Draw a Three Dimensional Braid [Tutorial]

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mary-doodle-smallWhen I created my first name doodle, shown here, I filled in my name with a doodle technique I found that looks like a braid. I was really pleased with how three-dimensional the braid looked when I had finished inking it in. I’m going to show you how to get the same effect! (more…)

Staedtler Triplus Color Markers [Review]


I was in Staples this week picking up some paper for our laser printer. While I waited for them to check on an item, I wandered through the pencil and marker aisle. While most of the markers were of the “designed for kids” variety, they did have a tiny section of art pencils and pens. Since I’ve only been using colored pencils up ’til now, I decided to buy a small set of art markers to try out, and this Staedtler triplus color set fit the bill. (more…)

Creativity and You – Finding Our Creative Selves

Creativity [kree-ey-tiv-i-tee], noun (from dictionary.com)
1. the state or quality of being creative.
2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination:
“the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.”
3. the process by which one utilizes creative ability:
“Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.”

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How Coloring Speaks to My Heart and Heals Me

Hallway in Dannie's house showing some of her colorings.

by Dannie L. Aasted

I started coloring as an adult when I was 52. I picked up a few coloring books and crayons for my friends and I to do some inner child work. Though we had fun doing it together, I was the one who fell in love with the art. Soon I was buying coloring books for grown-ups, fancy pencils and markers and special tools for sharpening, erasing, and blending.
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Coloring Books for Adults is Alive!

No, it isn’t that kind of adult website!

When I was deciding on a URL for this site, I searched dozens of domain names and search phrases to see what kind of results Google delivered. AdultColoringBooks.com was always my first choice, and it didn’t occur to me until a couple months after I first started researching the URL that adding “adult” to the name might result in some… interesting search results. (more…)