I love seeing what all of you have been coloring: not only the quality, but the thought and soul put into each design. Without exception, all of the pieces I’ve seen over the last several months are beautiful in many ways; I guess the pandemic has brought out the creativity in us.
So I decided to share a few of my own recent pieces with you. I am in no way as talented as as many of you, but I do love the pastime. Here are a few of my completed designs:
If you are in the mood for some new coloring books, the publishers are on a roll in September! Whether you are warming up for the holidays (really!), focusing on your mindfulness practice, or even looking forward to Halloween, I’ve gone through the new publications to give you some ideas – even ones that will expand your skills from coloring to drawing!
I purchased these markers with my own money. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using these tools. This post does contain affiliate links.
I recently admitted to myself that my BIC Markits and Sharpies have served me well but have run out of ink. And I would love to have more than 24 or 36 colors. Therefore – woo hoo! Time for a new set of alcohol-based markers!
I purchased this coloring book with my own money. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using this book. This post does contain affiliate links.
Since I have been struggling with increased arthritis pain in my hands, I have had to make some temporary adjustments to my coloring “habits.” I have put away my very-loved, but very detailed, Johanna Basford and Kerby Rosanes coloring books for the time being and have been looking for coloring books that are a bit easier on my hands.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we can use all the help we can get to deal with the inevitable stresses. And coloring may be just the solution!
But exactly how, and why?
Many consider coloring to be a form of therapy, although not quite as regimented as the art therapy that professional therapists use. Coloring can make you feel better in many ways by allowing you time to switch off the noise of the world around you and focus on your creativity while relaxing.
Earlier this week I published my first post in a couple of years. I did not expect the kind and encouraging comments and questions I received from some of you – thank you so much! One of the most common questions was about the non-coloring activities I have dabbled in while I was gone. Today, I’ll focus on needle felting.
Nothing like a pandemic to kick you in the butt and get you writing again!
After an amazing Christmas season in 2017, I took a “hiatus” and decided to focus more on the “retired” part of being retired, in particular traveling and cooking. I expected to take a break for a few months.