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Hocking Hills Printable May Calendar Page

Ash Cave State Park

Ash Cave State Park

This month I picked a picture of Ash Cave State Park located in the Hocking Hills. The best time to see the waterfall at Ash Cave is after a thunderstorm because all the run off water goes over the top of the cave.

A new guide is in the works and will soon be published officially. It will be a three day email guide to the Hocking Hills of Ohio. Subscribe to it and you get a concise guide in 3 PDF’s over a three day period.

Memorial Day is just around the corner. It is the beginning of the summer season in the Hocking Hills. The “Hocking Hills 3 Day Email Guide” will be available just in time to plan your summer in the Hocking Hills. Look for more information in the next email.

Link to the  Hocking Hills printable May-2017-Calendar

The Best Kept Secrets to the Hocking Hills

The Best Kept Secrets to the Hocking Hills

"Get Back to Nature" in the Hocking Hills Adult Coloring Book

“Get Back to Nature” in the Hocking Hills Adult Coloring Book

Get Back to Nature Volume 2

Get Back to Nature Volume 2

Copyright Terri Baker 2017

Purchase “Get Back to Nature” in the Hocking Hills

"Get Back to Nature" in the Hocking Hills Adult Coloring Book

“Get Back to Nature” in the Hocking Hills Adult Coloring Book

The dining restaurant at the Hocking Hills Lodge at Old Man’s Cave is a new location to purchase two Hocking Hills books.

You can purchase a copy of “The Best Kept Secrets of the Hocking Hills” guide to the Hocking Hills and “Get Back to Nature” an Hocking Hills inspired adult coloring book at the lodge. Stop in and enjoy a tasty meal at the dining room located in the Hocking Hills Lodge that is conveniently located close to one of the most popular parks in the Hocking Hills.

Make sure you pick up your guide to the Hocking Hills before you start exploring the Hocking Hills. The new edition has several

The Best Kept Secrets to the Hocking Hills

The Best Kept Secrets to the Hocking Hills

maps of the area to help you get around. And don’t forget to pack your coloring pencils so that you can relax, unwind and color your way to calm in the Hocking Hills with “Get Back to Nature” adult coloring book.

Copyright Terri Baker 2016

Copyright Terri Baker 2016

“Get Back to Nature” Colored Pages

I wanted to color every page in my coloring book to show people (and myself) how they would look when they are colored. Now that I have all 20 pages done I will show them to you.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Old Man's Cave State Park

Old Man’s Cave State Park

Hocking Hills Adventures

Hocking Hills Adventures

Cedar Falls State Park

Cedar Falls State Park

Life is Better in the Woods

Life is Better in the Woods

Ash Cave State Park

Ash Cave State Park

Hocking Hills Ohio

Hocking Hills Ohio

I Love the Hocking Hills

I Love the Hocking Hills

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I’d Rather Be Hiking

Cameo Deer

Cameo Deer

This Place is for the Birds

This Place is for the Birds

Acorn

Acorn

We Are All Connected

We Are All Connected

Explore More

Explore More

Large Leaf

Large Leaf

Go Outdoors

Go Outdoors

Hike More

Hike More

Santa Train

Santa Train

Trillium

Trillium

Two Leaves

Two Leaves

Is Coloring Addictive and Does it Relieve Stress?

Being new to coloring, I would have to say, “Yes”.

I colored every page of my new coloring book, “Get Back to Nature” so that I could display pages on this website and on social media and by the time I got to the last page I would have to say I am “hooked”.

I was going through a very stressful time in my life and when I was coloring my mind was not dwelling on the negatives. It was creating something beautiful which is a positive.

So in my very unscientific example it helped to relieve my stress. I went to sleep after I was done coloring and by the next morning things didn’t look so bad. So coloring helped me to get over something that was bothering me.  It didn’t solve the problem, but helped me to bridge the gap from being pessimistic to optimistic. And by using my creative muscle the next morning I was thinking of ways to solve my problem which is a positive thing to do.

There is also a sense of empowerment that one gets when you complete a page and look at it. There was a blank black and white page there and now it is colored and nice enough to frame.

Even though I am a creative person, the creative muscle needs to be exercised. Some people say they have no creativity which is not true. Everyone has a left and right side of their brain. One side is analytical and the other controls your creativity.

If someone doesn’t use their creative side it is still there but because you don’t use it, you think that it went somewhere. It didn’t. Coloring is a creative exercise that makes your creative muscle stronger which is great news if you have a job or career that doesn’t use that side of your brain.

Also, we all lead very stressful lives. Just merely living means we will come across stressful situations. Some people turn to alcohol or drugs to escape their situation even for a short time. I have never done that but my point is that I would rather color my way through to the other side. It is a much better solution.

During various times in my life I have had a positive addiction to exercise because it releases endorphins which make you feel good naturally and gets rid of my negative emotions. I can now say I have another positive addiction – coloring. So now I have a choice. When something stresses me out I can either do some aerobics or reach for my colored markers and a blank coloring page.

To sum it up, “Yes” coloring is addictive and it also relieves stress – for me. If you haven’t tried coloring to date, give it a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Framed Art (Colored Pages) from “Get Back to Nature”

The first page I colored became the cover. The second one was Old Man’s Cave State Park. The third page was the “Butterfly” page.

I used markers to color it, then I went over the markers with a glitter pen. I liked it so well I decided to frame it. From the on I decided to take pictures of all the pages I colored and frame them.

I had designed them as “mini posters” and this proves my point that you can frame them for yourself or to give as gifts to others who also love nature and the outdoors.

Hint: When you do this the only requirement is to take 1/4 inch off the left margin. That will give you a 1/2″ margin around all sides. The reason for this is because I added 1/4 inch to the spine for easier removal and ease in coloring if you keep it in the book.

I also use Dollar Store simple 81/2 x 11 black document frames that I bought for a reasonable price several years ago. They work and look just fine. If you give them away as a gift no one is going to ask where you got the frame from and it does make it more reasonable to frame them.

Framed and Colored page from "get Back to Nature" Adult Coloring Book

Framed and Colored page from “Get Back to Nature” Adult Coloring Book

Framed Butterfly Coloring Page

Framed Butterfly Coloring Page

Framed Old Man's Cave Colored Page

Framed Old Man’s Cave Colored Page

Ash Cave Framed Art

Ash Cave Framed Art

"Cameo Deer" Framed Art

“Cameo Deer” Framed Art

Sassy School of Coloring – Facebook Group

Being new to coloring I check out coloring groups on Facebook.  I got notice about a new one called, “Sassy School of Coloring”. She has video tutorials. I watched one on coloring black hair where she used paper stubs to blend the colors. We used to do this with charcoal pencils in art school. She used it with a Prismacolor black pencil and it worked just fine. (This is a closed group so you have to join first).   This is the link to join the group.

Super Doodle Gel Pens Sale

Super Doodle Gel Pens Sale

There was a sale of 50% off for a pack of 36 gel pens which brought the price down to $6.47. Supposedly it was only for the weekend but I tried it on the following Tuesday and it still works. I have a set of glitter gel pens so now I will have a set of 36 regular colors of gel pens.

This was the post that I used and as of September 20th it was still working. I LOVE to get coloring supplies at a DEEP discount.  The regular price is $12.95. Check it out:

Incredible sale code for Super Doodle Gel Pens!! Use code GPSALE50 at checkout to get 50% this pack. It came to $6.47!!! You can’t beat that!! Hurry!!!
http://amzn.to/2cFS5UO

Check out some of her videos. The ones I saw were good.

I also signed up for a newsletter and got a free coloring page.

If anyone else knows of a good group to join please let me know.

 

Terri

Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress.

Coloring is an activity that we tend to associate with children. As we grow older, we put aside our crayons and colored pencils in favor of more respectable writing utensils like pens and highlighters. However, it turns out coloring can be beneficial for adults — namely for its de-stressing power.

The practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. In fact, publishers have lately been launching coloring books specifically for adults. The trend is alive and well in countries in Europe and North America. Most recently, in Spain, the publication Espasa published Coloréitor, with illustrations by well-known cartoonist Forges.

Does Coloring Really De-stress?

One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century. He did this through mandalas: circular designs with concentric shapes similar to the Gothic churches’ rose windows. They have their origin in India.

When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologistGloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

In simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.” This leads us immediately and unconsciously to welfare, exposes the specialist.

“I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” says psychologist Antoni Martínez. “We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state,” he assures. We can also use it to connect with how we feel, since depending on our mood we choose different colors or intensity. “I myself have practiced that. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

Coloring Books for Adults

In countries like France or the UK, coloring books for adults are bestsellers. The French publisher Hachette even has a collection called Art-Thérapie with twenty de-stress volumes including all kinds of drawings from books of butterflies and flowers to cupcakes, graffiti and psychedelic patterns. There’s also the book Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book (M & E Books) that has snuck into top selling lists.

In the United Kingdom the books of illustrator Mel Simone Elliot are popular. She lets you color celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Kate Moss in her series Colour Me Good. And we can’t forget the aptly named Coloring for Grown-Ups, released by comedians Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen in the U.S.

The trend has struck Spain too. The Spanish cartoonist Antonio Fraguas, or Forges, publishedColoréitor, “a de-stress book,” its publishing house proclaims. The psychologist Luis Rojas Marcos says in the preface that “coloring comforts us, gives us peace, and lets us enjoy ourselves — it even temporarily frees us from daily pressures… Although coloring a couple of hours does not eliminate all problems and worries, it takes us away and relieves us from the stress that overwhelms us.”

If you’ve yet to try coloring as a relaxation technique, Forges has dedicated the drawing above to readers of The Huffington Post. He gave this tip for beginners: “Despite how highly stressed you may be, the most important thing is to not use pen markers with alcohol that go through the paper. The proper thing is to use crayons.”

You heard it here first.

This is an reprint from an article from the Huffington Post   –   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html

“I Love the Hocking Hills”

My First Attempts at Coloring

I Love the Hocking Hills

I Love the Hocking Hills

To be honest with you, the front cover for “Get Back to Nature” is the first time I have colored as an adult. This page is my second attempt. It was done with a set of 100 markers from US Art Supply that I got on Amazon.

I went with markers as the first attempt at coloring the cover was done with colored pencils and I found that they did not scan well, especially for a cover.

I would love to have others with more experience than I with colored pencils and shading to color this page and post it to my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AdultColoringBooksTerriBaker/

I have seen some beautiful work done on the internet and I know you are out there. Please show me just what can be done with the black and white pages that I designed and drew for others to color.

I would love to see some of the fantastic “masterpieces” that colorists out there can do.  I consider what I have done as a starting point and would love to see what others can do. Are you up to it?

“Get Back to Nature” Video

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Even though my video skills are not the greatest, you can get an idea of the interior of “Get Back to Nature” – an adult coloring book inspired by the Hocking Hills.

Note: The video file was too large to upload to this site, but Facebook took it slowly, but it uploaded it all. Please go to the Facebook link below to view the video.

Thanks,

Terri

https://www.facebook.com/AdultColoringBooksTerriBaker/

 

Copyright Terri Baker 2016

Copyright Terri Baker 2016

 

Coloring Guide for “Get Back to Nature” Adult Coloring Book

Five Photos Used to Create “Get Back to Nature”

I am including a back cover design that I never used that has four of the four photos that were used when drawing pages for “Get Back to Nature”. At the last minute I included a Santa Train page so I am including that photo as well.

When I was growing up we used to have “Paint By Number” craft projects. You can think of this as looking as an actual scene in nature and coloring it with your colored pencils. I have made it easier for you by giving you the drawing and composition. All you have to do is add the color.

You can use these photos as a guide when coloring a scene as close to nature as possible or be creative and use whatever colors your heart desires. Just have fun!

By the way, the young girl in two of the photos is my daughter when she was a child. She loved to “pose” for me so that I could use photos from my personal collection when making my guides and adult coloring book. The Cedar Falls picture has both my daughters when they were kids. They are both grown and adults now. How quickly the time flies!

 

Colored Pictures to Use When Coloring "Get Back to Nature"

Santa Train

Santa Train

Old Man's Cave State Park

Old Man’s Cave State Park

Ash Cave State Park

Ash Cave State Park

Cedar Falls State Park

Cedar Falls State Park

Hocking River Kayak

Hocking River Kayak

 

Copyright Terri Baker 2016

Copyright Terri Baker 2016

 

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