So this is weird, because I vlog about my misadventures in laser print media, but the weekly video isn't out until tomorrow morning so this must seem so out of the blue.
But here it is: I'm playing with colouring books. I spent a bunch of time last week putting together line art to make a nice little themed colouring book, because the ONE thing the laser printer is good at is a simple, crisp line. ALSO, on a whim I threw a torn out sketchbook page into the paper tray and it took it without jamming like some kind of miracle.
It's not cardstock, but it is a heavier weight than copy paper, it is ever so slightly cream coloured, AND it has a bit of tooth to it seeing as it is sketchbook paper. From a book. And it's for drawing, so it should be damn luxurious to colour on compared to your typical storebought colouring book.
Each book has about 10 images, single-sided (in case you want to brave markers/paint). The last detail I'm working out is whether I should stick to classic heavy, black lines for the nostalgia, or if I want to make them this light grey colour, for people who want a little more control. I could just offer both options. The images are somewhat... plain I guess? I left lots of room for your creative additions: adding more layers of leaves in the background, or laying down a pattern as I sometimes do? Writing? Collage? The limit is your imagination! You'll see what I mean later when it's finished.
In the meantime, for Family Day, the VanDusen garden was offering a $5 admission so we trekked out to finally see it.
In the middle of winter.
It was as exciting as one would expect for a garden full of "dead" things. But one cool plant stood out:
IT'S A CACTUS. COVERED IN SNOW.
I didn't know this was even an option. I get that we have the mildest winter around, but I'm pretty impressed. I'm always keen on a plant that doesn't have to be tortured indoors over the winter every year. I must have him.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?