Color with me – Jungle House from the Magical Jungle, part two

Time for fifty shades of green! We’ll now start with leafy things. There are a ton so it’ll be enough for several parts and then some.

Stuff used on day four:
Faber-Castell Polychromos (120 set)
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Chromium Green Opaque
  • May Green
  • Deep Cobalt Green
  • Dark Indigo
  • Chrome Oxide Green
  • Earth Green Yellowish
  • Dark Naples Ochre
  • Dark Sepia
  • Green Gold
  • Olive Green Yellowish
  • Terracotta
  • Ivory
  • Indian Red
  • Permanent Green
  • Light Green

So um.. leaves. And then more leaves. And I should probably zoom out a bit more next time.
Again, flipping the book as I go to make it easier for myself. And a bit harder for you to follow what I’m doing perhaps but hope not. My scanner is again too narrow for this image so I’m having to photograph it (man I really didn’t think this scanner size through), thus it’s a bit off but oh well.

End result of part two:

I already have bits of the next part filmed so hopefully I can finish filming tomorrow and you’ll see it soon. I don’t know if we’ll be done in the standard four parts, might take five. But we’ll see!

Color with me – Jungle House from the Magical Jungle, part one

Something Basford, something jungle, something happy, something colored… Well here comes part one of our new color along! Yay! This time from the Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford. We’ll be using Faber-Castell Polychromos.
Don’t forget to tag your progress and results with #colorwithiris in Instagram so I can see, like and share your results!

Stuff used on day four:
Faber-Castell Polychromos (120 set)
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Chrome Oxide Green
  • Earth Green Yellowish
  • Dark Naples Ochre
  • Terracotta
  • Indian Red
  • Ivory

Today was all about the background. And for the curious, no, I didn’t stop there just to take my nail polish off 😀 This was shot over two days since my kid woke up in the middle of filming, which is lately her thing. Anyway background. You can easily work more layers onto this to get an even more intense look but I wanted it to look relatively subtle in the end because I want the house to be the focus in the end. We’ll see how that goes.
As you can see, I flipped the book around a bit here. This just makes it easier for me because my natural stroke is best in the up-down movement. Thus it’s easier to flip the page rather than try to do something that feels uncomfortable. Try out different angles to find what suits best for you.
The right side of the background is a bit messy for me since I can’t get the book to lie down completely flat and it’s pretty hard to have uniformity over a curved surface. If that happens to you too, don’t worry. Be gentle with your strokes and try flipping the book.
You can use a blender instead of the Ivory in the end to blend and burnish but Ivory does add a bit of coherence and oomph to it all so I’d recommend that.

End result of part one:

Next we’ll start on the grassy-leafy bits, it will be up hopefully tomorrow.

Beware of a scammer and what to do

I was using a coloring supply buy/sell/trade group in Facebook for trading my Derwent Artists set for a backup set of Prismacolor Premiers because it’s pretty difficult to get them here and I’d need someone from the US to ship them to me anyway.

First of all, yes, I do realise trading comes with risks. And that is exactly what happened to me. I do not like to dish dirt but I think at this point you do deserve a name, who you should beware of – Melissa Thompson Luxton. She and I agreed to ship on the same day, registered. I provided her a receipt and a tracking number. She started telling me that registered was too expensive so she shipped regular and didn’t provide a receipt. I asked her several times whether she did, eventually she told me she never mailed it because USPS told her they don’t ship that far. And proceeded to block me on Facebook.

However, as luck would have it, I do know her name and address and she’s in USA. Which means I can report her to the FBI IC3 section and I have. I do not think scammers should just get away with it. I realise trading has this risk but if I were her, I’d also think hard on whether this box of pencils was really worth it. She tried deleting her offer in the group but I do have a screenshot as well and she can’t do anything about me having our conversation in Facebook.

So my point being:

  1. Do not do business with Melissa Thompson Luxton
  2. Do not just fold when being scammed, you can make life a bit more miserable for the scammer, look into your options. With internet fraud where at least one party is from the US, you can report it HERE
  3. If you do still want to trade or buy something, always Google the other person and also Google the image they give you about their item. I didn’t Google the image because I was on the phone and I suck at using my phone which leads us to…
  4. Don’t do business transactions on your phone 😀

In general I wouldn’t recommend trading (and didn’t recommend it beforehand either). I’m not at all shocked by this turn of events but certainly disappointed a bit more in people in general. So don’t trade and if you do happen upon this sort of a situation, don’t just give up and let them get away with it.

Update: there’s also a mention of her HERE, I did Google her before trading but apparently I missed this comment. It really surprises me how people don’t care for their name and have families that seem not to care either that one of their own is a scammer. I frankly can’t fathom that.

In other news, this week I’ll be filming as much as I possibly can so soon we’ll continue with coloring together 🙂 Youtube is luckily back on track, however I have some oddness going on with someone other then the correct owner of the music I use, claiming she owns 40 seconds of one song. Which is incredibly odd and annoying but seems I’m having one of those times at the moment where everything and the kitchen sink is happening to me.


Gem Bug from Sommarnatt

And since I felt I need to try to do a bit better then last time from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon, I decided to continue and do another page. Done with Prismacolor Premier and Derwent Drawing pencils.

color 1

The background messed with my brain, tried one thing, didn’t work. Tried another, still didn’t work. And now this kind of works but it’s still not as I’d like it. But regardless, I think this sort of inverted background is kind of cool, where the inside of the frame is black and the rest colored in.

I’ve narrowed down our new color along book from “something” Basford to probably Magical Jungle. So get your books ready! The first part will be up within a few days.

Bird from Sommarnatt

I’m so NOT happy with this bird from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon but since it’s a part of The Quest, I will show you regardless. Done with Prismacolor Premier and a bit of Derwent Drawing.


I think it’s because after the surgery I felt like… it should be described with profanities, which is not my cup of tea and thus I’m stumped as to how to describe it 😀 And coloring through it didn’t quite work. So it’s just bad. Everyone has bad pictures I think. Oh well, so what. On to the next one!

As for the name change, I’ve managed to change pretty much everything except the Facebook page and Youtube url. Facebook page name change is requested and under revision, Youtube url is stuck as is because they don’t allow changing. Channel name changed though so that’s good. Anyway new contacts can be found HERE, on my About me page. Who is already following me doesn’t need to follow anything again, I just changed the names and thus the urls changed as well for some places.

Since videos are back, we’ll start a new color along soon, this time something Basford as promised earlier. I’m still debating, which one though. But soon!

Pencil destash is also still going HERE, if interested.

Videos back! And starting rebranding

Yesterday was a complete nightmare, I didn’t even expect to get my channel back after researching, even less so quickly but lo and behold, Youtube did me right:

Hi there,

After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service. As such, we have unsuspended your account. This means your account is once again active and operational.


The YouTube Team

I can not even BEGIN to tell you how relieved I am! Also a bit vary to fall into this trap again but lets hope it won’t happen twice. I am so so grateful to all of you for your support and help and for posting on the Google forum for me. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it but looking at how difficult it is to get accounts back, I suspect it did. So thank you so much, all of you! I will never be able to thank you enough! And also, thank you, Google/Youtube for giving me my coloring back!

Also, now it’s time to turn a new leaf as I’ve been planning to do for a while but haven’t had the right motivation yet. Coloring Addict will now slowly become Color with Iris. The reasoning behind that is that when I started this website, it was just for myself and I really didn’t think the name through and didn’t Google it either, learn from my mistake, guys. Anyway the name is way too generic AND there is a Coloring Book Addict already, I don’t want to step on their toes and continue with the confusion. So Color with Iris it is 🙂

The website address reflects that though you can keep your bookmarks, will redirect to I’ve requested the change of name from Facebook as well for the update page you can find HERE. Still working on other sites and will keep you posted on those. Youtube URL will remain the same since I’d have to create a whole new channel and move all my 80 videos to get a new URL, not worth it I think 🙂 I hate moving real life and moving online is even worse so I’ll try to get this over with soon.

Again, thank you so much and I hope we have loads of fun times still ahead of us!


Videos currently unavailable

Update: I posted in Google Groups under Youtube support HERE, if you could please vouch for me there, maybe someone will listen and look into this from the Google side? I can not find any other means of contact with them aside from the appeal form and this group.

Letting you guys know all videos are currently unavailable because I received this wonderful message from Youtube this morning:

We’d like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines ( your YouTube account ColoringAddict has been suspended.

After review we determined that activity in your account violated our Community Guidelines, which prohibit spam, scams or commercially deceptive content (

Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts. For more information about account terminations and how our Community Guidelines are enforced, please visit our Help Center at

I don’t know what this is about, I seriously doubt I’ve committed any crimes by doing coloring videos but Youtube seems to think it’s an offence. I appealed this but if it doesn’t work and my channel remains closed, I will need a plan B. I do not know what it is they think I did since the reasoning is very vague, I hope they’ll at least give me a more specific answer.

Trouble is that all my videos were only up at Youtube, I don’t have any of them on my local disk (space issues). So… well before lunging into a deep dark panic, we’ll wait and see what they say.

I do admit it’s a shock to find something like this in your inbox. I seriously don’t understand what it is they think I did wrong to such a degree that I’m closed down and prohibited from any Youtube accounts ever. Overkill much? Disappointed is the least of what I’m feeling.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this appeal.

Update: I have researched Vimeo rules and seems that to post flip through videos and tutorials there, I’d have to sign up for at least a Pro account to adhere to their rules, which is 17€/month if paid for a full year. That is too much for me. Without book reviews and tutorials, this blog is pretty much nothing. So if this nightmare is actually real and Youtube rejects my appeal, I will have to pack up my blog and call it quits. I can not express to you how sad this makes me.

Until they decide, which can take a month, please do comment on the link above, maybe if there’s enough noise, someone from Google will actually look at the thread to see what’s going on.