All posts by Andrea Wood Schmitz

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

 

 

pin on pinterest

zendoodle sampler zentangle pattern styles

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.

how to make a polymer clay zendoodle pendant

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

auraknot zentangle tutorial

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.

coloring skin and hair with colored pencils

How to Color Skin and Hair Using Colored Pencils

If you’re learning to draw, you may want to create skin tones and draw hair with colored pencils at some point of time or the other. Whether it’s about coloring skin or hair, there are a few things that you need to learn to become perfect. If you are interested in finding out how to do it, you should certainly follow Emmy because she does it so smoothly. Emmy has practiced and learned the art.

In this video tutorial, Emmy draws a beautiful portrait of Anna Nooshin, a popular fashion blogger and author, while teaching you in easy and simple steps the art of coloring skin and hair.

Emmy suggests not being too hard on your pencil. At the same time, she also tells that the key to creating skin tone is to layer.

You’ll know more as you watch the video.

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

pin on pinterest

coloring skin with pan pastel and colored pencils

How to Color Skin with Pan Pastel and Colored Pencils

If you like playing with colored pencils and have a passion for drawing beautiful images, you must be aware of the magic colored pencils can do. You can draw a wide range of beautiful pictures with colored pencils. But have you ever experimented with pan pastel? Here’s an artist called Emmy who has mastered the art of coloring skin with pan pastel and colored pencils.

Emmy, a native of the Netherlands, likes to experiment a lot. She’s passionate about drawing beautifully herself as well as sharing her secrets with others. She has her own unique style of drawing.

In this video tutorial, Emmy uses pan pastel and colored pencils to create a beautiful skin tone you’ll love at the first sight. Find out how she draws a nice double portrait and follow her style to color like she does.

Here’s the video that shows you the process.

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

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 🙂

pin on pinterest

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

Pin this!   https://www.pinterest.com/pin/428897564496586557/

pin on pinterest

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. 

    By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

    Close