I am finding that I am spending more and more time blogging about colouring so I thought I should start a blog just for colouring and art supplies etc.
If you are interested you can find it here:
Would love it if you would come over and see what i’m doing!
I have a dilemma!
Colouring is really good for my wellbeing and mental health, it makes me happy and relaxed and I really enjoy it. As you know I have severe eye pain and vision problems which quite often make doing day to day tasks difficult.
My problem is do I colour on my really bad eye days to make myself feel better and risk ruining a picture that I have put everything into and really like or not colour on those days and potentially feel bad.
Over the last couple of weeks I have ruined two beautiful pictures that I spent hours and hours colouring because my eyes were bad and I was in pain. The pics turned out so awful I didn’t finish them. Doing this seems a waste of my time,
colouring book pages and supplies. Or is it just good therapy, good practice and don’t worry about what I produce?
I don’t know, I’m in two minds really, I colour for my wellbeing mostly, but I also colour to show my friends because I love it and am quite good at it and produce some good work. Showing my friends and IG followers makes me proud as
though I have achieved something, and it makes me feel very good to get compliments and comments, which is also good for my wellbeing.
I guess I need to take it one day at a time and gauge how bad I feel and how much I need to colour for therapy. I could keep a separate book for days that I just need to colour for my wellbeing so that I don’t mess up any more of my favourites.
I dunno, it’s complicated being me!
This is my latest pic from Intricate Ink Animals by Tim Jeffs.
It’s a beautiful hard cover colouring book with gorgeous pictures. I really enjoyed colouring this and I’m very happy with it. I used Faber Castell Polychromos.
How do you know when to stop buying art stuff? When do you have enough? There are so many gorgeous quality items out there that get me drooling, it’s kind of addictive!
Ok so I’m not an artist in the true sense of the word, I’m a colourist. I colour in other people’s beautiful art work. Do you think it’s a waste of money buying top end artists materials just for colouring? I don’t, I get so much pleasure from colouring, it keeps me mentally balanced and I really enjoy it. My colouring has improved immensely since I started buying artist quality materials. You really do get what you pay for!
So I currently have the full set of Caran D’ache Luminance and 40 Pablos, full set of Polychromos, full set of Prismacolors and the full set of Marco Renoirs. Ok I acknowledge that I have enough pencils LOL I really don’t think there are any more pencils that I want or need I have pretty much the major brands covered so I’m not even going to think about more pencils.
Now I’m thinking backgrounds. I have Ezyshaid and a set of Pebbles Chalks plus some soft pastels. In my last order from the art shop I got a pan pastel to try. Omg they are gorgeous, so soft and velvety and you can layer them up from really pale translucent to dark opaque. They feel like a really good quality product, but they are expensive. You really do get value for money though as a little goes a long way.
I think this will be my next purchase and then I can finally stop and just replace individual pencils as they run out.
I am so happy with all my materials; they give me a lot of pleasure. I work on the basis that reading and colouring are my only hobbies and I don’t drink or smoke so why not indulge myself with a nice quality item occasionally!
Had to post a pic of this which I finished at the weekend. I am so happy with it. It was a heap of fun to colour, as you can probably guess I really like this book.
It’s crazy how a monkey can be this colour in real life, I had no idea until I googled it!
I learnt the cloud technique from a friend, it’s so effective and really easy to do.
I’m working on the leopard from Animorphia at the moment. I really love this book it’s so much fun colouring the doodles.
I’m trying not to finish it too quickly as I am in hospital for the day Thursday and want to take it with me. I will be hooked up to a drip for 7 hours getting my chemo and I will need something to do to stop me going nuts from boredom!
So far I have used caran d’ache luminance pencils, prismacolor and polychromos. A little bit of gold and silver gel pen too.
I’m on my 3rd picture from Imagimorphia. It’s an awesome book, I love it. It’s just like Animorphia but has a bit more variety in it.
I’m going to buy another copy of both Animorphia and Imagimorphia as I want to colour some of the pictures I have done differently.
I got a few more Caran D’ache Luminance pencils in the post today, they are expensive so I buy a few at a time to increase my colours. I have plenty of colours since I bought the 132 set of prismacolors a couple of weeks ago but I still need more. Does that make me addicted? Lol
I was checking out my colouring books last night and these are my favourites. Can you see a theme going on here LOL
I love doodles. Any colouring book with doodles and I want it, they are so much fun. I think the combination of a regular picture with doodles on it keeps me engaged and interested. I can get caught up for hours colouring in those little critters and once i’m done I feel really relaxed and realise that I haven’t thought about my health or pain once. It’s almost like I go into a meditive state.
I have realsed that im not really interested in my other colouring books, I just want to colour doodles. It’s official, I am a one trick pony!
Thought I would give you my thoughts on the Caran D’ache Luminance pencils now I have been using them for a week. Please note I’m no expert, this is just my personal opinion.
Ok so they are expensive at AU$4.20 each but they are glorious to use. If a pencil can look pretty, these do and they feel really nice in the hand. As soon as you pick them up you can tell they are amazing quality. They are smooth and velvety with vibrant colours. I think the best thing is that a little bit goes a long way. For example with my prismas I am forever sharpening them because they are so soft the pencil wears down really quickly or they break off. I have been using the Luminance pretty much every day for a week and this morning I had to sharpen 2 for the first time, not because they had worn down much but just to get a sharp point again.
It’s hard to describe what they feel like; the prismas just feel very soft when you use them, maybe a little bit too soft in some colours. Sometimes it’s hard to fill in a small space because they are almost mushy a bit like lipstick (some colours feel softer than others). The Luminance feel firm but they glide over the paper and you can press lightly or harder to get different levels of vibrancy without the lead breaking.
I just had a thought, could climate affect pencil consistency? Here in sub-tropical Queensland would my prismas be softer than say someone in the chilly winter of England? Could heat and humidity affect the pencil? Will do some research on that and report my findings.
I can’t compare them to Polychromos yet as I am waiting on my delivery which should be here in a day or two.
Of course as with any pencil the result you get depends on the quality of the paper as well. I tried the Luminance on several different papers and they performed very well in all tests.
Now to buy these in Australia they are around $350 for 72 which lands in the super expensive category but I think these pencils will last a very long time and are a delight to use so I think I will continue to buy them a few at a time and built my colour range up that way.
Colouring is my only hobby and I get a lot of pleasure and mental health benefits from it. I enjoy using high quality materials, they feel beautiful in the hand and are wonderful to use so for me to spend $20 every so often to get a few new pencils is a lovely treat and well worth the money.
I believe that if you wanted to try these pencils and invested in a set or some individuals you wouldn’t be disappointed.