Remember my sewcation from a weeks ago? Yeah, I wound up hurting my back big time. All that leaning over my cutting table while making alterations and assembling (and disassembling) the trench coat muslin was too much in too short a period of time. Alas, I’m not the sweet young thing I used to be. I haven’t touched that muslin or my sewing machine in over 2 weeks while my lower back made its way back to (almost) normal. I’m happy to report that I can now sit down, stand up, and put my shoes on without assistance.
Anyway, while I was nursing my sewing-related injury, I received one of these new-fangled adult coloring books as a gift from a friend, along with a set of colored pencils. The book is Secret Garden by Johanna Basford, and there are about a million others flooding your local bookstore at this very moment, I assure you. Since I could carry out this new activity while sitting relatively still in a chair, it was perfect timing. And you know what? This stuff is like CRACK. Crack, I tell you!! It’s totally addicting.
I’ve spent the past few weeks coloring and being thoroughly delighted by it. Even John is being drawn into the coloring vortex. One minute he says coloring “isn’t really his thing,” and the next he’s all “maybe just one more flower…” LOL.
Behold the fruits of my coloring labor:
My first coloring page is a bit of a rainbow. I used every colored pencil in the box. I even practiced some shading on various parts of the water well.
For my second page, I used a slightly restrained color palette. I did some shading on the door and in the yellow leaves, and I kept things fairly symmetrical. I really like how this one came out.
For my third page, I wanted to experiment with coloring in the background. I took a radial approach and more or less went from warm in the center to cool along the edges. I colored the background and flowers together as I moved toward the edges.
I’m pretty happy with the finished product!
Truth be told, I’ve spent most of the day today working on my fourth page. I can’t stop! I even invested $1.99 in a pencil sharpener… and filed this blog post in “art.” Hahahaha. 🙂
So what do you think of this adult coloring book trend – yay or nay? Would you try it?