7 Tips for Storing Colored Pencils, Markers and Pens

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?

Pencil Marker Storage

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Colored Markers Part II: Alcohol-Based Markers

In this second part of our markers series we look at alcohol-based markers, and the differences between alcohol- and water-based markers.

Colored Markers

Click here to read Colored Markers Part I: Water-Soluble 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

How to Choose Colors – Part II

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

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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How to Choose Colors – Part I

A lot of you have asked for advice about choosing colors for our adult coloring. Today, we introduce the Color Wheel. In future posts, we will cover a few of the ways to use the Color Wheel to bring harmony to our coloring.

When I flip through my finished adult coloring books, the color on some pages seems “scattered,” like on this owl I did a while ago:Choose Colors

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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. Read More

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.

Adult Coloring Book

Her Coloring Book by Morgan Carson

“Her Coloring Book” by Los Angeles visual artist Morgan Carson is a coloring book designed specifically Read More

Colored Markers, Part I: Water Soluble Markers

After colored pencils, colored markers are the second most popular media for adult coloring. In this series of posts, we will take a look at the various types of markers and how you can choose and use them. Read More

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). Read More