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”

Review: Fruit Garden Coloring Book

Fruit Garden Coloring BookAlthough the weather in many parts of North America is still struggling to feel like Spring, Summer is on its way, and with it the abundance of fresh, local fruit that we will see in the stores and – even better – farmers’ markets. If you are looking for some coloring to get you in the mood, or if the abundance of produce is inspiring you, you may find it difficult to find a relevant adult coloring book among all of the mandalas, fantasy, pop-culture/novelty, and animal  ones on the market. However, I have tried and can recommend Fruit Garden, An Adult Coloring Book, by Lesley Smitheringale.

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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!

BookstoreIndependent BookstoreAs much as I appreciate online deals for my coloring books, I do love independent bookstores. There I can meet other fans in the coloring book aisle, socialize about our experiences and favorites, and revel in being able to check the quality and content in a coloring book before I buy it. I know the owner of the bookstore has taken great care in choosing which books to stock and can probably recommend a great one just for me. Continue reading “Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!”

How to Give Artists the Credit They Deserve

We all know there are thousands of free printable coloring pages out there on the “interwebz.” And who doesn’t like free stuff? But have you ever thought about the artists who created those great designs?

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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”

Book Review: The Mindfulness Key

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We’ve all done it: you get in the car to drive somewhere and all of a sudden you’re at the destination with no memory of the trip. Or you’re reading a book and find you have to turn back a few pages to go over the text again because you can’t remember what you read.

In both of these situations, your thoughts are probably so tangled up in other things in your life that you’ve gone on auto-pilot. With our modern, super-busy lives, many of us constantly agonize about the past and what will happen in the future. This creates a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety. Continue reading “Book Review: The Mindfulness Key”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – and a Freebie!

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Every year on March 17, we Irish, and the Irish-at-heart, around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What started as a holy day for the patron saint of Ireland is now a day for celebrating Irish culture, including parades, drinking, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

But all those St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Not so true, or wonderful! Continue reading “Happy St. Patrick’s Day – and a Freebie!”

Choosing Colors, Part III – Simple Options

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In Part I  of this Choosing Colors series we learned about the 12 colors of the Color Wheel as well as color harmony. In Part II  we covered Tinting (adding white to a color), Toning (adding gray to a color), and Shading (adding black to a color).

In this installment, we’ll learn some simple ways to use the Color Wheel when choosing colors that will give you great looking coloring projects that are also enjoyable to make. You can use these basic approaches whether you are using markers, pencils, pens, or a combination of any of them. Continue reading “Choosing Colors, Part III – Simple Options”

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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Vive Le Color! Japan Coloring Book – REVIEW

Interesting fact about me: I was born in Japan.  Dad was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was posted to an American base outside Tokyo at the time.  Although we returned to the U.S. when I was still young, since then I have had a penchant for many things Japanese. So, I had to have Vive Le Color! Japan Coloring Book when it hit the stores last August.

After all these months spending meditative time with it, I have to say this is one enchanting, little adult coloring book! Continue reading “Vive Le Color! Japan Coloring Book – REVIEW”