Scandia : A Coloring Book Journey – Review

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Add some Scandinavian to your life.

As colorists, we know all about the benefits of turning off our devices, getting comfortable, and tuning out from the stresses around us. But did you know that this is quite Scandinavian? Last year, hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), the Danish art of comfortable living, featuring sipping hot chocolate and piling on layers of cozy knitwear, became a thing. And a load of books came out telling us how to do it.

Lagom, from Sweden, promotes the idea of being frugal and leading a balanced life. When you have lagom, you are in a state of having ‘just the right amount’, kind of like Goldilocks. You can learn about it in books and magazines, and channel it with a Korean beauty brand and a fashion line. Continue reading “Scandia : A Coloring Book Journey – Review”

28 Easy Ways to Get More from Your Colored Pencils

colored pencilsWhether you are new to adult coloring (if so, welcome!), or an experienced colorist, there is a lot to learn about colored pencils. And good quality colored pencils can be expensive, so using them in the right ways can help you get a lot more out of them, saving you money and frustration.

Here are a bunch of tips and hacks I have learned over the years, from trial and error and from my niece who is a colored pencil artist. So give these a try, and let me know what you think! Continue reading “28 Easy Ways to Get More from Your Colored Pencils”

Book Review: The Mindfulness Key

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Image: CC Heidi Forbes Oste

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”

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
Continue reading “Adult Coloring 101 – ebook Now Available”

ADULT COLORING – WHY?

Adult coloring books have been a trend for over a year now I have been using coloring as a stress reliever and for general escapism from everyday life. Coloring also seems to have the unintended benefit of helping my concentration and breaking my writer’s blocks. It is a wonderful way to alleviate boredom in a creative, productive way.

However, if you are like me, you  haven’t colored in 20 – or more! – years.  And you realize that when you start coloring again, crayons and kids’ cartoon coloring books just don’t cut it.

BUT WAIT….HOW DID THIS COLORING THING START??

The essential difference between a child’s coloring book and those for adults is that the artwork itself is sophisticated – you won’t be coloring a car from a cartoon movie, a bunny or a fairy princess. Continue reading “ADULT COLORING – WHY?”