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20 April 2015

New Hobby

 

It was blogging friend Ron who got me interested in a new hobby, one that was supposed to be relaxing. Hmm, I thought, that could be an interesting way to occupy myself in spare moments. Did I say SPARE moments? I should refer to it as ‘difficult to tear myself away from’. I am engrossed with it. Of course, I realise you are wondering what on earth I’m talking about. Well, take a look at this.

Yes, it’s a colouring book. Shortly after reading about the idea this book was shown on television as an introduction to the latest adult craze. 



I didn’t know there was an adult craze, but I do now. Along with an enormous box of chocolates, Joe bought the book as an Easter gift. I love it. I even ordered new felt tip pens and now, as already stated, I can’t leave it alone.

Of all the things I have done there were always guidelines. Cooking required a recipe, knitting and crocheting needed patterns, creating greeting cards needed the bits and pieces to design with, all because I lacked imagination and/or confidence. And now I have a book to colour, one filled with someone else’s talent for drawing. However, thanks to the artist, Joanna Basford, I am now engrossed in colouring. There is something soothing about bringing to life a few flowers, birds, and leaves (complete with caterpillars), deciding which colours to use, and once done making the decision about which picture to do next.

This is an adult craze that I can heartily recommend. Here's a few pictures of first attempts.

It starts like this
First attempt



I wonder how many of my friends would decide to have a go.

12 comments:

Mersad said...

That's really fun! Love your coloring inside.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Ron said...

"And now I have a book to colour, one filled with someone else’s talent for drawing. However, thanks to the artist, Joanna Basford, I am now engrossed in colouring. There is something soothing about bringing to life a few flowers, birds, and leaves (complete with caterpillars), deciding which colours to use, and once done making the decision about which picture to do next."

Valerie, that's AWESOME! And WOW...what a gorgeous coloring book! Love the front cover. And BRAVA to you on your coloring talent because these are STUNNING!

Isn't there something so wonderfully soothing and therapeutic about coloring?

Thanks so much for sharing, dear lady. Have a delightful Monday and week!

X to you and Joe

DeniseinVA said...

What a great idea! For adults, why not? It taps into another creative strand that my noggin has. You did a wonderful job on the coloring Valerie. I used to love coloring and now maybe it's the new 'adult craze' I can come full circle. Thanks Valerie :)

Valerie said...

Thank you, Mersad.

Valerie said...

Good morning, Ron. You will have gathered that the pictures are a joy to colour. Some are more complicated than others, demanding more of my attention. The author also invites people to add their own drawings, filling spaces with them. I would ruin a picture if I tried to do that so I will stick to colouring... smiles.

Valerie said...

Denise, I'm curious about your other creative strand.

Banker Chick said...

I have heard about this, but I am not sure it would suit me. Although I enjoy coloring with the boys those lines are easy to stay within.

Jenny Woolf said...

Colouring in was always something I loved doing. I'm not surprised so many people like it even if they are grown up.It is a good idea.

Maybe next things they'll be selling dolls for adults. :)

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

Oh Valerie, I must get this book! This looks so fun!

Valerie said...

Kalynn, good gracious - is that really you? You've been missing for AGES. It's great to see you again.

The book is fun, and I think I'm making a better job of colouring than I did as a child... smiles.

troutbirder said...

I live with someone who just might almost for sure go for this. Lets see maybe Barnes and Noble bookstore...:)

Mr. Shife said...

Awesome job, Val. It looks amazing. Congrats on the new hobby.