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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Coloring Book Releases – October 2015

Coloring Books for October 2015It is October! The kids are back in school, the sweaters are out from storage, and the Christmas displays are up at stores just in time for Halloween. And of course, grown-up minds turn to hot, new coloring books!

My unscientific count of new publications debuting online and in retailers in October is almost 200. There are some great new coloring books for new and experienced colorists, as well as some books that may get the non-coloring people in your life into the pastime. And popular franchises such as Outlander, Breaking Bad and even Candy Crush are entering the fray. Continue reading “Coloring Book Releases – October 2015”

Adult Coloring Books on Kickstarter!

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 23, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — As adult coloring books continue to dominate the Amazon bestsellers list and the iTunes app store, a new coloring book taking off on Kickstarter signals an update in this hot trend heading into the holiday shopping season.

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Her Coloring Book by Morgan Carson

“Her Coloring Book” by Los Angeles visual artist Morgan Carson is a coloring book designed specifically Continue reading “Adult Coloring Books on Kickstarter!”

My First Adult Coloring Book was … a Magazine

When I made my first baby step into adult coloring, the few I had heard the most about were sold out online.  So, I headed to my closest book store (remember bookstores???) to touch and feel what everyone was so hyped about.

I didn’t want to spend my hard-earned cash unnecessarily.

Relax with Art Adult Coloring Book Magazine
Relax with Art Magazine

Unfortunately, the store’s display with its small selection of adult coloring books was very picked over – the only ones left were over $20; As a rank beginner I wasn’t ready to make that investment.  My husband and I headed out of the store, and as we passed the magazine stand and lo and behold, we saw a few nice-looking coloring magazines at a more reasonable price. I picked up
Relax with Art – Colouring for Adults – Issue 2
for $8.99 (list was £2.99). Continue reading “My First Adult Coloring Book was … a Magazine”

Adult Coloring 101 – ebook Now Available

The first guide in our new adult coloring series is now available!

Adult Coloring Adult Coloring 101101- Your Guide to the Best Adult Coloring Books, Colored Pencils, Coloring Markers, and More! contains all the information you need to kick-off your coloring fun.  This new guide provides all the basics, including reviews and recommendations for all the tools to get started.

-Coloring Books
-Pencils
-Sharpeners
-Erasing
-Pens
-Strokes
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