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25 February 2016 @ 04:53 pm
A-coloring I go!  

They (“They”) say coloring is a form of meditation. I’m not really sure why, except that I suppose it’s a narrow focus, but anyway, it turns out that what I really want from a coloring book is pages and pages of my childhood obsessions, in this case ElfQuest.

I’ve had the book three weeks and I’ve done four pictures, which doesn’t sound like all that much, but most of them are pretty detailed and also I keep having to stop because my writing callouses are so diminished that coloring for hours with pencils hurts my fingers. Last night I did two thirds of the last picture here and thought maybe I could finish it all in one night and be proud of myself and then I was like, “What am I, five?” :)

Anyway, I’m sufficiently pleased with myself that I went and scanned in the pictures I’d colored, although it turns out my scanner bed is just a little too small for the images. The color came out pretty accurately, though, which was a kind of nice surprise.





Leetah has a lot of hair, especially when you don’t have one pencil that’s the right color and it all has to be done twice. I was very grateful for page four not having Leetah on it. Neither does page five. (Page six, though…) I’m contemplating going to buy More Colored Pencils and Also A Box Of Crayons That Are For Me Not The Actual Five Year Old because, um, I’m enjoying this far beyond reason. Now if I could get coloring books full of covers and splashes from (especially) the Jim Lee run on X-Men/Uncanny X-Men I WOULD BE IN HEAVEN.

(I actually reactivated my pinterest account, and I hate pinterest, so I could browse for downloadable pictures to color. I found a lot of Mucha-inspired stuff that I could spend months coloring. NOT THAT I DON’T HAVE MANY VERY LOVELY ELLEN MILLION COLORING BOOKS, and not, realistically, that I’m going to start coloring in dozens of random downloaded pictures, but apparently it’s the Bright! Shiny! Principle! Of! The! Thing!)

(x-posted from CE Murphy)

Alix (Tersa): Autumn Angel (tersa)tersa on February 25th, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm, like, addicted to the concept of adult coloring books, but have been really bad about actually sitting down and coloring them.

I have a Mandela one I bought last summer. Bioware released three sheets of Dragon Age: Inquisition concept art to color. I've stumbled on both a Game of Thrones and Star Wars coloring book that I covet.

But, uhm. Right! Back to you. I love what you've done. I hope you keep posting them, they're beautiful!
kitmizkit on February 25th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
I downloaded the Bioware pages too. :)

I also generally speaking love the *idea* of coloring books for grown-ups, but practically never color in them, which is part of why I'm so giddy about this, I guess. :) And now that you've shown me the slightest encouragement I'm sure I will keep posting them. :) ♥
Alix (Tersa): Castle - Teatimetersa on February 25th, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC)

But--you just did color them! It counts!

Maybe this'll finally get me over that little hump from 'thinking about doing' to 'doing'.
kitmizkit on February 26th, 2016 07:12 am (UTC)
yes! i actually AM coloring them, which--honestly, I'm making a mental effort to do so. A fully formed "put away the computer and go do some coloring" thought, as it were. It helps, I'm finding, to keep the coloring book and pencils next to to the dining room table, which is where I've been doing the coloring. (It's not ideal, because they don't *belong* on that shelf, cookbooks do, but... :))
Alix (Tersa): Autumn Angel (tersa)tersa on February 26th, 2016 10:01 pm (UTC)
*madly scribbles notes*

...we'll see if I can take your example to heart. :)
kitmizkit on February 26th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
I need to be making that Mental Effort with a lot more things, but for the moment we'll start with coloring...
Alix (Tersa): Castle - Teatimetersa on February 26th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Baby steps! *hug*
kitmizkit on February 26th, 2016 07:13 am (UTC)
Oh,I hadn't seen the patents one! How very cool!!
Chrysoulachrysoula on February 25th, 2016 11:26 pm (UTC)
I have this box of prismacolor pencils that are... ... links! Links help! http://www.prismacolor.com/products/colored-pencils/art-stix
they make coloring broad swathes of hair/skin/sky/water much more fun, especially when you want to do layering.
no idea if anything like that is available yonder.
but they're nice like crayons while being basically better.
Alix (Tersa): Autumn Angel (tersa)tersa on February 25th, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
...I didn't need to know about those. Damn you! *shakes a tiny fist at the sky*

*adds to Amazon WishList for later*
kitmizkit on February 26th, 2016 07:15 am (UTC)
ooooo. i DID need to know about those! *covets* *grabby hands*! OOOOOO!
6_penny on February 26th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
The watercolour pencils are fabulous. Also good for kids making the step up from crayons - as they have much less potential for colouring inappropriate surfaces then real watercolours do, I used to give them with pads of blank postcards as Christmas presents to friends kids. Provided entertainment and thankyou note material all in one!
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 26th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
I have a couple of adult coloring books and am finally getting around to using the newest one, the Llewellyn Witch's Coloring book, mostly because it has some pictures from my tarot deck which is coming out next year. I'm finding it surprisingly therapeutic...
kitmizkit on February 26th, 2016 07:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's nice, isn't it? :)
anthony_lionanthony_lion on February 26th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, messing about with colours can be fun and a nice way of de-stressing.
It possibly counts as meditation, too...

I just recently started painting miniatures, and frankly, I have no idea where the time goes off to.
(How recent? I still have less than 100 paint bottles... )

I'm currently mistreating this mini:

Edited at 2016-02-26 08:21 pm (UTC)