Coloring for a Cause: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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I am a big believer in giving to worthy causes.  And during the holidays, I try to eke some giving into the presents I give, if I can.

This season, consider buying a coloring gift that does double-duty: a gift for your recipient (or yourself!), and some help for a worthy cause. Continue reading “Coloring for a Cause: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide”

20 Coloring Gifts Under $10 : 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

coloring giftsSometimes it seems that coloring gifts are so outrageously priced, such as the set of pencils for several thousand dollars (really!).  However, you don’t have to break the bank when buying coloring presents for the holidays, whether they are supplies or books.

Here is my list of gift ideas, all under $10.00. You could also use these as stocking stuffers, or bundle them together for a single, larger gift. Wrap a few and keep them hidden in a drawer for those “uh-oh” gift exchanges.  Continue reading “20 Coloring Gifts Under $10 : 2016 Holiday Gift Guide”

Super Gifts for Seniors : 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

coloring gifts for seniorsComing up with gift ideas for the older folks in your life can sometimes be a real challenge. Most seniors have more stuff than they could ever use. They don’t need very much and want even less – often no gifts at all. However, out of tradition, obligation or a sense of guilt, we still want to give a holiday present or two to them.

So, what do you give someone who has almost everything and a home full of family photos, dried flower arrangements, personalized mugs, and bubble bath?
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Plinrise Fine Line Markers – REVIEW

plinrise markersEver had a tough time getting your marker into those tiny spaces in those extravagantly detailed illustrations? Without feathering outside the lines? Then I have found an option for you!

Overview : Plinrise Fine Line Markers

fine line markersPlinrise Fine Line Markers have a thin (0.4 mm) nib in a metal-clad tip. At $12.99 for 24, they clock in at $0.54 per pen.The markers are packaged in a lovely sturdy plastic case with side clips – perfect for storage and carrying in your bag when you are on the go. This case is a vast improvement over the plastic sleeves that some markers have, and which tend to fall apart. The current customer rating on Amazon.com is 3½ stars. Continue reading “Plinrise Fine Line Markers – REVIEW”

Illustriart Watercolor Pencils: REVIEW

watercolor pencilsLearning about coloring techniques, choosing colors, and selecting coloring books keeps me busy, which I find relaxing. I also love discovering different products that spark my interest. For example, watercolor pencils.

Watercolor pencils can be used just like regular colored pencils. But when you add water, your colors can transform into delicate washes or intense hues. They might seem tricky to use at first, but with a bit of practice, the result can be beautiful!

For my first go at watercolor pencils for my adult coloring, I chose the Illustriart Watercolor Pencils Set. Continue reading “Illustriart Watercolor Pencils: REVIEW”

Prismacolor Brush Marker Review

Prismacolor Brush MarkersNOTE: I ordered these Prismacolor Premier Illustration Brush Markers on Amazon and paid full price for them. I enjoy being able to share my opinions and experiences with products to help other consumers in making informed purchasing decisions.

I have always wanted to try some brush-tip markers, but thinking they were only for “real artists” I have stayed away from them. I have a nice set of Prismacolor Premier double-ended (nib/chisel) markers, so I wasn’t ready to duplicate expensive markers just to give brush markers a try.

So when I saw a couple of sets of single-ended brush markers from Prismacolor and Sanford, I made the plunge and bought them. Today I am reviewing the Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Marker, also called the Prismacolor Premier Illustration Marker. Continue reading “Prismacolor Brush Marker Review”

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”

Magical Magnetips Markers

If you keep up with me on social media you know I like to promote independent artists and their coloring books.

(What?! You’re not one of my social media followers?! Quick – hop over to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and G+ to like/follow and join the fun!)Magnetips

I also like to introduce my readers and followers to new and exciting adult coloring products. My latest find is one I located on Kickstarter: Magnetips markers. I was so impressed, I signed on to be a backer.
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BIC MarkIt Ultra Fine Markers: The Ultimate Ultra Fine?

BIC MarkIt Ultra Fine 36 Count

Looking for a great set of ultra fine markers? When I am coloring-in detailed illustrations, that is what I want. My Sharpies have been my go-to for a few years now.

However, as I’ve advanced in my techniques, the 24 colors that Sharpie gives me just aren’t enough to let me do some multi-color shading to bring depth and life to my coloring.

So it was great that, for Christmas, I received a 36-count pack of BIC Mark-it Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers. I’ve been giving them a good workout, and I must say, I find myself grabbing my BICs more often than my faithful old Sharpies. Continue reading “BIC MarkIt Ultra Fine Markers: The Ultimate Ultra Fine?”