Blue Mermaid Gown

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As you can see, I am really still just kind of playing around with colors at this point. After a paperdoll vacation, I have to — to borrow an image Brian uses frequently — swim around in color the same way Scrooge McDuck swims around in his gold coins.

As a matter of fact, maybe it’s time for a contest or two, so I have an excuse to just color for a while and don’t have to think about pesky form and fit. (I haven’t forgotten about my music contest, trust me, but those outfits are going to require some thought. Color is just there in my fingers somehow, waiting for me.)

Here’s an easy one, so someone will get it before noon tomorrow… What color nail polish am I wearing? Hint: it’s not just plain color. That is, you will need color + nail polish additive to win this one. (Color in general: I’m not looking for the cutesy little official color name or anything.) The winner gets to pick out any of my black and white outfits and tell me how they’d like it colored!
Rules as usual:
1) If you’ve already won this year, please don’t enter. (Music contest winners are OK to enter a black-and-white coloring contest though.)
2) One guess per person per day.
3) If no one gets the exact color by noon PST, August 27th, ’ll pick the closest guess.
4) People who happen to have a view of my fingers are prohibited. (That means you, dear!)

Colored 1700s Gown in Gold, White and Pink

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Trazy won the contest before last, for being the closest to guess our wedding anniversary (August 9th). She wrote: “i think i would like the newest balck and white dress to be colored in the gold colors, and have some kind of royal feel to it. I want the bows/decorations/trimmings to be pink, and the rest either white, gold, tan, or something similar. the skirt should have some kind of lighter golden swirly royal pattern, a lighter gold than the background…”

I would write more about this dress, but this one took me four hours to color, and there is a sort of tingling feeling in the tip of my left thumb, plus I’m having trouble feeling the pad of my left index finger now as I type. I might have overdone it… but it was worth it!

Strapless Fire Gown in Orange and Red

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So some days I’m happy to draw, and I can slave over little picky details for hours and not get bored. Some days I’m not that into it, but after a half hour nothing can make me stop. Then some days I just want to color, and not in a reasonable kind of way but just in a wild way. That’s what led to this dress. I’m kind of so-so about it, but my husband really thought it was pretty. He also said “It’s the kind of dress where, if you took it to a dressmaker and asked to have it made, you’d get punched in the face. But it works as a fantasy dress.” And so I posted it. Paperdoll fans, you don’t know what kind of debt you owe to my husband, because a lot of things I’d draw I’d probably never post if he didn’t look and say “Oh, it’s cute!” I’m very critical of myself, so if he thinks it’s OK, probably it’s OK…

No one has guessed my favorite color of Prismacolor… I’ll give just one hint, it is NOT my favorite color. (You can guess what my favorite color is just by taking a good hard look at this page… *cough*green*cough*)