Flamingo Coloring with Pencils

Say hello to Bella: the flamingo I colored this weekend. It turned out to be a two-day project with more colored pencils than I had imagined using.

I’d been wanting to color this gorgeous stamp from Colorado Craft Company ever since they released it. When I saw Del & Artie color it live with Copic markers, I knew I needed to buy it right away. And I did. But when it came, I felt daunted. Everyone else had already done such an amazing job coloring it…what could I do that was different?

Last evening, though, when my daughter picked this stamp out for our family coloring night, she said to my husband, “We are going to have one rule before we start, Daddy: we are not going to compare! We are coloring for fun and we’ll just do our best because that’s what matters.”

It was such a great reminder!!

Sometimes I forget what I tell my own child. Lol.

Well, after many hours of blending, shading, laughing, talking, and coloring some more, Bella is ready to make her debut. My daughter hasn’t finished her version, yet and my husband isn’t one for sharing 🤷🏻‍♀️ I love that we are able to spend time coloring together. This is the second time we’ve gravitated towards stamps from Colorado Craft Company to color — their big and bold series is perfect for all ages and all skill levels!


Curious about the products I use? I have listed them below.

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Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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