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How to Draw Botanical Doodle

How to Draw Botanical Doodle

There are many ways to relax in a stressful life. One of the most less-expensive and beautiful of them is using the Zentangle Method. This art of drawing beautiful, repetitive patterns is widely used by a large number of people of different age groups. If you want to entertain and motivate yourself, whether alone or in a group setting, the Zentangle Art provides you with endless drawing techniques.

Zentangle – One of the Best Ways to Express Your Personal Feelings

If life is an art form, Zentangle is one of the best ways to express it. No matter what skills you possess or what age group you belong to, Zentangling welcomes anyone and everyone. Zentangle is an art form which allows you to explore the possibilities of turning repetitive patterns into beautiful images. While drawing Zentangles, you aren’t restricted by any specific rules or guidelines. All you need to do is let yourself free, keep yourself focused and enjoy drawing patterns that don’t just look good to the eye but also express personal feelings.

In an age of mobile phones and computers, Zentangle is something that lets your celebrate human heritage. It promotes cross-cultural influences and helps you enter into a state of relaxation. Just have a black pen and a piece of white paper and you are ready to create treasured work of art.

Zentangle Offers Plenty of Benefits

It’s truly interesting to find out how people around the globe are using Zentangle to rediscover themselves. There are numerous benefits that you can derive from using Zentangle and Doodle art. A lot of people are practising this art form to reduce stress, manage anger, modify behavior, increase self-esteem, boost concentration, improve handwriting and treat panic attacks.

Drawing Botanical Doodle

Drawing Botanical doodle is a good way to understand how useful the Zentangle Art can be for people who want to relax and grow personally.

When starting to draw Botanical doodle, you need to create the outline first. But before you start, you should think about the place where you would like to draw the main flowers. And then you can start filling in the blank spaces with different kind of patterns you may like. Balance is an important part of Botanical doodle drawing, so always keep that in mind.

Use thicker and finer pens as per specific requirements of the drawing process. To become perfect with this Zentangle drawing, you should also practice shading as much as possible.

Here’s a video which walks you through the steps required to create a beautiful Botanical doodle art.

coloring skin with copic markers and colored pencils

How to Color Skin Using Copic Markers and Colored Pencils

Do you like playing with colored pencils? If yes, you may have seen or watched artists creating beautiful skin tones with colored pencils. Or may be, you know how to draw skin using colored pencils yourself. But have you ever experimented with copic markers to color skin? Well, Emmy liked the idea and she went on to experiment whether she could create a nice skin tone with copic markers and colored pencils. And the portrait that came out at the end will blow your mind.

Emmy is a drawing enthusiast from the Netherlands. She likes to experiment and come up with new drawing techniques. She started practising in 2014, and today she teaches people from all across the globe how to draw. If you want to draw like an artist, you should definitely check out Emmy’s tools and techniques.

In this video tutorial, Emmy uses copic markers and colored pencils to draw skin. She creates a beautiful portrait of Angelina Jolie.

Watch the video now to see the magic of copic markers!

[Materials Used: Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell polychromos pencils, Faber Castell pencil eraserWhite uni posca 0.7mm, Copic markers ]

7 real reasons why women join coloring groups

7 Real Reasons Why Women Join Coloring Groups

It’s no secret: women intuitively draw close to others for work, for fun and for worship.
We thrive on the deep impact as we allow others to share with our thoughts, our feelings and our actions. But the true value is in the heart-to-heart work that bubbles below the surface: the friendships and bonding that makes coloring group activities oh so enjoyable.

Of course, there’s a lot more good stuff to be had if you join an adult coloring group, here are just a few:

Boost in Satisfaction

Finding and connecting with others who share your joy in coloring fulfills your need to belong so that you can feel happier and more satisfied.

Jack Up Self-Esteem

Hanging with other women on the same path of discovery, meditation or just plane fun through coloring gives you an opportunity to improve your self-worth and self-esteem.

Barrier Busting Stress Relief

Enjoying your own coloring while appreciating other’s interpretations stimulate your creative processes which turns around and gives you more energy to reach your own goals more easily and quickly.

Collaborative Flow Beyond Coloring

Sharing your own knowledge, thoughts and ideas in the community allows you to release yourself into a greater sense of flow and inner peace and that’s good for over-all problem solving and overcoming challenges as they pop up during the day.

Glow and Show

Allowing yourself the creative breaks to appreciate others or simply share your progress enhances your performance as an individual – be it at work, at home or even in your coloring.

Boldness Breakthrough Surprise

Allowing yourself the indulgence of adult coloring and joining a thriving coloring community has encouraged many women world wide to challenge assumptions and take more risks in a healthy way.

Value and Love Tank Filling

Having a place where you belong and experience connection gives you a sense of integrity, solidarity and social integration which helps you know you are valued and fills your love tank, giving you grace and strength to push through the day-to-day crazies.

How Does Inkovator Know These Benefits?

We set out to determine the true blessings women receive by coming together, even virtually, to enjoy adult coloring.  Our surveys bring back the in-depth understanding of what motivates women to join and what keeps them there as happy participants.

We’ve taken the time and effort to pool together an extensive database of FB coloring groups and published this in a three part series on coloring groups.

You can learn more about which group might best suit your needs here:

Part 1 FB Coloring Groups – Small, intimate groups

Part 2 FB Coloring Groups – Buzzing mid-sized groups

Part 3 FB Coloring Groups – Large, information packed groups

Finally, we’re so stoked about the positive side effects of adult coloring that we made this fun infographic.  We’d love it if you shared this and pinned it on pinterest 🙂

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If coloring has given you stress relief, joy or simply opened a world of new friends through coloring groups, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!

7 real reasons why women join coloring groups

7 real reasons why women join coloring groups infographic

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review faber castel polychromos vs caran d'ache luminance

The Difference Between Polychromos and Luminance Colored Pencils

If you have been using colored pencils to draw, you should also become aware of the different types of colored pencils which may vary in terms of color intensity and hardness or softness of lead. When it comes to choosing the best colored pencils and knowing the difference between one brand and another, Emmy certainly knows a lot because she is an accomplished artist herself.

Emmy started drawing in 2014, and she has been using a wide range of colored pencils to create beautiful images and portraits.

In this video tutorial, Emmy talks about the difference between Faber Castel Polychromos VS Caran d’ache Luminance colored pencils. She shows you how the colors from these two pencils blend together and how they vary in terms of color saturation. She also uses a pencil eraser and a sharp blade to reveal more differences between the two colored pencils in question.

Watch the video to know and learn more!

[Materials Used: Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell polychromos pencils, Faber Castell pencil eraser, Caran d’ache luminance pencils, White uni posca 0.7mm]

strathmore 11 inch 14 inch bristol 20 sheet smooth paper
  • This item is 11x14 Smooth Bristol 20/pad
  • This item is Acid Free
  • This item is manufactured in United States
  • Excellent for mechanical drawing, pencil, pen and ink
  • Includes 20 sheets of paper
  • Heavy paper weight
  • Smooth Finish
  • Artists appreciate this paper for it's better than the textured watercolor paper, creating a smoother surface for watercoloring and blending of Distress inks.


    It's not blindingly white, but not off-white, either. It's a nice soft white and has a silky feel to it.


    It makes great card bases. Artists enjoy using this Bristol smooth surface paper with acrylic paints, watercolor, and colored pencils. This paper can take a remarkable amount of abuse from water-based media before the fibers start breaking down.


    For colored pencils, it is probably not the best if you do loads of layering. This paper works like a dream with watercolor markers. All in all, it is a quality and versatile paper.

    faber castel 110060 polychromos colored pencil metal tin 60 pieces
  • Polychromes Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin 60pc
  • Acid free. Imported
  • Color pencils can be laid down with delicate or strong strokes to unfold their vibrant colors
  • Vibrant, Easy to Blend Colors

    Buttery smooth color laydown. Polychromos Pencils an be easily blended for layered effects, highlights and transitions

    Polychromos Color Pencils have an oil-based technology lead for blending smoothly without the concern of waxy bloom that results with-wax based color pencils.

    faber castell perfection eraser pencil with brush
  • For precise erasing
  • Suitable for ink, Indian Ink, ballpoint pen and typewriter
  • With brush
  • Made from rubber
  • PVC-free
  • White hard eraser for liquid, water-based, ballpoint, and typewriter ink in a stick form. Handy brush at the end for sweeping away erasings. Perfection 7058-B, made in Germany.


    An absolute MUST if you enjoy adult coloring books:  erases pencil, gel pens, and even art markers (but not Sharpies)

    caran d'ache luminance 6901 pencil set 76 artist rng
  • High lightfastness and smoothness
  • Swiss made
  • 76 piece assortment
  • Can be blended and layered for various effects
  • Pigments chosen for purity-intensity and resistance to UV
  • The Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 76 piece colour pencil set is a combination of the highest lightfastness and the smoothness of a permanent lead. Every shade has been formulated using finely-ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity and resistance to UV. Colours can be blended, burnished and layered on a variety of surfaces. The casing is made of California Cedar from managed forests. Also included are 2 Full Blender-Bright Sticks to allow for the blending of colours. the pencil cap indicates the colour of the pencil.


    These and their watercolor partners, the museum aquarelles are a must-have for anyone wanting to do colored pencil art. These, Holbeins for pastels, and Faber Castells for oil based, and the three top brands for the most beautiful work one can do. 

    Helping Veterans Reduce Stress With Adult Coloring

    Stress management alternative coloring book authority, Andrea Wood Schmitz, CEO of Inkovator, reveals that service men and women who redirect their anxiety and pressures towards coloring books for grown-ups worry less.

    Schmitz’ work in non-invasive stress-relief activities show how veterans are turning to coloring books to relieve PTSD, relax and regain a sense of control over pressing issues in everyday life.

    “It’s alarming, really.  Our veterans are dumped into daily life after active duty and society really isn’t equipped to help them re-integrate into the daily grind.  After mastering life on duty under strenuous circumstances – they are more stable and capable than most of us.  And yet, they are left alone to pick up the pieces in making sense of various challenges experienced while serving the country.  All the workforce cares about is “functioning” employees,” says Schmitz.  “Coupled with the normal stresses of family, career and financial concerns, veterans today are facing major stress factors coming at them 24/7.  That requires a cool head and the ability to discern between important and urgent.  With the military infrastructure and support systems gone, this can turn into a silent struggle and make PTSD even worse.  That’s why the average veteran must think differently when it comes to developing coping strategies to relieve the burden of PTSD.”

    “Although there’s a difference between coloring and being guided by a therapist,” Erin Maynard, media liaison of PTSD Survivors of America said, “the activity helps regulate stress.”

    Coloring is especially useful to those who have PTSD, Maynard notes, since their amygdala — the brain’s integrated center of emotions, emotional behavior, and motivation — is hyperactive.

    “The problem with that is that it’s the part of the brain that controls the fear response. PTSD is a disorder of memory storage and recall, and you fixate on these terrifying memories and they become ever present for you,” according to Maynard.

    The Malagasy proverb “Idleness moves so slowly that it will be overtaken by misery” paints a strong picture especially when dealing with PTSD.  But over-stimulation is not the answer.  The relief found by shifting your focus to coloring brings the perfect balance, explains Schmitz.  She agrees with Maynard, “Coloring actually reduces the activity of the amygdala, so that’s part of the reason that it helps calm you down.”

    An event Schmitz created on Facebook, the Grown Up Coloring Book D-Day Bonanza, is designed to aid PTSD sufferers in navigating alternative, safe and proven ways to reduce stress and avoid aggressive behavior in times of anxiety and insecurity.

    Schmitz will be joined by 13 top selling artists who have donated prizes, organized giveaways and offered special, event-only, deals to all who join:

    • Sue Chastain of SuziQ Creations
    • Julia Stueber of Colors of Abundance
    • Alice Best Jackson of Messages From Beyond and Imagery From Beyond Art
    • Katie Darden of Magical Design Coloring Books
    • Sarah Renae Clark of Sarah Renae Clark
    • Daniel Howard of DanCin Art Studio
    • Marjorie J McDonald of Book Graphics Girls
    • K. Phipps of  The Koloring Korner
    • Bill Clanton of Bill Clanton Books
    • Maria Castro of Scribo Creative
    • Jenny Luan of InkTangle Gift shop
    • Jason Hamilton of  Adult Coloring Books by Jason Hamilton

    Judging by the sentiments of past participants, Inkovator is poised to help many who are suffering from PTSD, veterans and beyond.

    “I loved meeting artists I hadn’t known about and seeing some awesome new books. The contests were fun!,” said Raquel, a participant of Inkovator’s spring Grown-Up Coloring Book Bonanza held in February, 2016.

    Another participant commented, “This event was amazing! I got nothing done today but was nice to sit and meet all of you artists and see your beautiful work!! I think there should be more meets like this, not to win anything but to meet the talented artists!! Thank you all for taking time out of your day for us and Andrea thank you for this event today!!! You all rock!!”

    “Loved everyone the generosity the excitement xoxoxo thanks for an uplifting day while I’ve been home sick!!!” Cee described her experience of the spring event.

    “You would never imagine that something as simple as a crayon could have such a big impact, but when you’re talking about people who are feeling stressed and isolated and scared — it’s just a crayon but it’s kind of like a magic crayon,” admits Maynard after the first nation-wide coloring event hosted by the PTSD Survivors of America.

    Schmitz feels she is helping PTSD sufferers find non-destructive ways to deal with aggression, depression and frustration while extending an offer to the broader community and bringing them all together in one fun and free event on Facebook.

    The Grown Up Coloring Book D-Day Bonanza event will be held Monday, June 6th from 10 am – 11 pm EDT. To learn more, meet new artists, enter giveaways and have a chance to win prizes dedicated to making adult coloring the stress-reducer of choice, visithttp://inkov.at/d-day-bonanza.

    First published in Authority PressWire:  https://authoritypresswire.com/andrea-wood-schmitz-reveals-how-adult-coloring-books-are-helping-veterans-reduce-stress-with-upcoming-event/

    How to Draw the Fur of a Cat with Colored Pencils

    Using colored pencils to create beautiful drawings is a lot of fun, isn’t it? But what if you wanted to draw a cat’s fur? Emmy does that so beautifully. If you are struggling to learn how to draw the fur of a cat, this video tutorial by Emmy can be a great help. In this video, you’ll see how to use both darker and lighter colors to create fur that looks as good as natural.

    Key tips Emmy shares in the video include:

    Start with a layer of the lightest color
    Color in the same direction the fur is going
    Build up the color with the next shade
    Blend the layers together with a white pencil

    Emmy uses a white uni posca pen to draw the lightest hairs. It’s also interesting to see how she uses an electric eraser to create some wonderful strokes for the white hair and then draws over it with pencils to create thin hair strokes.

    Watch the video now to learn, practice and finally draw the fur of a cat with colored pencils – and wow your friends with your skills.

    [Materials Used: Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell polychromos pencils, Faber Castell pencil eraser, Derwent electric eraser, White uni posca 0.7mm]

    How to Draw Natural-Looking Eyes, Nose and Lips with Graphite Pencils

    Everyone has their own style of drawing. Emmy has her own!

    If drawing is your passion, this tutorial will show you how you can shade and draw eyes, nose and lips that look amazingly real, with graphite pencils. Emmy learned to draw by practicing more and I hope you’ll feel happy to learn something from the drawing process she follows in the video.

    You too can draw like Emmy, if you take a closer look at pictures of eyes to gather ideas, follow her process and practice more.

    [Materials Used: Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell graphite pencils 2h-8b, CretaColor nero black, Faber Castell pencil eraser, Kneaded eraser, White uni posca 0.7mm, Blending stump and soft tissue.]

     

    coloring skin with colored pencils

    How to Color Skin with Colored Pencils

    Coloring skin is a pretty challenging task for those who are learning to draw. Different people have different skin colors. Right? If you use colored pencils, you would certainly want to learn how to create a great skin tone. Emmy, an adept artist from the Netherlands, is a master at coloring skin. She makes the process look simple and yet create a portrait that looks so fantastic.

    In this video tutorial, Emmy will show you how to color skin to create a nice tone using colored pencils. You should learn her layering and blending techniques so that you too can draw and color like she does.

    Watch the video to find out how Emmy creates a beautiful portrait of Anna Nooshin and learn the art of coloring skin.

    [Materials Used:  Bristol smooth surface paper, Faber Castell polychromos pencils, Faber Castell pencil eraser, Caran d’ache luminance pencils, White uni posca 0.7mm]

    How I’m Controlling My Depression & Anxiety – A Fan’s Point Of View

    MsCreepyX has been a fan of coloring books for a while now and she recently reached out to Inkovator with this video.

    Here she shares a mental health update with our community and highlights the value in being able to engage in safe activities which are low cost, low impact and yet have a high stress-relief value.

    Adult coloring – freakin’ awesome, medication-free stress and anxiety relief.

    Men Who Love Adult Coloring Part 2

    What happens when you give a man a coloring book?  Turns out, it’s pretty cool.  At least that’s what I thought when I saw Drew’s video I’m sharing with you here.

    “I received two Adult Coloring Books from Andrea Wood Schmitz of http://inkovator.com/. She provided me with Primal Consciousness Volume 1 and The 60’s Come Back Volume 1.

    I received these for free in exchange for an honest review. You can purchase your own copy at http://amzn.to/26uX14Q (Drew’s Affiliate Link).

    Andrea has four books on Amazon including the two in the video.

    They are all a part of a way to connect and recharge yourself through coloring therapy.

    I’m personally not that new age but there is something to be said about putting crayon, colored pencil or marker to paper and just losing yourself in the task of coloring. It is very much a recharge that I often need.

    How Primal Consciousness is unique!

    Unlike other coloring books, these patterns are twisted and complex with just the right degree of difficulty to allow adults to fully engage and enjoy the therapeutic and calming effects of coloring.

    The books are 8.5′ by 11′ and are equally fun for left handed colorers as well as right handed.

    Work perfect with Faber Castells, Prismas and other coloring pencils as well as gel pens.

    Thanks for watching and I do hope that you would consider subscribing.

    You can follow and connect with me at my various social media outlets such as

    BenSpark.com – http://www.benspark.com

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    Thank you, Drew from BenSpark.com!

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