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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 ColorIt.com 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.

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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.

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

Entry details can be found here.

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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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Terms and Conditions will apply to all give-aways and each vendor is responsible for their activities.

 

 

 

 

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

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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!

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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 (http://www.Facebook.com/inkovator) 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:

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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

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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

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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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How to Draw a Zendoodle Sampler (Zentangle Pattern)

How long have you been drawing? Whether you are an artist or a doodler, Zentangle is art for one and all. There are hundreds of thousands of eye-catching patterns that can be created using Zentangle. Drawing a Zendoodle Sampler is something that will immediately inspire you to learn Zantangling.

Rediscover Yourself with Zentangle

If you are not aware yet, Zentangle is newest form of drawing that’s attracting everyone’s interest – all across the world. It’s a fantastic way to rediscover yourself and see life from many different perspectives.

Zentangle is something that doesn’t require any previous training in art or specific skills. You can get started with Zentangle anywhere, anytime. You don’t need to be in any particular location or have an advanced toolkit to practice this art form. All that you need is a passion to let yourself pass through a process that’s so mesmerizing. That’s what makes Zentangles unique in its own sense.

Have you always struggled to –

> Reduce stress in your daily life?
> Boost your self-esteem?
> Express yourself in a better, more effective way?
> Solve problems quickly
> Have more focus in professional and personal life?
> Increase your confidence
> Gain access to inner knowledge

If your answer is a quick YES to all these questions, playing with Zentangles is all you need. Everyone is talking about and it’s gaining more popularity with every passing day. You’ll like it too – for sure.

Zentangling is Likable, Relaxing and Fun

There are many people who complain they can’t draw. Zentangle is for them. This art form is accessible to all, and it’s not expensive. If you only have a black pen and a white sheet of paper, you can start to Zentangle. Since the possibilities of how many patterns one can create using Zentangle are endless, the fun and relaxation that you experience while practising this art is also limitless.

Use Zentangle Tiles as Gifts

Zentangle tiles that you create can be cherished for a long time to come. If you keep on collecting all the Zentangle tiles that you create in one place, you can turn it into a beautiful album to be shared with near and dear ones. What’s more, you can also plan to gift these wonderful tiles to someone you like or love. The patterns are extremely likable because each of them says something deep in meaning when reflected upon. That’s exactly why these patterns are also good topics for discussion.

If you are ready to Zentangle, here is a video that shows you how to draw a Zendoodle sampler for inspiration.

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How to Transfer a Zentangle Design on Polymer Clay and Make a Pendant

The possibilities of what you can do with art and how you can take it to the next level are simply endless. Zentangle, the art of creating beautiful and repetitive patterns, can be used in a number of ways.

If you just take a look at how people are Zentangling for relaxation and entertainment, you’ll be surprised.

You may be wondering about the creation of Zentangle or who brought up the concept for the entire world to take pleasure from. Let’s just tell you a little bit of history. Around nine years ago, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, native of Central Massachusetts,  discovered the art form of Zentangling during their drawing practice. Today, it’s become a phenomenon and a large number of people around the globe are practising it to achieve different purposes in their lives.

The Popularity and Benefits of Zentangle

Whether it’s Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, USA, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan or UK, Zentangle has taken people by storm. People from a variety of backgrounds are choosing Zentangle to enjoy, create and share Zentangle art with one another.

Key benefits of Zentangling include:

Relief from stress
> Increase in creativity
> Improvement in sleep patterns
> Boosted self-esteem
> Anger management
> Better concentration/focus
> Design inspiration

In fact, the list of benefits that people are deriving from Zentangle goes on. You can practise Zentangle for both mental and physical benefits. Since the art form isn’t restricted to a specific set of skills or age group, simply anyone anywhere can start to Zentangle and have fun.

There are Certified Zentangle Teachers Too!

The ever-growing popularity of Zentangle has attracted art teachers who are fast becoming Certified Zentangle Instructors. The founders of Zentangle (Maria and Rick) are traveling from one city to another to let more people discover the joy of Zentangling and improve their lives. You can’t imagine the kind of creations that can come out of Zentangle – until you start practising it.

Whether you want to practice it alone, in a group or with your own kids at home, Zentangling can prove to be a lot of fun. Learning this art form doesn’t require any talent, so you can get started with it anytime. Usually, you start with a square drawn on a piece of white paper, split it up into multiple sections and then create a wide range of patterns in each section. This is an art form that doesn’t aim for perfection. Just let yourself free and enjoy the process.

Zentangle Pattern on Polymer Clay

Here’s a video that shows you how you can take Zentangle to a whole new level by transferring a Zentangle pattern on Polymer Clay and create a beautiful pendant. And believe me, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Materials Used: Polymer clay, vinyl glue or liquid polymer clay, cutter, roller, tracing paper and permanent marker

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How to Draw Auraknot (Tangle Pattern)

Have you ever heard of the term ‘auraknot’? If you have a passion for Zentangle Art, auraknot is something you would love playing with. The auraknot drawing is as interesting as the term itself.

Zentangle for all ages

The art of Zentangling is fast catching up with people of all age groups. There’s simply no limit to how many beautiful patterns you can create using this method. Different people are using Zentangle to achieve different purposes or derive different benefits. Using this art form, you can even describe how you feel. And what you create can be as beautiful as any gift.

Zentangle is easy to learn

The Zentangle method is easy to learn for anyone. It’s not just relaxing and fun to draw various eye-catching patterns, but this self-soothing drawing technique actually touches lives. If you feel stressed, confused and depressed, Zentangling is something that will improve your life. The method is so effective that it allows you to redirect your focus and feel relaxed almost immediately. You can practice this art form in a public place, a private place or a school environment.

Falling in love with Zentangling

People are falling in love with Zentangle because –

> It’s relaxing
> It’s entertaining
> It’s motivating
> It’s artistic
> It’s therapeutic

The 1-2-3 of Zentangling

Usually, Zentangles are created on square tiles measuring 3.5 inches. It’s always drawn in black ink and on heavy white paper.

This art form is different from other forms of drawing or painting because it’s meditative in nature. It doesn’t use any type of technology and yet it’s very powerful and celebratory.

To create a piece of Zentangle art, you need to pay full attention.

Talking on the phone or listening to music or a lecture is going to stifle the huge payoff of zentangling.

Start with:

Simple steps that summarize the process of creating Zentangle art include:

> Start with the right supplies (white paper, pencil, black pen)
> Draw the outline or the border
> Draw a string inside the border
> Create a tangle
> Don’t erase mistakes
> Keep going on until you are done

Must follow rule?

Most importantly, Zantangle is something where you are not allowed to erase your mistakes.

That’s why you should draw any pattern that you like with adequate attention and intent focus. This way, Zentangle teaches you the life-learning lesson of adjusting to your imperfections.

When you first have a glance at this drawing, you’ll feel that it’s complex. But once you understand the steps, you’ll know how simple it is and how much fun it can be.

Basically, you begin with a series of points which can be in any order (or any way) as long as they are connected at the end. You join the edges and then draw the aura. You can draw the tangle pattern and stop after some time or just keep going around until there’s no more space left.

There are multiple variations that you can use to tangle the auraknot. The possibilities of auraknot drawing are many, and the fun endless.

Given below is a video which shows you how to draw auraknot.

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