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holiday coloring sheets, new in the shop!

Printable Coloring Sheet

Printable Coloring Sheet

One thing I’m working on is filling up the Print-a-Doodles section of the shop with new goodies. One thing my daughter loves to do is draw and color, so I thought, why not create some printable coloring sheets for kids? These ones are seasonally appropriate, but I’ll be adding more options soon.  At only $1 for the set of 3, they’re inexpensive, and you can print as many as you like! Hold a coloring contest or keep the kids occupied while you’re making Christmas dinner. Season’s Greetings from Calobee Doodles!

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new poster design: numbers & veggies

numbers & veggies

So after finishing numbers & fruits and numbers & candy, it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at something healthier–vegetables!

Once again, I spent a long time deliberating exactly which veggies would make the cut (teehee.) Potatoes and onions fell by the wayside; the former were not visually stunning (although they’re one of my favorite foods) and my drawings of the latter were barely decipherable. Summer squash was a close second to pumpkins, but pumpkins won out for being more easily identifiable. I fussed over the cabbages in row 5 for a long time, and I’m still not certain they won’t be mistaken for Brussels sprouts, but hey, what can you do? And yes, I realize tomatoes are technically a fruit, not a veggie. Just play along. There’s a reason I’m not a scientific illustrator. 😉

You’ll soon find this poster in the Calobee Doodles shop!

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illustration friday: cocoon


A quick, last-minute entry into this week’s Illustration Friday! I’ve been busy with custom orders and photography, but I wanted to get something out there. This cute little butterfly will soon be up in the shop as a print-a-doodle.

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choo choo – work in progress

choo choo train

So, I enjoyed working on the “rescue” poster so much, I thought I’d try a similar illustration with a train. I like using basic shapes and colors to create a simple, yet bold design, and it’s a challenge to get the point across without cluttering up the illustration with too much detail. I’m not quite there with this one… the colors need work, but otherwise I think it will make a nice addition to the shop. I don’t know whether it will be a print or a print-a-doodle yet.

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all dolled up

Paper doll - sheet 1paper doll - boy

I’ve been busy working on these new paper doll patterns for the Print-a-doodles section of the shop. I used to love to create paper dolls as a kid, and this week’s project reminded me why… getting creative with the clothes is the best part. I could spend hours coloring and decorating dresses and t-shirts and pants, mixing and matching with different accessories–it was always less about the play and more about the process for me.

Anyway, the result is two paper doll sets, one boy and one girl. Each set comes with two pages of pre-made outfits, plus a third template page that’s blank so you can design your own wardrobe. The dolls are designed to be printed on heavy 8.5 x 11 card stock for durability, but you could also add magnets to the back to create a fridge playset. You can print as many copies as you like, which make these an entertaining, yet inexpensive, party favor or gift. Just be careful with the scissors!

I hope you’ll find these sweet dolls versatile and inspiring.