Advent Calendar, Day 8

Advent calendar ale balanzario
Advent Calendar
Day 8
Looks like we are heading to a Green Christmas, no snow yet here, but it's cold, it's always a good idea to have a pair of mittens any time we go outside.
Have a great day!

Keep It Simple, A New Acrylic Painting

Ale Balanzario acrylic
Keep It Simple

I have been busy lately, and I might say, very busy, a few months ago, I came up to a beautiful painting, a still life, so colorful and so much on it, the painting by itself could tell me a whole story every time I look at it, the author of course is Este Macleod.

If you have seen Este's work, every work is a piece of art, so I follow her on Facebook page and on Pinterest.

One day I saw on Este's Facebook, she was going to have an online course "Explore Colour Course", I didn't think twice, I signed on!.

This course is two weeks long, and everyday is fantastic, this course is full with knowledge and creativity, Este shares all her knowledge, she has tasks to do everyday.

It was a great online course, from a new medium for me, it was the first time I did something with acrylics, and a new whole way to make a painting.


My Sketchbook

Hi everyone, today I want to share some of my sketchbook
Have a nice day!



Hello my dear friends, I have been away from this blog lately, but I have been working on my illustrations, some new things I'm working on, like this mermaid, doing something different, yes this time she is not in the sew, she dares to try something new, reaching from the sky, and I may say, so far, everything it's going good !




On my desk,
It's always nice to have an angel on my desk, don't you think?
Thanks for your visit.
Ale Balanzario

Coloring Book, Quilting Designs

Coloring book, Quilting Designs

Now you can get my PDF to make your own Coloring Book with 12 Quilting Designs on my Etsy Store.

I designed these 12 Quilting Designs inspired on the amazing Baltimore Quilts, with flowers, leaves, vases and birds.

You can have some fun coloring each design, you can collect them all or after you color them you can frame them and hang them on a wall.

I thank you for buy you do

Coloring book, Quilting Designs

Coloring book, Quilting Designs

Mermaid, Free Paper Doll

Mermaid, free paper doll

Mermaid, Free Paper Doll

It's raining, cats and dogs, great weather to stay inside, perfect weather to finish this new paper doll, a Mermaid, you can free download, cut and ensemble.

Mermaid, free paper doll
I thank you for making the time to stop by and read my blog.

Mermaid, free paper doll

Hello June! free calendar.

Hello June
Hello June!
How fast time flies!, already June, Summer will be here with nicer weather
I could say many things about June here on South Quebec.
Nice weather, sunshine, lots of flowers in the garden, children playing, everybody enjoying the good weather outside, and having an ice cream could be my favorite as well as go for a swim in the pool every evening.
But it's also time to review our year's resolutions or goals, if you set some for 2015 or if you run a business.
To help you out on it, as my little grain of sand, you can download and print for your personal use, a free June Calendar, a To Do List and a Hello card where you can write down a nice message!
Hope you start a great month with lots of good things to talk about.
free printable june calendar

To Do List free

Hello Card, Ale Balanzario
Do you have on your To Do List something special to do this month?
Are you planning to go on vacations this month?
I thank you for stopping by and make the time to read my blog.

Last days for #doodleadaymay

Shadow for #doodleadaymay
Having fun making a doodle a day, almost May is over, June list is ready
Will you join to make a #doodleaday?
Do you like to draw?

Coloring Book for adults with Quilting Designs

Coloring book for adults Quilting Designs
It's time to talk about it, you know I love to make quilts, but I also love to draw,
this time I worked with these two passions in my life to make a Coloring book with Quilting Designs.
Inspired with the timeless designs of Baltimore quilting, with flowers, leaves, baskets, vases, and even birds.
I'm sure you will love to spend time coloring the 12 pages of my coloring book.
It's listed on my Etsy Shop, as an instant download, you can buy it there, and download it to start working on it.
I thank you for supporting my passion on this journey into illustration!
Coloring Book for Adults, Quilting Designs

Coloring book for adults, Quilting desings

Coloring book for adults Quilting Designs

How to work transparency in an illustration

transparency in an illustration
Transparency in an Illustration
I just finished the online course about Color on Illustration, with the great illustrator and teacher Marian Lario.
I learnt many new things on this subject, this illustration was my homework for the 5th week, I worked here with hand carved stamps, then I scanned it and on photoshop I cleaned the background, and using layers with the mode multiply, I added some color with transparency.
Something new for me, really interesting and love the result.


How To Make A Mother's Day Card On Your IPad.

Mother's Day Card
Full Tutorial.
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!
I have been having lots of fun working on two drawing apps on my IPad.
Both are free, and easy to use, to make a Mother's card is easy, just follow these steps and you will get your also.
You can write your message in any language, here is Happy Mother's Day in Spanish.
Mother's Day card full tutorial
I began to do the sketch on Adobe Sketch app.
1. you need to get a new white paper, then draw the sketch with the pencil with light gray.
Mother's day full tutorial
2. With the point crayon and with the darker green draw the leaves.
Mother's Day full tutorial
3. With the same point marker, with a lighter green draw the lights on the leaves.
Mother's day card full tutorial
4. With the thick marker and in dark red, draw the circles for the roses.
Mother's day card, full tutorial
5. With the thick marker, draw the lights on the roses first with the medium tone of red, then with the lighter red, this will look like pink.
With the pencil and with dark red draw spirals on each of the red flowers.
6. With the point marker with dark yellow, draw the four petals flower, then draw the lights with the same marker with light yellow.
With the fine marker with blue, draw the two little flowers, then with same marker and with a lighter blue, draw the lights of each of these flowers.
Mother's day card, full tutorial
6. With the pencil with dark green, draw some curly lines here and there.
mother's day card, full tutorial
7. With the point marker with dark and dark yellow, do some point here and there.

Mother's day card, full tutorial
Save your design on this apps on your IPad,
Mother's day card, full tutorial
8. Open PICSPLAY apps for your IPad, I got it also for free,
Here I worked to crop the black frame and to write the message.
You can save any of these 3 Mother's Day message to wish your mom a Happy Mother's Day.
If you like this tutorial, remember to PIN and Share it.
I thank you for making the time to stop by and read this tutorial!
Have a great week-end and Happy Mother's Day.

Doodle-a-Day Challenge, May 2015 begins. Will you do it?

May 6th, #doodleadaymay
Five dog friends #doodleadaymay
#doodleadaymay May 4th
Fear, ale balanzario
Science #doodleadaymay
Sunday, May 3rd.
Fear, ale balanzario
May 2nd, #doodleadaymay
May is here, and the list to follow Doodle-a-Day May 2015 is here,
you are welcome to join this challenge,
a doodle a day.
I will be posting here my doodles for the week.
I may not be able to do it everyday, I will do my best.

How to work on an Illustration with complementary colors.

Complementary Colors on an Illustration
Last week on my Color Course for Illustration, with the talented teacher Marian Larios, I had to work on an illustration with complementary colors.
Blue - Orange
On this Color course, I'm learning how to work with colors, the right way, too much to learn, and so happy to be there.
Too much to learn yet.
If you are looking to learn about the illustration world, I would recommend Marian Larios, she speaks Spanish, so her courses are in Spanish, if you speak it or if you understand it, it worth all!

Kaleidoscope Free Paper Toy

Paper Kaleidoscope Toy
I love Paper Toys, if you ask me why, I would say, for me they are something I've been always attracted to, they are colorful, they are made out of a piece of paper, they are so playful, I can hold them in my hands and play with them for hours.
Another thing I love about Paper toys, it's we all can make them!
This time, together with my sister Mariana, we worked together to make our own Kaleidoscope Paper Toy, you might seen this Kaleidoscope made out paper on the net.
We fall in love with it, and we challenged ourselves to make one for us.
After a few days working on it, here you have it, it works, you can download for free, this time you have to choices to pick from, one with color already on it, or one for coloring, you can color it and then cut, glue and play with it.
Hope you like it, hope you make one or many and have lots of fun with it.

To download the paper toys, click on each one and print them out.
If you have any question, leave a comment and I will respond.

I thank you for making the time to visit my blog and leave a comment.
You can always follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and get all the updates of my work.

Never Stop Learning, Color Class for illustrators

 Color Class
I'm taking the "Color Class" and online course with Marian Lario, a wonderful illustrator and great teacher, this is my 3rd online course I take with her, she never disappoint me, her online courses are complete, well written, easy to follow with lots to learn.
Marian Lario's Blog "El Gato Azul De Prusia" (in Spanish) has always post with great information and resources for illustrators.
In this "Color Class" there is a student Natali, she is another wonderful illustrator and great teacher too. you can visit her blog Nata Ludica (in Spanish), she also always share her knowledge and great illustrations.
And this "Color Class" is as good as the other two I already taken with her, on the first week we learned about the basic of color in illustrations, as homework we need to work on an illustration.
 I'm happy to share with you all some steps of my homework.
1. I made a sketch on my sketch book with pencil.

 2. I scanned it, then I cropped it, worked a little on the brightness and made lines dark enough.
I'm not a professional illustrator and for sure I'm not a professional working with photoshop, but I try to do my best, hope one day I learn enough to make better illustrations, never quilt to learn more.
 3. I made a layer on photoshop and I began to work on the color,
4. I finished my homework adding some touches with more color.
well, think this little guy is having some fun watering one of his friends, I could name this illustration empathy.
I thank you for making the time to read this post, if you like my work, and if you want to get updates of my work, you always can visit and like my Facebook Fan Page, as well my Pinterest illustrations board.
Wish you all a wonderful day, and never stop learning!