I don’t mean to get all intensely personal about your creative habits, but have you colored lately? Like you did when you were a kid — gotten into the ZONE? Once or twice a week I have fun sitting and talking with my girls while we draw and color all sorts of things they’re interested in, but this week I got to color in my own coloring book. I enjoyed the look on the girls’ faces when I told them that the new Playful Designs coloring book was for ME. I promise I used standard English when I said “this is MY coloring book” but the looks on their faces told me… no comprendo.
My 5yo sat down next to me and I let her pick a page from my mama coloring book. Guys, I SHARED A PAGE FROM THE MAMA COLORING BOOK. It was hard. HARD. I wanted to keep all of my fancy new markers and fancy new coloring book out of kid hands. What if she smudged the pages? Dripped yogurt on them? Moved the markers out of order? Maybe the worst possible thought – SQUISHED THE POINTY MARKER TIPS?! But I took deep breaths. All of that dang “sharing” role modeling I’m supposed to be doing. I let her have a page. We shared.
There is no shortage of fun stuff to color here, a fun mix of pattern and design.
She chose a mandala sort of thing.
I chose a set of buildings that reminded me of an art installation we once visited. Gah, these windows were so fun to color!
Coloring books for grownups have pages that are only printed on one side and use smoother and sturdier paper than your average kid’s coloring book. No bleed-through from the opposite side and the pages don’t shred as easily with wet marker ink. As soon as I got the e-mail asking if I’d like to join the tour and try it I hopped over to order a set of the markers I lusted after in middle school and can’t remember ever having. I know I used some that belonged to friends – and they’re exactly what they were years ago. Nothing about them has changed. I fought the urge to hug them in appreciation of the happy little flashback they brought. And mildly jealous that they’ve made it through the decades without stretch marks.
Fine tipped markers are a requirement here. And for me they were a joy to use after all of the wide stroke kinds I’m used to lately. On kid markers the points squish pretty easily and the middle school markers are a bit sturdier.
So, head over here or here to grab your copy of Playful Designs, and here (affiliate links) to grab lusty middle school markers. And then jump into your own Playful Designs as soon as you have the chance, because whatever your closest form of interruption is, it’ll catch you soon enough…
Patty Young supplied the coloring book. Opinions are entirely mine! See what others on the book tour have to say!
Monday, November 10th – Patty Young @ Modkid
Tuesday, November 11th – Susan Yates @ Crafterhours
Wednesday, November 12th – Melissa Mora @ Melly Sews
Thursday, November 13th – Heather Valentine @ The Sewing Loft
Friday, November 14th – Teresa Behr @ Dandelion Drift
Saturday, November 15th – Elizabeth Evans @ Simple Simon and Co
Monday, November 17th – Jenny Fish @ Sew Pretty Dresses
Tuesday, November 18th – Courtney Davis @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes
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