It’s been a while since my last post on here as I now have separate blogs for my hobbies. Thought I would do an eye update as they are still pretty crappy.
Saw my eye doctor and rheumatologist yesterday, had an orbital floor steroid injection in the right eye. Have a swollen and black eye appearing this morning but the scleritis pain is easing already so that’s really good.
The Rhumy noted that I have failed Rituximab. Azathioprine, prednisone and methotrexate (I’m still on the MTX but the sides are awful, I take it on Friday then the weekend is a write off). The next step is a cyclophosphamide infusion. This is worrying me a little because it much more hard core than anything else I have tried and you can lose your hair even at low doses so I don’t really know how I feel about that. I know that we have to try everything we can because nothing has worked so far and I am in chronic pain, some days the pain is so great I just lay there moaning to myself. Still it’s a big step taking such a strong chemo drug.
My vision is really variable as I have more than one problem – keratoconus, scleritis and severe corneal neovascularisation. Some days I can hardly see at all and other days my vision is pretty clear. At the moment I have not much vision at all in the left eye as the inflammation has made the cornea hazy. At my eye check yesterday I was just counting fingers, couldn’t read the letters even through the pin hole. This will clear pretty soon with the eye drops but it makes for such a hard life when you have to get up for work every morning.
I can’t even enjoy my colouring much at the moment the one thing that is keeping me sane right now is reading on my kindle, I adore reading and escaping into a good book. I can’t read normal books but on my kindle I can have a lovely big text and manage to read, even though I only get one sentence on a page and it gives my thumb a workout changing the page every 2 seconds lol
Sorry for any typos, can’t see too well at the moment!
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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 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.
Had fun with this one.
Being a visually impaired colourist isn’t always easy, even with my magnifying goggles on someimes I cant see well enough to colour. I have been pretty good lately and managed this one on Saturday.
Its from the book The Menagerie.
I bought a few Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils to add to my Prismacolor range of colours. They are not as soft as the prismas but this means you are not sharpening them every 2 minutes like the prismas so they should last a lot longer. You can use them wet or dry and they are vibrant and nice to colour with. I like the idea of having the option of using them wet if I want to, nice to have the choice.
I’m working on an Animorphia piece at the moment, last night I used the Durers and used some Vaseline for blending. I was very impressed with the performance of the pencils so I’m certainly going to invest in a set. The Vaseline was fun to use, it made the pencils silky smooth and gave a nice finish.
As with any high quality art item they are expensive, but you really do get what you pay for. These bad boys really deliver. Now to save for a set!
Since I started colouring my tastes have changed as I got a little better at it and saw what an amazing assortment of books are out there by some very talented artists. As a result I have probably 6-8 books or more that I know I will never open or that just has one page coloured.
The 6 above are my current favourites, a couple are still on their way and I cant wait for them to get to me. Anyway what should I do with the books im not going to use?
I have had an awesome idea (in my head its awesome anyway lol). My idea stems from the fact that colouring has really helped my mental health, colouring makes me happy and thinking about colouring and buying new supplies excites me. Anyway you get the point, colouring is amazing for mental health. So lets get back to the point in hand, my cunning plan ……
Next time I see my psychologist in a couple of weeks i will take my surplus books so that she can ask her other patients if they would like to try colouring. They can have a browse and take a book home to keep. These people may never have given colouring a thought and they should totally give it a go as it does help with wellbeing. I dont see a negative in this plan, but I will certainly check if its ok with her, I won’t just dump a bag of books on her desk! Also if nobody wants them I will take them back, she won’t be left with a stack of books.
I might also buy half a dozen packs of cheapo gel pens so that the people who want to give it a go will have a starter set to get them going.
What do you guys think? Win or Fail?
As you all know I am totally into colouring for enjoyment, relaxation and mental wellbeing.
My favoUrite book is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Love my Alice book!
Its a really lovely book. The pages are thick and it is printed on great quality paper. The book contain the original illustrations from Sir John Tenniel so they are beautifully drawn and detailled.
I think what makes this book special to me is there is a story on every page, its not just a colouring book. I am planning on saving it for future grandchildren if I can do a good enough job with the colouring.
I am waiting on a book to come called Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland, I am hoping I will enjoy it as much but I dont know that I will save it for the grand kids, would hate to give them nightmares lol
I highly recommend this book, its a beauty.
Until next time, have fun colouring!