My Days in Color: A Planner & Coloring Book – Review

I am a paper planner: I prefer to organize my life using paper instead of a device. Paper planners have many things that make them better than digital tools, but to me, the most important quality is their flexibility: instead of having a device tell you how to use it, you use a paper planner the way you want to.

“Paper planners work because they are flexible and with that flexibility eventually comes an awareness of how you work …not how it works you.”

LifeHack.com

For the last couple of years, I have used  classic Moleskine notebooks to keep myself kinda organized. This was OK until my husband and I started to have some health problems. All the medical appointments required something a bit more structured to keep everything straight.  In the midst of my search for a new planner, Keith and Melissa from Scraft Artise asked me if I’d like to give their undated coloring planner and coordinating double-ended markers a try. Continue reading “My Days in Color: A Planner & Coloring Book – Review”

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.

Smudged Lines
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”

6 Tips for Taking Printables from ‘Eh’ to ‘Excellent’

Adult Coloring PrintablesPrintables can be great (yay, free goodies!) – and can be awful. 

Coloring book publishers and artists give away printable coloring pages as a try-and-buy technique.  Oodles of websites offer free printables pages. And artists sell unique ones on their websites or shops such as Etsy. Printables are usually single pages, but you can also find printable collections or books; in fact, many of the coloring books on Amazon are also available in electronic (Kindle) format, with online links to print the illustrations at home. And you can print printables as many times as you want, so you can try different tools, palettes or techniques on the same illustration.

Continue reading “6 Tips for Taking Printables from ‘Eh’ to ‘Excellent’”