Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy to Return to This Creative Space

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For the past few years, I've been illustrating slideshows and creating sketchnotes for the company where I work. So, by the time my workday was done, I wasn't reaching for my art supplies and sketchpad.

My Paper Dali website became like that room in your house that's packed with old, beloved projects; half-completed ones; and endless bits of scraps and papers with ideas scrawled onto them. Every now and then, I'd peek into this creative space, muse over previous work, and very rarely add another little coloring page to the pile.

But this past year, I've had my job go to 100% editorial work, meaning all I do is edit, coach writers, and write... with only one illustration project all this time.

That shift in my workload has created the exact opposite of what I anticipated. I had thought that no longer drawing for work meant that I'd lose my enthusiasm for drawing, that I'd shove my art supplies in a bin, that I'd resign myself to being that gal who used to draw.

The opposite has happened.

Organizing This Creative Space

With my work being strictly with words, I find myself once again reaching for my markers, pencils, and paper in the evening.

Instead of drawing being something I must do, drawing is something that I want to do. The freedom of choosing what to draw and when to draw has given new life to my drawing... and a renewed desire to blog once more on Paper Dali.

Coming back to Paper Dali is like coming back to a little shop I loved but didn't visit for a long time.

I've been looking through the archives to see what is here (goodness, did I really launch Paper Dali when my daughter was 9? She's 15 now!), to compare drawing styles (my early drawings look so primitive and hesitant compared to the more elaborate patterns I favor now), to look at where my thoughts once were (Annie Oakley, how we loved you)...

Moreover, I noticed cracks in the ceilings and dull paint, so I've repatched some links and brightened this creative space with more pops of orange and blue, even a new header.

In rummaging through Paper Dali, I realized just how very difficult locating my free coloring pages are. And so, you can now find them all in one easy-to-see tab.

I also updated the About Me section because readers and old friends may want to see what I've been up to these last few years. (Or not. But if they do, the info is there!)


What I'll Be Sharing


As the new header says, Paper Dali will not just be a place for free coloring pages but also a place where I'll share doodles, drawings, ideas, and musings about creativity, art, and the creative process, all from a Catholic worldview.

I plan on blogging regularly once more as well. I've missed writing about these things I love so well and sharing my work with you. I also look forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to and looking at your creative projects and going-ons as well.

Blessings galore,

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Free Saint Francis of Assisi Coloring Page: October 4

Ready for Saint Francis of Assisi's Feast Day? It's Oct. 4.

To celebrate this holy day, let's color...
Click to download.

Note: You can download the free Saint Francis of Assisi coloring page here.

In the spirit of poverty and joy and creativity and love for the Holy Family, he is credited for creating the Christmas creche, which Catholics have adopted into their homes.

May this coloring page inspire you to prepare your heart with the same love and care that St. Francis prepared the creche.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Feast Day of the Guardian Angels [Free Coloring Page]

Today's feast day of the guardian angels is one of my favorites! The idea of being appointed an angel from God to guard us and guide us throughout our lives leaves me awestruck.

"From infancy to death human life is surrounded 
by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. 
Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd 
leading him to life. 
Already here on earth
 the Christian life shares by faith in 
the blessed company of angels and men united to God."

Here's a free guardian angel coloring page for you to download for personal (nonprofit) use. The image below is a preview. Click on it to download the PDF.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blessed Junipero Serra's Canonization Day [Free Coloring Page]

In just a few short hours, Pope Francis will celebrate the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra.

To mark this day, I doodled a free Junipero Serra coloring page for you:
You can click or tap on the image to get to the free download page.

Peace be with you,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Catholic Saints Coloring Book Featuring Saints Peter, Joan of Arc, and Anthony of Padua

I'm happy to announce that St. Peter and some well-known, beloved saints have finally made it to The Paper Dali Shop.

The saints are...
1. Saint Simon Peter
2. Saint Veronica
3. Saint Genevieve
4. Saint Joan of Arc
5. Saint Anthony of Padua
6. Saint Monica

The downloadable PDF coloring book is only $4, less than a cuppa joe---and families can make as many copies of the drawings as they like for their immediate family.

You can peek into the coloring book and get more details at the shop.

Creative Commons License ... and please do NOT offer my works as downloads from your site.