Holiday Coloring & Creating with Sarah Renae Clark Printables – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

sarah renae clarkOne of the things I love the most about Christmas is that it’s the one time of year when we take a break from life and just enjoy time with family, doing things we love. For my family this year the activity is coloring, of course!

A wonderful source for inspiration for me this year has been Sarah Renae Clark and her Christmas printables.

Sarah Renae Clark kindly gave me some printables to try. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using the products. This post does contain affiliate links. Continue reading “Holiday Coloring & Creating with Sarah Renae Clark Printables – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide”

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”

#ColorOurCollections Is Back!

#colorourcollectionsGet Free Coloring Pages From Libraries, Archives, and Museums

I love antique and ancient paper memorabilia. And the thought that I could color copies of old, antique and ancient prints thrills me.

And once again this year you and I can do just that, thanks to an international group of art museums, public libraries, botanical gardens, and universities participating in an initiative called #ColorOurCollections.

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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”

Ikea’s Latest? Coloring Pages to Calm

It is only “Hump Day” and you’re already itching to pull out the markers and color the stress away. And to satisfy your yearning, IKEA, the home of “fiscally responsible furnishings for all,” has come to the rescue.

Normally I think of stress when I think of IKEA – building a PAX wardrobe with it’s 150+ pieces of hardware can’t be called a calming experience.  However, now you can color one! IKEA has released five free adult coloring pages covered with lamps, couches, chairs, even their FORNUFT tableware and fanciful plants.

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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.

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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? Continue reading “Johanna Basford’s Christmas Coloring Gift”