Scandia : A Coloring Book Journey – Review

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Add some Scandinavian to your life.

As colorists, we know all about the benefits of turning off our devices, getting comfortable, and tuning out from the stresses around us. But did you know that this is quite Scandinavian? Last year, hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), the Danish art of comfortable living, featuring sipping hot chocolate and piling on layers of cozy knitwear, became a thing. And a load of books came out telling us how to do it.

Lagom, from Sweden, promotes the idea of being frugal and leading a balanced life. When you have lagom, you are in a state of having ‘just the right amount’, kind of like Goldilocks. You can learn about it in books and magazines, and channel it with a Korean beauty brand and a fashion line. Read More

Mindful Coloring : Coloring Book Review


If you are looking for a well-priced coloring book with tons of a large variety of illustrations that are great for any mood, consider Mindful Coloring by Diana Dube.

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#ColorOurCollections Is Back!

#colorourcollectionsGet Free Coloring Pages From Libraries, Archives, and Museums

I love antique and ancient paper memorabilia. And the thought that I could color copies of old, antique and ancient prints thrills me.

And once again this year you and I can do just that, thanks to an international group of art museums, public libraries, botanical gardens, and universities participating in an initiative called #ColorOurCollections.

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Enter the “It’s Your Love!” Giveaway!

It's Your Love!Love is in the Air!

What would make February even better? How about being able to enter a bunch of amazing giveaways! Anderson’s Angels, This Mamas Life, The More The Merrier and Woven by Words, are very excited to bring you the It’s Your Love! Giveaway Event!

Adult Coloring 101 has teamed up with these hosts, as well as sixteen other great bloggers, to bring you this great giveaway event. Each blog has their own It’s Your Love! giveaway and prize. Read More

25 New Adult Coloring Books with Something Extra

coloring booksIt has been quite a while since I have done a roundup of new adult coloring books. Going through the scheduled releases for February, I was glad to see more than few that are unique in many ways, most of them full of love and joy (appropriate for Valentine’s Day), and options that include learning, crafting, portability, color by number, extreme coloring, and – of course! – cats. Read More

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