I had a cold. Thick head, slow brain. What to do? Colour. And video it.
It took 2½ hours to complete the intricate colouring page, a collage of Wild Gears designs assembled in Photoshop that you can buy on Etsy.
I had planned to speed up the video, because no one wants to watch me colour that long. My software (Adobe Premiere Elements) can speed up my footage 8 times. It made me look like a colouring whiz, but it was still 20 minutes long. It needed to be under 5 minutes. What to do, what to do?
So I cut out bits – lots of bits – and replaced them with a “clock wipe” transition to indicate the passage of time.
I used glitter gel pens for the foreground patterns, to make them pop, some metallic gel pens for highlights (the silver can actually cover the black lines), and dollar-store markers for the rest. At the end, I shot some footage at an angle to see the glitter catching the light. We didn’t have glitter or metallic pens when I was a kid.
Such frenzied activity required a fast, jazzy soundtrack, so that’s what I gave it. Sorry it isn’t very relaxing! But I’m getting over the cold, and at least I have something to show for it.