New Coloring Books with Something Special – May 2017 Edition

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If you are looking for a great present for Mom, or even a treat for yourself – a coloring book is a great idea.  Once again I’ve scoured publishers’ and retailers’ websites to find a few new ones with something special or a little different.

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Lazy Ass Cats: Coloring Book Review – and More!

All of you regular readers of my blog know that I am a “crazy cat lady.” So I jumped at the chance to be a stop on the “Lazy Ass Cats” coloring book blog tour!

I was also thrilled to have the chance to ask creator Lindsay Conner about making her coloring book and her thoughts on coloring:

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Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers – Review & GIVEAWAY!

I recently reviewed the My Days in Color coloring planner from Scraft Artise.  Today I’ll introduce you to another Scraft Artise product: their dual tip brush markers. Read on to learn about these markers, and to enter for a chance to win one of five great Scraft Artise bundles!

Scraft Artise kindly sent me these markers. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using the markers. This post does contain affiliate links.

An Introduction to Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers

Scraft Artise markersThe Scraft Artise markers have a 0.8 mm bullet-shaped nylon tip at one end, and a 2 mm flexible nylon brush-shaped tip on the other. The bullet tip is great for coloring-in details, while the brush tip is perfect for coloring and blending; change the pressure you use, and you can create fine, medium or bold strokes. The ink is water-based and odorless. Read More

My Days in Color: A Planner & Coloring Book – Review

I am a paper planner: I prefer to organize my life using paper instead of a device. Paper planners have many things that make them better than digital tools, but to me, the most important quality is their flexibility: instead of having a device tell you how to use it, you use a paper planner the way you want to.

“Paper planners work because they are flexible and with that flexibility eventually comes an awareness of how you work …not how it works you.”

LifeHack.com

For the last couple of years, I have used  classic Moleskine notebooks to keep myself kinda organized. This was OK until my husband and I started to have some health problems. All the medical appointments required something a bit more structured to keep everything straight.  In the midst of my search for a new planner, Keith and Melissa from Scraft Artise asked me if I’d like to give their undated coloring planner and coordinating double-ended markers a try. Read More

Crazy Cat Lady Coloring Book: Review

I don’t know why, but so many of my colorist friends are also cat lovers, like me. Except for a few years when the company I worked for sent me on an international work assignment,  I have had at least one cat in my home. And my coloring companion?  Buddy, our five year-old rescue:

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My Beautiful Coloring Companion!

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Are Derwent Inktense Pencils Worth the Hype? – A Review


I have been asked so many questions about Derwent Inktense pencils. Are they really different from other colored pencils? Are they worth the money? A couple of months ago I bought a set to find out. Read More

How to Choose Colors Part V: Being “Complementary”

complementaryAs mentioned in my last post on colors, “Going Monochrome,” I introduced some easy ways for eliminating the stress that you may feel when selecting colors.  I described the Traditional Color Schemes in general, and provided more information about the Monochrome Scheme.

In this post, I’ll introduce you to the Complementary Scheme.

About the Complementary Scheme
Choosing Colors

Image Source: Wikipedia,  licensed under CC BY  3.0

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Announcing the Winner of my “It’s Your Live” Giveaway!

Congratulations

Image Credit: Rikkis Refuge, CC BY 2.0

I want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway and helped make it a success! Read More

Scandia : A Coloring Book Journey – Review

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Add some Scandinavian to your life.

As colorists, we know all about the benefits of turning off our devices, getting comfortable, and tuning out from the stresses around us. But did you know that this is quite Scandinavian? Last year, hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), the Danish art of comfortable living, featuring sipping hot chocolate and piling on layers of cozy knitwear, became a thing. And a load of books came out telling us how to do it.

Lagom, from Sweden, promotes the idea of being frugal and leading a balanced life. When you have lagom, you are in a state of having ‘just the right amount’, kind of like Goldilocks. You can learn about it in books and magazines, and channel it with a Korean beauty brand and a fashion line. Read More

Mindful Coloring : Coloring Book Review


If you are looking for a well-priced coloring book with tons of a large variety of illustrations that are great for any mood, consider Mindful Coloring by Diana Dube.

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