are also things not really
worth fighting for.

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You should always choose these battles very carefully.

"Fight For Love" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Fight For Love” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

But above all, and without question or explanation… always fight for what you love!

 

 

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Already Different

Already Different - Detail Close Up #1I am often asked if my work is “hand” or if it is “digital”.  The short answer is… both.

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My work always starts out by my drawing a design on a piece of paper so I can work out the layout and how I want it to look.

From there I either finish the piece by painting it with watercolor and calling it “finished”.  Or I take the layout drawing and scan it.  Once the piece is scanned in I re-draw it digitally using a Wacom tablet and pin, which keeps the drawing a “hand drawing”.

After I have redrawn the design I digitally paint the design.  I have many times been accused of using filters and gradients to add color.  Actually, I never use filters and gradients.  When I paint with watercolor  on paper I use a brush to paint with.  When I add color digitally, I use a tablet and pin/stylus.  In both cases, weather I am using a brush or a pin/stylus, my hand technique is the same.

"Already Different" by Debi Payne Designs

“Already Different” by Debi Payne Designs

For years I looked for a way to make my art style different from everybody else and truly unique to me.  One day I realized that the more I tried to make my art different, the more it was looking like everybody else.  That was when I realized that I didn’t have to try to be different… because I already was!

Since making that discovery, I have enjoyed my art more than ever before!

Embrace all the way that you are different and instead of trying to change them… embrace and enjoy them!!!

 

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It’s About Progress

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I have to first confess that I am a “recovering perfectionist”!  For years I thought that I had to be perfect in everything that I did.  For some reason I thought that if I didn’t do everything perfectly, then it was wrong and I was a failure.  I’m not sure when or why I developed this thinking, but I finally realized that it was driving me crazy!

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My sons probably were the ones that helped me get over my obsession with perfection.  I would work so hard to make something just perfect for them.  I would carefully fret over every little detail of something to make it perfect for them.  Then I finally realized that not only did they not care about all those little details that I had fretted and worried over, but they didn’t even notice.  That is when I realized that not only did anybody other than myself care if everything was perfect, but they usually didn’t even notice the effort that I had put forth to make it perfect.

"It's About Progress" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“It’s About Progress” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

So many people spend so much time trying to make something perfect, with all their fussing, fretting and worrying to try to make it perfect, they are never able to make any progress.

Perhaps we should all stop worrying so much about how we are going to do something and just do it!!!!

 

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Drinking From The Saucer

"When Your Cup Overflows" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“When Your Cup Overflows” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Drinking From The Saucer

by John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune,
And I’ll never make one now
But it really doesn’t matter
‘Cause I’m happy anyhow

As I go along my journey
I’m reaping better than I’ve sowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

I don’t have a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going’s tough
But with kin and friends to love me
I think I’m rich enough

I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I’ll not ask for other blessings for
I’m already blessed enough

May we never be too busy
To help bear another’s load
Then we’ll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed

 

May your day be so filled with abundant joy and blessings that you find yourself drinking from the saucer all day long!

 

 

Zenna Collection

"Zenna" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Zenna” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

 

Classical, elegance is the feeling that you will find in this beautiful original black and white design created by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs.

ZennaRepeat

I was able to take the basic design and turn it into a repeat pattern that I call the “Zenna Collection”

ZennaProducts

Products using the Zenna Collection design created by Debi Payne Designs.

I was delighted with the products that this classic black and white design created.

 

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Your Voice

Quote

"Your Voice"

“Your Voice”

Being a lover of quotes and saying and over the years I have found that I quit an extensive collection.  I have decided that this blog is the perfect opportunity for me to share these quotes and sayings with everyone.

If you see a quote or saying that resonates with you, please feel free to share it on your Facebook or Pinterest pages.

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Always Believe In the Impossible

Sometimes it is difficult to believe in something that is possible, which makes it very difficult to believe in something that seems impossible.

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The secret is simply found in the word “believe”.  All you have to do is believe and it doesn’t matter if it is possible.

"Always Believe In The Impossible" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Always Believe In The Impossible” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

 

Always believe in the impossible and you will be amazed at all the things that happen.

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Savannah Collection

SavannahBasicDesign

This is the Savannah Collection.  This is probably one of my favorite fabric collections that I have created.

SavannahRepeatDesign

Savannah is light and airy design of flowers, swirls and leave is bright shades of pink, orange, yellow and green.  The white background gives the design such a clean and fresh feel.

SavannahProducts

The products created from the Savannah Collection have such a delightful feeling of spring and summer!

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