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Selling Drawings

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I Can Draw: How Do I Sell My Pictures

Not everyone can draw pictures that others love to colour in. If you can, congratulations, you have a skill that can earn you a lot of friends and possibly even some money. There are a few ways you could earn money doing this:

  • create your own colouring books;
  • sell your drawings privately; or
  • create PLR.

I will go through each of these in turn.

Create Your Own Colouring Books

Age groups

You need to decide which age group you are creating these drawings for and what theme you are drawing eg fairies, pixies, woodland animals, trucks, construction machines, unicorns, military, space, etc. Your pictures will need to be created at 300 dpi or 300 ppi. This is a measure of the resolution of your drawing. If you create your drawing on paper and then scan it, you need to make sure you are scanning at high resolution, otherwise when it prints out, it will look fuzzy or pixelated.

The youngest age group is probably those who are 4 to 6 years. (You can create coloring books for 2 years old, with large dots that are filled in using dot markers. This is probably the latest fashion.) Children in the 4-6 age group generally like large, simple pictures, with not a lot of detail. They will probably fill the pictures in by scribbling over them in crayon! To create a colouring book for this age group, you will need a minimum of 20 outline, black and white drawing pictures all on a similar theme. This is because adults generally purchase these books with a particular child in mind and will know what theme the child is interested in.

The next age group is 7 – 9 years of age. These children often like more detail in their pictures. You can use the same pictures as you created for the 4 – 6 years age group but this time, you can add simple line backgrounds (mountains, ships, lakes, trees, buildings, etc) to add more interest. You can also fill in large spaces on the main drawing with patterns that children can fill in, so they have smaller areas to complete at a time.

You can also create colouring books for adults and children aged 10 years and older. These will obviously want much more detailed drawings to complete (although some adults prefer drawings with more open space, so they can use their own judgement on filling with colour tones, etc). Very often these books are created with a single drawing on one side, so that the user can use fibre tip pens. The colour often goes through to the other side with these pens, so that is kept blank so the next picture is not spoiled.

One of the most successful creators of adult coloring books is Johanna Basford, who has literally sold thousands of each of her coloring books for adults, such as “Enchanted Forest“.

Not all created books are flowers or objects. Some are text based, with words to be colored in, including some with “naughty” words and others with motivational or inspirational sayings or Biblical quotations.

Creating Your Book

You will need to create your book as a PDF document. You can do this in Microsoft Word and probably most other document programs on your computer. Many people who create these books use PowerPoint. Put one drawing per page, then export it as a PDF and save.

Probably the easiest place to create your book (for free) is on Amazon KDP. Create an account then click on “create a book” and follow the instructions. You will be able to upload your PDF, choose a cover and put it up for sale on Amazon. Now, it’s obviously a lot more work than I have made out here but it is just a question of going through the pages and filling out the information. There are courses that will show you how to do this and the best ways of doing it, the keywords to choose and the categories to use, etc. This is called “Print On Demand” because the books are not printed until they are purchased. This saves you having a great many printed, then having to hold a large stock until they sell.

You can also have your book printed in a bundle, sent to you, then sell them to a local bookshop or to neighbours or online. There are many printing companies that will do this.

Who Is This For

If you want to create your own brand of colouring book, this is probably the route for you. You will need to market your book if you want it to sell. This includes letting people on your social media know about it, joining various groups, etc. You can also buy advertising. There are various courses that can help you learn about marketing your books.

Selling Your Drawings

If you don’t want to create and sell your own books, there are people who will buy sets of your drawings from you. They will want to purchase the copyright because this allows them to use the pictures they buy in any way they like and as often as they like, eg on a mug or cup, on a tee shirt or as a mouse mat or in a journal, etc. If you are selling these pictures to just a few people, you need to charge an amount that covers your time and also that you are selling the copyright to just a few people. The pictures below are ones I purchased from a local artist, at 300 dpi. She provided some with patterns but I could have added these myself if I had wanted, using a graphics program (free online).I also put some of these pictures in front of backgrounds I had purchased elsewhere. For instance, the bridge background was from another artist altogether.

These drawings will need to be at a high resolution, 300 dpi or 300 ppi. They will also need all the lines joined up and complete, not sketch/ art/ shading strokes. People who buy these pictures may want to fill the spaces with different patterns to make the pictures look “different” or aim them at a particular market. They will do this in a graphics program. If all the lines are not joined up, colour or patterns will flood into places they don’t want them and they will complain.

Who Is This For

Selling privately is probably for the artist who has their own email list of purchasers who like their style of drawing.

Selling PLR

PLR stands for Private Label Rights. This is pretty much the same as the previous area (selling privately) EXCEPT that you are selling (or hoping to sell these) to a great many would-be book creators. The set of pictures will be sold at a much lower price because many people will be buying it. It will still need to be sold with copyright going to each purchaser but because you will sell to many more people, you will get less for each sale. will still be able to sell a set of 20 (or more) drawings but this time, you may also want to sell (separately) a set of (say) 20 backgrounds that the drawings can be set against. So 20 fairy pictures might prompt someone to purchase a set of 20 toadstool or fairy-house backgrounds in addition to the 20 fairies. The purchasers will mix and match the pictures and the backgrounds to make different compositions. You can also create coloured versions of your pictures or dot to dot versions and sell these for a higher price. These are called OTOs (one time offers) and they form part of what is called a “sales funnel”, where an initial sale prompts purchasers to buy more from you to complete their purchase by making it easier for them to create lots of different kinds of “unique” pictures.

The picture above is of a mandala type pattern that I purchased as PLR, then added a quotation that I liked.

With PLR, it is useful to get on someone’s sales list (there are people who make affiliate sales for this). They will push your offering to their lists and take an agreed cut of the price. You sell more, they get commission and the people on their mailing lists get a new different kind of offering, so everyone is happy.

Who Is This For

Selling drawings as PLR is for the artist who creates drawings or patterns but maybe doesn’t have a list of their own and doesn’t want to get into selling. They are willing to pay affiliates who will do the selling for them. Some affiliates run bundle sales regularly 2 or 3 times throughout the year. This is a very good opportunity for a new artist to get their work in front of a list of people and build their own list or to find affiliates who will promote their work. A bundle sale includes a great deal of different types of material sold in one lot from a number of providers by one affiliate who does the work of collating the bundle and promoting it. The artists and providers do not get any money for this, as it counts as a promotion on their behalf. The affiliate collating the bundle will charge a small amount, maybe $25 or $35 and the purchaser can download as much (or all) of the bundle as they wish. When they download an item, they give their email address; and the artist or provider gets a new addition to their email list. The artist will then try selling to that list. Alternatively, some affiliates may ask the artist to let them sell on their behalf, getting a commission for their sales.

Selling Your Books On Amazon

I have a number of different kinds of books on sale on Amazon, including patterns, coloring books, puzzles and workbooks. For some of these, I purchased pictures or patterns as PLR and changed them Here is a selection:

Benefits Of Coloring For Mental Health

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As a child, you may have enjoyed working with coloring books and crayons? You can enjoy this activity again today, by using adult coloring pages. It used to be thought that coloring was ONLY for kids but nowadays it has been realized that there are a great many mental health benefits from what is now termed coloring therapy. If you have always enjoyed coloring but haven’t looked at it since you became an adult, then you should try this activity again as much as possible, especially as there are so many gorgeous coloring books now available for adults. So, let’s look at the benefits:

It Can Help Eliminate Your Mental Stress

You probably realize that being under mental stress can be very bad for your health, and that it can also lead to physical problems? People who are constantly under stress, may develop high blood pressure or digestive issues. If you are finding that you are using food or alcohol to reduce your stress after a difficult workday, try keeping some coloring books or pages handy at home, along with pens, pencils or crayons for completing them. It’s also useful for Teens and students for exam stress.

It May Help Relieve Depression

Focusing on your beautiful artwork, or using pages with a happy theme or a positive message and using brightly colored pens or crayons can help lift your mood if you are feeling down. Try using yellow, orange or red colors as these may stimulate the emotional center of your brain. Concentrate on positive thoughts while coloring and find some positive affirmations to say over to yourself.

It May Help Delay The Development Of Dementia Conditions

Coloring mindfully and focusing on the detail when coloring may stimulate the synapses in your brain. Art and coloring are more ways of keeping your brain active, along with other brain exercises, like crosswords, word searches and similar activities. It is easy to take coloring pages and crayons with you to other locations such as when you are visiting your grandchildren.

It May Help Reduce Anxiety Levels

Adult coloring pages and books that concentrate on mindfulness may help reduce anxiety, especially if you use soothing colors like pale pink or blue which also help reduce anxiety. These may help you feel calmer. Focus on your breathing while coloring and you may notice that it slows down as you relax and also that any symptoms of digestive stress may decline.

It May Help Stimulate Creativity

It’s possible that using adult coloring books or pages may help you become more creative. You may find after a while that you now want to play a musical instrument, write poetry, or paint on canvas, even though it may be a long time since you tried creating any kind of art at all. Coloring in adult pictures or books may help stimulate the part of your brain that is creative.

Finding Coloring Pages For Adults

You can find coloring pages and books for adults at local or online stores. In addition, it is possible to download and print coloring pages on a computer and printer so that you can find a wide assortment of artwork themes.


Christmas Gifts For Adults

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Top 5 Best Christmas Gifts For Adults

Here are my top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Adults, which I think are among the most popular, apart from money. Many adults or young adults prefer money as a present, so they can add all their gifts together and buy one large item that they like. You may not want to do that as there always seems to be pressure to give more when gifting cash than you would spend on a present. Some adults also love to wrap gifts and present them because they get great joy out of seeing the recipient’s face when they open it. Money is a useful gift because it’s something most people want but if you prefer to give a gift here are some ideas of stocking fillers and larger things to get for the people in your life.

1. Homemade Christmas Gifts

One of the most popular Christmas gifts for adults is homemade Christmas gifts, whether you give them as a main gift or as a stocking filler. There are so many things you can make or buy to give as gifts to the adults in your life, such as cookbooks, journals, homemade cookies, homemade jams and jellies, coffee mugs, key chains and more. These are all very easy to make and they will definitely be remembered and loved by the adults in your life. I look forward every Christmas to the homemade chutneys one of my friends makes as presents for adults each year. She doesn’t have much money but she uses her time and knowledge of fruits to make chutneys that you cannot find in the shop and they last for months, so a Christmas gift that keeps on giving.

They are also great because you can customize your own gifts with their favorite colors and whatever else you want to add in. A lot of kids love to make Christmas crafts, and it’s a nice idea to personalize those gifts as well! For example, they can make an autograph magnet for the adults in their life with their favorite photos of them with Santa Claus, perhaps, along with a message.

Or maybe you could make a Christmas card, with their name printed on the front and your Christmas message inside. You can even have their name printed on the back of the card!  One child I know, who is good at art, is using a picture that she has to complete for her art class as a unique Christmas card for a few select adults and friends. It gives her the chance to practise something she has to do for a school class, while creating Christmas cards and producing a unique piece of art for recipients to treasure. Personalized Christmas gifts are really popular these days.

2. Christmas Crafts

Another great Christmas gift idea for adults is Christmas Crafts. You can make some beautiful Christmas scrapbooking pieces if you’re trying to stay on theme. For instance you could make a poster celebrating their favorite Baseball team, with the team colors. Or you could buy them a craft gift for them to complete themselves. Something like this could a great idea for a gift for guy friends. Adult coloring books are also greatly in favor at present. Many years ago, adults thought that coloring pictures was just for children but since then, it has become known just how beneficial and enjoyable coloring can be for adults as well as children. You can see more information on that here.

Another possibility is a beautiful handcrafted personalized Christmas ornament. This whimsical ornament is the perfect solution if you are looking for unique Christmas gift ideas for the adults in your life. Choose from a variety of wood and resin painted designs or choose a clear (see through) bauble that you can fill with small items of your choice or paint the bauble with a Christmas theme and the year, so it can be enjoyed for many years to come.

3. Coffee And Donuts

Adults, and even young ones, can be very hard-core fans of coffee and donuts. If you are looking for some great frugal Christmas gifts for adults, think about giving them a subscription to one of the many different coffee clubs that are available. You can subscribe for either the individual coffee club that gives you one box of coffee each month or you can choose a monthly gift that comes with three or four free months of coffee. The choice is yours! You could also make a box of donuts or buy their favorites from a local shop, to give them a sweet treat for Christmas.

Probably, one of the best gifts for adults that you can give them is a coffee mug, especially as these can be customized for their interests or for Christmas. Coffee mugs make great gifts for adults, and you can be sure that they will not disappoint when it comes to their taste! For those of you who don’t know how to choose the perfect coffee mug, the most important factor to consider is the size. Mugs come in all sizes, but the standard size is usually 11 ounces, with an option for a larger 15 ounce mug, so make sure you include that information when choosing a size. The larger the cup, the better!

If the person doesn’t like coffee and donuts, you can find many items that can be purchased on subscription as Christmas presents for adults or for children. These could be such stuff as magazine subscriptions, book subscriptions and these can be on so many different subjects, such as nature and science, romance, cooking, art, antiques, etc.

4. Collecting

Some people enjoy collecting things, so you may want to look into stuff for Christmas such as figures, china, toy cars, Star Wars Figures, puzzles, and stuffed animals, if you know what their collecting choice would be. Some adults enjoy difficult Jigsaw Puzzles or Adult Puzzle books or even memorabilia.

5. Gift Basket

You can make or buy a gift basket filled with Christmas food or toys, games, snacks, and more. You could also create a Christmas scrapbook with lots of pictures of Christmas past or purchase the scrapbook and provide the pictures for the adult to add in themselves, which would be a good idea for an older person with time on their hands.

Some other great ideas for Christmas baskets include hand-made soaps, candles, ornaments, or eco-friendly ornaments.

Or how about an alternative to a conventional kitchen hamper? For a more eco-friendly holiday treat, why not consider homemade Christmas hampers? These are great for both kids and adults, and they are a great way to teach kids about the importance of using recycled materials in their everyday life. A popular idea is to make a hamper of seasonal items such as Christmas cards, fruit and veggie trays, and decorative items. You can also create a special hamper for adults that has all of their favorite books, cutesy toys, and other interesting stuff for the holidays. If you would prefer to purchase your own hamper instead of making one yourself, you can find everything you need to get started online.

These are 5 top ideas for Christmas gifts for adults.

6. Something For YOU

So here’s an extra bonus paragraph of ideas for gifts and maybe you would like something for yourself from these? After all, you deserve something too! One of the best gifts for adults and one that your friends or family might not think of getting you unless you hint to them, is a mini backpack.

A mini backpack holds a lot of useful stuff for your day to day needs and it keeps your hands free and stops your pockets from bulging. Mini backpacks make great Christmas gifts for adults, and they are relatively inexpensive, as well. You can find beautiful designs on the market in many different colors, so you can really make this gift look unique and personal to you.

Or how about a beautiful wooden photo frame and pencil holder to keep your desk organized and your nearest and dearest always in your thoughts, even if you cannot be near them?


Oral History Project For Family History Research a diary is a useful tool for recording everyday events and coming appointments, it doesn’t always form a record of an important period in someone’s life or of important events. Sometimes, a different form of notes is required and this is where an oral history journal can be helpful.

Oral (spoken) history was the first kind of history – stories, memories and knowledge passed on from one person to another by word of mouth. It’s how myths have been passed down through the centuries, as well as knowledge about herbs, sources of water in the dry seasons and apprentices have learned from their elders. Even today, there are story tellers who entertain groups with old stories and one of the first ways that children learn is through stories and information from their parents or carers.

Many families have their stories, passed down through the generations but these have not always been kept or recorded for others to find out what happened or how people lived at a different time or how certain events had an impact on whole generations or locales.

Oral histories can change in the telling, over the years until the original story may not be recognisable. By writing down these stories, they can be preserved for future generations to understand what it was like to live through certain events or at certain times and what it was like for a person alive at that time. For instance, my mother in law used to talk about going to school in the 1920s and how each pupil had to take a piece of coal with them to warm the schoolroom in winter, how she would take off her shoes and hide them on the way to school, going in barefoot, retrieving them on the way home and how the children would dig up a carrot from a field to have something to eat. These stories are not written down anywhere yet (though they will be). Children may not always be receptive to tales told by their grandparents, yet in later years would love to hear about those everyday tales, possibly when it is too late.

Oral history and the written down versions are primary sources for studying history, yet listening to stories told by older generations is a fascinating way of finding out how people lived a generation or so ago and does not feel like learning a lesson.

Stories from eyewitnesses are used today in court proceedings and have been used for thousands of years as the basis for recording events from wars, volcanic explosions and political upheavals, for instance. These days, oral history is often produced from interviews with individuals, recorded on video or audio media and then often transcribed to produce books. This can be done professionally by trained interviewers using the latest equipment and transcribers working from the tapes produced. It does not have to be so involved if you want to produce a family or group history that will form an interesting record for later generations. For instance, my mother tells of a time as a child when an earthquake shook her house, bouncing her about on the sofa and china rattling and books falling. This may be everyday stuff for some people, but she lived in an area where earthquakes had only been read about.

Until recently, children in local schools were asked to talk to elderly relatives about their memories of World War II. There are fewer and fewer people with these personal memories now but earlier recordings are still available for later generations to listen to or read. Ann Frank’s diary is her story of living hidden in an attic during the later years of World War II. It is not the spoken word but was written directly by her during her time in hiding. Books written about people’s ordinary lives at the time that events happened include information that may have been common at that time but which can be forgotten as time passes and circumstances change. For instance, a story written about life during world War II included such everyday items as what the family had for tea. One day, it was a slice of apple pie. That was it.

A diary of everyday events is not the same as an oral history, though it is also a primary source of information. An oral history taken from someone will include a lot of their background information, such as their date of birth, parents, full name and may include only information on certain events, like a war or natural disaster, whereas a diary often keeps information on everyday life in a chronological order, whether big events, small events or no significant events happen.

Taking an oral history is a way of carrying out historical research and there are professional interviewers who do this, however, it is also fun to carry out your own oral history project with older family members and who knows, you may also find out something interesting about your family as well as learning how life was different years ago?

It doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. You may only need to ask the person to tell you about “when they were young” to start them talking. Recording the conversation is the best method of remembering everything that was said, however, transcribing even ten minutes of conversation can be a time consuming and difficult task, so it can be better to write notes down as you are listening. They may even be willing to write part of the information down for you and then you also have a record of their handwriting.

For younger people, writing the interview straight into a project book can be the best way to record and keep information they get. Older people may wish to take notes on paper and gather them together to create a composite note of memories that they can then write into the project book as a cohesive whole.

Oral History Interview Questions For Family Research

Oral History Project

You may be doing this as a school project or as part of a family search or an interest in your ancestry or genealogy or just for history research. Talking about past times can also be useful when talking to someone with dementia. While present times may be fuzzy to them and they often cannot remember the answer to a question they asked two minutes previously, they often have clear memories of what happened in the past and often greatly enjoy talking about people and events that happened in their childhood or early adulthood, especially with family members who also remember those times and people but also with others who may not have been there.

Oral History Interviews

[image_pointer id=”361″]If you want to ask someone about their experiences of something that happened in their past, start out by letting them describe this in their own way. Use questions like “Tell me about ….” or “Can you describe …”. Let them start out telling you about the topic as a story that they lived and the experiences that they had and then just listen. These kinds of questions are called “open questions” because they encourage someone to talk, rather than just say “yes” or “no” or give short answers or even give you the answers they think you want to hear.

You can take notes in your journal to record the oral history. older children or adults, it may be better to record the notes on a separate piece of paper and then write it up later in the journal. For non-professional interviewers, audio recording an interview, then writing it out, takes a long time and can be very tiring. It is more likely to get completed if notes are written at the time. If you have the chance, talk to the person several times about their experiences. Quite often, they will add more points that they missed out previously.

You can also add copies of photographs of people or photos of objects that they may have mentioned. It is best to use copies of pictures if sticking them in a journal like this, especially if the journal is to be kept for a long time, as the paper and glues used may not be of archival quality. If you want to keep old photographs or pictures of objects, make sure you keep those separately in archival quality boxes or using special covers, so they remain good.

Open Question Starters

Tell me about ….
Can you describe ….
What was it like when ……..
What do you remember best about …..
Can you tell me any stories about …..


……. when you were a child
……. how you got your name / nickname
……. your earliest childhood memory
……. your parents
……. your brothers and sisters
……. your grandparents
……. other members of your family, like cousins and aunts and uncles
……. family discipline
……. where you lived
……. when you moved house
……. the type of house you lived in
……. the type of area you lived in
……. your best birthday present
……. your first pet
……. the games you played
……. your hobbies
……. going to school
……. your age when you left school and went to work
……. your first job
……. something scary or important happened, like the war or a big storm, or an earthquake
……. anything historical that happened when you were young
……. learning to drive
……. your first car

Remember to note the person’s name and date of birth and when you recorded the interview.

Finding Joy in Adult Coloring

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The Pleasures Of Adult Coloring

Adult coloring has helped millions to rediscover their desire for art, reawakening their inner creativeness and finding another passion. Maybe you’ve just discovered adult coloring and you need to try it out but aren’t quite sure where to start?

Choose a Book

The simplest beginning point is just to select a coloring book from the many available. If you obtain a coloring book, you’ll have more than sufficient pictures to complete, along with all the different designs being in a single package that’s easy to carry along, if you like. If you want to choose the kind of paper on which your coloring pictures are printed, you may wish to download single coloring pages or even a package of pictures to print out yourself, so that you can control the type of surface and paper thickness you use.

Don’t believe that mandalas are the only products available for adults to color. You will find a large number of coloring books on just about any theme imaginable. Many individuals like nature or landscaping. If this is you, then try the Secret Garden Coloring Book or even the Enchanted Forest Coloring Book.

Animal-themed coloring books are enjoyable, too. You can pick ones including just one type of animal, for example, if you’re a family pet lover, you can pick Dazzling Dogs or Beautiful Birds. But there are also ones which have many different creatures such as the Stress Relieving Animal Designs Coloring Book.

But you don’t have to simply stick with animal pictures either: you will find landscapes and abstract styles made available, in addition to pictures which include motivational or encouraging phrases or affirmations. For instance, there’s an Inspirational Coloring Book for Everyone along with the Good Vibes Coloring Book. And if you have a preference for stronger language, you will find coloring books that focus on that and still stronger language if you want. There are also coloring pictures and journals or diaries with religious themes.

Choosing The Type Of Book

Some adults like to color pictures that have large swathes of space, so they can add their own versions of shading, while others prefer highly detailed pictures with many tiny details, making an intricate pattern or whole. Whichever type of picture you prefer, you can find many variations available and focusing on your chosen type of picture and coloring mindfully can put you “in the zone”, in which time does not matter and you become relaxed and maybe stress free.

If you want to be able to frame the pictures you color, you will need to check the weight of the paper in the coloring book or else download and print your own pictures, choosing the type of paper you want to use in your printer.

Markers and gel pens can bleed through certain types of paper. If these are your favorite types of pen, then you can choose single-sided print books, or place thick paper or card between the pages of your book when coloring, so colors do not bleed through. Some books provide purely a quote on the reverse side of a picture, so you do not have to choose between two pictures to color in.

Try Different Coloring Tools

Use any kind of coloring tool you have available. Two popular choices are colored pencils and markers. You will find benefits in both type of implement.

Coloring pencils, let you create different shades of a color by varying the level of pressure you apply with the pencil. This gives you extra control over the end pic.

Markers give the image an attractive, vibrant look, with the exception that it normally won’t allow you to vary your hue. That means if you wish to paint a flower a number of shades of blue, you might have difficulty doing that.

You may need to check new coloring books to make sure your markers will not ‘bleed’ to a different page. When they do, place spare paper behind the page you’re coloring, so the colors don’t transfer to a different page. Some coloring books are single sided and others have just a quote on the reverse side to avoid colors bleeding through.

You shouldn’t be afraid to test other coloring tools. Many individuals enjoy coloring with gel pens. Others prefer to train on a box of crayons. Test a couple of options and discover your preferences as the most enjoyable. You’re the one doing the coloring – you select the colours and also the medium to make use of.

Get New Coloring Sheets Each Month

If you could be considered to be “stuck” on coloring, or even simply love getting new coloring sheets, then you may want to take a look at coloring memberships. You will find websites for registering online and you’ll receive new coloring pages every month, on different themes, including, for example, the month, the season, various holidays, animals, plants, mandalas and many others.

Based on what type of membership meets your requirements, you will get your coloring sheets delivered digitally or physically. The benefit of going digital is you print the designs yourself, and that means you could make the selection of the weight of paper or if you need a particular layout, you can ensure it’s just how you need.

On the other hand, you may prefer to try Etsy or Ebay, for instance. You can find everything from single pages, to complete books of coloring opportunities. single pages gives you the opportunity to see what you’re getting before you buy, however, this may be a more expensive way to buy coloring pages. The benefit of having your designs inside a book means you can easily take coloring pages along with you anywhere. All that you need to do is grab your book, your coloring tools, and you’re prepared for adventure.

Remember, coloring is a bit like life, it isn’t about doing it “right” or remaining within the lines. There aren’t any rules with regards to coloring. You can make your trees crimson and snow vibrant yellow if you  like. Add your own doodles for that page, or paste an uplifting quote within your coloring sheet. Do what provides you with the most fun and gratification and when you are within the flow, you may even gain peace from coloring.

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Why Use A Coloring Diary

Why Use A Diary At All have been described as a personal record of events or a personal journal. Noah Blake wrote about living on an American farm in the early 1800s. in the “Diary of an early American Boy“. And “The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady” recorded the English flowers and animals in the countryside around the author (Edith Holden), while “The Diary of Samuel Pepys” was written in shorthand, and recorded his daily life as well as events in 17th Century England, including The Great Plague and The Great Fire Of London. Anne Frank wrote “The Diary Of A Young Girl” in The Netherlands, while hiding from the Nazis during WWII. She died in a concentration camp at the age of 15 years, not knowing her diary would become probably the most famous in the world. Many current political figures keep diaries of events and conversations while they are in power, anticipating publication after they have left office, where they will be able to “tell all”. And of course, many novelists write fiction books in the form of a diary.

Yet these days, diaries are often more likely to be used to record upcoming appointments to be kept, business, dental, doctor’s etc, to remind you of what is ahead, so you do not double-book yourself, rather than store details of what has taken place. They are also often pocket sized for easy storage in a pocket or bag, so there is less space for recording interesting details of the day or national events.

The personal planners and organisers – those large diaries, with aims and objectives manuals included for businesses and accounting sections for recording expenses – have mostly been replaced with electronic versions available on smartphones. But that is not to say that diaries are no longer needed. They seem to take two forms these days, the pocket diaries with appointments, now often electronic; and journals which their owners lovingly complete with drawings, motivation charts, exercise records, artistic representations of their aims, objectives and missions and lists for everything from glasses of water drunk daily to vision journals for remodelling houses to holiday packing lists and Christmas preparations. These journals are definitely kept manual and may have a separate set of coloring pens for creating flourishes, tables and icons but they are not necessarily kept in date order. They may be organised by subject or season or by their author’s objectives or whims and the author may well go back to certain pages time and again, to record new thoughts or objectives reached.

Coloring Book With Diary

For those who are not artistic or who do not have the time to create their own drawings and flourishes, it’s possible to combine these into a coloring diary. This includes a coloring page plus a weekly reminder list on the other side, to allow appointments to be recorded. The coloring page encourages relaxation and improves focus, while waiting or travelling and the weekly reminder page can be used for appointments or to create little doodles or cartoons. The coloring diary is a smallish book that fits in a pocket or bag. It can help pass the time, encourage focus or allay anxiety and worry by providing a complex picture for coloring.

Coloring Diary Journal

This would be a larger book for coloring, with pages for notes and lists, rather than appointments.

Coloring Pages And OCD

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One of the first and most important developmental steps a young child takes after learning to walk, talk and feed itself is to learn to color inside the lines of drawings. This step is important for many different reasons, including developing their fine muscle control but also to make sense of the world in which they live and how to conform to societal norms.

Isn’t it strange, then, that later in life, especially during the longest phase of adulthood, that we are often required to reject the idea of coloring inside the lines and to start thinking outside the box? This term is used for an idea that is thought to be associated with the creativity and innovation which are important to personal development, technological and other advancements and even the evolution of the human species.

The stress and pressures that are put on the average human being to conform while being unique and different can result in a number of different mental health conditions including anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorder.

What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is governed by obsessive thought patterns that result in the performing of repetitive or compulsive behaviors. In order to effectively treat this disorder, it is necessary to refocus the mind away from the obsessive thoughts in order to change the resulting compulsive behavior.

Coloring pages provide the ideal means of distraction for a person struggling with OCD in a number of significant ways:

– Coloring inside the lines provides for the need to obsess and conform allowing it to be projected in a positive way rather than a negative way.
– Coloring can replace an unhealthy obsession that may be interfering with the ability to lead a normal life.
– Coloring pages can provide a means to be creative in allowing for color, texture and other creative ideas.
– Coloring can allay anxiety associated with OCD by allowing for the concept of coloring outside the lines.
– Coloring provides a distraction from obsessive thoughts.

The Science Behind Coloring For OCD

Coloring (or drawing and sketching) has actually been used as a therapeutic tool to treat anxiety disorders such as OCD for decades. The structured and repetitive tasks involved have been found to be extremely relaxing, providing a successful distraction from negative thought patterns that result in negative or unwanted behaviors and also allows people to choose, for those with ocd, color coordination schemes that best suit their mood.

However, there are some principles to coloring exercises that are essential to the technique being successful:

– The coloring must be able to immerse the person fully in order to provide the wanted distraction.
– The process must be mindful allowing the person to become fully immersed in the experience.
– Pages should be complex and inspiring to allow for creativity and for the task to take an extended period of time.
– The designs should inspire creativity by providing the choice of which colors to use and what mediums to color with.

Coloring mindfully provides the perfect distraction for obsessive thoughts allowing the to focus and concentrate fully on the task at hand. The ability to prevent the mind from wandering and start thinking obsessively can retrain the brain to learn how to prevent these thoughts from turning into compulsive behaviors. Adult coloring pages that meet all the necessary criteria to act as a therapeutic treatment for color OCD are available online to be downloaded and printed.

Why Coloring Mindfully is Magnificent for Mental Health

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This article may contain affiliate links is an important concept that is integral to many modern approaches to mental health. Conventional therapies for treating depression and anxiety, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, extensively use the concept of mindfulness. Many psychiatrists and psychologists believe that the act of being in the moment, that is, being in the here and now, which is what being mindful is all about, is highly beneficial for mental health.

What Is Mindful Coloring

New research suggests coloring is one of the most effective ways to incorporate mindfulness into treatment plans for disorders such as OCD. It has been found that those who create something, whether a drawing, a painting, music or any other form of expressive art, are often extremely focused and stay in the present moment while creating – that is, mindful. Coloring enables anyone, not just those with colorful minds, to experience artistic creation, even if they cannot draw, paint or compose. Mindful coloring is staying in the present moment and focusing on, or paying attention to the colors being used, the areas that are being colored and how you feel.

The Synergy of Mindfulness and Coloring

The act of coloring is a gentle yet active task that forces an individual to concentrate, thereby causing them to focus on the present moment. Many believe that coloring is indicative of the same therapeutic effects artists experience when painting, sculpting, or even composing music. Evidence suggests that tasks of self-expression that require actively concentrating in the present moment have positive impacts on mental health.

Coloring is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of active self-expression, making it a great candidate for treatments involving mindfulness. Many mental health professionals incorporate coloring books into their treatments with tremendous results. Patients ranging from those suffering from panic attacks, OCD, and even post-traumatic stress disorder have experienced positive results from coloring. Many industry experts believe that the mindfulness gained from coloring allows people with mental health conditions to relax and recover dynamically. This, however, should not be confused with art therapy, in which a therapist helps a client to use art as part of a recovery program.

How to Practice Mindful Coloring

Making the most of mindful coloring involves using helpful mindfulness strategies that keep the focus on the present moment. By staying in the moment, an amplification of the healing and calming effects of coloring occurs. For some people, being mindful of the emotion they are feeling at that very moment allows them to choose a color to use in the design or picture they are coloring.

Vocalizing calming mantras throughout the coloring process is very helpful in maintaining constant mindfulness, especially for those that have conditions like OCD that make it difficult to concentrate. Some people find that simply saying the various thoughts that come into their head out loud as they draw or color helps keep themselves mindful of the present moment.

Another useful tactic for effective coloring is refraining from judgment. Many people with mental health conditions are immensely self-critical, which causes negative thoughts and worsening symptoms. Allowing self-expression through coloring without any judgments is often a very healing and liberating experience for many individuals.

Similarly, refraining from placing any expectations about the coloring session is also key to maintaining mindfulness. Individuals with conditions such as anxiety might set expectations regarding how much coloring they should complete, which can worsen their symptoms. The task of coloring shouldn’t involve any expectations regarding how many pages or sections should be completed. The task should serve as a useful exercise for many people that have difficulties with perfectionism and anxieties related to unrealistic expectations.

If you want to practice mindful coloring in order to  build a constructive habit, why not create your own mindfulness coloring planner, in which you set yourself a number of coloring tasks to undertake  mindfully over a period of time.


How to Get Started with Coloring Mindfully

Coloring books made explicitly to practice mindfulness are currently abundant. These books are geared towards adults rather than children, making them a much more suitable choice for those looking to get better at staying in the moment. Using these books, many people achieve significant improvements in many issues ranging from insomnia to anxiety.