Friday, 5 February 2016

Colouring In for Grown-Ups

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved art supplies.  I had a playroom full of dolls and cuddly toys but what I loved most was a gift my dad bought me when he was away on a business trip.  It was a huge tin box filled with 100 different squares of watercolour paints. 



I would spend hours drawing and then painting in my doodles with the paint from that wonderful tin.  To this day I can't resist a good paint brush or some beautiful coloured pencils.  



Fortunately for me, adult colouring books are now all the rage.  I no longer have to wait for a small child to visit before pulling out the crayons and coloured pencils.



Thanks to my husband, Andy, I have a three new beautiful colouring books to keep my inner child happy.   They are my birthday present, along with some really good quality coloured pencils. 



Some childhood pleasures are so good, you never outgrown them.  Which book should we colour in first?

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  1. Hi Deb, I have a few books to colour, what pens or pencils would you recommend? X

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    1. I am still experimenting with pencils. I have a set of Staedtler pencils which are good for their very reasonable price. I just purchased some Derwent Artists 24 pencils but haven't used them yet. A friend recommended Sakura jelly roll pens for more vibrant colour. This is uncharted territory for me so I am just finding my way. Please let me know if you find some good pens or pencils. : )

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    2. Hi Debs, I bought some Sharpies pens but found them too thick, I think I would like to try some artists pencils, I might also try the Sakura pens x

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  2. A lot of my friends have adult colouring books.. I used to love colouring in as a child. I may just have to purchase one and some pens/pencils for myself :o)

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  3. I often color with the beans but would love to get one of these books for me. I so enjoyed listening to your memories of creating as a child! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Nicole xo

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    1. You would love the botanical colour plates in the RHS Colouring Book. They are the perfect template for getting the colours just right. x

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  4. Hi Debs! I tweeted you yesterday! I have the Johanna Basford colouring book that I bought before the colouring books for adults became mainstream. I coloured in a tiny little owl and then felt like I had ruined the book so I have stopped colouring! Also, the pencils I was using did not give enough depth of colour. The Sakura gelly roll pens I mentioned are supposed to be the best quality you can buy. They come in classic, moonlight, metallic and stardust to name just a few. On the other hand,if you want to take up zentangle I recommend the workbooks by Suzanne McNeill and Sakura micron pigma fine line pens. I hope you are having a great weekend. :-)

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    1. Hi Simone! I must confess I have started colouring in the most basic book first so I can get a feel for the pencils and the shading techniques. Your review on pens and pencils is very helpful. I will Google them to take a look at what is available. I understand what you are saying about being a bit intimidated by the beautiful drawings but I am sure you didn't ruin your colouring book. I've been looking at finished paintings on Pinterest for inspiration...but I still haven't got the courage to start The Secret Garden yet. It's lovely to see you here... thanks for visiting and leaving a great comment. : Dx

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