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Old 03-02-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Does anyone color just for fun? I used to make cards but just sort of lost interest. Now I have been just coloring mandalas or coloring pages from the internet. Of course I have sold most of my copics now and am starting to think about collecting some again.
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A great question. And a timely question for me.

I am in the middle of working on some cards for an SCS swap which involve coloring a stamped image and it became obvious to me very quickly that, although I love to color, I am TERRIBLE at coloring regardless of what color medium I am using.

I am Copic intermediate certified and I have watched countless YouTube videos re: how to color with Copics and colored pencils and watercolor pencils and distress markers and gelatos, etc., but once the class or video is over, I don't color (aka practice my coloring), period, and I'm NEVER going to get any skill or 'feel' for the product that way LOL.

So as painful as it is for me right now, I am forcing myself to use stamps that require me to color because I want to be able to get to the point where I can enjoy coloring and do it without it taking me 2 hours to color a pea - haha - and use all of those outline stamps that I have that are wonderful IF COLORED PROPERLY
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Ha, yes me! I love to colour stamped images and have a nice Copic collection that I have not mastered but still trying. I'm better with pencils and gamsol. Even with all the cool toys my favourite is to just sit down with the kids and colour from their colouring books. In fact had a colouring date with my 4 year old last night.
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I think you've just identified why I don't have more creations in my gallery! I enjoy the processes that go into making a card - the embossing, the die cuts, the coloring, etc. - but just want to play with my "stuff", rather than actually coming up with a finished product. Way, way more fun! (In my opinion, any way). Do I actually do this? Not as often as I should - probably because I feel like I should have something to show for it at the end of the session. Hmmm...I think you've just inspired me to start an art journal...thanks!
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I LOVE to color "for fun"!!!! I print off mandellas and coloring pages, too. I also picked up a few "coloring books" at Michael's and copy those pages. I use sharpies and Bic Mark-its for this type of theraputic coloring. I don't use the pages for anything. I just color them while I am watching TV. Very soothing!
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I love to colour....anything and have always loved to colour, as a child the best gifts were colouring pencils/makers and a colouring book...I was and would still be in heaven if I got those! oh do you remember those sets, the 12, 24, 36,72. 144 markers....oh how I pinned for the set I didnt have for that extra colour option that was in it!
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I have colored for FUN too!

Years ago when I was teaching preschool I made about 300 flannel board stories and about 3/4 of them were printed pictures that I would color, cut out, mount on construction paper, cut out again and then laminate again. The coloring was very soothing. I made these for about 10 years!

Now I search for books that have a coloring component. I just bought a diet book off the clearance racks at Barnes and Noble...it's called "Diet Doodle Diary". I also have a book called "Coloring Your Prayers". Both have places to doodle and and pictures to color. These kinds of books are very far and few between. I seem to have to have a book to color in.

I went into the jail system and did parent education for female inmates for about three years. They would draw their own pictures to color. I ended up copying pictures for them to color in their spare time. I also brought parenting activities/info that had little areas to color.

Who colored lots as a child? We spent many hours on my front porch coloring, coloring, coloring!

So, yes coloring is good for the soul!
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I love to colour....anything and have always loved to colour, as a child the best gifts were colouring pencils/makers and a colouring book...I was and would still be in heaven if I got those! oh do you remember those sets, the 12, 24, 36,72. 144 markers....oh how I pined for the set I didnt have for that extra colour option that was in it!
Ohhh, this took me back to those golden yellow snap cases of Pentel Markers... I remember the feeling of rapture I had when I got THE BIG CASE. I put them in rainbow order and I think I cried when the snap broke.
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I have always loved to color! I like Prisma colored pencils, and Copic markers.
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I love to color but never feel my final product is good enough to send in a card. I really can't afford Copics but did scoop up quite a few Spectrum Noir when our A.C. Moore closed recently. I don't think they blend as nicely as Copics, but they're fine for what I do.

I actually took an online class on coloring for rubber stamps a couple of years ago. One of the main teachers was Colleen Schaan (?), she's written a lot about coloring with Copics, but we also worked with colored pencils and odor-free mineral spirits and water color pencils, and I had a lot more fun with those.

Anymore, I spend more time making and coloring cards than I do scrapbooking because I'm not very patient, and I like to see a finished product before the end of the night.
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I love to color, but do not blend and get depth and all that as well as others. I thought it was because I didn't have the right pencils, markers, etc., but then when I had all that, I realized it was just me. I don't mind my creations not being "perfect" because I still go with the mantra "it's handmade by me" and this is what "me" coloring looks like. I have never not liked a card I colored. We got coloring books and crayons every year for Christmas and would color for hours at the kitchen table. I always thought my mom was the best color-er since she stayed in the lines...hee!hee!
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I teach a group of seniors at the center, and quite often they want to know when are we going to do a watercolor card! So as seniors we haven't lost our love to color.
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Coloring is like my tranquilzer, watercoloring is so soft.
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Check out these coloring books from Dover. They have great subjects and the stained glass ones are really nice. We use markers for the stained glass, and colored pencils and crayons for the others. We've had dragons, wizards, fairies, pirates and more fun ones. They are wonderful for kids (and adults!) who want to color but don't like kiddie books.

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Whenever I get a creative block, I turn to colouring. It gets my brain in motion again, and most times I get a vision of my next project. lolo
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I have blogged extensively about trying so hard to learn the new smash-style art journaling, but I despair! I finally gave up and allowed myself to admit, I LOVE TO COLOR! That's all, I love my gazillion Copics (certified Level Two), my Inktense, my Tombow. I keep two small spiral sketch books (6.5" x 5")- one with watercolor paper and one with Copic paper (Copic sells their own) and stamp each new stamp into my personal "Coloring Book". When the spirit moves me I might make a card, no bling, no thick layer upon layer of embellishments. I color something, fold the paper and there's a card. And I am Very Very Happy.
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I love to color also but often find I am trying a new way of coloring. I love my prisma pencils and blending them with mineral spirits; I have alcohol inks that I like using; alcohol markers; watercolors in pencil form, paste form; and childrens paint sets. I am checking out the pastel paint pots and intense pencils now and wondering if I need to try more avenues. LOL It's an addiction I think! There always seems to be a new way of using all of these that I haven't tried yet. Keeps me busy playing!
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I grew up with Crayola crayons and learned a lot of colors through them like blue-green and green-blue or periwinkle which was just a cool word to me as a kid. lol. I could not wait till the fall each year when I would get my new box of 64 colors. Just as I grew out of them, the metallics were coming in....sigh. Then I saw the 128 box and was tempted to get it years later but resisted lol

I love to color but I cant afford the copics and actually I resent the idea of spending that many hundreds for a full set of markers so I use watercolor pencils and a water brush or gamsol. I dont need special blending paper for it either. I also use fine tip sharpies for detail work. They come in a lot of colors now. Inktense pencils are very cool too for vibrant color.

I have some random tombows and I did bite the bullet to get tombows, copics and pencils in skin tones but I have yet to master that well.
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I'm Copic intermediate certified too and I've started watercolouring again just to have fun With another way to colour. So yep, I colour for the fun of it!
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I love to color for coloring's sake. Coloring has been one of my favorite activities ever since I learned to color within the lines, which was probably a lot later than you would think! I color with old fashioned Crayola Crayons, Prismacolor pencils, water color pencils & blender pen or water brush and Twinkling H2O's. I love the look of Copics, but have purposely never gotten into them because I know I could never afford them. I do own one light blue Copic that I use to create shadows around a colored image. I also love the Dover Coloring Books - here is my favorite section of their selections:

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Have just googled these books and find there is a Dover Bookshop in the uk, might just treat myself to one!
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I love to color for coloring's sake. Coloring has been one of my favorite activities ever since I learned to color within the lines, which was probably a lot later than you would think! I color with old fashioned Crayola Crayons, Prismacolor pencils, water color pencils & blender pen or water brush and Twinkling H2O's. I love the look of Copics, but have purposely never gotten into them because I know I could never afford them. I do own one light blue Copic that I use to create shadows around a colored image. I also love the Dover Coloring Books - here is my favorite section of their selections:

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It would be fun to color and frame a few, put them up on the wall and pretend you're a "real" artist... I didn't even know they had this much variety, or such "grown up" selections - thanks for the link!
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I've picked up a few of these from AC Moore as stocking stuffers for the grandkids, but had no idea how many more were available. Thanks for the link!
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I enjoy coloring with watercolor and Inktense pencils, transparent acrylic inks and traditional watercolor paints. Have a nice collection of ShinHan alcohol ink markers and black Sakura micros that should be used more. Don't like anything waxy or dusty like crayons and pastels.

My favorite paper types are hot press watercolor and white vellum.
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Oh, I love to color for fun. It so relaxes me! I did lots of coloring while the Olympics were on in the background.
Mostly trying out my new Inktense pencils.
I save the colored pieces. Many of them are just for pracitce, and don't really end up on a project.
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I too love coloring with different mediums. I'm not an artist and can't draw, which I why I got into stamping in the first place. What I found out about myself is I love to get the larger selection of colors, so I have more to choose from or blend with. I just love the range of colors, be they pencils, watercolors, Copics, chalks..... it's so much fun to create and so relaxing!
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I've always enjoyed coloring for fun. I'm still the proud owner of the 64 count box of Crayola crayons. I LOVE the Dover books! Been coloring in those for years.will probably color just for the pleasure of it til the day I die
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I was cruising through Target a few days ago and stopped at the "writing instruments" aisle to see if I could find a larger set than the 24-pack of Bic MarkIt markers (a few of my favorites are all used up, sadly) and they had the 36-pack! Then I noticed that they also had a 120-count Crayola crayon box - WHAT?! Never even knew they had that many colors... But wait - there's more! They had a 152-count "Ultimate Collection" set, with a carrier that had a handle and everything! Which to buy? Do I NEED 152 crayons? Need and want are not the same thing... Yeah - I walked out of the store without either of them, but I'll be going back soon - the siren is calling...
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Wow-they are up to 152 crayola colors? wow! I would be deeply tempted myself. It's just a very...primal thing almost. Crayons were so important to us as kids! Good will power there! I've decided that coloring is a good exercise in learning color theory in general so there you go!

I just thought of a way to color and save money...make some of our own DP...I mean, come on...do we really need to buy striped paper? That's just a ruler and running markers across the paper! Polka dots can be done with stencils. Checks are just heavy duty wide markers going in both directions. Can we trace Dover images onto vellum and color it for cards? Get a 2-fer from coloring!

Just a thought....and if we make it maybe we wont be as inclined to save every scrap...or will make it worse? lol
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During a very stressful systems changeover at a previous job, I suggested that we designate one of the empty offices as the "de-stress" room and stock it with crayons, coloring books, and soap-bubble-blowing equipment. The bosses didn't go for it, but several of my fellow employees thought it was a great idea.
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I was cruising through Target a few days ago and stopped at the "writing instruments" aisle to see if I could find a larger set than the 24-pack of Bic MarkIt markers (a few of my favorites are all used up, sadly) and they had the 36-pack! Then I noticed that they also had a 120-count Crayola crayon box - WHAT?! Never even knew they had that many colors... But wait - there's more! They had a 152-count "Ultimate Collection" set, with a carrier that had a handle and everything! Which to buy? Do I NEED 152 crayons? Need and want are not the same thing... Yeah - I walked out of the store without either of them, but I'll be going back soon - the siren is calling...
I hope you went back and got the 152 pack. If not, get there ... go to pinterest, you will find TONS of coloring pages (just follow my board, hee hee). I just print them on regular copy paper and color for the "heck" of it. I have a drawer full of pages. Some are with crayola pencils, some with Bic Markits and some with crayons. Got for it ... build a blanket fort in the living room, crawl in and color. Oh, take a glass of wine with you because we ARE adults and can have the wine!!!!
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:52 PM   #34
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Mindware is another company that produces some really cool colouring books.
Coloring Books For Children That Are Fun & Interesting | MindWare Toys
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