November 4

Color Happy – October – Free Page

Color Happy Sailboat Page


I previously mentioned that I found a group called Color Happy.  This group allows you to show off your pictures and talk about different coloring tools and such. They have monthly coloring contests and offer all kinds of coloring packages for sale as well. They even do LIVE Broadcasts where they color and talk about what they’re working on for the month, etc. I believe the free picture came from their Sunshine Package.  Well, the free page they gave out for October was this sailboat page.

Color Happy – October – Free Page

So my OCD was a little bit tricky with this page.  The water had to be blue because water is blue.  The sun had to be some combination of red, orange, and yellow.  So how would I get the green and purple in from the rainbow?  The boat of course!  And then what in the world am I going to do for the sky?

I started with the sun because I knew which colors it had to be and how I was going to do it.  I colored the sun and then wound up sick with the flu.  So I stopped coloring.  I did make one attempt to color while I was sick in bed.  But by the time I gathered the page and my tools and got set up in bed to color, I was ready for a nap and lost my interest in it.  So I didn’t.  It took me a few weeks to get my interest back.  But once I did, I finished the page 3 days later.  So it took 4 days total to color this page.

 

Tools Used


As far as how I colored it, my tool of choice for this one was gel pens…as usual. Gel pens are my typical go to tool for coloring because I don’t have to press as hard to color. I have carpel tunnel in both wrists and arthritis as well so coloring tends to start hurting when I’ve been at it for too long or am pressing too hard.  Also I like the flow of the pens and the metallic colors especially.

I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens. This pack seems to have four different types of each color, a metallic, a neon, a glitter, and a standard. Although, not every color has every type and some have more than others. For example, there’s five purples and only two oranges. Not complaining really, purple is my favorite color and orange certainly isn’t. But it doesn’t bode well for the OCD and it does impact my color choices quite often.

I also used my Art Planet gel pens. This pack includes 36 colors as well and is very similar to the Staples set. The shade of the colors vary just slightly so it gives me a little bit more color variety. If you look at the waves in the sailboat picture above, I alternated sets for each wave. The Art Planet set includes the lighter shades of blue. I liked this set because the proceeds went directly to artists, as opposed to manufacturers. But I found that these pens seemed to dry out much more quickly than my Staples pens. That does not make me happy.

So that’s my coloring for this week, I hope you enjoyed! What do you do to relax?

Until next time,

~Kris

September 30

Mandala Rainbow – Colored

Color Happy


Recently, I stumbled across a coloring group that produces coloring pages for adults and has built a community on Facebook of coloring enthusiasts from all over the world that believe that life is about appreciating the pleasure in everyday experiences.  They hold contests and encourage members to share pictures they’ve colored, whether purchased through them or not.

Mandala - Color Happy
Spreading joy through color.

I particularly enjoy this group because they focus on being happy.  There is so much negativity in the world right now that it’s just so hard to get away from it.  I am not a person that suffers with depression and anxiety but the current state of my country makes me sad and seeing all of the hate spreading like wildfire makes me even more sad.  I believe that most people are good and I would rather focus on the positive things in life to allow myself to feel good.

In the words of the Color Happy community, “We belong to one race, the Human Race, and love and honor those who differ from us.  We truly believe that a box of crayons and a friendly smile can change the world.”

 

Color Happy Mandala


The picture I colored below came from Color Happy as well.  It was a free page to show off a package that was being sold.  I downloaded, printed, and started coloring it right away.  I took about 3 days to color this one as I don’t color a whole picture in one sitting.  I work on it off and on throughout the day until it’s done.  I stuck to the rainbow theme again on this one as I thought it really helped showcase the different elements of the mandala.

My Rainbow Mandala

Would you like your own copy of this page?  If so, go ahead and sign up for the Mandala series and I’ll send you a new one like this each week!  The first one I send will be the blank copy of this same one.  And after that, I’ll send a new one each week!






 

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I would be happy to share these mandalas with you. In fact, I hope that you will get it and color it and then come back and attach it to a comment on this post to share with us the completed mandala. That would be awesome!

 

Tools Used


Gel Pens used for My Rainbow Mandala

Once again, I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens. This pack seems to have four different types of each color, a metallic, a neon, a glitter, and a standard.

I hope to find my other pens soon so that I can start using a variety of different tools while I color.  I like to mix and match different colors and textures to get different effects when I color.  One day, I’ll start trying to blend my colors and see how that works out for me.  But since I color as a stress reliever, I try not to create opportunities for failure here.

So that’s my coloring for this week, I hope you enjoyed! Have you colored anything lately?

Until next time,

~Ki

September 21

Color Me Less Stressed

Coloring to Relieve Stress


Color Me Relaxed!
Color Me Relaxed!

Did you know coloring is considered an effective stress reliever?  I guess it’s even considered, by psychologists to be the best alternative to meditation.

I remember as a young teenager, I was coloring with my mom one day.  Always so OCD about my coloring!  Each part had to be outlined with the color and then shade it in with the same color, but lighter.  That was just the way it had to be.

Hair colors had to be natural hair colors, same with flesh colors.  The sky always had to be blue.  Grass was always green, houses were always red brick.  That was just the way it was supposed to be.

Well…I remember the picture my mom colored that particular day.  It was a scare crow picture.  He should’ve been in blue jeans with a red plaid shirt, right?  I mean aren’t they all like that?  I don’t know where I got it in my head that my coloring had to mimic reality, but it was there and it was strong.

Mom didn’t have that stuck in her head.  She colored some torn up jeans with checkered and dotted patches and some crazy colors!  When I saw it…I was absolutely amazed!  It was the most beautifully detailed, creative coloring I’d ever seen!  Since then, I’ve been passionate about being colorful and creative instead of mimicking the boring reality that is life.

See, I color to escape.  When I color, I don’t think about my troubles or worry about my loved ones.  Escaping into the beautiful array of colors and completely losing myself in the creative process completely clears my mind in the moment.  I think that’s why it relaxes me so.  And I totally understand how it could easily be the best alternative to meditation.

 

Color Happy Floral Page


I recently found a group on Facebook dedicated to coloring and spreading joy through coloring.  What a great find!  When I joined either their group or their site, I received a free coloring page that I could print off at home and get to work coloring.  I started right away!

This group allows you to show off your pictures and talk about different coloring tools and such.  They have monthly coloring contests and offer all kinds of coloring packages for sale as well.  They even do LIVE Broadcasts where they color and talk about what they’re working on for the month, etc.  I believe the free picture came from their Sunshine Package.

Color Happy - September - Free Page
Color Happy – September – Free Page

For this page, there wasn’t really a rhyme or reason to the way I colored it.  I really just grabbed whichever color felt right at the time.  The mascot of Color Happy is a rainbow unicorn and I noticed that many of the groups pictures have the swirly circles that you see in the background of the picture.  So I went ahead and used the rainbow colors for those swirls since I couldn’t think of anything else to do with them.

It took me five days to color this picture.  I don’t just sit there and color non-stop.  I do it in parts.  A petal of any flower is a part, I’ll color one part at a time and usually while taking a break from something else.  If I’ve been working for an hour straight, I’ll take a quick five minutes to color a part before getting back to work.  It helps to keep my day balanced.

 

Tools Used


As far as how I colored it, my tool of choice for this one was gel pens.  Gel pens are my typical go to tool for coloring because I don’t have to press as hard to color.  I have carpel tunnel in both wrists and arthritis as well so coloring tends to start hurting when I’ve been at it for too long or am pressing too hard.

I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens.  This pack seems to have four different types of each color, a metallic, a neon, a glitter, and a standard.  Although, not every color has every type and some have more than others.  For example, there’s five purples and only two oranges.  Not complaining really, purple is my favorite color and orange certainly isn’t.  But it doesn’t bode well for the OCD and it does impact my color choices quite often.

I moved about a year ago and have not unpacked all of my boxes because I intend to move again soon when I buy a house.  Therefore, I haven’t yet found all of my pens.  That’s the only reason I used the Staples gel pens this time.  They aren’t my favorite pens.  But they’ll do when I’m in a bind.

So that’s my coloring for this week, I hope you enjoyed!  What do you do to relax?

Until next time,

~Kris

February 2

Markers Inventory – Craft Inventory Binder

What Markers Do I Have?

Markers
Collection of Markers

Have you ever found yourself shopping for craft supplies and either you buy duplicates of supplies you already have, or you stand in the aisle staring at them and trying to remember if you’d already purchased a certain color?  Many crafters have this problem.  For serious crafters, those which spend a lot of time crafting, the supply inventory seems to grow rapidly and you quickly lose track of what you already have and don’t have.  When it comes to Markers, there are many different brands and hundreds of colors.  It’s impossible to remember them all!  In order for me to prevent myself from buying duplicates, I’ve created a Markers section for my Inventory Binder.  I have blank printouts for each brand that I’ve purchased them from.  Then when I buy a new one, I simply color in the inventory block for that brand and color so that I know which ones I have.  If I take my Inventory Binder to the store with me when I go craft supply shopping, I can simply refer to the Markers section and quickly determine which ones I need to buy.

 

Markers Section

Markers Sheets
Inventory Sheets

The Markers section of my Inventory Binder was real simple to create.  The actual divider for the section is a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cute the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.  Next I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.  I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.  In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.  I stamped the word Markers on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.  That’s all it took for me to set up this section of the binder.  I used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets.

 

Marker Inventory Sheets

As I said previously, there are several different brands of markers used for crafting.  Copic is one of the top brands so I started with that one and then worked through each of the brands I actually own.  I only used brands that I actually have product of as the purpose is to capture my own personal inventory.  As I buy products from other brands, I will either find or create a new inventory sheet for the binder in order to track my supply of those.  The brands I actually have inventory sheets for are as follows:

Feel free to click on any of the links to obtain the inventory sheet for your own use.  I did not create any of these sheets as they were already out there and I didn’t see any point in recreating the wheel.  Once I printed off each of the sheets, I then took my markers and used the appropriate brand and color to color in the box on the actual sheet.  By doing this, I know when I’m at the store that, if the box isn’t colored in, I do not have that product in my inventory.

By keeping track of which Markers I already have, I reduce the occurrence of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  The trick is just remembering to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft supply stores.  I hope this post was helpful to you all, I know many of us wish we were more organized.  This is just one small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki