Discover the Math – Yes, Math! – in Adult Coloring

Adult Coloring

The beauty of snowflakes is in the math! Source: CC0 Public Domain

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

21 Coloring Book Giveaways To Enter Today

Everyone loves free stuff, right?

Coloring Book GiveawayAlong 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.

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Johanna Basford’s Christmas Coloring Gift

Johanna Basford ChristmasIt 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

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Adult Colorists

Starting to wonder what to get the colorist in your life? Worried about how you’re going to satisfy their colorful tastes this holiday?

Adult Coloring Gift GuideThen 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

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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