All posts by Andrea Wood Schmitz

Men Who Love Adult Coloring Part 1

In this episode Jesse and Ron Pare review Primal Consciousness, an amazing Adult coloring book.

Buy the book here

Coloring book for adults
Off centered mandalas and kaleidoscopes. The designs in this coloring book go from the very simple to beautifully complex. Many of the drawings are variations on a theme, but they all vary in perspective.

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.
Our 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.


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How to draw a realistic eye with colored pencils

How to Draw a Beautiful, Natural-Looking Eye with Colored Pencils

If you use colored pencils, you may want to draw a beautiful, natural-looking eye at some point of time. Well, the time is now. You can learn the art of drawing an eye which looks as good as a real eye – using colored pencils.

In this video tutorial, Emmy Kalia teaches you:

How to color the pupil
How to color the iris
How to create reflections in the eye
How to create depth in the eye
How to define the eye lashes

And finally, how to create a realistic eye. It’s great to learn how Emmy uses dark brown, dark blue, yellow, some orange, some green, blue and gray to create a fantastic, realistic eye. She starts with lighter colors and adds the dark colors later on. She never uses black in her drawings because it makes the eye look unrealistic.

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

Andrea Wood Schmitz Reveals How Adult Coloring Books Are Helping Women Reduce Stress with Upcoming Event

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

Schmitz’ recent surveys have uncovered how adults around the world are turning to coloring books to relieve stress, relax and regain a sense of control over pressing issues in everyday life.

“Let’s face it.  Daily we are bombarded with a flood of bad news, worst case scenarios and downright evil acts in our own communities and beyond,” says Schmitz.  “Coupled with the normal stresses of family, career and financial concerns, women 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.  That’s why the average woman must think differently when it comes to developing coping strategies to keep the crazies away and maintain a healthy lifestyle balance.”

Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author and radio talk-show host of Happier, spoke about the benefits of coloring in her recent show.  “[Adult coloring books are] the kind of thing where, if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or anxious, doing something like coloring takes a little bit of brain and it’s repetitive, soothing and doing something with your hands,” Rubin explained.  She went on to emphasize how this tactile activity effectively “keeps your hands busy.”

The saying “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” comes to mind and indeed it is not hard to connect the dots when bringing stress relief and coloring together.  The attentive focus on specifics such as color and “keeping between the lines” are more than just child’s play, explains Schmitz.  “It’s an opportunity to allow the subconscious to work around the pressing issues women must deal with while keeping their hands busy and out of trouble.  At the same time, the body allows tension to fall off. After only ten minutes of coloring, women report feeling refreshed and capable of returning to business as usual.”

An event Schmitz created on Facebook, the Grown-Up Coloring Book Easter Bonanza, is designed to aid women in navigating alternative, safe and proven ways to reduce stress and avoid aggressive behavior in times of anxiety and insecurity.  The online community of coloring enthusiasts continues to grow after a strong surge in interest in 2015 with new records expected in 2016.

Schmitz will be joined by the following 10 top selling artists who have donated prizes, organized giveaways and offered special, event-only, deals to all who join:  Mary J. Winters-Meyer of ColorOn Magazine, Erica Henry of Coffee and Coloring, J.A. Early Riser & T.J. Crayons of Absur’d, Sue Chastian of SuziQ Creations, Cristin April Frey of Sassy Sayings, Snarky Sarcasms, Saucy Swears, Heidi Berthiaume of Vintage Coloring, Andrea Wood Schmitz of Inkovator, Keren Hawley Threlfall of Awesomesauce Publishing,Jane Monk of Tangled Art Series Coloring In Books, Laura Medeiros of Laura Medeiros Art.

Inkovator is poised to help more women, judging by the sentiments of other past participants.

“You are giving and gracious to do this for the folks who love your art work!  Y’all deserve huge hugs for your kind hearts and for providing such a wonderful day,” said Cynthia, a participant of Inkovator’s inaugural Grown-Up Coloring Book Bonanza held in 2015.

Another participant commented, “I have to tell you that for the past eight years since my accident disabled me, I spend most of my days home and don’t do much.  Then yesterday morning to evening it was just crazy [during the Bonanza].  I’ve never been home by myself and had so much fun EVER. I personally can never thank you all enough for such a fun filled day yesterday!”

“It was fun and it was moving so fast.  The artists had to have worked hard to prepare for this event.  It blew me away.  It’s a good way for the artist to meet the colorist and visa versa,” Melesa described her experience of the premier event.

By bringing the coloring community closer together, offering artists the chance to connect with fans and giving back to the community of women worldwide, Schmitz feels she is providing concrete strategies to solve problems and de-stress without falling into destructive patterns of aggression.

The Grown Up Coloring Book Easter Bonanza event will be held Friday, March 4th from 10 am – 10 pm EST. 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, visit

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How to Draw a Realistic Eye – with a Teardrop – Using Graphite Pencils

Do you know how to draw a realistic eye with graphite pencils? If yes, let’s move to the next level and find out how you can draw a realistic eye which has a teardrop in it. Sounds interesting? Emmy Kalia, a drawing enthusiast from the Netherlands, teaches you the art in simple steps. The techniques that Emmy uses in the video tutorial are quite easy to learn and follow for anyone.

Emmy suggests starting lightly and then adding layers to make it dark. She also tells you not to press too hard while drawing because you won’t be able to erase easily when you want to do it.

Also, you should remember to draw along the reflections of the eye.

To find out more, watch the video now.

[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.]

drawing mascha feoktistova

How to Draw Mascha Feoktistova with Colored Pencils

If you are from the Netherlands, Mascha Feoktistova should be a familiar name. In the year 2007, Mascha launched Beautygloss, a blog which talks about makeup and beauty products. She has won multiple awards for her accomplishments as a blogger and an entrepreneur. Well, that’s just for your knowledge. Let’s get back to the topic – how to draw  Mascha Feoktistova with colored pencils. If you use colored pencils to draw, you should follow Emmy as she does this beautifully.

She starts with the eyes while creating an outline of the face. Then she moves on to the nose and draws the cheeks. She does the lips and the teeth and the chin. The way she draws the hair looks great.

Finally, she creates a picture that looks as real as Mascha Feoktistova herself. Follow Emmy and learn to draw it yourself.

[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 to Draw Eye-Catching Botanical Doodle

What’s your favorite hobby? For many people, it’s drawing botanical doodle in different styles and patterns. Botanical doodle, at the very first glance, looks complex and detailed. But focus on the pattern for sometime, and you may be able to identify the simple process behind the pattern. That’s why drawing botanical doodle doesn’t require any specific skill or talent.

Botanical doodle is just one aspect or part of Zentangle Art. If the term Zentangle sounds new to you, just think of it as an art form which can provide you relaxation, focus, mindfulness and so much more.

When Zentangle was first introduced by Maria and Rick, people thought it was just another art form – like many others. And Maria and Rick themselves didn’t know that this art form was soon to become a craze. They created the entire Zentangle Method so that others could practice it for multiple benefits.

Different People Use Zentangle to Fulfill Different Purposes

Today, hundreds of thousands of people are using Zentangle to achieve a wide range of purposes or goals. For example, some people draw Zentangle patterns to boost their creative skills. Some people use it to create unique designs that can be applied to jewelry and textile. But whatever purpose you use Zentangle for, there are some benefits that are common to all people.

Key benefits of Zentangling include:

> Quick access to mindfulness
> Relaxation
> Brainstorming
> Problem solving
> Team building
> Stress relief
> Non-verbal journalling
> Therapy

You’ll not become aware to the many benefits that Zentangle offers unless you start practicing this art yourself.

Creating Zentangle patterns is inspiring both for you and those who look at your work of art. Whether or not you are an artist, you can check out a couple of tutorials, understand the concept and start creating your own unique Zentangle or Zendoodle patterns. You can collect your work and share it with others. Even if you Zentangle once a day, you’ll get plenty of benefits.

Zentangle Suits Every Age Group

The use of Zentangle isn’t limited to a particular age group. The art form can be enjoyed equally by adults and kids. In fact, Zentangle is extremely therapeutic for kids with mental illness. It can teach them self-control, make them more disciplined and relax their minds as well. After you have finished drawing a Zentangle pattern, you’ll feel more confident about who you are. It gives you an opportunity to rediscover yourself, gain peace and enjoy life.

Botanical doodle comes in different styles and patterns. If you always wanted to create Botanical doodle that would immediately attract everybody’s attention, here’s a video that shows you how to do exactly that.

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how to draw a realistic eye with faber castell graphite pencils

How to Draw a Natural Looking Eye with Graphite Pencils

You may have drawn an eye with graphite pencils. But can you draw an eye that looks as good as a natural eye? It takes skills and practice to do that. Emmy knows how to draw a realistic eye with graphite pencils. She has her own style, and is always willing to share what she has learnt over the years.

In this video tutorial, Emmy starts with a pre-drawn sketch of the eye. She fills in the pupil and draws lightly in the begining. She says you can always add layers later to make it darker. She also suggests that you should not press the pencil too hard while drawing because it will make erasing difficult later, if need be. After shading the pupil, she fills in the details of iris. It’s interesting to see how she uses a blending stump to blend layers. Finally, she creates a beautiful, realistic eye.

Watch the video now to learn how Emmy does it.

[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]

drawing a double exposure portrait with colored pencils

How to Draw a Double Exposure Portrait Using Colored Pencils

Do you like double exposure portraits? If you like them just too much, what about drawing one yourself – using colored pencils? A double exposure portrait is actually a combination of two pictures to create something striking. Usually, these portraits present a dream-like state.

Emmy Kalia, an accomplished artist from the Netherlands, knows really well how to draw one of these portraits.

If you are interested, you should follow Emmy as she goes on to create a wonderful double exposure portrait in this tutorial. She starts with a primary outline, draws the eyes, colors the skin and creates some trees. The hair strokes are amazing and the finalized portrait will simply blow your mind.

Watch the video now to believe it!

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

fb coloring group survey

FB Coloring Groups


I’m Andrea from Inkovator and you are the reason I’m here!

My team and I set our daily goal to make this world a bit brighter, a bit easier and a bit more joyful than yesterday and coloring has quickly become our favorite way to achieve this.

We love coloring and we love to help more reap the benefits from coloring.

That’s why we ask questions.

By taking a moment to fill in this survey, you allow us to develop programs and opportunities to make coloring more accessible to a broader public.

Thank you for taking a moment to fill in this survey.

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Grown Up Coloring Book Christmas Bonanza

On Dec. 7, 2015, Inkovator had the privilege to host the first ever Grown Up Coloring Book Christmas Bonanza with a total of 12 amazing coloring book artists.

It was a 12 hour FB event and free for all our guests.  Loads of fun games, give-aways and surprises and over all a blast for both colorists and artists alike!

And a fantastic turn out of 1140 guests through-out the day, truly an event which brought colorists from around the globe together and bridged the gap between artist and colorer.

Thank you to the following artists for making this such a grand kick off to Coloring Book Bonanzas with Inkovator:

We had so much fun that we decided to repeat these events more often in the new year!

If you want to stay in the loop, why not sign up to get notified of our upcoming events?  Click here (the image or the words “Click here”):

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