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Adult Coloring Books and Hocking Hills Info

Category: Adult Coloring Book Info

Get information about adult coloring books and supplies.

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!!!

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.



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?

Color Palette

Colored Pencil Palette

As an oil painter I learned early on to create a palette of all my colors as I was using them. It was helpful to create the exact shade or tint that I wanted.

Colored pencils are no different. You can use them lightly to make a tint or press harder to make a shade. You can also take those two colors and add black or white to darken or lighten the color.

Many colorists blend colors when they are coloring and having all your colors in front of you while you color can inspire your creativity.

I myself hadn’t colored since my college days. Thank goodness I had a nice range of Prismacolors as they were the top of the line even then. Now there are so many other choices and I will get into those choices in a later article.

For now I wanted to create a “Palette” that anyone could use when they get a new set of pencils or markers to see what the colors look like before you use them.

Colored Pencil Palette

I am including an actual palette that I created for a cheap set of colored pencils that is a great starter set for anyone who wants to test the waters without a great investment of money.

The set that I purchased was the Sargent Art Colored Pencils a pack of 50. They were $8.29 at the time of my purchase at Amazon. So with the cost of Get Back to Nature you could start a new hobby of coloring for under $20.00. Here is the colored palette for the Sargent set. It shows how it would look lighter with cross hatching and pressing hard to get the darker shade.

Sargent 50 Colored Pencil Palette

I also recommend you get a good pencil sharpener if you don’t already have one. This Prismacolor Scholar Pencil Sharpener is only $1.59 at time of writing but it will keep you colored pencils sharp which is necessary when coloring.


Copyright Terri Baker 2016

Copyright Terri Baker 2016


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