Spotlight on Crystal Salamon Art + Giveaway – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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I love to support independent artists and businesses because they usually have unique and high quality products.crystal

As I was browsing Etsy for some interesting colouring products to add to this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, I came across Crystal Salamon, a Canadian artist from Alberta. Continue reading “Spotlight on Crystal Salamon Art + Giveaway – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide”

Coloring for a Cause: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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I am a big believer in giving to worthy causes.  And during the holidays, I try to eke some giving into the presents I give, if I can.

This season, consider buying a coloring gift that does double-duty: a gift for your recipient (or yourself!), and some help for a worthy cause. Continue reading “Coloring for a Cause: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide”

Coloring Book Review: Inkspirations for Recovery

Thank you to publisher Health Communications Incorporated for sending this book to me in return for providing my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation. This post does contain affiliate links.

Coloring BookInkspirations For Recovery: A Coloring Companion that Celebrates and Supports Living One Day at a Time. By Rokelle Lerner with art by Judy Clement Wall. 72 Pages. Published by Health Communications, Incorporated, February 2016.

I am not in any recovery, but I do have chronic pain and have battled depression since I was young. I practice mindfulness to keep myself grounded and calm, but I’ve never been an affirmation person. So when I received Inkspirations for Recovery, an adult coloring book aimed at anyone experiencing recovery, I didn’t think I would be able to appreciate the benefits beyond those of a traditional coloring book. I was wrong. As you will see, I believe that this a great book for anyone, even those who do not have recovery challenges. Continue reading “Coloring Book Review: Inkspirations for Recovery”

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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Coloring Books You Didn’t Get Are On Sale!

Coloring Books SaleI 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…. Continue reading “Coloring Books You Didn’t Get Are On Sale!”

Top 4 Ways to Get Into the Star Wars Craze

Star Wars: The Force Awakens had its big glitzy Hollywood premiere last night  and will be released to the general public on December 18th.
Image from Wikimedia Commons
Image from Wikimedia Commons

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. Continue reading “Top 4 Ways to Get Into the Star Wars Craze”

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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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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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). Continue reading “My First Adult Coloring Book was … a Magazine”

Adult Coloring 101 – ebook Now Available

The first guide in our new adult coloring series is now available!

Adult Coloring Adult Coloring 101101- Your Guide to the Best Adult Coloring Books, Colored Pencils, Coloring Markers, and More! contains all the information you need to kick-off your coloring fun.  This new guide provides all the basics, including reviews and recommendations for all the tools to get started.

-Coloring Books
-Pencils
-Sharpeners
-Erasing
-Pens
-Strokes
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