EVERY MINUTE OF IT
In the third grade, a local restaurant held a colouring contest. Out of everyone in my town, I won an amazing bright orange McDonald's raincoat! I wasn't expecting that to be the prize. Using the tips below and lots of practice made this win possible. My babysitter kept a huge box full of colouring books and supplies. On rainy days we would colour quietly as a group of five. I would watch the amazing colouring of my babysitter's oldest daughter. I took notes on how to get smooth even results. I also developed my design skills such as using one colour for all of the circles and another colour for all of the ovals. This does help to elevate the design when you look at the completed page later.
5 TIPS FOR BEST RESULTS
When I started bringing colouring into my art work, I quickly learned that quality supplies count and the techniques you use are key.
- I recommend Prismacolor pencils for optimal shading results. These pencils seem to work with the paper giving you added control.
- Always colour in one direction within each shape using the same consistency. Colouring in many random different directions in a given spot can create a messy look.
- You can use specific layered strokes in different directions to create a more advanced look.
- Use very sharp coloured pencils. Invest in an electric sharpener and re-sharpen often.
- Start with a light layer of lighter colours like white, cremes and yellows and then add progressively dark colours for a more advanced look.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE GREAT AT
ART TO BENEFIT FROM THE JOY
OF CREATIVITY THERAPY
Years ago when I was in University I greatly used art therapy as a de-stressing tool. I had a mixed media art studio under my bed in boxes that I would pull out. I spent hours collaging and creating quote cards, colouring and crafting. I worked at my campus Wellness Centre giving out health information to drop in students. The number one thing students asked for was stress management tools. I would also sit and talk with them and give them ideas on how to best deal with their anxiety and pressures. Another important thing to note is that getting the help you need fortifies your Self Care Practice.
Allow yourself to colour outside of the lines. Great creative with shading or simply zone out and fill in the shapes. Tuning your stress out by switching to an enjoyable and easily completable task gives you the freedom to change your emotional state. We can literally train ourselves to switch the dial from stress to calm. It is a continued feeling of accomplishment that we achieve when we continuously complete another shape, design, page and then eventually the whole book.
TRY IT: Explore The Art Journalist Colouring Book on-line and step into the possibility of minimizing your stress in a easy and enjoyable way. You can look forward to increasing your creative time and self-esteem. Completion, peace and happiness can also be the result with a simple effort. Dance with the possibility: You can get the joy filled, stress free life you desire.
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READ Some Of The Back Of The Book Cover Copy:
"Enjoy this art journal/ colouring book. Fill the pages with your own colourful choices. Cover the blank spaces with your own art journaling notes, doodles and designs. There are 100's of designs, spaces and shapes for you to fill in at your leisure. Colouring has officially and finally been identified as a stress reducing, creativity inducing and art therapy activity. As a Self Care Expert, I help people realize their well-being potential. This colouring book/art journal acts as a fun tool designed to deliver hours of simple artistic fun that makes you feel good.
What attracted me to my on going love of colouring is the sense of happy accomplishment we as humans get from filling in spaces with colour...."