Sunday, August 7, 2016

Even Princesses Must Bow Down - a Clayboard Engraving (Scratchboard)

Its been a long time coming, but here is the fourth 6x6 inch scratchboard in this new "princess" series of inverted designs.  They are inverted because I've scratched away the background ink and some of the foreground to make this a nice soft, grayscale design.  I rather like this effect, although it takes quite a bit longer than a regular black-background board.

Here are the steps it took to get to the final result.

Friday, March 18, 2016

"Resisting Nanny" a clayboard engraving (scratchboard)

Here is my newest 6x6 inch inverse design etched onto a black clayboard.
I call it "Resisting Nanny" or it could be "The little princess resisting Nanny." It's my second in a Princess series.

If you are interested, here are some of the stages this went through.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Princess Dancing with her Court (a Clayboard engraving / Scratchboard)

When I finished this clayboard engraving and set it aside to look at it, I saw a dancing princess surrounded by her admiring court.

This is a 6x6 inch clayboard engraving (scratchboard) etched on a black Ampersand board using blades, needles, and a multi-line tool.  It was a nine movie endeavor.  I like this one.

Here you can see the stages it went through.  Each session was about 2 hours.

In the first six sessions after sketching out the outline design with a stylus, I slowly scraped away the background black with a blade.  This is the tedious, boring part.

After the background was done, I then etched the component parts to varying degrees to tone down the stark black and white look.  This gives it some depth and interest.  This took about three more sessions....

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A New Coloring Book - Circles of Love

I'm finishing up my new adult coloring book, Circles of Love, which should be coming out within the month.  This is a book of mandalas and wreaths with quotations on love inside them - all to color for calm and mediation.  Here are the covers I will most likely be going withL

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Some Beautiful Coloring

I'm always delighted when my customers send me photos of the coloring they've done with my designs.  Please feel free to share your work with me if you've completed any of my coloring pages!

Here are two new beauties I've received from colorist Nancy Wicker.  Well done, Nancy!

Find more designs in the Customer Gallery of

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ragged Edges - a Clayboard Engraving (Scratchboard)

This is my newest 6x6 inch clayboard engraving.

First I painted the white board with four or five layers of colored india inks to create a wine colored marbled background.  Then I lightly sketched my design onto it.

I spent about three two-movie sessions carefully etching out the design.

Finally, after adding my signature chop, I painted in shadows with diluted india ink.  I let it dry and... Voila!

This will be matted and then offered for sale.  Inquire if interested at

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hemp Exotics - an adult coloring page

Hemp Exotics. My newest hemp design. After putting together my Cannabis bouquets journal (on Etsy and Amazon) I had several extra designs and mandalas, enough to consider making a separate coloring book. Just a few more designs and then....

Stay tuned.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Butterfly Mandala

Thanks again to Harold Suttles for this beautiful and unique rendition of one of my designs from Nature's Gifts. Lovely! I like the horizontal variation in color. It makes a nice rainbow effect.

Design by Cynthia Emerlye.  Coloring by Harold Suttles

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cicada Mandala

Congratulations again to Harold Suttles,  master colorist, for this beautiful rendition of my Cicada Mandala from the Mandalas Set 3: Transformation.  You can find my set with 10 beautiful designs of creatures which transform, shed their skin, metamorphose... in my Etsy shop HERE.

Well done, Harold!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Coloring with a limited palette

Here is another beautiful job coloring one of my designs. This is a great example of using a limited palette. Notice the subtle effect one can achieve by using only two or three complimentary colors. This one has a warm, earthy feel.  Well done Harold Suttles, master colorist!

Wouldn't this make a beautiful needlepoint pillow? 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Salamander Mandala - a coloring page for an upcoming book

Next year's coloring book of Nature Mandalas is nearly finished.  I am now submitting colored versions of the designs for the publisher.  This one, Salamander Mandala, is my latest.

Monday, August 10, 2015

More Designs for Nature's Gifts Coloring Book

I can't keep up with printing this coloring book!  (Nice problem to have, eh?)  Today, since I had to have more printed, I took the opportunity to make the revisions I've been planning.  I eliminated the "Vegetables" page - my least favorite design - and replaced it with something better.  I also eliminated three of the four writing pages and replaced them with designs to color.  So there will be four new designs in Version 3 of this coloring book.  Here are the new designs.

The new printing is backordered until August 19th, 2015.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Working on a New Coloring Book of Nature Mandalas

Here's the colored in version of one of the new designs I've created for Octopus Books for a book of Nature Mandalas - to come out in February 2016.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cannabis Bouquets, an adult coloring Journal, is here!

The first six copies of my newest adult coloring journal, "Cannabis Bouquets," is for sale in my EmerlyeArts.etsy shop.  It's been a long hard slog getting this puppy born but it has happened!  Yay!
Hundreds more are being printed and there should be plenty available in August.  Until then, the first six of you can get one right away on Etsy HERE.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Flower Mandala Book is available in Europe and in the USA

Yay!!! I just heard from one of my customers that my book of Flower Mandalas has been listed on Amazon France! It's out in Europe now.  Unfortunately, Amazon USA will not be carrying it, as it was bought by Barnes & Noble, which doesn't play nice with Amazon.   Look for it at Barnes & Noble here in the USA.  The webstore for this book is here: 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Renaissance Flower Mandala - an adult coloring page

Renaissance Flower Mandala - I'm nearing the end of creating dozens of mandala designs for next year's coloring book for a Hachette publisher. I get weary of doing what other's want of me so every once in a while I just want to doodle out something of my own. This is one of those. I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet. We'll see.

A Set of River Flowers - Oil Paintings

When I painted the backgrounds to the River Flowers painting (Shown earlier) I also painted other canvases with the same backgrounds so if all went well they could be a set. I've been working on the second painting in my 5 o'clock sessions. So far so good.

I want to get the balance right, not only in this individual painting, but also if they are put together as a pair.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beautifully Colored Mandalas by Stee McMorris

I was at my son's house yesterday and noticed that his girlfriend had been coloring in one of my adult coloring books, Nature's Gifts.  What a beautiful job she's done with these designs.  It always thrills me to see the variety of ways that people arrange color on my pages.  Well done, Stee!

You can see many more colored designs on my website Look under the Coloring Tips tab for the Customer Gallery and be delighted!