Always Remember

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How many times have you said that you couldn’t do something? We have all said it more times that any of us can count? I know it is something that I should do or something that I need to do. Yet I still keep saying that I can’t….

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I have learned that when I say “I can’t…” that usually means that this is something that I am suppose to do and that I need to get over the can’t phase and just start working on finding a way to do it.

"Always Remember" by Debi Payne Designs

“Always Remember” by Debi Payne Designs

Every time I get past the “can’t” and I actually do it I discover that I really am much stronger and braver than I realize.

 If you like this design and would like to use this saying as a reminder to yourself, or if you know somebody that could use this a reminder for their self click here to see products using this design.

 

 

 

 

Believe In The Person

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How many times have you had somebody tell you that you need to do this or do that. Or even worse, they tell you that you need to be this or be that.

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The only thing worse than that is when we try to comply!

 

"Believe In The Person" by Debi Payne Designs

“Believe In The Person” by Debi Payne Designs

Deep, deep in your heart you know what you want to do and you know who you want to be. The only thing that will help you to ignore what other people are telling you to do or be is going to be your belief in yourself.

Believe in the person that you want to become so much and make that belief so strong that you can’t even hear what other people are saying.

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Alphadoodles Have Arrived

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The past few months I have been working on Adult Coloring Books like crazy! I am happy to announce that my second coloring book “Alphadoodles” has now been released!

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“Alphadoodles” Adult Coloring Book by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Alphadoodles is a combination of doodle flowers, shapes and patterns which have been hand drawn to form each of the twenty-six uppercase letters of the alphabet.

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When you have finished coloring a letter, you can cut the page out of the book and either frame the page or use it in a craft project.

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Alphadoodles is printed on large 8-1/2 x 11 high quality, 60 pound paper using only one side of each page.  If using markers or pens, you may want to place a piece of paper or cardstock behind the page your are working on to prevent bleed-through onto the next page design.

Alphadoodles Full Cover

“Alphadoodles” full cover Adult Coloring Book by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

I really enjoyed drawing each of the letters in the “Alphadoodles” collection. Then watching them come to life as color was added has been so much fun.

Alphadoodles Letter A by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs        Alphadoodle Letter B by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

 

 

 

 

 

Alphadoodle Letter C by Debi Payne of Debi Payne DesignsAlphdoodle Letter D by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphadoodle Letter E by Debi Payne of Debi Payne DesignsAlphadoodle Letter O by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just a Few More Quotes and Sayings

I have just a few more quotes and sayings that will get me caught up.

"Love Yourself" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Love Yourself” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

This doesn’t mean that you can’t put God or your family before yourself.  And it isn’t saying that you can’t love God or your children more than yourself.  This is very simply saying that if you don’t know HOW to love yourself, you can’t really love somebody else.

"Life of Possibilities" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Life of Possibilities” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Life is so full of possibilities!  I don’t know about you, but when I think of all the possibilities that are out there for me, I get as excited as a little kid in a swimming pool on a hot summer day!

"Hidden Blessings" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Hidden Blessings” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Some days I know it may feel like blessings are playing a game of hide-and-seek with you.  But trust me, they are there.  Some days you just have to look a little bit harder to find them.

"Everything Happens" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Everything Happens” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Everything really does happen for a reason, both good and bad.  It is always easy to say “Thank You” for the good things that happen.  We all need to learn to say “Thank You” more for the bad things that happen, because the bad things happen for a reason just as much as the good things.

 

 

 

More Quotes & Sayings

Here are a few more quotes and saying that I have gotten behind in posting.

"Be Open To Whatever" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Be Open To Whatever” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If you don’t keep yourself more open to whatever comes your way, you very well be missing some amazing opportunities.

"One Day At A Time" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“One Day At A Time” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometime people spend so much time looking at the future that they are missing the opportunities that are happening for them today.  When actually it is the opportunities that you see in this day that will take you to the future that you are wanting.

"Wish Dream Do" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Wish Dream Do” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

For anything that you want or want to do, you must first see it in your mind before you can have it in reality.

"Make Wrong Right" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Make Wrong Right” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If there is something in your life that doesn’t feel right to you, you are the only one that can change it.  If you are waiting for somebody else to make things right for you, you may be waiting for a really long time!  Only you can make the wrong things right.

"Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometimes we all get so wrapped up in our own thoughts, and we sometimes seem to overthink things to death.  Perhaps if we could learn to take things a little lighter and even learn to laugh at ourselves more, we just might find ourselves happier and much more at ease.

 

 

 

Quotes & Saying

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to try to get caught up with the quotes and sayings that I have fallen behind in posting.

"Say Less Mean More" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Say Less Mean More” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Let your actions back up what you say!  People should know exactly what you stand for and what you believe by what you do, not what you say!

"The Sky Is The Limit" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs.

“The Sky Is The Limit” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs.

No matter what you want, the sky really is the limit.  Anything short of that is a limit that is set only by yourself.

"Tropical Beach" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Tropical Beach” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little sunshine in your day… even if you have to make it yourself!

"Your Comfort Zone" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Your Comfort Zone” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If you are feeling all nice, cozy and comfortable, that is because you aren’t really living!  Get out of your comfort zone and see what great things that start to happen.

"Believe In Yourself" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Believe In Yourself” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

You must believe in yourself.  If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anybody else to believe in you?

 

 

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.

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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.

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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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