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    A few years ago I visited my son's exchange family in Paris. The mum introduced me to colouring for grown ups, it's quite the past time for busy professional women in France. I loved it and always have a colouring book on the go..colouring for grown up series mainly.

    It is so therapeutic, you zone out and it gives your mind time to recharge, I always relax after I have spent time colouring.
    It's a bit like yoga in a wierd way.

    For christmas my son in South America arranged for Amazon to send me 'secret garden' by Johanna Basford. On a work away a French couple had it , male and female, he was impressed by their art and thought I would like it ....

    I cannot sing its praises more! I have been continuing to nurse a cold this week so as soon as the LO's have disappeared I have collapsed into a corner of my sofa, not like me, I am so useless at relaxing by sitting but my bones have insisted this week. So I have been colouring, to Mozart . It's been great, I have used it to experiment with colour for ideas for my garden this year too. I have been able to switch off and just sit. ( we don't watch much TV )

    So I thought I would share.
    If you google 'secret garden Johanna Basford ' she has a facebook site, a website with a gallery ( yesterday and today I have been copying one I saw on there) Amazon has her book ( my friend told me book people did too but I can't see it).
    I use staedtler ergo soft pencils, but the children's work too! You need a good pencil sharpener though.

    If you google colouring for grown ups - france the Independent and Huffington post have a number of articles too.

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    Lovely thread.

    I almost always join in with the lo's when the wax crayons come out. In fact 9 times out of 10, I'm stil at it when they say, "I'm bored, can I take it home to finish?"

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    I like colouring it's really calming

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    me too!

    I have my own pens and pencils and I don't share them!

    I like the pattern books, but am currently enjoying a miffy colouring book using thick bright pens

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloraDora View Post
    A few years ago I visited my son's exchange family in Paris. The mum introduced me to colouring for grown ups, it's quite the past time for busy professional women in France. I loved it and always have a colouring book on the go..colouring for grown up series mainly.

    It is so therapeutic, you zone out and it gives your mind time to recharge, I always relax after I have spent time colouring.
    It's a bit like yoga in a wierd way.

    For christmas my son in South America arranged for Amazon to send me 'secret garden' by Johanna Basford. On a work away a French couple had it , male and female, he was impressed by their art and thought I would like it ....

    I cannot sing its praises more! I have been continuing to nurse a cold this week so as soon as the LO's have disappeared I have collapsed into a corner of my sofa, not like me, I am so useless at relaxing by sitting but my bones have insisted this week. So I have been colouring, to Mozart . It's been great, I have used it to experiment with colour for ideas for my garden this year too. I have been able to switch off and just sit. ( we don't watch much TV )

    So I thought I would share.
    If you google 'secret garden Johanna Basford ' she has a facebook site, a website with a gallery ( yesterday and today I have been copying one I saw on there) Amazon has her book ( my friend told me book people did too but I can't see it).
    I use staedtler ergo soft pencils, but the children's work too! You need a good pencil sharpener though.

    If you google colouring for grown ups - france the Independent and Huffington post have a number of articles too.
    I had a look and the pages that came up are gorgeous! I can see how they inspired you with garden ideas. (I was only just looking at mine the other day and thinking about what I should add.)

    Thank you for sharing this. I love drawing but haven't done any for ages. Perhaps I'll ease myself back in with a bit of colouring. I bought some beautiful colouring books for my daughter a while ago but she hasn't used them yet. Think I'll start with those! (I have no children here today - the perfect time.)



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    My husband loves colouring in and uses twistsbles, my 7 yr old dd got new vibrant ones for her birthday and DH was jealous lol

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    My last assistant had her own adult colouring book and pens that I bought her for the quiet times and she loved it. It had to stop when she had her own baby who doesn't let her do anything. She's hoping to get back into it when he starts playgroup soon - very relaxing

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunyip View Post
    Lovely thread. I almost always join in with the lo's when the wax crayons come out. In fact 9 times out of 10, I'm stil at it when they say, "I'm bored, can I take it home to finish?"
    I love using crayons, colouring pencils etc too. But I find if I colour with the children, they end up comparing their drawings with mine or asking me to draw for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sing-low View Post
    I love using crayons, colouring pencils etc too. But I find if I colour with the children, they end up comparing their drawings with mine or asking me to draw for them.
    I hear what you're saying. I also find it mildly embarrassing when their colouring is better than mine.

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    Update on my skills!

    Now, any artist out there will probably smile in amazement at my lack of knowledge ....but...

    When I copied a colouring in Johanna Basford's book from a picture in her gallery that someone sent in I was constantly frustrated in my lack of ability to blend smoothly.

    I have returned to my sofa after my library swap session and spent some time around you tube colouring videos ...

    The White pencil helps to blend!!! It's not just a colour to use on dark paper!! ( I really should know this from photoshop but my brain has not processed transferable skills and knowledge! )

    Also, DH has presented me with a cocktail ( hot toddy family) which not only seems to be helping my breathing but my view of my blending too, so combined with my white pencil all my flowers have soft edges!

    Happy colouring everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloraDora View Post
    Update on my skills!

    Now, any artist out there will probably smile in amazement at my lack of knowledge ....but...

    When I copied a colouring in Johanna Basford's book from a picture in her gallery that someone sent in I was constantly frustrated in my lack of ability to blend smoothly.

    I have returned to my sofa after my library swap session and spent some time around you tube colouring videos ...

    The White pencil helps to blend!!! It's not just a colour to use on dark paper!! ( I really should know this from photoshop but my brain has not processed transferable skills and knowledge! )

    Also, DH has presented me with a cocktail ( hot toddy family) which not only seems to be helping my breathing but my view of my blending too, so combined with my white pencil all my flowers have soft edges!

    Happy colouring everyone!
    Wha'ddya mean "pencil"? You're getting a bit arty-sophisticated here. Some of us are still on stubby wax crayons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloraDora View Post
    Update on my skills!

    Now, any artist out there will probably smile in amazement at my lack of knowledge ....but...

    When I copied a colouring in Johanna Basford's book from a picture in her gallery that someone sent in I was constantly frustrated in my lack of ability to blend smoothly.

    I have returned to my sofa after my library swap session and spent some time around you tube colouring videos ...

    The White pencil helps to blend!!! It's not just a colour to use on dark paper!! ( I really should know this from photoshop but my brain has not processed transferable skills and knowledge! )

    Also, DH has presented me with a cocktail ( hot toddy family) which not only seems to be helping my breathing but my view of my blending too, so combined with my white pencil all my flowers have soft edges!

    Happy colouring everyone!
    Closet artist here - the white pencil is called a blending stick. (Not that I've done anything arty since Art College many years ago - unless that is you count the hand-drawn labels on my resources. Sad!)

    Glad you're getting looked after. Sounds lovely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lollipop kid View Post
    Closet artist here - the white pencil is called a blending stick. (Not that I've done anything arty since Art College many years ago - unless that is you count the hand-drawn labels on my resources. Sad!)

    Glad you're getting looked after. Sounds lovely!

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    So, never mind LJ, planning, observations, tracking.....in the interest of our minds, not Ofsted I think you should post about really basic colouring techniques Lollipop ( will also upskill Bunyip so that he becomes as good as his children).

    Share your wonderful skill!

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    I love this thread, yesterday I found myself ordering a fairy colouring book that looks really pretty and thought me and my DD could share it :-).

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloraDora View Post
    So, never mind LJ, planning, observations, tracking.....in the interest of our minds, not Ofsted I think you should post about really basic colouring techniques Lollipop ( will also upskill Bunyip so that he becomes as good as his children). Share your wonderful skill!
    Ooh, yes, there's lots of sharing about activity ideas but less about the actual skills involved.

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    Prismacolor Colored Pencils | Soft Core Drawing Pencil Sets

    Birthday today - DH gave me a big set of these!!

    I was so excited - I overlooked some expensive perfume that was in the bag!

    Now I just have to learn how to use them !

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    Happy Birthday FloraDora, hope you've had a brilliant day You have me' hooked', after reading your thread I went out and bought a couple of adult colouring books and some 'posh' coloured pencils( not as 'posh as yours but much better that the ones in the kiddies box!). I've also searched youtube for info on shading and adding texture........I've never done anything like this in my life( and I've lived quite a long one!)......Ooooooooh a new hobby, thanks for unleashing the budding artist in mexxx

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    Happy birthday for yesterday! (I think I remember you saying it was on St Patrick's day.) What a fabulous gift!
    Did you have a nice day? x

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    Philippa Perry cooments on colouring in today's guardian lifestyle

    Colouring in can free your mind. Let

    Yes thankyou Maza I did!

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    Received a lovely parcel today - love you mum - colouring book.

    Had a bit of a heart to heart over Easter with youngest about the life of a 24 year old.........

    Amazon now have loads of grown up colouring books in their top 20!

 

 
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