Adult Coloring Books – #Write31Days

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Look what I found at PUBLIX!  I am super excited about this little find.  I actually grabbed it a few weeks ago, and my intention was to color it.  I had been going back and forth between using colored pencils, markers, or pens.  The pages are thick and single sided, which even brought to mind using watercolors for some of them.

Reality was that I just didn’t have the time to get started on anything, so it sat on my desk.

Today, I had a bit of free time.  I plucked the booklet off of my desk and began thumbing through the pages trying to decide my plan of attack.  Did I want to treat this as a coloring book, working my way through the pages?  Or, would I pick a few pages out and spend a little more effort on staying in the lines.  If I did this, I could potentially frame the pages and hang them as art pieces in my house.

However, to my surprise, I didn’t want to color a single page.  As I looked through some of the intricate designs I had an epiphany!   I could use the pieces for inspiration for a few quilling projects.  I think for now, I just want to work on some of the individual images.  However, I may then piece them together and create a picture/scene of some sort.

I’m curious if anyone else has ended up using the adult coloring books for something other than a relaxing color session?

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Try Something New – #Write31Days

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Do you know what I love about arts and crafts?  EVERYTHING!

  • There always seems to be something new to learn, whether a new technique or a totally new art form.
  • The internet has brought us teachers into our living rooms so that we can learn at the click of a button.
  • Learning a new art form always has an acceptable margin of error, and we expect it to take time to master.

Recently, I was introduced to a local store that was filled with all sorts of goodies.  Mass produced retails to custom pieces of art.  I was thrilled to find out in the back of the store was a studio where classes were held.  There was a beautiful display board up of a papercraft called “quilling” that caught my attention.

I was actually familiar with this folk art, but had never attempted it before.  At first I wasn’t sure about signing up, since the class was $40.   Let me clarify that my concern wasn’t that it was too much, but paying $40 for the class plus having to buy supplies on top of that wasn’t quite in my budget.  It just so happened that the store owner caught me admiring the sample piece and engaged me in conversation.  Turned out the $40 not only included the supplies for the class, but tools you could take home.  It even included enough materials to continue making projects at home on your own.

SOLD!  I signed up, spent a few hours in the quilling class, and I was HOOKED.

I love, love, love this craft!  It is good to try new things, you never know what new interests will grab your heart.  seashell