This past Sunday I was excited to head to Downtown Springdale and paint at the Rails and Trails Monarch Festival. Ms. Mary of Springdale for Monarchs (a society that is all about preserving Monarch societies so they stay off the endangered species list) invited me to participate in this fun event which had families of all shapes and sizes, a trip through the Ozarks in autumn via train, "monarch seed bombs" (which are dried mud balls full of milkweed seeds), and lots of train-fueled excitement.
My small contribution for the event was to paint a butterfly while folks lined up. In addition, I also created three coloring sheets for the kids, because coloring is much more fun than standing in a line and because kids are simultaneously the best artist and storytellers.
As with every event I attend, I learned a lot. The major takeaway from this event : Everyone loves coloring sheets - bring lots! Check out the pictures of the fun below and sign up get access to my resource library where you can print it your own coloring sheets. << coming soon.
Paige Meredith Ray is a coloring sheet illustrator living in Northwest Arkansas. She has major doubts about the biological accuracy of her butterfly illustrations but she asks you not to blame that on her science teachers.