How to Give Artists the Credit They Deserve

We all know there are thousands of free printable coloring pages out there on the “interwebz.” And who doesn’t like free stuff? But have you ever thought about the artists who created those great designs?

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Smudged Lines: Why They Happen & How To Prevent Them

Sometimes we want smudged lines when we color – especially when blending.

However, no one likes it when the printed outlines on a coloring page are the smudged lines. I briefly talked about this problem in this post about printing coloring pages at home. However, several of my readers (thanks especially to Ellen!) have told me they are having this problem, not only with printables but with coloring books as well.

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Examples of Smudged Outlines

Why does this happen? And is there anything you can do to stop the smudging? Continue reading “Smudged Lines: Why They Happen & How To Prevent Them”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – and a Freebie!

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Every year on March 17, we Irish, and the Irish-at-heart, around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What started as a holy day for the patron saint of Ireland is now a day for celebrating Irish culture, including parades, drinking, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

But all those St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Not so true, or wonderful! Continue reading “Happy St. Patrick’s Day – and a Freebie!”

Vive Le Color! Japan Coloring Book – REVIEW

Interesting fact about me: I was born in Japan.  Dad was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was posted to an American base outside Tokyo at the time.  Although we returned to the U.S. when I was still young, since then I have had a penchant for many things Japanese. So, I had to have Vive Le Color! Japan Coloring Book when it hit the stores last August.

After all these months spending meditative time with it, I have to say this is one enchanting, little adult coloring book! Continue reading “Vive Le Color! Japan Coloring Book – REVIEW”

How to Find Calm in Coloring Chickens

Chickens?! Chickens. 

Half of the year I live in a cosmopolitan North American city, the other half in rural Crete.  (I know, I am very lucky and do count my blessings every day!). One of the things I miss most when we are in the city is our neighbors’ chickens.  Watching the small flocks of freely ranging hens and roosters clucking about their yards, happily creating delicious eggs for us, is just one of the delights of our life in Crete.

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Our Egg Store in Crete!

And as if providing highly nutritious, low-cost food for humans isn’t awesome enough, chickens are full of surprises.  Did you know: Continue reading “How to Find Calm in Coloring Chickens”

15 New Adult Coloring Books to Enjoy

Adult Coloring BooksAdult coloring continues to thrive, and with its popularity the number of coloring books being published is overwhelming. I spent this past week poring over publishers’ and authors’ recent and scheduled releases (hundreds!) to find some of the most unique ones in interesting categories.

A few things I have noticed that are great: more and more single-sided illustrations, and perforated pages. And sub-genres in coloring books are expanding – if you have a special interest, there is probably an adult coloring book for it! Continue reading “15 New Adult Coloring Books to Enjoy”

Another Coloring Book Giveaway Roundup!

Coloring Book GiveawayWho doesn’t love free stuff? My last coloring book giveaway post was so well-received I decided it is time for another one.  So, without further ado, here are 15 great giveaways to test your luck! If you cannot wait to win, simply click on each coloring book image to buy it for yourself.


#1 – Giveaway Link: Austin Slave to Fashion
Who doesn’t love Wendy Piersall’s coloring books? Here is your chance to win your choice of two of these four of her mandala coloring books:

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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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