Posted on December 31, 2015
While I love technology, I also enjoy being able to break away from it now and then. And for planning my days, I use an old-fashioned paper planner, basically because I don’t have a smartphone, and don’t need to schedule with a lot of other people. Even when I did work in the corporate world, I printed the day’s schedule along with the next seven days and the next four weeks. As the day passed, I made notes on these sheets to capture ideas, to-dos and new appointments, and updated my computer at the end of the day.
I decided this year to find a 2016 calendar that I can color, of course! I waded through some of the many options and here are my favorites: Read More
Posted on December 29, 2015
I received some great new coloring books under our tree on Christmas Day: The Crazy Cat Lady Coloring Book (sooooo appropriate and which I’ll review soon!) and Winter Magic: Beautiful Holiday Patterns Coloring Book for Adults. However, there are a couple that I’d still like to add to my collection and lucky me, Amazon has quite a few on sale. The Amazon gift card I also received as a present will soon be depleted…. Read More
Posted on December 15, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens had its big glitzy Hollywood premiere last night and will be released to the general public on December 18th.
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. Read More
Updated on December 8, 2015
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. Read More
Posted on December 4, 2015
Everyone loves free stuff, right?
Along 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.
Posted on December 2, 2015
It 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? Read More
Updated on December 1, 2015
Starting to wonder what to get the colorist in your life? Worried about how you’re going to satisfy their colorful tastes this holiday?
Then wonder no more because, whether they’re a newbie or dedicated fan, we’ve pulled together the perfect guide to 18 totally desirable gifts for anyone who digs adult coloring. Santa, are you listening? Read More
Updated on December 1, 2015
Storing colored pencils, markers and pens correctly can improve your adult coloring and save you money.
Pencil, markers and pens spread all over the house? Finding it hard to quickly find the color you want? Markers drying out not long after you buy them? Wasting your colored pencils because you have to sharpen broken tips?
Posted on November 12, 2015
In this second part of our markers series we look at alcohol-based markers, and the differences between alcohol- and water-based markers.
Alcohol-based markers can give you smooth coverage and vibrant colors, which make them a favorite for coloring. They are fast-drying and waterproof.
The differences between water-based and alcohol-based markers boil down to their inks and how the inks interact with the papers used in coloring books. Read More
Updated on November 5, 2015
In our previous post on how to choose colors for our adult coloring, we introduced the Color Wheel and the concept of color harmony – that with colors you can create a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. I have been finding that the colors I use when coloring can even reflect my mood, and may even help me change my mindset.
Today we will look at a couple of ways to give more meaning to the colors we choose. Read More