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Coloring for the WIN in September – 7 Give-Aways

Great news for colorers and I’m gonna share it all!

While combing the internet for the latest and greatest adult coloring news for you, I came across some fantastic give-aways and contests.

I found 3 before I realized I should be collecting these because I know you love fun and games and a chance to win is cool, eh?

But in case I miss something, leave a comment so I can add, ok?

So here is the unsorted list.

Some are open until the end of the month, but some run out quicker, so go through them and have a look-see.  Wishing you the best!

Win an Adult Coloring Trio of Pens, Pencils and Crayon Sets!

Crayola/DealsAmongUs is giving 1 person an trio of coloring must haves!

(1) lucky winner will be selected at random to win (1) Crayola Classic Color Pack of 96 Crayons and (1) 50ct Washable Super Tips Set and (1) Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils.

This is a $25.00 value!! DealsAmongUs will be randomly choosing 1 person on October 14th (10/14/2016) to receive this must have trio pack!

Open to residents in the US and Canada.

To enter click here!

Winner’s will be notified by DealsAmongUs by email and prize will be fulfilled by Crayola/DealsAmongUs.

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Win A Set Of 48 Gel Pens With a Case and Ink Refills!

Holy smokes!  Daily a new winner – how awesome is this?  I LOVE gel pens!

ColorIt is adding gel pens to their product line! To celebrate they are giving away one set of 48 gel pens that comes with a case and ink refills each day in September.

They are also running a special to purchase the ColorIt Animal Variety Pack for $34.99 — that’s $9 off of the normal price of $43.97! Don’t forget, by placing an order on you earn an additional 75 entries. For alternate ways to earn entries and the entry page, go hereimage

Garden Of Eden – Coloring Book Giveaway

Would you like the chance to win a copy of the Garden Of Eden? Create With Joy is excited to offer one of our US readers a chance to win this wonderful coloring book!

To enter this giveaway, please follow Create With Joy, leave a comment on this post, and submit your entries through the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is open to Create With Joy readers, 18 years and older, who reside in the United States, and is open now through Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.


Summer Nights Coloring Book: Originally Published in Sweden as “Sommarnatt” by Hanna Karlzon

Coloring Queen has done it again – a fantastic review as well as a give-away.

She has one copy of this book to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is:

  • be over 18 years of age; and
  • leave a comment below.

There is one entry per person. The giveaway is open to all worldwide. The giveaway will end at 5.00 pm 4 October 2016 (Sydney, Australia timezone) and a random winner will be selected.

For more details, click here.summernightscoloringbook

Here's your chance to win a copy of Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book

Who wouldn’t want to win this?

Super easy to sign up and four chances to improve your fortune!

Go here to enter.


How about a Cha-Ching, A Money Coloring Book?

Entry details can be found here.


Win a copy of the First Grace VanderWaal Inspired Coloring Book

12 year old wunderkind and America’s Got Talent Season 11 winner, Grace VanderWaal rose to the top to inspire many to have hope:  #miraclescanhappen – and they did.

Inspired by her genuine talent, good humor and heart-warming humility, Inkovator dedicated their next publishing project to the #everyoneneedsgrace coloring book.

And now each month they give-away 5 copies to random winners.

Click here to apply.


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How to Add Watercolor to Your Zentangle Drawings

Here’s a cool pasttime catching the hearts of 8 year olds and 80 year olds. Zentangle drawings. I have to admit, it’s drawn me in, too.  It’s meditation with a pencil and any scrap of paper will do (although I’m taken with the beer coaster ideas, but more on that later).

Search on Google using terms like ‘Zentangle patterns’, ‘official Zentangle designs’, ‘how to Zentangle’ and ‘coloring Zentangle’ and you’ll know what I mean. There are so many blogs, blog posts, articles and video tutorials on how to Zentangle and how to take your skill to the next level. There are several beautiful books on Zentangle as well.

While drawing Zentangle is so much fun itself, adding color to these patterns is a lot more fun. There are plenty of techniques that you can use to incorporate colors and turn your Zentangle into beautiful work of art.

Draw Zentangle First

Do you know how to draw a Zentangle pattern? It’s easier than you can imagine. With some basic understanding and practice, you can get started with your pleasurable journey of Zentangling. And once you start, you’ll have so much fun and relaxation that you may never want to quit.

Follow these steps to create a Zentangle –

> Outline the shape (square, rectangle, circle etc)
> Divide it into multiple smaller sections
> Use a black pen or pencil to draw strings, one section after another
> Fill each section with repetitive patterns
> Add color or shade areas as you want

Drawing Zentangle is as simple as that. One thing that you would love is that there are no mistakes with this art form. You don’t need to plan in advance because there is no right and wrong with Zentangle. Once you become familiar with the basic concept of Zentangle, you can improve your skill with more practice and experimentation as most people do out there.

The next step is to learn how to be more intricate and detailed in your drawings. You’ll love playing with shading styles and color combinations and using a variety of coloring techniques.

Watercolor and Zentangle

By adding watercolor, you can enhance the graphic quality of your Zentangle within minutes. In fact, watercolor and Zentangle go together so fantastically. If you haven’t experimented with watercolor till now, you will truly find this coloring technique worth learning and applying to your Zentangle.

Suzanne McNeill, a famous craft artist, has mastered the art of adding watercolor to Zentangle designs.

Here’s a video tutorial in which Suzanne demonstrates how to incorporate watercolor with Zentangle drawings, step by step. The tutorial is simply packed with tips for anyone who is interested in learning something new.

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How to Use Markers and a Blending Pen to Color Your Zentangle

I’ve published many posts on the blog about what the art of Zentangle is and how to do it – at least the basics. And I’m sure you have read at least a couple of them, if not all of them. So, I can easily assume that many of you might already be drawing Zentangle and improving your skills as well.

You may have read my posts on official Zentangle patterns, how to draw a Christmas tree the Zentangle style, creating water color backgrounds for your Zentangle, speed-doodling, coloring Zentangle etc.

Today, I want to talk about yet another coloring technique – Using markers and a blending pen to add color to your Zentangle.

Coloring Zentangle is Lots of Fun, Really

Usually, a Zentangle pattern is drawn with a black pen on a white sheet of paper. But you can always create colorful patterns. There are multiple ways of adding colors to your Zentangle. Different artists use different tools and techniques to turn a plain Zentangle pattern into an incredibly colorful work of art.

Suzanne McNeill, of Design Originals, is a well-known Zentangle expert. She has a strong passion for working with her hands, and she wants to continue with this passion of hers for the rest of her life.

She likes to experiment a lot as well.

Suzanne uses markers and a blending pen to add colors to Zentangles, among other coloring techniques that she has come up with.

The way she uses markers and a blending pen to color Zentangle is truly something to learn. Her special technique of coloring in unique ways has gained her popularity from all over the world. She organizes regular workshops in different locations to help others learn the beautiful art of Zentangle and how to color. She knows how to create wonderful looks with markers by using a blending pen.

Let’s Get Started!

If you are already drawing Zentangle, this special coloring technique will definitely take your creative spirit to the next level. First, you have to use markers to put the color on any kind of transparent plastic surface. Then, you should use the blending pen, which has no color in it, to pick the colors from the surface and start applying them to your Zentangle patterns or designs that you copy from a Zentangle book (don’t forget to get the book shown in video below, it’s a good one).

In the video tutorial given below, Suzanne shares her unique technique of adding color to Zentangle. Follow her as she colors the rays of a cartoon sun and completes the sun face with attractive highlighting.

You’ll love watching the video – for sure.

This colorless blender works great on many mediums. The dual tips make it really fun and easy to use on larger areas as well as smaller areas.  Great blender, great product.

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It’s Time to Speed-Doodle!

Anybody who has been to school knows what doodling is all about. Do you remember drawing doodles when you lost interest during class as a student? Dude, I remember doing this and passing notes.  And lying under the desk in tears.  Wonder if kids still do this today…

Though doodles are made up of abstract lines, they are an excellent way to pass time when your attention is otherwise occupied.  I actually learned this the first time I went to Germany – the kids in school were actually knitting while the teacher was teaching them.

That got me curious, so I gathered up some info which has helped me help my kids.  They’re pretty smart, ya know?

Effects of Doodling on Memory

There are several studies that show doodling as a memory booster. According to a popular study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, doodling can save one’s energy and brain processing power by keeping one from daydreaming. It’s an activity which helps a person focus on the current situation.

It’s been noted that doodlers are better at recalling information than those who don’t doodle. Famous poets like John Keats and Rabindranath Tagore are also known to doodle in their manuscripts and notes.

So, you shouldn’t look at doodling only as a pastime. Regular doodling can help you discover your passion and take your artistic skills to the next level.

Basics of Doodling

The best thing about doodling is that you can do it anywhere. All you need to do is carry a notebook and a pencil or ink pen with you. You never know when boredom can strike or when you get inspired by something.

Doodling is also interesting in the sense that you don’t necessarily need to get inspired to start doing it. Sometimes, you are inspired after you have doodled for a few minutes. So, there isn’t a right time to create doodles. Just think of any shape or stuff and begin to doodle around it. You should actually let yourself completely free – no one will check it for quality – and draw anything you want.

Flowers are a good start. There are so many different types of flowers that you’ll love doodling flowers. You can draw a vase and then start filling it out with a wide variety of flowers. Or, you can draw an entire garden of flowers.

Doodle with Speed

While you can doodle anything you see or can think of, you will get better at doodling with more and more practice. Many artists are so adept in doodling that they can doodle really fast – without stopping for a minute.

Speed-doodling allows you to fill an entire page quickly. With a couple of tips and instructions, you can not just become a good doodler but also master speed doodling which is truly a lot of fun and a great skill. After you have learnt how to draw with speed, you can create beautiful motifs and use those designs to decorate an array of stuff at your own home or your friend’s. On the web, you’ll find a lot of tips and guidelines on how to doodle or draw or paint with speed. There are video tutorials that you can watch to learn different types of doodling.

Given below is a short video tutorial in which Sophia shows you how to speed-doodle or draw with speed.

Tell me your favorite doodling memory!

How to Draw the Zentangle Pattern ‘Narwal’

If you like playing with pen and paper, you would surely fall in love with Zentangle. The art form of Zentangling is fast catching up with people of all ages. If you are hearing this term for the first time, you should quickly find out why it’s an art form different from all other types of drawing and unique in its own sense. Zentangle is gaining popularity because it’s a lot more than just beautiful patterns.

Why is Zentangle Unique?

Using the Zentangle Method, created by Maria and Rick from Massachusetts (USA), you can create a wide range of beautiful, repetitive patterns on a white sheet of paper. But the entire process of Zentangling is so beneficial that you will only want to draw these patterns more and more.

Here’s why Zentangle is a unique art form:

> It doesn’t require any particular physical skill or talent.
> It doesn’t cost you money.
> You can practice it alone or in a group.
> You can use it to improve your life in many ways.

Though Zentangling is a relatively new concept, it’s benefits and uses are quite widespread. You can practice it to boost your confidence and self-esteem. You can draw it to get rid of stress and feel relaxed. You can use this art form to improve your handwriting.

In short, it’s a non-expensive, meditative form of drawing which anyone, anywhere can derive benefits from.

Though you have complete freedom to create your own unique patterns using the Zentangle Method, it is a form of art which requires deep focus. You can go on with the repetitive patterns as long as you like.

Different Types of Zentangle Patterns and ‘Narwal’

Many Zentangle patterns revolve around a particular theme. For example, botanical doodles are repetitive floral patterns. Based on nature, you can also create an array of beautiful patterns. Artists have given different names to different styles or patterns of Zentangle, according to where the inspiration comes from. Some popular Zentangle patterns include Crease, Narwal, Arukas etc. By practicing these amazing patterns, you’ll be able to explore the endless possibilities of Zentangle.

If you are ready to play with pen and paper and enjoy the process too, given below is a video which teaches you how to create the Narwal pattern of Zentangle. The pattern begins with drawing a curvy tentacle shape and then wrapping a ribbon around it. Watch the video now to know more.

Narwal ZenTangle Tutorial

50 square zentangle coasters

50 Blank SQUARE Coasters for Drinks, Zentangle or Craft Projects

$9.75/50 pieces

  • A cost effective alternative to official Zentangle tiles and work well with Micron and Fiskars Gel Pens
  • Great for craft projects; can be stamped, cut, hole punched, given as thank you cards, the possibilities are endless
  • Medium weight blank pulboard coasters and are about as thick as a Quarter
  • Made from recycled material

Stumps And Tortillions Set

$5.99/set of 10

  • Stumps are excellent for blending and smoothing pastels – charcoals – graphite
  • Tortillions are excellent for rapid – thin blending on pencil – charcoal – pas
  • Both can be sharpened with sandpaper block
  • 10 piece set includes six tortillions – 4 stumps in mixed sizes

10 stumps and tortillons

The Way You Hold Your Coloring Pens Says A Lot About Your Personality

You’ve probably noticed the way you grab your pen or coloring pencils when you are nervous, stressed or frustrated with something. Did you know that your way hold your coloring tools has everything to do with the person you are?

Take this test and see what the way you close your hand says about your personality. Grab a pen or pencil right now, compare with the 3 images below and find yours!

1.  Pencil or Pen between the pointy finger and middle finger

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How others see you:

-they see your strong creative side
-they love that you are fast and expressive
-othere appreciate your special talent for art
-they worry that you are cautious and, due to sensitive nature, tends to worry too much
-they sense you are intelligent
-they envy your adventurous spirit
-they are attracted to your representation of harmony and justice
-they wish they were as good at people skills as they see you

How you really are:

-you prefer to keep calm
-you don’t like hurting people
-you are very sociable
-you need freedom and space to live the dream

In love:

-you’re not big on drama
-you’d rather prefer a relaxed and comfortable environment
-you bubble over with compassionate
-you’re ready to forgive


2. Thumb wrapped over pointy finger

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How others see you:
-they see you as creative and talented
-they envy that you make friends easily
-they appreciate that you are generous
-they love that you are clever and confident
-they think you are a born leader

How you really are:

-you are sensitive at heart
-you hold great expectations for life
-you harbor fear of being hurt
-you need people around you who understand you and love you as you are

In love:

-you tends to think too much
-you want someone on your side, but you are afraid to really let anyone in
-you act cool, not wanting to look like begging for attention


3.  Pinched between thumb and pointy finger

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As others see you:

-you are sensitive
-you have a big imagination
-you are intuitive
-you are generous
-you are enthusiastic
-you can be impatient
-you are forever curios
-you make people laugh with your good sense of humor

How you really are:

-you pride yourself on honesty
-you like to feel accepted
-you are gentle
-you know what’s good and bad for yourself

When in love:

-you tend to suppress feelings, can be shy
-you like to be treated well
-you are not selfish


Which one is you? Please let us know!

I can tellyou are...

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Crease ZenTangle Tutorial

How to Draw the Zentangle Pattern ‘Crease’

Do you like drawing beautiful, repetitive patterns? If you don’t know, this type of drawing is derived from Zentangle Art. But Zentangling is huge in scope and limitless in possibilities. There are tons of artistic, eye-catching patterns that you can create using the Zentangle Method.

But do you know who coined the term ‘Zentangle’ and created the Zentangle Method which is gaining more popularity each day?

Rick and Maria – The Founders of Zentangle

The term ‘Zentangle’ was created by Rick and Maria, drawing artists from Massachusetts, USA. One day, Maria created some design patterns and she had a unique feeling while doing it. She shared her experiences with Rick – timelessness, freedom and welfare. After hearing the entire story, Rick explained to Maria that she was actually describing meditation.

Later, Rick and Maria together worked on the art form and created a new drawing method called the Zentangle Method. Using this very method, countless people from all over the world are creating amazing works of art while also benefiting themselves in a number of ways. Anybody who starts Zentangling feels such joy that they turn it into one of their favorite hobbies.

Here’s How Zentangle Can Help You

If you are struggling to have more focus in life, get your mind into a relaxed state, increase your confidence and manage your day-to-day stress in an easy manner – without spending money – Zentangle is the perfect way to go. It’s a kind of meditation which you can practice anywhere, alone or in public, with your friends or family and along with your kids. Even if you are not a good artist or don’t know how to draw beautiful, Zentangle is for you.

There are several Zentangle patterns that you can learn and draw. Examples include Betweed, Crease, Drupe, Fescu, Huggins etc.

Given below is a video in which Sam Taylor, a Zentangle enthusiast, walks you through the steps required to create the ‘Crease’ Zentangle pattern. Just grab a black pen and a piece of heavy white paper and get started with Zentangling.



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Does this sound like you?

You know how crazy life can get and yet you strive to look for the silver lining.  You are determined to make the most out of every opportunity given to you.  You are determined to make your time on earth count through small and not so small contributions.

If so, won’t you consider coming together with like-minded, positive thinkers to bring some life in to our Pinterest board?

Under the motto “It’s about life, it’s about color, it’s about time!”, Inkovator is building a presence on Pinterest!  And here’s what we want to do:  We want to curate some of the most inspiring and beautiful photos our community comes up with.

That’s why we created this board:

It’s A Wonderful Life

Celebrate your love of life by sharing images of what inspires you, be it your pet, your favorite painting or your beautiful family. Post a link to your Pinterest profile to our Facebook wall ( to request to become a contributor to this board. (Please only post photos you own to this Pinterest board.)

So if you are all about inspiring and sharing beauty, and if you have a keen eye to grab the occasional snapshot, and if you’re open to sharing with like-minded awesome people, why not join us!

It’s really easy.  Simply drop a message on Inkovator’s Facebook wall – make sure you share your Pinterest profile so we can add you as a contributor.  And when we see that, we’ll add you as a contributor! *

How cool is that?

But wait, that’s not all!

Once a month we’ll let the community vote on their favorite pin and we’ll come up with something special to acknowledge the pinner!

So what are you waiting for?

Click here:

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*Terms and Conditions:

By requesting access to join our collective pinwall, you agree to the following:

  • I will post fun, encouraging and inspiring posts.
  • I own the right to the images I share and by pinning them, I allow Inkovator the right to display these pins on this board.
  • I will not use this board to promote an agenda other than positive messages and imagery.
  • I understand that my participation can be revoked for any reason at the sole discretion of Inkovator.


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Stress Bursting Neon ZenDoodle

Do you know how Zentangling is transforming people’s lives all across the world? If you don’t, you should start practising this art form yourself. This is an art form which people use to create different types of beautiful, repetitive patterns. Zentangle is different from other art forms in the sense that it’s meditative in nature and provides numerous benefits that meditation can bring.

When it comes to Zentangle, the line ‘one size fits all’ proves true. This art form is all encompassing. Just like it offers people limitless possibilities in terms of creating drawings or patterns, it can also be practised by anyone, belonging to any background and living in any part of the world.

Zentangle – An Effective Therapeutic Treatment

The modern-day life is full of stress, confusion and worries. Living life in the midst of all the competition and chaos isn’t easy for everyone. Often times, the fast pace of life ruins productivity and affects health. When things go out of control, people start seeking help from therapists. In some cases, it works and in others, it doesn’t. But the therapeutic techniques costs money whether it heals or not.

Zentangling is one kind of therapeutic treatment which doesn’t cost you money. It’s an art form that you can practice with only a black pen and a piece of white paper. And you can get started anywhere, anytime.

Here’s how you can benefit from Zentangle:

  • Entertain yourself
  • Relax your mind
  • Improve your handwriting
  • Finetune your eye-hand coordination
  • Have more focus
  • Take your artistic skills to the next level
  • Boost your self-esteem

These benefits are only the tip of the iceberg. Zentangle is being used by people in umpteen ways. Whether you know how to draw or not, you can start practising this art form and improve your life.

Drawing the Very Amazing Neon ZenDoodle

Have you ever had a look at a Neon ZenDoodle or any other Zentangle pattern? What’s to be noted is that Zentangle patterns look complex at the first glance. But once you understand how the pattern was actually drawn and start to follow the steps of the process yourself, you’ll find it to be simple enough. Zentangle patterns don’t have an up or a down and so they are not oriented. This art form allows you all the freedom in the world to let your creative juices flow and create any repetitive pattern according to your mood at a point of time. However, the drawing process of Zentangle requires deep focus so that you can create something unique.

Given below is a video tutorial that shows you an excellent Zentangle pattern you can play with – Neon ZenDoodle.

You need:

neon zendoodle

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11 Inspirational Gifts That Will Encourage Every Christian Colorist

All under $20

1.  Colorful Blessings:  Cards To Color And Share

colorful blessings cards


2.  Gusti Leder Pencil Case

leather pencil case


3.  Accu-Gel Bible Highliter Study Kit

Bible Highliter Study Kit



4.  The Illustrated Words Of Jesus For Women

illustrated words of jesus for women devotional

5.  Color the Psalms: An Adult Coloring Book for Your Soul (Color the Bible)

Color the Psalms


6.  1 Corinthians 10:31 Wall Art, Whatever You Do, Do It All for the Glory of God Inspirational Bible Quote Decal Vinyl Decor Art

1 corinthians 10-31 wall art


7.  Chalk It Up To Grace: A Chalkboard Coloring Book of Removable Wall Art Prints, Perfect With Colored Pencils and Markers

chalk it up to grace removable chalkboard coloring



8.  A Year of Coloring Affirmations for New Mothers – Adult Coloring Book

a year of coloring affirmations for new mothers


9.  Forgiven, #1 best f-word

the f word forgiven 2


10.  OrnaMENTALs Feel Good Words Coloring Book: 30 Positive and Uplifting Feel Good Words to Color and Bring Cheer (Volume 4)

feel good words


11.  Chameleon Color Cards – Nature

chameleon color cards - nature



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