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.

Book review – Lonely Planet World’s Cutest Animal Colouring Book by Lulu Mayo

Be prepared for too much cute! Today we’ll look at Lonely Planet World’s Cutest Animal Colouring Book by Lulu Mayo. This is technically aimed for children but it’s totally too cute to miss for adults as well, I think.

Details: Paperback, Lonely Planet, 2016
Pages: 229 x 264 x 5mm, 48 pages, good quite thick paper, single-sided (a colored example on reverse for the next image)
ISBN10: 178657408X
ISBN13: 9781786574084
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

I filmed it before coloring the example and then happily proceeded to format my memory card before copying the file to my computer so the flip through is filmed after I discovered it and already colored a page. Cause I rock and all that.
As you can see, it’s a cutie! The book has 22 images to color, all of different animals. The opposite page has an example of how you could color the image (but don’t have to). In the end, there’s a world map, showing where each of these animals live and also giving you some facts about each of them. So not only cute but also educational.
The paper is good, it’s thick enough to also take some water and I’m sure it would look awesome with Inktense for instance. For pencils it’s also great, it does have a tiny bit of a texture so if you want a completely polished look, a blender pencil is your friend here. But it looks just great as is as well.

Example image:
Colored with Caran D’Ache Pablo.

Overall, it’s absolutely adorable! I love the cute animals and fun creative images in this book. It’s definitely a keeper for me!

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.

In other news, destash is still going (clicky HERE) and all tins will come with a coloring book of some sort, won’t tell you which ones though 🙂

Pencil destash time!

Hey guys! I’m still alive and kicking. Sort of. Haven’t been coloring or doing anything like that, let me tell you, this tonsillectomy business.. Yeah. No. Just no. It’s day 8 and I’ve lost all hope of ever getting back to normal.
However! I’ve spent some time getting more and more annoyed with my cluttered pencil drawer, I can never find anything, it’s just too much! So destash time! Drop me an e-mail if you’re interested in any of these – PLUS! As a bonus, I’ll throw in a surprise coloring book 😉 Though now it’s not a surprise..

    • Derwent Coloursoft, set of 72, wooden box. Review HERE. 80€ (~86$).
    • Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor, tin of 72. Review HERE. 70€ (~75$)
    • Faber-Castell PITT pastel pencils, tin of 60. No review, never used, just didn’t find pastel pencils to be my cup of tea, tested a few. 70€ (~75$)

So yep, shoot me an e-mail if interested. I will only ship registered (worldwide) and shipping cost will be calculated depending on weight and your country. As common sense would have it, no exchanges 🙂 Not really interested in trades unless you want to offer me Caran D’Ache Supracolors or Museums.
If you want bigger versions of the pictures, again, drop me a line.

That’s it for today, folks but I’ll be trying my best to get a book review out for you tomorrow, it’s a real cute one this time!

Color with me – Castle on the Hill from The Magical City, part four, final

And here the final part! As said in the previous post, do tag your results and WIPs with the brand spanking new #colorwithiris in Instagram so I can see, like and share them! Check out the awesome WIP by Katrine (@alwayscoloring) I found thanks to that:

And now, back to the last video bit, doing the flowers and the water this time.

Stuff used on day four:
Prismacolor Premier pencils (150 set), Prismacolor colorless blender, white Posca in size 3M
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Black Grape
  • Dark Purple
  • Lilac
  • Deco Pink
  • Light Umber
  • Tuscan Red
  • Scarlet Lake
  • Espresso
  • Terra Cotta
  • Cadmium Orange Hue
  • Jasmine
  • Cream
  • 70% Cool Grey
  • Colorless blender
  • Indigo Blue
  • Copenhagen Blue
  • Electric Blue
  • Light Aqua
  • Cloud Blue
  • White Posca in size 3M

Feel free to switch out any colors and you can really use other blues for the water as well or add even more green to it and so on. For even more dramatic results, you can add a bit of the sky to the water, pick out the colors from the whacky sky and add a touch here and there.

End result:

Hope you had loads of fun and once I’m back in filming shape, we’ll do something Basford next cause why not! So cross your fingers for me that the tonsillectomy wouldn’t be too harsh on me! I’m so scared it’s not even funny. Wish I could color my way through it somehow, I’ll color and come get me when it’s all over and recovered, mkay? 😀

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – sun, clouds, sky
Day two – tree, castle
Day three – grass, bridge
Day four – flowers, river

Instagram tag for color along videos

Interrupting this program to tell you I REALLY want to see what you’re up to, following my videos. But since the blog name is pretty obscure when it comes to Instagram tags, lets just rename the series from color with me (which is also quite obscure) to color with Iris, the Instagram tag being #colorwithiris. Please tag your works so I can find them, like them and occasionally share them!

That being said, the fourth and final part of the Castle on the Hill will be up soon, will be working on editing today and then massive waiting for exporting and uploading, which always takes hours. But we’ll be done today!

Next we’ll probably start with something Basford but we’ll see. I have a tonsillectomy tomorrow (which I’m deadly afraid of, please cross your fingers for me to have a decent recovery) and I have no idea about how up for filming I will be in the next few weeks. But I do have some reviews lined up so it won’t be completely silent here while I get better 🙂