Colouring and how it’s helping me.

This is the book I am using to colour. It is great, I highly recommend it.
This is the book I am using to colour. It is great, I highly recommend it.

Colouring has been a favourite past time of mine for a long time. I used to love doing it as a kid. And guess what? I still do. And I think I still draw like a kid, my drawings will prove so later, but gosh they were fun to do.

I had this old granny as a neighbour, and her grand daughter used to come and visit. As I was an only child, she seemed pretty cool to me. One day she taught me to colour. Seriously. She could do it really well and there are secrets to doing it well. I will let you in on them. Right now. Bet you can’t wait.

She had this cool technique of going around the edges darker, then shading inside lightly. AND you need to colour in the same direction. Choose a direction and stick to it.

I will get better at photographing my art work... there is a trick in that!
I will get better at photographing my art work… there is a trick in that!

For me colouring is meditative. It gives me a focus, enables me to think calmly, and there is a great outcome, a pretty picture.

The other morning I felt the urge to draw and colour my Mum. It came out pretty well. I drew her from memory. I tried to capture her essence and beauty. What do you think?

Then I drew my Dad. He came out like a bit of a Euro pimp… haha! But it was still fun.

I made this drawing of my Mum, just from out of my head. I was hoping it showed her beauty and her lively energetic nature, and of course her love for flowers.
I made this drawing of my Mum, just from out of my head. I was hoping it showed her beauty and her lively energetic nature, and of course her love for flowers.

Colouring has brought me a lot of joy lately. I like working within the lines, creating something beautiful and having some quiet time.

There seems to be an explosion of adult colouring books around too. I don’t mean erotic ones… I mean detailed cool and wonderfully creative designs to colour out your little heart! They really are delightful.

I did this one most recently, it was really fun to colour in all the details.
I did this one most recently, it was really fun to colour in all the details.

So I hope you liked my crazy colouring post. When was the last time you coloured anything? Give it a go! It really is quite a fun thing to do.

I posted this to my Instagram the other day. I bought a new mag and some new coloured pencils and had a cup of tea, and that all spelled happiness for me. The simple things in life right?

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What simply thing makes you feel a little bit happier on the inside?

Anita xx

“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.”
― Vincent van Gogh

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17 thoughts on “Colouring and how it’s helping me.

  1. I love it!! Coloring can be extremely therapeutic and relaxing. I’ve seen more adult coloring books popping up everywhere lately so maybe it’s becoming more popular?

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  2. Heheh that’s really nice you shared the drawings 🙂 it has turned out well! And I am glad to know that you are aware of coloring techniques, that’s cool 🙂 🙂 drawing, coloring, painting are the best immediate stress busters!

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  3. Ironically enough I find that colouring actually makes me feel more stressed and frustrated (same as embroidery, while crochet & knitting helps to relax) – go figure.

    You choose beautiful colours. The portrait of your mum is lovely, feels like she is ready to give one a huge warm hug.

    What did you think of the magazine? I saw photos of it on Facebook and was wondering if it is worth seeking out next time I go to Melbourne.

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  4. Hi! Funny it makes you feel stressed! Glad you liked my Mums portrait, I did it from memory! I love her very much. And miss her so much. Do you mean womankind? Yes its great! No advertisements and interesting articles. And nice art work. X

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  5. Thank you for your reply. I’ll see if I can find a copy of womankind next time I’m in Melbourne.
    Maybe colouring makes me feel stressed, because I keep on thinking about other things I’d rather be doing.

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