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

October 3

Colorama – The Magic Path – Title Page Colored

Colorama – The Magic Path


Colorama - The Magic Path
Colorama – The Magic Path

When adult coloring books first started getting to be a thing, I went to the Barnes & Nobles bookstore to look for my own.  I was also searching for a gift for a friend.  Right inside the doors of the store was a couple of tables displaying adult coloring books.

Colorama’s The Magic Path jumped out at me because the cover has the partial coloring on it, plus the title is in gold foil.  Very creative.  I liked the look of it.  I picked it up and thumbed through it and I loved what I saw.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen or colored a Colorama book before this day but I was definitely impressed with the artwork in this book.  I also liked the feel of the pages.  I’m not sure how to describe that exactly, except to say that the pages in this book feel silky soft to me.  Believe it or not, that was one of the deciding factors for me buying this book.  It also had colored pencils attached to it.

 

Colorama Title Page


Colorama Title Page
Colorama Title Page

I know it’s silly, but my OCD says I have to color the title page first.  I may not color the book in order…though I usually do try.  But whether I color the book in order or not, I always have to color the title page first.

The title page for Colorama’s The Magic Path is pretty simple with just some lily pads bordering the page as well as the little stone path on the title.  For this page, I started coloring it with the colored pencils that came with the book.  I pretty much knew I wouldn’t like them, but I had to give them a shot before ruling them out.  I did not like them.

It might be due to the texture of the page being silky smooth, but the colored pencils that came with the book did not really allow me to do dark borders or anything like that.  I didn’t like them.  I’m just not sure yet if it was due to the colored pencils themselves, or the texture of the paper.

I used gel pens for the darker colored lily pads.  I liked these much better.  They flowed smoother on the page and I like the look better.  But, it should be known, gel pens are my favorite coloring tool thus far.  So it’s hard to convince me any other medium is better.  My standards are based on gel pens.  All in all, I like how the page turned out.  I think it’s pretty!

 

Tools Used


Gel Pens

Once again, I used the Staples 36 pack of Gel Pens along with the Colorama colored pencils that came with the book.

I hope to find my other pens soon so that I can start using a variety of different tools while I color. I’m interested in finding the right medium to use on these pages.  There’s something about the texture of the paper that is making the coloring experience different in this book.  It’s hard to explain.

Perhaps on the next page I’ll try something different.

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

Talk soon,

~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