Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the adult colouring craze that has captivated your circle of friends or even your own, older children. Colouring books with intricate designs and patterns and adorable scenes have been spotted in book stores, drug stores, variety stores, on the train during the evening commute… it’s all over! Have you seen how many awesome books there are available? I am totally in love with them. I’ve already
told hinted to my hubs that it would be a fab Christmas present. I was that girl that was always drawing, colouring, doodling when I was a kid and even through my early twenties. I still love to colour. But once you stop for a while, it’s easy to forget how therapeutic and stress reducing it is! So I’m making an effort to be ‘that girl’, once again. Even if it’s just a bit of time after the kiddies go to bed with a hot cup of tea in hand. It’ll be a start!
If you don’t think doodling or colouring can help ease stress and promote relaxation, or help calm and centre people, then tell that to all the teachers, observers and students of art therapy. My dear friend went back to school a few years ago and is in the middle of getting her masters in this very subject. You can’t deny the benefits of art to the mind and soul.
So, are you interested? Want to give it a try? Here are some of the books that I hope to add to my bunch!…
Secret New York: Color Your Way Calm
I love the eclectic subject matter of this book. Very fitting for New York, wouldn’t you say? Grocery items, clothing, cityscapes and fire escapes all in a very ‘hand drawn’ style, you wont get bored with this book when each page let’s you express and experience something different!
Animal Kingdom; Color Me, Draw Me
This stunning book has some seriously intricate line work. It’s beautiful! And it begs to be further beautified by a personal touch of colour. The artist, Millie Marotta includes a variety of critters that fly in the sky to animals of the sea. The rooster is utter awesomeness.
Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book
Find your way through this magical woodland forest of tree houses and furry friends. There is even something hidden within the castle at the end. All in all, this book is indeed enchanting!
And yes, for real… you can even get a Game of Thrones Coloring Book.
So do you find yourself doodling on notes, papers and printed things… colouring in block letters, adding designs and patterns? Then congrats! You’re probably a perfect candidate for doing some colourful doodling!
Still not sure?
Scroll on below and check out the compilation of amazing images I’ve collected for you to print so you can test drive this super zen hobby. I suggest printing them on a heavier weight paper. I personally use card stock, then get comfy with a cup of tea and get lost in some therapeutic colouring time. Markers or coloured pencils, there is no right or wrong. I opt for pencil crayons because I find it easier to blend them. If you like, you can even fill them in using your favourite photo editing software. But do keep in mind, part of the whole idea of this is to unplug and unwind. Bright glaring computer screens don’t necessarily lend themselves to that very well!
Blending coloured pencils is easier than you think. I like Prismacolor. They are soft and don’t feel ‘dry’ when you colour with them, making it easier to achieve the strength of pigmentation you want.
Start by doing a light layer where you want to blend to colours together, then, do a heavier layer with your next colour. You can always add more colour. Try a practice go of this technique on some scrap paper. Try blending blue into green, then the green into yellow and so forth. You can also stipple colour onto the page, do a cross hatch pattern, scribble… whatever works for you.
There is also the baby oil trick…. I know, baby oil and coloured pencils? It’s true. This technique is only to be used on drawings done with permanent ink. Take a cotton swab dipped in baby oil and blot off as much of the oil as you can from the swab. You don’t want to saturate your drawing. Then using a sweeping motion brush it over the colour in the drawing that you want to blend, and away, creating an almost watercolour effect. You can also add the baby oil before the coloured pencil, which results in a very saturated and rich colour. Again, do a test run on scrap paper to get a feel for it.
The baby oil technique wont work on printouts from an inkjet printer as the print will bleed and run. I’ve not tried laser prints so if you do, I would definitely do a test on a scrap first to insure sure the baby oil doesn’t cause the ink from your printer to bleed. If you are looking for an alternative blending aid, try this inexpensive blender from Prismacolor. You can use it on any drawings done with coloured pencils, permanent ink or prints done from your own home inkjet printer.
*All of the image links provided are links to uploads from other sources. SaltTree is not the originating source of these images. Images are intended for personal use only.