NEW Feathered Friends & Zen Dragonflies Colorist Books!


Today I wanted to show you the two latest Colorist books from Hot Off The Press! These cute little coloring books feature gorgeous designs, each printed on its own cardstock page and sized perfectly for a card. Yes, we know coloring is therapeutic, but let’s put our coloring to work for us and use it to create a special focal, whether for a card, page or even a gift bag!

Last week Paulette and Gail were at the CHA MEGA Show in Southern California, and alas—it was discovered we needed samples for the new books. So Gail and our awesome buyer, Kayla, found themselves in the hotel room coloring. You’ll get to see Kayla’s card on an upcoming webisode!




Our two new books are Zen Dragonflies for Colorists and Feathered Friends for Colorists, and the images are some of my favorites so far!


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Here’s a sample from Zen Dragonflies that LeNae colored with Spectrum Noir™ pens, and accented with Stickles™ glitter glue! This piece would look amazing on a card. Just stamp a greeting onto one of the labels or tags that come with the book, add a bow if you like, and you’re done!


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Here’s another design from Zen Dragonflies. Debbie colored her page with Spectrum Noir™ Blendable Pencils, matted it on Purple Circles Holographic paper and glued it to a gift bag—so clever! I zoomed in so you’ll be able to see the design, as well as the little gift tag hanging from the handle. Each Colorist book includes 2 sheets of matching labels and tags to use however you like (our graphic designers think of everything)!


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Feathered Friends is our other must-have Colorist book! Gail did an incredible job coloring this sample, and she used something that most of us already have—ink pads! She used Art Daubers to color the frame (you “wear” the daubers on your fingers—cool!) Then she tapped the inks onto a craft sheet or acrylic block, and actually used a paintbrush to “paint” her owl. Great ideas, Gail!

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And now for the coup-de-grace, Gail’s stunning Owl Center Step Card! The simplicity of the card highlights the awesome job she did coloring her owl. She used Spectrum Noir™ pens to color her owl, and if you haven’t tried these markers yet, put them on your wish list!! There are TONS of colors available, and they are grouped into color families for seamless blending. Love them!

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I hope these projects will inspire you to take your coloring out of the book, and onto a card! Make your coloring count! 😀


Have a wonderfully creative day!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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9 Responses to “NEW Feathered Friends & Zen Dragonflies Colorist Books!”

  1. Valerie Breingan says:

    These are Gorgeous. I wish I’d ordered them when I put my order in.That’s ok.Next time I will. Thanks girls.

  2. Faye Thompson says:

    Thanks I love these and will be getting them.

  3. Beverly says:

    How fun is this? I love to color and I also love nice clean hotel rooms. What a great way to spend sometime waiting to go out to dinner or whatever. Love those beautiful dragonflies, never have been too big on owls but they’re pretty too.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      These books are SO much fun! I threw mine in a zippered pencil case along with my markers, and it’s been perfect for when I have some downtime. And the Feathered Friends Colorist book also has robin, feather and hummingbird designs, if owls aren’t your thing. Thanks for commenting, Beverly! 😀

  4. Daria Sikorski says:

    Love your colorist books. They are a perfect size to take anywhere and great for card making. The two new books are going into my shopping cart. Gail made fabulous samples. Thanks for producing such a fun product.

  5. Laurie says:

    ooh! I love both the owls and the dragonflies! This gets the wheels turning…

  6. Diane Lynne C says:

    Love the owls. I’m not quite ready to commit to coloring yet. But these are just the right size for carrying your purse.

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