What I’ve Been Working On…

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Image: Yoel Ben-Avraham, CC BY-ND 2.0

Nothing like being ill to really experience how coloring can make you feel better!

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been only one of the many who has been suffering from a nasty bout of bronchitis, meaning coloring is about the only activity I have felt up to other than the everyday basics and sleeping – lots of sleeping!

I thought I’d share with you the coloring pieces I have completed while I’ve been sick from some of the adult coloring books I’ll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks. Read More

How To Build Your Confidence With a Coloring Journal

journalingOne of the things that held me back from achieving more early in my career in corporate finance was my fear of failure – a result of my lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Psychologists say that you can start to build your self-confidence by simply telling yourself “I can.” The more you believe you can do something, the more you will be able to do it. That certainly helped me and I eventually worked my way to executive finance positions in the electricity and health care industries.

“They succeed because they think they can.” – Virgil

Another way to build your self-confidence is journaling. Read More

How to Choose Colors, Part IV: Going Monochrome

monochromeWhen you are trying to manage your stress, choosing colors can sometimes only add to your anxiety.

However, there are some “rules” you can use to simplify the process of choosing colors. One of the best ways is to use the Color Wheel’s classic combinations, or schemes.

Traditional Color Schemes

There are six standard methods you can use with the Color Wheel to select colors that look good together.  All of the methods are based on the positions of the colors on the Color Wheel and are: Read More

Cosmic and Eternal Love: Review & Giveaway

cosmic and eternal loveNow that the holidays are behind us and we start thinking about Valentine’s Day, I am excited to introduce you to a new coloring book with a unique love story.

Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story & Coloring Book, and its accompanying CD, was created by Amrita Sen. Amrita is a visual artist, musician, and storyteller. She has performed for Oprah, and at the Academy Awards, released records with Weezer and Pitbull, sang on a track on Justin Timberlake’s latest album, and earned an MBA from Harvard.  As if that isn’t enough, she even has a fashion line and jewelry!

Here’s a closer look at Amrita’s coloring book. Read More

28 Easy Ways to Get More from Your Colored Pencils

colored pencilsWhether you are new to adult coloring (if so, welcome!), or an experienced colorist, there is a lot to learn about colored pencils. And good quality colored pencils can be expensive, so using them in the right ways can help you get a lot more out of them, saving you money and frustration.

Here are a bunch of tips and hacks I have learned over the years, from trial and error and from my niece who is a colored pencil artist. So give these a try, and let me know what you think! Read More

Painting for Peace: Coloring Book Review & Giveaway


Thank you to Painting for Peace for sending this book to me. This is my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation. This post does contain affiliate links.

On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, white police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown.

When a jury in November announced its decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing, some protests gave way to vandalism, leaving local businesses’ windows shattered. Members of the St. Louis art community came together, eager to help however they could. And they began to paint.

Photo: Ryan Archer

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Luxury Coloring Gifts : 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Is there a colorist on your holiday list that deserves a luxury coloring gift?

What is a luxury coloring gift? The following list includes technical “marvels” as well as items you would never buy for yourself.  I’ve included others because of their “bling,” precious packaging, or hoity-toity brand name. But luxury does not have to be exceptionally expensive – two luxury coloring gifts are under $50.00.

If you are in the mood to spend a bit (or a lot!) more on a coloring-related holiday gift this year, here are some great ideas that any colorist would appreciate! Read More

Flowers & Fashion: Coloring Book Review


Thank you to author and illustrator Pamela Duarte for sending this book to me. This is my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation. This post does contain affiliate links.

Illustrator Pamela Duarte worked in New York as a fashion illustrator and segued into fashion dolls. One of her clients is Mattel, and she has done quite a bit of work for the Barbie® brand.  Pamela has also created adult coloring books, and she kindly sent me a copy of her most recent, Flowers & Fashion: Women of the World. Read More

Cool Stuff to Color: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

colorableWhenever I see something – almost anything! –  that is black and white I start thinking about color schemes and which pencils or markers would work with it. And there are so many colorable decorative and functional items that are not coloring books.

A “colorable” would make a great gift for any enthusiastic colorist on your holiday gift list – or as a gift for yourself! This is just a short list of the many to consider, with prices starting at just $2.99. Read More

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. Read More