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Adult Coloring Book | De-stress and Unwind Mandala Designs Volume 2

 

 

De-stress and Unwind

Mandala Designs

Volume 2

By Happy Coloring

 

 

Copyright 2016 – All Rights Reserved – Happy Coloring

 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form whatsoever, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any informational storage or retrieval system without express written, dated and signed permission from the author. All illustrations are protected under international copyright right laws and belong to the respective illustrator. All images are properly licensed for commercial use.

Table of Contents

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Your Free Gift 5

Preface 6

Introduction 7

What are Adult Coloring Books? 7

Benefits of Coloring 7

Stress Relief 8

Zen + Mindfulness 9

Bonding with Children + Friends 11

How to Get Started 12

Coloring Tools 12

Colored Pencil Sharpener 12

Colored Pencils 13

Watercolor Pencils 13

Gel Pens 14

Markers 14

Crayons 16

Coloring Books 16

Best Practices and Techniques 16

Sharpen Your Pencil 17

Test Before You Invest 17

Don’t let the Ink Bleed 17

Take it Slow 18

Spend Less for More 18

Color with Others 18

Youtube for the Win 19

Stay Light to get it Right 19

Color Theory 19

Most Important Rule of All 21

Preview 22

Download A Printable PDF 62

Other Coloring Books 62

Happy Coloring Book Club 63

Travel Books 63

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Your Free Gift

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In For the Love of Potpourri, you’ll find 40 varied designs from animals, flowers, and mandalas for your coloring enjoyment.

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Preface

De-stress and Unwind Mandala Designs Volume 2 has 40 wonderful designs to color.

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Introduction

Remember how we used to color, draw and pursue all sorts of artful endeavors using our limitless imagination and creativity as a child? What happened? How do we restore our inner Picasso?

Enter the newest and most popular form of art for adults: Adult Coloring Books.

What are Adult Coloring Books?

Imagine, if you will, coming home after a long stressful day at the office, dropping your increasingly heavy bag on the floor, kicking off your shoes, grabbing that glass of Merlot and curling on the couch with a book filled with beautiful templates, intricate patterns, fancy sounding words like “mandala” all clamoring for you to color with the likes of “Summer Watermelon Red” or “Asparagus”. Sounds like your new favorite way to relax right? Hundreds of thousands of people just like you have decided to get back in touch with their inner child and flex those creative muscles.

Benefits of Coloring

Before we get into the “how” of adult coloring you will definitely want to read about the amazing mental and physical benefits that can be found by simply coloring inside different shaped boxes. Yes, it almost sounds too good to be true.

 

Stress Relief

So there you are on the couch with your glass of wine and a coloring book in your lap deciding whether to begin a new floral arrangement pattern or to continue with your lion mosaic and it hits you, you haven’t thought about work or any of your other problems for the last 30 minutes. There’s the beauty of adult coloring. Studies have been conducted that show adults engaging in artful activities such as coloring have reduced levels of anxiety and worry.

We all know that certain colors can impact mood. That is why you never see loud reds or yellows in a dentist office but may often see pale gray or a cool shade of blue. Going to the dentist is already stressful enough right? This same concept can apply to you and coloring. If you have had a particularly stressful week you can choose to use your favorite calming colors in your designs. Who wouldn’t feel more relaxed after using colors such as lavender and baby blue to fill a beautiful image of a starry sky?

The repetitive nature of coloring coupled with not having to make big decisions on how to proceed encourage confidence in the mind as you progress. Speaking of progression, there is a near immediate reward to the effort you put into your coloring. You get to actually see the change you make on something. At work you toil away for hours and hours never able to escape from the hamster wheel of pushing paper. But here, you can actually make something beautiful with your own hands.

You can see it. You can even feel it.

 

Zen + Mindfulness

Have you ever eaten dinner while listening to a rerun of Game of Thrones while scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed and couldn’t even remember a single bite of what you just ate? Maybe you were shocked to discover that you couldn’t remember what you did over the weekend when asked by a coworker on Monday. What’s that? You actually want to be able to focus on tasks and remember what you had for breakfast this morning? Then practice mindfulness.

Let’s talk about mindfulness (as opposed to mindlessness) and Zen. Generally speaking, mindfulness and Zen are synonymous. To be mindful is to be consciously aware of what you are doing, why you are doing it and when you are doing it. For example, you decide while eating your next pint of mint chocolate chip gelato that you want to be aware of how creamy it becomes just a few minutes out of the freezer. You want to focus on the slightly bitter chocolate chips and the cool, refreshing, green mint as it passes over the taste buds of your tongue. You have decided to focus on each bite and each detail. This is being mindful.

Why would you want to be mindful and how does this relate to an adult coloring book?

Learning how to be mindful will empower you in your life. You will learn to enjoy what you do and what you experience at a conscious level. You will learn to choose to do those things that you enjoy because you will be so aware of your senses that you will know and remember the pleasure derived from whatever it is you do. Adult coloring is one of the best ways to practice the skill of mindfulness and Zen. All of the distractions of life: your job, your bills, the fact that you haven’t called your parents in weeks (call them) that intrusively overwhelm your mind can be put on pause by simply grabbing a colored pencil and opening your favorite page in your coloring book.

When you have to consciously decide where to begin on the page, whether to use a pencil or a marker, which color to choose and how to handle any other obstacle that comes along the way, you are being mindful. When you look at the clock and notice that an hour or more has passed and you feel relaxed and at peace. That is Zen.

 

Bonding with Children + Friends

For those of us with children, nieces, nephews or young siblings, we know that it can be hard to figure out a way to connect at a level that they can appreciate and enjoy without tormenting ourselves with sheer and utter boredom. What better way to bond with your children then by sitting alongside them with your own coloring book and sharing colored pencils and crayons (if you dare)?

And if you are thinking, well I would prefer to keep clear from kids at all times, how does this benefit me?

You know how you can never decide what to do with your friends and you begrudgingly decide to go out to a bar or club and come home even more stressed than you were before?

Next time have a wine and color stress-detox party.

The Cost of Admission

One of the biggest advantages of coloring as an adult is how easy and affordable it is to start.

Easy and affordable sounds great right?

Look out! Here comes some math. The average adult coloring book costs around 8 dollars and has 40 patterns in it. That is roughly 20 cents per pattern. If it takes you 2 hours to finish a pattern, you are spending 10 cents an hour for your entertainment. How much was the last movie ticket you bought? Oh, don’t forget to add in the popcorn and drink. Yes, coloring is definitely a bargain. It’s fun too!

 

How to Get Started

One of the many great things about adult coloring books is how scalable it is. You might be surprised, but there are hundreds of types of equipment to choose. From the quality of the actual paper you buy to the complexity of the pattern up to the type of tool, everything is variable. Even the amount of time you would like to spend per image. This means that no matter if you prefer only coloring patterns of animals using glitter or prefer to blend the perfect combination of colors in a floral pattern using watercolor pencils, there is a way for it to happen.

Coloring Tools

You have been won over by this incredibly appealing hobby and have decided to begin by picking your tool? Great! Here is a quick list of the type of tools, pros/cons as well as a tier pricing guide starting from the least expensive of some popular brands.

Colored Pencil Sharpener

You don’t want to skimp on this. You want to get a good sharp blade. The Prismacolor sharpeners are the most widely recognized and highly reviewed brand.

 

Colored Pencils

Colored pencils will be your bread and butter for most of your coloring needs.

Pros:

Easy to use and there are many types of colors to choose from.

Cons:

Can sometimes require high pressure that can tire hands. They can also be uncomfortable because there is no included grip on the pencil. Once your hand strengthens, however, you should have no problems.

Tiers: Crayola < Marco Raffine < Prismacolor

Watercolor Pencils

These are similar to colored pencils but can be combined with water for some awesome realistic images.

Pros: High skill ceiling, gives you the ability to blend colors with water adding paint-like realism to your patterns.

Cons: More expensive than standard colored pencils, requires thicker paper, water, paintbrushes to apply water and can be messy. Although not a con to some, this tool requires more skill to use to full effect.

Tiers: Crayola < Marco Raffine < Prismacolor

 

Gel Pens

Gel pens are very unique in they can be all sorts of colors but can also have different materials within the gel-like glitter. They are also easier to color with and generally come with their own grips.

Pros: Super assortment of colors ranging from metallic to neon. GLITTER!

Cons: More expensive than pencils, they run out of ink at a much faster rate than you would lead in a pencil. You will have to wait for ink to dry or risk smudges.

Tiers: Fiskars < Sakura Gelly Roll Pens

Markers

Prefer an option that is less time consuming, easier to use, but still looks great? Find a couple of trusty markers can you will be all set to start your amazing coloring journey.

Markers are big, easy to handle, easy to color with and easy to use.

Pros: These don’t require much pressure to use. The markers do much of the work. They are easier on hands due to them often having grips, requiring less pressure and are especially good if you have carpal tunnel or arthritis. You can color images much faster with markers as they have wider tips, evenly color and don’t require sharpening.

Cons: Markers have a tendency to bleed through paper and you will have to let them dry to prevent smudges.

Tiers: Bic < Spectrum Noir < Copic

 

Crayons

If you have tendencies towards masochism and enjoy a good struggle, crayons are here for you, waiting to be smudged and broken.

Pros: Crayons are cheap, you can easily get some from your preschooler’s class and you can realize how much you actually don’t want to use crayons.

Cons: Almost impossible to be accurate with, messy, don’t fill in spaces evenly, the slightest pressure will cause them to snap in half, and they are a pain to sharpen.

Tiers: Crayola < Faber-Castell < Stockmar

Coloring Books

Now that you have your tools, you have to pick the medium. There is an endless assortment to choose from. The easiest way to begin is to browse the selection in an art store or on the most popular lists on sites like Amazon. You can find books with “Mandala” patterns (google them, they are amazing), animals filled with incredibly detailed patterns for you to color or even patterns of authentic geisha kimonos from Japan. The possibilities are endless.

Best Practices and Techniques

Now that you have your coloring book, tools and motivation, let’s go over some tips and tricks to get the most out of your coloring.

 

Sharpen Your Pencil

A dull pencil will require you to use more pressure as well as be more difficult to make accurate and precise marks. Always try to keep a sharp point on your pencil so that any mistakes you might make will be the ones that you want to make. You know, on purpose.

Test Before You Invest

When choosing a coloring book, always try to look at the patterns inside. You might like what you see on the cover but hate the remaining 39. Forcing yourself to color in a pattern of a spider when you hate spiders would definitely be counterproductive to reducing stress and relaxing.

When it comes to your equipment, a safe bet would be to go to a local arts store and actually hold different types of tools in your hand to see how comfortable they are. Maybe you will be able to find a particular grip or tool that you wouldn’t have been able to find online or on your own. There are also knowledgeable people working in the store that would gladly guide you on your quest.

Don’t let the Ink Bleed

If you choose markers or pens as your tool and you color on thin paper, you might have an issue with ink bleeding through the page. If there are images on both sides of the page, you will most likely be out of luck with salvaging the second image if you continue to use those tools. But you can prevent the bleeding on the next pages by coloring with a scrap piece of paper or a piece of cardboard behind your image. Make sure to give your ink enough time to dry before you close your book or touch the page. You don’t want to smear your ink!

Take it Slow

One of the best parts of adult coloring is that it is supposed to be relaxing, methodical, and mindful. You do not have to rush to complete a pattern. Don’t worry if you think you are taking a long time or other people seem to color faster than you. It is not a race. This is something you choose to do because you enjoy it. There are no winners or losers in the world of coloring. Take it slow.

Spend Less for More

You have a serious case of the coloring and you have finally found your favorite hobby. As in most things, you can save money by buying more of a product. If you know you go through a pack of markers a week, buy a bigger pack next time. The money you save in your already cheap hobby by buying in bulk will be icing on that sweet coloring cake.

Color with Others

Do you find yourself wishing to learn new things or share your own experiences about coloring? Join a group. There are Facebook and Meetup groups filled with people that also love to do what you do. Connect with them and share your art and inspirations and talk shop. Even if you prefer to interact strictly online or in person, there will always be a group of likeminded people willing to share their love of the craft with you.

 

Youtube for the Win

Having trouble blending colors or learning about new patterns? There’s a video for that. The internet has really opened the door to education and exposure to new things especially for someone learning about adult coloring. If you are feeling especially adventurous and entrepreneurial, make your own videos explaining how you choose to approach a project or a particular blend of colors that you find really makes your image pop. Your (new)fans will love you for it.

Stay Light to get it Right

A common issue that artists will come across is being unable to blend colors the way they want to. In most cases, the culprit is that too much pressure is being applied causing the color to be very dark. Many shades and blends require the lightest of pressure for proper effect. Try staying light on the pressure until your picture is just right.

Color Theory

Remember how color can literally change your mood? Here is a quick guide for which colors to choose to alter your mood.

Be Calm: Use cool, pale colors like blue, green and shades of purple. Think of the gentle sea or the soft, night sky.

Turn a Frown Upside Down: Colors that are signal warmth like those associated with the sun: red, yellow, orange.

Energy Boost: Any combination of bright, neon or vibrant colors such as baby blue or electric yellow.

 

Most Important Rule of All

THERE ARE NO RULES! (unless you want them) This is your hobby and everyone is different. Draw in the lines, don’t draw in the lines. Use all sorts of materials like glitter, clay, pastels, food, it doesn’t matter. The whole point is to be mindful of what you are doing so you can reap the rewards of your own creativity and relaxation.

Coloring is supposed to be fun, so have fun!!

 

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Adult Coloring Book | De-stress and Unwind Mandala Designs Volume 2

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  • Published: 2016-04-23 04:05:23
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