Color Confessions

F*ck It Friday was a HIT!!

F*ck It Friday curse n coloring party! What a colorful night! We came, colored and conquered! Thank you EVERYONE who came out and had fun I love you all. I will do this again in the near future. Until then, happy coloring!

Posted by Jacqueline Monique on Saturday, October 8, 2016
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Why coloring can help your anxiety

Speaking from experience, anxiety can come with some of the most paralyzing symptoms. Heart palpitations, sweating, shaking, breakouts. It can also lead to full blown panic attacks. 

photo credit emaze

photo credit emaze

According to EverydayHealth.com, Coloring, no longer just for your kids, is a drug-free and financially feasible way to help calm your own anxiety. What makes coloring so compelling? Experts say by coloring you're fully engaged in what you're doing in the moment. “Any activity that does that is going to improve your mental health.” says Chris Aiken, MD, an instructor in clinical psychiatry at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and director of the Mood Treatment Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

So the next time you're feeling anxious break out your favorite coloring book and art supplies  and color those anxious feelings away. 

 

A few coloring tips Pt.1

So you want to color like a boss. The good news is that, with a little practice, techniques and a little patience you'll be coloring lke a genius in no time. Here are a few techniques I found that could help you get started

Make a color swatch and labeling database

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Blending your your colors

Take your time

This is important because you want to already know what your colors look like and which medium it is before you use it to color in. Also you won't have to keep testing your colors because it's already laid out for you

 




 

Again, a swatch labeling system will help you remember your favorite blends.

  •  Blend your colors from light to dark
  •  You can use a solvent to blend, but be sure to let it dry  first before coloring over it again (you can purchase solvent [Turpendoid Natural or Gamsol] in the painting section of your local art store)
  • You can use a pencil blender, a cheap paint brush and blend it over the shaded areas. 

 

I get the same feeling. I can't wait for it to be done so I can see the finished product. However rushing through your coloring session can be counter productive. Maybe start out with some free pages to practice your technique and when you got it down to a science, take it to your favorite book!

Best coloring tools for your coloring book

Sometimes it's difficult to decide which coloring tool best suited your needs for your book. Here are some suggestions that may help your decision.

If you prefer markers, Sharpie markers are highly recommended for your coloring book. They are alcohol-based which prevents most bleeds. Plus they are cost effective

If you prefer markers, Sharpie markers are highly recommended for your coloring book. They are alcohol-based which prevents most bleeds. Plus they are cost effective

Prismacolor pencils are high in quality and the tips are soft and the hues are very rich.

Prismacolor pencils are high in quality and the tips are soft and the hues are very rich.

Gelly Roll pens are very saturated with soft gel ink and rich in color. The ball point is very smooth that makes you want to color for hours

Gelly Roll pens are very saturated with soft gel ink and rich in color. The ball point is very smooth that makes you want to color for hours

How coloring can help alleviate stress in college

Losing your mind

Losing your mind

It's that time of the year again. Class is in session. Whether you're moving in or moving up, college can be a fun, unique and stressful experience. Of course there are vices that I won't mention here. However coloring is a fun, cheap and safe way to help alleviate some of the stress and frustration from constant studying and exams. It also helps exercise the creative and concentration muscles.