Saturday, January 16, 2016

COLOR YOUR WAY HOME

                                                  

In the words of Robert Fulghum, we can learn a lot from crayons. As a mixed media artist, I am always painting, drawing and creating. However, when Stampington and Company published their first adult coloring book, my first initial thought was, “I don’t have time to color”. My thought now is, “I don’t have the time, not to color”. 

















 I realized that it had been a long time since I just simply colored without creating the image, making preparations, or putting a lot of thought into it. The beautiful contributions to this book by various artists made me want to take the time to color.


I was surprised by the memories that were brought back to me just by simply coloring, memories I had forgotten and things that made me laugh. It was fun to choose my colors with no expectations and no instructions. I didn’t know it when I was younger, but coloring gave you a good sense of yourself and the feeling that all was right with the world. The most exciting thing about starting school for me was getting that brand new box of crayons.







It didn’t matter if you weren’t the best at math or reading, everyone could color and there was no right or wrong way. Your pictures were most likely proudly displayed and loved by your mom, your teacher or your grandma. Some of my very best childhood memories with friends and family involved coloring.

You learn a lot about the people you color with. 
 Coloring, just like a smoldering fire, sparks the child in us again. It was a joy to spend those free moments coloring each day revisiting the child inside and no thoughts of things that must done or scheduled.



I was so inspired by the artwork that I could not help myself from turning a few pages into a bit of journal art.

 I added some of my own words and inspirational quotes to the pages about coloring, and how this book inspired me. 
From there I made my own Color Book Journal which completed the journey for me and connected it everything together.

I love the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “It is a happy talent to know how to play”.



Sadly, the end of childhood play is when things cease to astonish us.




The Coloring Studio was a beloved reminder to me that when the world seems all too familiar and we have gotten use to our mere existence, then it is time to get out the colors and color your way home.


 Preparation:

Any adult color book will work with thick quality pages like The Coloring Studio. I carefully tore out the pages that I wanted to color first. I used a variety of mediums and all worked well on the pages. I used water color paper that I folded in half to make my journal pages.
I painted my journal pages first adding color to both sides of the blank water color pages keeping in mind that just the edges will be showing unless you cut out some of the images as I did on a few of the pages. I stenciled some of my pages to add definition and interest to the edges.



 I sewed my pages together to make a folding accordion journal so that it opens in the front and also the back side. After your pages are colored and sewn together, add your colored pictures to the pages. I used the roll on adhesive just on the edges of the coloring pages which made them lay nice and flat on the journal pages without too many wrinkles.

After all pages were secured, I went back on each journal page and added words and quotes to the pages.

 Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to COLOR! The second issue of The Coloring Studio will be out soon! Can't wait!
XO