Are You New to Coloring, Getting Confused and Frustrated?

I saw  a comment today in a coloring book pages facebook group from a beginner to coloring who was feeling frustrated. She had a ton of coloring books and coloring supplies, but didn’t know how to use them, or even where to start. This is not a surprise! If you’re new to something, you can’t expect to dive right in and make masterpieces. First, you can go to youtube and find a scadzillion tutorials on how to color. But sometimes people have a hard time connecting what they see/hear on a video to their own hands and eyes. I’m including three really nice examples for the limited color-use idea here. When you just start out playing with color it can be pretty overwhelming. It’s like trying to learn a language and not even knowing how to say hello. So here is a way to start without having to worry about … Please click HERE to continue reading

Women in Art 278 Promotes My Books!

WOOHOO! I wrote a note to my friends at Women in Art 278 Magazine to tell them about my coloring books, and they featured an article about them! See below: Promotion: The Coloring Book Queen One of Women in Art 278 Magazine‘s amazing artists just informed us of an awesome new adventure she is undertaking. By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the coloring book craze out there, which she has now contributed to and we wish her ALL the success in the world. Angela Treat Lyon’s books are beautiful, magical and are fun for adults and kiddos alike. So why color, you may wonder. Here’s a great answer that may validate your doodles, sketches and coloring … “When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching … Please click HERE to continue reading

The Adult Coloring Book Stampede

GUEST POST by my friend, Flora Morris Brown on WritersWin.com Coloring books, a favorite childhood activity, have captivated adults around the world and now dominate the Amazon bestseller list. Two of the top ten bestsellers are coloring books for adults, displacing 50 Shades of Grey and pushing Harper Lee’s Go Watchman down the list. The Adult Coloring Book Stampede Though the rankings change hourly, two coloring books for adults have been consistent. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by UK-based artist and illustrator Johanna Basford has sold over a million copies. Close behind in bestseller ranking is Adult Coloring Book Stress Relieving Patterns by Blue Star Coloring, a Texas publisher whose images are created by several illustrators. Dover-Antique-Automobiles-coloring-bookKristine Anderson, Dover Vice President of Marketing, told me, “Dover Publications, founded in 1941 publishing reissues, created the first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970.” Noticing … Please click HERE to continue reading

GUEST POST by my friend, Flora Morris Brown on WritersWin.com Coloring books, a favorite childhood activity, have captivated adults around the world and now dominate the Amazon bestseller list. Two of the top ten bestsellers are coloring books for adults, displacing 50 Shades of Grey and pushing Harper Lee’s Go Watchman down the list. The Adult Coloring Book Stampede Though the rankings change hourly, two coloring books for adults have been consistent. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by UK-based artist and illustrator Johanna Basford has sold over a million copies. Close behind in bestseller ranking is Adult Coloring Book Stress Relieving Patterns by Blue Star Coloring, a Texas publisher whose images are created by several illustrators. Kristine Anderson, Dover Vice President of Marketing, told me, “Dover Publications, founded in 1941 publishing reissues, created the first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970.” Noticing … Please click HERE to continue reading

Why the Coloring Book Craze?

I’ve asked hundreds of people in Facebook coloring groups why they color. Many of them say they are so stressed out that having something to come home to relax with is practically a life-saver. They say it relaxes them, soothes them and calms them down, especially after an insane day with kids or at the office. (image: Blowing Kisses in coloring book I Love You) Many of them struggle with raising kids, hectic jobs and even taking care of an elderly parent. Taking time out to color helps them feel grounded, steadied, more focused and even happier. Who could argue with benefits like that? In the Huffington Post article, Does Coloring Really De-stress? they say: “…When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates … Please click HERE to continue reading

What Is It About Mandalas?

Since ancient times, Mandalas have been used for meditation, calming the mind, and healing. In old Tibet, Mandalas were used in the process of training the mind to be quiet, so that That Still Place Within was more easily accessible. It was said that the Divine lives at the center of the Mandala. With that in mind, the Mandala was used as a focus point for meditation. As the mind quiets and becomes still, the meditator finds the Divine at the center of his own being. (image: Flight Song – in the coloring book Delight) I read about this use of Mandalas years ago. Later on in my life, when an entire series of 70 mandalas came through me, I realized that that was the intent within them: that the Divine would reside at each design’s center. Research I’ve done personally with mandalas I have drawn and painted indicates that … Please click HERE to continue reading