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Apr 4, 2016 19:18:03   #
ashworthml
 
Decided to take on another hobby that I've always enjoyed doing, gives me some relaxation time away from knitting and sewing.I'm really loving it and have done quite a few now ;)
Amazing how therapeutic it is!
Before color
Before color...
After Color
After Color...
 
Apr 4, 2016 19:24:50   #
whiterose
 
Wow! It's beautiful.
Apr 4, 2016 19:29:17   #
AussieSheila (a regular here)
 
Another beautiful way to express oneself.
Apr 4, 2016 19:29:18   #
GGmaKnitter
 
Along with knitting, crocheting, and weaving...I, too, am finding adult coloring books a lovely addition to my therapeutic hobbies! What book are you using? I love your work & the subject matter pictured! I'm using colored pencils, gel pens, and––now and then––accents of metallic sharpies. I've gifted all my kids and adult grandkids (to to mention a couple of dear friends) with "starter sets" (a book and small set of pencils). They're all reporting it as quite addictive and calming!
Apr 4, 2016 19:37:38   #
gheezi (a regular here)
 
ashworthml wrote:
Decided to take on another hobby that I've always enjoyed doing, gives me some relaxation time away from knitting and sewing.I'm really loving it and have done quite a few now ;)
Amazing how therapeutic it is!


I soooooo wish I could get my dementia husband interested in adult coloring. He could draw well as an adult, but dementia took over and he cannot even sign his name. He cannot go to art class with me, can no longer draw. I tried the adult coloring idea. No dice, would not " bite". Any suggestions on how to approach this to make it sound like his idea would be helpful.. He is sort of like a cat....has to be his idea

Amazing how theraputic this could be for him
Apr 4, 2016 19:38:39   #
ashworthml
 
GGmaKnitter wrote:
Along with knitting, crocheting, and weaving...I, too, am finding adult coloring books a lovely addition to my therapeutic hobbies! What book are you using? I love your work & the subject matter pictured! I'm using colored pencils, gel pens, and––now and then––accents of metallic sharpies. I've gifted all my kids and adult grandkids (to to mention a couple of dear friends) with "starter sets" (a book and small set of pencils). They're all reporting it as quite addictive and calming!
Along with knitting, crocheting, and weaving...I, ... (show quote)


I've got various books mainly flowers and butterflies and fairies, this one I actually printed off online,it was called enchanted forest.There are some lovely free printable pictures.I'm just using different pencils,mainly watercolor pencils which I seem to be getting quite a collection of now.I like being able to use them with or without water,also have learnt you can use vaseline to enhance colors with normal pencils and the watercolor pencils ;)






 
Apr 4, 2016 19:40:23   #
nitnana (a regular here)
 
I was going to ask what you use. I started with markers - they bled through the page. Then colored pencils and 'graduated' to gel pens. I use mostly gel pens, some metallic, with some pencils (for lighter or shading!) This is beautifully done, ashworthml - wow!!! :thumbup:
Apr 4, 2016 19:44:34   #
ashworthml
 
nitnana wrote:
I was going to ask what you use. I started with markers - they bled through the page. Then colored pencils and 'graduated' to gel pens. I use mostly gel pens, some metallic, with some pencils (for lighter or shading!) This is beautifully done, ashworthml - wow!!! :thumbup:


When I'm doing the pictures with the watercolors and using water or the vaseline I put a piece of card in between the pages so it doesn't go onto the next page, it also makes it a harder surface to work on ;)
Apr 4, 2016 19:45:53   #
GGmaKnitter
 
ashworthml wrote:
I've got various books mainly flowers and butterflies and fairies, this one I actually printed off online,it was called enchanted forest.There are some lovely free printable pictures.I'm just using different pencils,mainly watercolor pencils which I seem to be getting quite a collection of now.I like being able to use them with or without water,also have learnt you can use vaseline to enhance colors with normal pencils and the watercolor pencils ;)


Oh, my WORD what beautiful work you do!!! So how do you work with vaseline when using regular colored pencils?
Apr 4, 2016 19:53:55   #
ashworthml
 
gheezi wrote:
I soooooo wish I could get my dementia husband interested in adult coloring. He could draw well as an adult, but dementia took over and he cannot even sign his name. He cannot go to art class with me, can no longer draw. I tried the adult coloring idea. No dice, would not " bite". Any suggestions on how to approach this to make it sound like his idea would be helpful.. He is sort of like a cat....has to be his idea

Amazing how theraputic this could be for him


Maybe just leave it where he can see it and he maybe drawn to it by himself if it was an interest of his in previous years ;)
Apr 4, 2016 19:58:04   #
RosD (a regular here)
 
Beautiful!!! 💞
 
Apr 4, 2016 19:58:41   #
ashworthml
 
GGmaKnitter wrote:
Oh, my WORD what beautiful work you do!!! So how do you work with vaseline when using regular colored pencils?


Thank You :) With the vaseline you just put a tiny bit on the end of the tip ,you don't need a lot and just work it in as your coloring,make sure you wipe it off with a tissue when you've finished using it though, it softens the lead and enhances the colours of your pencil your using.I was told about it from a friend on face book, there is a video of it on etsy somewhere.I didn't think it would work but it works well ;)
Also there are a youtube videos on it too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DykgQF75SGU
Apr 4, 2016 20:04:49   #
lins (a regular here)
 
ashworthml wrote:
Decided to take on another hobby that I've always enjoyed doing, gives me some relaxation time away from knitting and sewing.I'm really loving it and have done quite a few now ;)
Amazing how therapeutic it is!


Wow, that is fantastic. Good for you.
Apr 4, 2016 20:05:23   #
lins (a regular here)
 
ashworthml wrote:
I've got various books mainly flowers and butterflies and fairies, this one I actually printed off online,it was called enchanted forest.There are some lovely free printable pictures.I'm just using different pencils,mainly watercolor pencils which I seem to be getting quite a collection of now.I like being able to use them with or without water,also have learnt you can use vaseline to enhance colors with normal pencils and the watercolor pencils ;)


This too! Wow, lovely.
Apr 4, 2016 20:06:01   #
GGmaKnitter
 
gheezi wrote:
I soooooo wish I could get my dementia husband interested in adult coloring. He could draw well as an adult, but dementia took over and he cannot even sign his name. He cannot go to art class with me, can no longer draw. I tried the adult coloring idea. No dice, would not " bite". Any suggestions on how to approach this to make it sound like his idea would be helpful.. He is sort of like a cat....has to be his idea Amazing how theraputic this could be for him


Sit beside him while coloring, ask his opinion (i.e., "which one of these greens do you like best?" "I can't decide on which color to use on this background...what do you think?"); perhaps, once he's involved in looking & offering suggestions, he'll pick up on "helping" you actually color a page...and then, who knows!?
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