For lovers of magic and mystery, I present Bluebell Woods Coloring Book. A coloring book for artists of all ages and skill levels!
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Bluebell Woods Coloring Book Pages and Stories
This book is a collection of short stories and whimsical illustrations inspired by a real life place I love very well. Please enjoy this journey into the magical land of Bluebell Woods.
Page 1. Nameplate Page
Shown here unsigned, it will eventually be digitally signed by me for the digital download version. For the first edition, it’s blank so I can sign every copy by hand with silver paint marker.
Page 4. Below the Surface In fact, those who do not care to be open to it – might miss the magic of this place entirely!
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Page 7. Verdita the Flower Fairy Here’s Verdita, a fairy specializing in helping promote blooming energy in plants. She uses her specialized magic to create extraordinary growth and flowering in the spring – helping small flowers grow strong for the rest of the year. She coaxes the plants with a special song that only those with chlorophyll can hear… and inspires any greenery into vigorous new life after the harsh winter.
Page 9. Bellmae and the Bluejay This is Bellmae the Fae with a magical bluebell gifted from Jack the Jay. Each year, Bellmae brings this magical bluebell to the queen of the wood elves, where it is harvested and added to the mystical pool of light – a reserve of magic for special occasions.
Page 10. Bellie the Fairy Here’s Bellie, a naturally curious and sweet fairy. Bluebell Bash is her favorite event of the year, and she often finds herself daydreaming of who she will dance with each year when the day approaches.
Page 11. Jax the Snail and Mushies Every year as the bluebells open up, all creatures big and small rejoice and enjoy the wonder of the blooming time. Here we have Jax the snail pondering on the loveliness of a bluebell plant from his lofty perch on a tree fungus.
Page 12. Gisela the Scout Here’s Gisela, a leaf surfer and quick responder. If trouble approaches Bluebell Woods, she sounds the alarm from her treetop perch. Her favorite pastime is to surf the colorful fall leaves and ride the maple in the wind.
Page 13. Queen Azza Here’s Queen Azza, the tallest, most regal of all the tree nymphs, standing before the entrance to her bonded tree. While she may be able to wander from her tree, it makes her uncomfortable to do so, and the farther from her home she goes, the weaker her power becomes.
Page 14. Faetunes at Bluebell Bash Every year, Bluebell Woods celebrates the week of blooming, and many of the festivities include music, but especially the Bluebell Bash. Fae folk from far and wide travel to join in on the dancing, food, and smooching in the bluebells. Here we have Sylva the bard with her lute, Dahlu on the pipes, and Bas the singer. Belli provides the bell-beat. The rest of the beat comes from the stomping and clapping from the crowd.
Page 15. Arianna the Aria Singer at the Withering Ceremony Ending the night every last night of the Bluebell Blooming, Arianna sings the Bluebell Goodbye Song in a gathering at the Bluebell Bash Grounds. Many Fae are caught wistfully weeping at her eerily beautiful voice, and how it expresses the sorrow of the Withering. By the end of her song, the bluebells in her hair have turned to dust after browning and dying in sadness.
Page 16. Kaida Dragon Baby This dragon baby was hatched inside the Bluebell Woods Hatchery – an old hollowed out tree which keeps things warm and toasty for the baby dragons. This is a place where dragons without parents end up to hatch; and get hand-fed for a scant three days before they are released into the wild to fend for themselves in the Dragon Sanctuary, a four day’s journey by Gryphon flight.
Page 17. Campanula the Messenger Beetle Here’s Campanula the Messenger Beetle, and his companion, Bruk the Messenger. They’re flying past the creekside fairy restaurant on their way to the mystical palace of light with an urgent message. This is the quickest, easiest way to travel for those fae folk who are not winged: messenger beetles are hardy to wind and weather, fast in flight, and wonderfully affectionate to their riders.
Page 18. Katrine the Fresh Water Mermaid The unlucky man that stole from and woke the wrath of the dragon… was the same man that sunk his rowboat and offered his treasure to a new owner, Katrine of the Fresh Water Rainbow River. Why is it called Rainbow river? Is it for the plethora of rainbow trout? Or perhaps the river is colored in a rainbow as a result of a magical experiment gone awry? Maybe your own story! Only you decide that!
Page 19. Mystical Palace of Light and Earth
Nearby the river is a beautiful palace nestled in the hilly clearing on the outskirts of the woods. Here, in this sunny, beautiful place in the south, the mushrooms grow large and are able to house full generations of fairy families. Enshrouded by magical enchantments that only let those pure of heart nearby (and turns all others round in circles for hours and back the way they came) – is a magical palace built of wood, twigs, earthen bricks, and acorns. And nestled right up against it is also a castle made of light-reflecting crystals and gemstones. This is to suit the earthen-bound fae King Prussi of the Acorn palace, and the Crystal-powered Queen Wasan of the Crystal palace. Together, they rule the Bluebell Woods with fairness and kindess, keeping in mind tolerance for all of the Woods’ creatures, big and small.
Page 20. Wasan, the Queen of the Crystal Palace Queen Wasan gains her mystical power from the bright refracted light of crystals… a light bath in the presence of these beautiful natural growths makes her abilities more powerful and influencial. Included in her dipolamatic skills is her ability to soothe and heal all troubles, and to engender trust between fae species.
Page 21. Michelle the Fairy Michelle is on her way back from the Mystical Palace of Light and Earth, having flown most of the previous night to deliver an urgent message to the King, she now walks to rest her wings. As she is enjoying the sunny day and dreaming what the clouds could be, she is met by a ladybug who tells her of a grand party – which she is dressed well enough for – just nearby this night! Does she go? I’m not sure – but it’s nice to be invited, right?
Page 22. Shallow Water Sprite This is Frisha, sprite of shallow waters, and she’s checking the perimeter of her home for possible intruders. Here she’s in her swimming gear – her leaf suit and acorn cap dry quickly in the sunshine and provide her protection from predators from above, who mistake her for a drifting acorn in the water.
Page 23. Millie and Moo the Morse Dear Millie the gnome loves to ride around on her companion and best friend, Moo the Morse. A morse… is a mouse and a miniature horse bred together for the wayfinding abilities of the mouse, and the ridability, speed and cleverness of a horse. Moo is fascinating, having a complex where he thinks he is a cow, so he tends to moo more than whinny, and this habit gave him his name.
Page 24. Wishes Can Start Small In the land of Bluebell Woods, when you wish on a wishy, it actually comes true! Here’s two wishes happening at once – the fairy wishes to have a rest, and the goblin wishes for a meal – let’s hope the two wishes don’t happen at the same moment!
Page 25. Rainmaster Here is Clarita the Rainmaster, bringing a rainstorm for the plants and flowers to enjoy a good drink. She wears leafy clothing to help repel the water and make her buoyant in case of a flooding out, she rides her outfit on the waves, turning her umbrella hat into a surfboard.
Page 26. Cindy and the Dragon Here’s warrior fairy Cindy, ready to do in this belligerent dragon with her mystical sword of sleeping. All she needs to do is give him a good stab in the eye and he’s passed out, ready for the gentle giants to cart him back to the Dragon Sanctuary.
Page 27. A Cozy Home Nestled in the coziest of trees are homes of many fairies and nymphs, fae folk alike love the warmth and solid spirit of a tree home. Here is the cozy winter home of Michelle the Fairy, who moves out of her mushroom hut in the winter to keep her wing tips from getting frostbite.
Page 28. Maja and Zero Here is Maja the beast tamer, riding Zero the Pegasus, on a big hurry to save a village from an enraged Gryphon. Maja is an elf with the ability to soothe and put any animals to sleep, and she serves the fae community by traveling wherever needed to help with potential disasters. She knows that most beasts are simply misunderstood, and has the ability to communicate with them and resolve the issue they face. Zero is the fastest Pegasus of all time, and is named so because he takes zero time to arrive. Thank you to @coloringmaja on instagram – drawing you for my book was a pleasure!
Page 29. Dragon Sanctuary Long ago, the fairies and the dragons made a peaceful agreement not to bother one another – the dragons were alotted a large portion of Bluebell Woods, which was agreed to be stocked with plenty of livestock to feed on, and in exchange they would not terrorize the residents of the woods. When a dragon misbehaves, there’s a team of fae folk the King deploys to help bring the offending dragon back to the sanctuary.
Page 30. Betty the Bug Fae Every one of the fae folk love a good bluebell Bash, and Betty is no exception! She comes out every year from her home in neighboring Scarlet Woods.
Page 31. A Chance Encounter In the Dark Forest, late at night, you never know who you might approach – friend or foe? What is this human woman doing in the woods at night? Most likely looking for a grand adventure – and she’s about to get one!
Page 32. Flora of the Wild Flora is another human in Bluebell Woods, she was orphaned at the Bluebell Inn and raised by Brynna for the first 13 years or so, until she became a wild witch of the woods and wandered off, to the dismay of her adoptive parents, to learn magic. Sometimes she returns to the Inn to visit, but always briefly, and with a gift and a cryptic message. Who knows where Flora came from? She’s a mystery and a gift, later saving the Woods from terrible peril… an unlikely heroine of Bluebell Woods!
Page 33. Elven Magic A potion in the making… with the aid of her ancestors… this elven sorceress lives on the edge of the sparkling glen, having created the Hills of Forgetting to keep the dragons from finding her tower. She’s adept at many magics, and those from across the woods come to her when in need… is she evil? good? Who knows what shade of gray she lives on in this spectrum, but things are never as simple as they seem…
Page 34. King of the Acorn Palace The King of the Acorn Palace is strong, wise, handsome… a fairy king of the most splendid sort! He loves his earthen castle and takes comfort in the woods he calls home – ruling with a fair and compassionate hand.
Page 35. The Bluebell Inn Here’s Rosa the gypsy elf, on her way through the Bluebell Woods. She’s the last of her troupe to file into the Inn after a long journey by foot. Rarely will gypsies from her band stay at a proper Inn, usually preferring to camp outside. However, it’s well known that the proprieter, Brynna, is a fae herself and welcomes all peaceful folk into her rooms for a bit of rest… and her beds are the cushiest, most comfy in the land!
Page 36. The Princess Considers the Frog The Princess considers the legends and tales of the frog prince… and having lacked a consort of quality as of yet, sincerely considers kissing the poor amphibian! Should she do it? What will happen??
Page 37. Nurturing Magic Even fairies start as babies… and need nurturing and love to grow. Here is a fairy mom and her newborn, enjoying a cuddle. Nurture the love in your life.. and it will grow too.
Page 38. Doggicorns These faithful friends of the fae folk are pups with horns – a magical, loyal companion who measures no larger than a raspberry. Their favorite time of the year is the bluebell blooming, when the magic of the bluebells give them extra speed and agility for lots of puppy pranks!
Page 39. Fairy Babies in the Morning Glories Fairy babies are attracted to the bright and beautiful blooms of flowers… and here are seen playing in the Morning Glories and learning to fly.
Page 40. Mystical Portrait Fae from far and wide come to enjoy the blooming of the bluebells. Here’s a mystical elf from the Dragon Sanctuary, come to enjoy in the revelry of Bluebell Bash. She’s fashioned a crown of bluebells for the occasion.
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Page 41. Rozena the Waterfall Fae Here’s Rozena, taking a break by a waterfall in Bluebell Woods. She loves the waterfall here for its steady flow and strong current, and gains energy from being within its misty presence.
Page 42. Sarah the Adventurer Sarah is a clockmaker sprite, and loves to make new inventions and test them in the world. A scientist and curious spirit, she’s always trying new things. Here she’s created a Hot Air Bluebell Balloon and is traveling with the warmth of her magical combustion energy to create lift in the aircraft. The feather acts as a sail, catching thermal winds and allowing some directional guidance to the balloon. She drifts over Bluebell Woods, enjoying the scenery and dreaming of far-away places.
About Bluebell Woods Coloring Book
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There’s realistic fantasy drawings, whimsical cartoon drawings… heavy linework and ballpoint pen linework… a nice variety to suit anyone’s taste. There are portraits, scenery… all with a magical touch and most with the bluebell theme. Most went through 3 to 5 revisions before I was satisfied with the quality of the linework. Each page is made with love.
Recently, I colored for the first time in my entire life, thanks to my little sister. She gave me my first coloring book and when I needed to relax, I pulled it out and started coloring. It immediately put me at peace, and allowed me to slowly unravel and make sense of my messy life.
I believe that coloring books are a useful tool for people of all skills to enjoy art in a relaxing, meditative way – free from the concerns of creating a compelling design. Just grab your colors and bring the page to life!
In today’s stressful, mixed-up world, with so many unpredictable and scary events happening – I truly feel that coloring is a way for people to regain control of their own world and allow creative expression without rules. Coloring is a safe, sacred space for anyone – young, old, meticulous and messy – ANYONE to enjoy art.
The collaborative nature of coloring books is also fascinating to me. As a colorist – I enjoy flipping through my coloring books until a page speaks to my current mood. I choose my pages based solely on how I feel at the moment. Then I enjoy creating a whole world in that page, inspired by the illustrator’s design.
As an illustrator of coloring books, I feel so excited to bring a page into the world, wondering what the endless possibilities for coloring a page will be. I loved creating Bluebell Woods Coloring Book. I most prefer creating pages without a clear idea of what color should go where – a truly open canvas for any color to feel at home. My favorite part about creating pages is seeing what others do with the page – and hearing how it helped them unwind and de-stress after a difficult day.
I’m bringing healing and happiness to the world… one coloring page at a time!