All posts by Andrea Wood Schmitz

7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Are Great for Your Mental, Emotional and Intellectual Health

When HuffPost’s Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC writes up about the benefits of adult coloring, we sit up tall and perk our ears!

This wee list of seven reasons are more than you’ll need to grasp the pure and innocent benefits of coloring even and especially as an adult.

What are the benefits you appreciate the most?

There are many times when I suggest adult coloring books to patients, and they look at me like perhaps we should be switching seats. However, time and again, they come back to me and tell me how beneficial they find them to be.

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A recent trip to the botanical gardens - we took our sketch pads and the watercolor pencils from Staedtler.  What a wonderful way to spend the day!

Yoga for the brain: The popularity of a drawing method is causing anxiety among its practitioners

Adult coloring isn’t all happiness and stress relief. Well, that’s what some are trying to warn you about.

Especially zentangle, a copywrited method, has come into the cross-fire and suspiscion of causing more harm than good.

But what lies behind the accusations?

Manjiri Vivek Sabnis, a trained electrical engineer settled in Bangalore, began practicing Zentangling two years ago. Like many others, she got hooked to the copyrighted drawing method by its claim of being brain yoga, a serene way to develop mindfulness and spiritualism.

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Why grown-ups love coloring books too

TED’s writer Tom pulled together a wee piece about adult coloring.  So you know it’s a thing.  Or at least you can now point those sceptics to an authoritative third party validating your need to color.

Just what is the adult coloring book craze all about, anyhow? Anyone who has appreciated a meditative mental drift while knitting or mowing a lawn knows that there is something calming about engaging in a familiar, low-impact activity that requires minimal thought and bestows a clear sense of progress. That goes at least some of the way toward explaining the immense appeal of adult coloring books, which now…

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27 Useful Bullet Journal Printables You’ll Want to Download Now

It’s no big secret, around here we love Erin and The Petit Planner. Amazon addicted, fit SAHM with a real passion for journaling (much to her surprise and our delight), Erin is one of our one-stop spots for inspiration and a boatload of useful and implementable ideas, templates and resources.

So it’S NO SURPRISE that we want to direct you on over to her neck of the woods to see her fantastic 27 downloadable and printable bullet journal themes. With such a comprehensive list, we knew it would be ridiculous to pull our own together.

Snag these free bullet journal printables from all around the web. From weekly spreads to budget planners and fitness trackers, you will find what you are looking for here. In 2017 I created a big roundup of 30 Free Bullet Journal Printables, and it was a huge hit.

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Monika Sets Up 30 Lists Journal

Who isn’t totally inspired by Monika and what she writes at I Love It All? I mean, her March 30 Lists post is a delight and inspiration for all journal and scrapbooking inkovators.

You NEED to go see her fantastic spreads right now!

I’ve been setting up my 30 Lists Journal for the March challenge, just a little bit here and there as I’m watching my lineup of British crime series’ on Amazon Prime. If you haven’t heart about 30 Lists, you can read more and Register Here, which opens Saturday, February 10th.

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3 Surprising Ways to Add Watercolor to Your Bullet Journal

If you follow Inkovator you know we are very impressed by Erin, the Petit Planner.

Why?

She’s the real deal. Focussed, spot on, with a flair of whimsicle yet fiercely focussed. Quite honest? Journalling at it’s best!
That’s why we are pleased to give her the shout out she deserves – here’s just ONE glimpse of what she’s got to offer.

We’re so confident that you’ll be hooked on Erin once you click through.

You’ve likely seen people using watercolor in their bullet journal. But do you know how they do it without tons of bleeding? This post will show you 3 easy methods to add watercolor to your bullet journal. Watercolor has become extremely popular in the last 6 months-1 year.

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Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Primary, 10-Pack

Recommended by Erin and sold on amazon:

Devotionals DIY Booklet Tutorial | This is Love

Hello, hello my friends! I am SO very excited to be sharing a fun little DIY with y’all today!! Clear your weekend schedule, because you are going to want to dive right in to making stacks of these fab mini booklets with every single Illustrated Faith devo kit ever made!!!

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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 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.

For your convenience, I looked up the best products on amazon.

That way you can start watercoloring your zentangles as fast as prime can ship :).

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