Ikea’s Latest? Coloring Pages to Calm

It is only “Hump Day” and you’re already itching to pull out the markers and color the stress away. And to satisfy your yearning, IKEA, the home of “fiscally responsible furnishings for all,” has come to the rescue.

Normally I think of stress when I think of IKEA – building a PAX wardrobe with it’s 150+ pieces of hardware can’t be called a calming experience.  However, now you can color one! IKEA has released five free adult coloring pages covered with lamps, couches, chairs, even their FORNUFT tableware and fanciful plants.

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© IKEA Group

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11 Great 2016 Calendars for Coloring Fans

Adult Coloring 2016 CalendarIt is the last day of the year and if you are like me, you still haven’t had a look at 2016 calendars.

While I love technology, I also enjoy being able to break away from it now and then. And for planning my days, I use an old-fashioned paper planner, basically because I don’t have a smartphone, and don’t need to schedule with a lot of other people.  Even when I did work in the corporate world, I printed the day’s schedule along with the next seven days and the next four weeks. As the day passed, I made notes on these sheets to capture ideas, to-dos and new appointments, and updated my computer at the end of the day.

I decided this year to find a 2016 calendar that I can color, of course! I waded through some of the many options and here are my favorites: Continue reading “11 Great 2016 Calendars for Coloring Fans”

Coloring Books You Didn’t Get Are On Sale!

Coloring Books SaleI received some great new coloring books under our tree on Christmas Day: The Crazy Cat Lady Coloring Book (sooooo appropriate and which I’ll review soon!) and Winter Magic: Beautiful Holiday Patterns Coloring Book for Adults.  However, there are a couple that I’d still like to add to my collection and lucky me, Amazon has quite a few on sale.  The Amazon gift card I also received as a present will soon be depleted…. Continue reading “Coloring Books You Didn’t Get Are On Sale!”

Top 4 Ways to Get Into the Star Wars Craze

Star Wars: The Force Awakens had its big glitzy Hollywood premiere last night  and will be released to the general public on December 18th.
Image from Wikimedia Commons
Image from Wikimedia Commons

It has been ten years since the last Star Wars installment, so hard-core fans are already lining up to get the first tickets for midnight showings. There are also two new groups of folks getting ready. The first is like me: people who never really “got it” the first time around. The second group is made up of the grandkids of people who were in their late teens and early twenties when the first Star Wars movie hit the screens in 1977.

Regardless of whether you are a current Star Wars fan, or a newly indoctrinated one, here is my countdown of the top four ways to get yourself ready for this event. Continue reading “Top 4 Ways to Get Into the Star Wars Craze”

Discover the Math – Yes, Math! – in Adult Coloring

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The beauty of snowflakes is in the math! Source: CC0 Public Domain

A confession: I am a wanna-be-geek. I love math and science, and in my career as a finance executive I used and explained numbers every day. I’ve seen every episode of The Big Bang Theory at least twice. Godel, Escher, and Bach is one of my favorite books of all time.  I find it fascinating that math is the foundation of much of the beauty in nature, such as snowflakes and the spirals of seeds in sunflowers.

So I was thrilled to find Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty. This newly-published adult coloring book is a collaboration between writer Alex Bellos and artist Edmund Harriss and adds a bit of braininess to the relatively simple act of coloring while keeping the stress-relieving benefits. Continue reading “Discover the Math – Yes, Math! – in Adult Coloring”

21 Coloring Book Giveaways To Enter Today

Everyone loves free stuff, right?

Coloring Book GiveawayAlong with the explosion in popularity in adult coloring, I am seeing an explosion in online giveaways related to adult coloring, including coloring book giveaways.  If you are not familiar with giveaways, they are actually quite simple to enter and are usually a way for a company to promote their product or service.

Following are 21 giveaways that I pulled together just this morning.  Each listing has: a link to the giveaway; information on what is being given away (disclosure: some of these include affiliate links – I may make a few cents to support this website if you actually buy something after you click on them); the last day for entries; and who is eligible to enter – some are limited to various geographies.

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Johanna Basford’s Christmas Coloring Gift

Johanna Basford ChristmasIt is December, and the holidays – which I love – are finally kicking into gear. In preparation for the stresses of the season, and to stay in the spirit, I have pulled out my brand new Christmas Mandala coloring book and a couple of holiday-themed printables.

I wish, however, that we had a book of holiday-themed goodness from Johanna Basford – wouldn’t that be awesome? Continue reading “Johanna Basford’s Christmas Coloring Gift”

Dover Publications Sale Including Coloring Books

Hurry! Dover Publications – the great folks behind the Creative Haven line of adult coloring books – is having an awesome sale:

Adult Coloring Books Sale

Take 25% Off on orders $40 or more by using coupon code: HALL3 at DoverPublications.com.  Stock up on holiday gifts, or even get yourself something special.

This sale runs through November 1st, so act fast!

And while you are there, why not check out Dover’s Rewards Program. It is free and earns you discounts on future orders.

Review: Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book

Most of the adult coloring books I’ve seen at Adult Coloring 101 are drawn by one artist and are often single-themed such as mandalas, animals, abstracts, flowers, creatures, etc. And as much as I love them, sometimes I yearn for something a bit “different” from the often whimsy.

Doodlers Anonymous Coloring Book CoverThat is why a coloring book published earlier this month intrigued me.

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