I’ve always loved coloring in… I loved colouring in as a child, I loved colouring in with my children, I love colouring in with my grandchildren, and I still love colouring in for myself… Several years ago my youngest daughter bought me two adult colouring books and a set of coloured pencils from a local pound shop (equivalent to a dollar store in the US) ‘just to see how I got on’… And all these years on I still have those two original books, filled with hours of fun and relaxation and enjoyment, and have another half a dozen or so books besides, all kept on a bookshelf and added to as the mood takes me, sometimes using the softer shades of coloured pencils and sometimes using bright gel pens. Some of my latest colouring designs are shown above… 🙂
I had great fun colouring in again the other day – I’d had a busy few days on my feet so chose to rest by having a quiet afternoon relaxing on the sofa instead, and here is the result! 🙂
Something (in particular a national lockdown here in Scotland for the whole of the month of January) tells me there may be several colouring-in posts by me over the course of this month! 🙂
I really love colouring in, but occasionally I’ll find a design in one of my many colouring books and think – nope, I just don’t have the patience for that.
This is one such design, made up of myriad tiny shell shapes, and although I first started it ages ago all I managed to complete was a small three inch square in the top corner before giving up.
So here I am in a winter Covid mini-lockdown, and I decided to give it another go – I’ve still got a long way to go but I’m finally getting somewhere… 🙂
I haven’t done any colouring in for ages, but yesterday brought both a stormy afternoon and a day off, so I picked up my gel pens again and sat and coloured in another design while also binge watching the last three matches of last season’s rugby Six Nations, postponed due to lockdown earlier in the year 🙂
A selection of coloured-in circle designs from my archive for today’s Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Circle 🙂
Colouring in is such a great hobby to have at the moment, it takes time to do but time is in plentiful supply right now, so here is my latest effort, completed with gel pens 🙂
I decided to give my gel pens a whirl today, but got so engrossed in colouring in my chosen design I forgot to be careful to leave each coloured ink to dry off completely before starting on the next colour – oops! Oh well, using a little bit of artistic licence I’ve called my final masterpiece ‘Smudged Circle’! 🙂
I decided to mix and match gel pens with coloured pencils in colouring in this circular design – I first used a metallic gold gel pen to create an outline framework, then continued with gel pens for the smaller fiddly bits. I chose coloured pencils to fill in the larger inner areas, then finished off with gel pens again around the border 🙂
One of the benefits for me of colouring in with gel pens rather than coloured pencils is that I can colour all the really fiddly, finicky little designs that my well-used pencil points always find so frustrating to fill in. I’ve looked at this particular mandala design so many times and have resisted starting it, knowing that it would take some time to do – but here it is completed, and I’m really delighted with the way it’s turned out 🙂