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Color Me Calm

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I’m jumping on the bandwagon late…but I’m finally on it. A few weeks ago, I learned about grown folks who like to color. Apparently, it’s a popular trend sweeping the nation. Coloring is calming to many people. It helps them unwind and release stress.

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I could use a stress reliever, so I picked up this Creative Haven Floral Mosaics book and colored away. I got it from Michael’s for $5.99. So far I’ve knocked out these pictures.

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I’m no great artist but I feel good after completing each page. It’s a great opportunity to showcase my creativity and relax at the same time. The other day I stopped by Barnes and Noble to pick up a new book. I wanted to try something different from floral designs. I was surprised by the selection of adult coloring books. While walking in I was greeted by a display of coloring books…all on sale for less than eight bucks.

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At another location in the store….more books. These ran around ten to sixteen bucks. wpid-20150904_143446.jpg

Believe it or not, there was a third location for the books. Just shows you how popular they are.

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The two most popular books are Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford. You can even color the covers.

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These books feature intricate designs with hidden characters. They’re normally sold out, but I found a few of the books at Barnes and Noble for $15.95 a piece. You’re best and least expensive option is to get them from Amazon for around ten dollars. I haven’t bought these coloring books yet because they’re very complicated and I’m still working on my technique. Here are a couple of YouTube videos that have helped me with blending colors and shading.

https://youtu.be/pv4ut0hOAcU

https://youtu.be/dGtEeP_IsiM

20150904_191627 My newest coloring book is Mehndi Designs. I bought it for about eight dollars at Barnes and Noble. This book is more advanced than my first coloring book. I’m looking forward to bringing these illustrations to life.

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I’m already having fun with this peacock.

So what do I color with? I prefer to use colored pencils. I bought a twelve-pack of Artist’s Loft colored pencils from Michael’s. I think they were around ten dollars. But I wanted a crap load of colors, so I went to Walmart and bought cheap CrazyArt pencils for five bucks and put them in a 99 cent pencil box. These work fine for me but some people prefer high-end pencils.

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Another option is to get a set of gel pens. I hear that Costco sells These are good because they don’t bleed through the page. You could also use plain ole crayons.

I can’t tell you how relaxing and fun these coloring books are. I absolutely love them and recommend everyone give them a try.

Be blessed

Barbie

Author:

I'm a Midwesterner who explores the world via the Internet, books, and movies. I share what I learn whether its beauty tips, health advice, recipes or literature. I'd call this blog a melting pot. I named it Barbie's Bookmarks because I love literature, and I love documenting things I find important in my life.. big and small. Thus, these are my life's bookmarks. I look forward to sharing them with you and learning about your bookmarks as well.

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