Coloring Book for Grown Ups- Fashionable Stress Solution

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My new coloring book is out from Monsa Publishing! You can find it on Amazon. Or at Monsa.

Thank you for your interest in my coloring book. I hope it brings you many hours relaxing creativity. In this book you will find candy castles, sugar skulls, religious icons, tattoo symbols, circus animals, day of the dead decoration, tea parties, ice cream, lollipops, cats, sailors and tikis.

Luck, spirituality, sweetness, goodness, rock ‘n’ roll, travel, and fantasy are all themes  you can see in my art. Art is therapy, I find that it helps me a lot. Having a creative passtime is at the same time relaxing and distracting . Adult coloring books are very fashionable at the moment, making creation possible even for those who cannot draw the basic images. The important thing is that each person will end up with a different result, that’s creativity! I recommend using colored pencils or colored markers (you can start with markers and then add shading with pencils). Some things to think about while you color my designs; Vanity, worship, faith, savior, adventure, fun, love, death, femininity, exoticism, escape, comfort, joy, the antidotes to this crazy stressful world.

Please remember that I hold the copyright to these images, your finished colored pages are for your own personal use only, in your home or for gifts. Please do not use these images to make objects to resell or to tattoo. If you would like to use any of my images for commercial projects you must contact me for authorisation at sunnybuick@hotmail.com

Thanks I really hope you enjoy it!

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Adele Mildred

Just look at Adele Mildred, illustrator and hat maker, a girl after my own heart. American living in London, an artist and vintage collector. I found her work when I was offered The Vintage Tea Party for Christmas. She’s fabulous!

http://www.adelemildred.com/

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Tattoo Stockings

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1. For a literary woman

2. For an engaged woman

3. For aCcountess of Posh

4. For a General’s wife

5. For a lady of the night

6. For a great lover

7. For a messanger girl

8. For a showgirl

From the book La Vie Parisienne Victor Arwas (that I got for Christmas)

Tattoo History: When the Aristrocrats Got Tattooed

The blog Needles and Sins had a great post a few weeks ago about the way tattoo fashion comes and goes. The article goes into depth about when it was fashionable for aristocrats got tattooed and how the tattoo parlors were during that period. I’ve always insisted that tattoos are and have always been for all walks of society. The king of Denmark was tattooed for gosh sakes!

I have this book, The Tattooed Countess which the main character was tattooed on the wrist. It was set during the victorian era. She was a countess by marriage, an american living an exotic lifestyle in Europe. She gets a rude awakening when she goes back home for a visit and the small town is shocked by her tattoo and her freewheeling european ways. You can read the book here.

But at least go read the first short article and let me know what you think!

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Birthday Hike

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For Christmas my husband got me this book. It was my idea and it was a little hard to get started but I knew that on my birthday I could convince him. So we went on a 5 1/2 hour walk! The book lays out 30 walks that encircle Paris and that you can get to and from by train. It was hard towards the end our legs were giving out! I brought along nuts and dried fruit and water which was a good thing because we didn’t come across any businesses until the very end. The area was really beautiful.
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Vintage Fashion Illustration Japanese

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I found this book about a woman fashion illustrator from Japan. I wish I could tell you more about her but it’s all in Japanese! From what I see she was sometimes modeling herself and most of these fashions seem to date from the 1930’s. I’m pretty sure I spied a photo of her old, head shaved like she became a nun! Anyhow a little mystery is always fun. Please enjoy the lovely images.

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Japanese Vintage Fashion

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I found these magazines at an antique store in Shimokitazawa. A clothing catalog and a kntting book. These prints are so fantastic and the kids adorable! I can’t help but imagine adult versions. Why do I always want to dress in children’s clothes!?

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Oh how I wish I had the outfit below! I don’t knit. I made a decision never to start because I already do so much with my hands, but I do sometimes wish it were a possibility.

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A little DIY on how to dress up a cartigan with cuffs, collar and center piece.

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I love the image below as it seems to be a link between traditional clothing and occidental influence.

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I want to add peacock feathers to a dress! I’m putting this one in a folder of things-to-do-one-day.

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There is a Bluebird in my Heart

Bluebird by Charles Bukowski

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

 

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My client came to me with that poem as the base for her tattoo. I’m such a lucky girl! I love it when people have an intelligent concept, it makes my work so much richer, I think.

Old Book

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I’ve had this book for ages. I bought it mostly for the cover art by Ronald McRae. The story is light and funny about a clumbsy NY writer who finds himself Hollywood’s darling. Inside in the list of other books by Carl Van Vechten, I found that he wrote The Tattooed Countess. I found a copy, but was disappointed that the cover didn’t look like this one. Maybe I’ll do a tribute image of how I image Ronald McRae would do.