Are Crayons Good for Adult Colouring Books?

 

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When you were younger, you most likely used crayons to colour in your colouring books. With adult colouring books now becoming the latest craze, more and more people are trying to find a solution that works for them, whether it’s  crayons, felt tip pens,  gel pens or even pencil crayons. The main thing that you have to remember when the time does come for you to start using crayons is that they are very waxy, and therefore may cause you to go out of the lines. The blunt ends can also be a problem, and although you can sharpen crayons, you may find that they are messy and awkward to use in general. For this reason, you should try and do everything you can to make sure that you find and use the alternative, which is pencil crayons.

Pencil crayons give you a much higher level of control when it comes to your design and they are also great if you want to add different tones. You can press on the page harder, lighter or anything else in between and this will make your colouring page pop out that little bit more. Unlike standard wax crayons, you can go for longer periods of time without having to sharpen them and this is one of the main reasons why people continue to choose pencil crayons over the wax alternative.

If you want to find out more about what types of pencils are available, or even if you would like to take a look in our online store, then all you have to do is get in touch with us today. We would love to hear from you and we are very happy to point you in the right direction to find the right colouring book and pencils for all of your needs.

Happy Colouring
Charlotte

What Are Adult Colouring Books and Why Are They Taking the World by Storm?

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If you want to know more about adult colouring books then you have certainly come to the right place.  Here you can find out everything you need to know about adult colouring books and how they could help you to achieve the peace you need both mentally and physically.

The first thing that you need to know about adult colouring books is that they are not like the children’s books you see around your local store.  They are much more complex, and much more in-depth as well.  Of course, this is great because they can be very challenging and this means that you need to devote a lot of brain power and imagination if you want to get the best result out of your pattern.

With so many colouring tools available there has never been an easier time for you to get started and it is a great way for you to truly expand your creativity . Adult colouring books remain a great way for you to make the most out of your spare time and it is a great way for you to make sure that you are getting the best relaxation time after your hectic day, whether that is a work day or just as stressful parenting day.

They are suitable for any age, and there are a huge range of designs available for you to choose from as well so you know that you won’t have any issues there.

If you want to find out more then all you have to do is get in touch with us today and we will do everything we can to help you. We can’t wait to show you what colouring books are available and which books are our top sellers.

Happy Colouring

Charlotte

How Adult Colouring Can Help with Stress Relief

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Adult colouring books can help you with a huge range of emotional and mental health issues. It can help you to deal with boredom, stress, lack of structure and so much more. It can also help you if you suffer with an anxiety disorder and even disruptive and depressive episodes. If you do suffer from binge eating or even if you have anger management issues then you will be glad to know that colouring can help you with this as well.

So how is this possible? Adult colouring takes us back to a time when everything was simple. The time and focus that it requires can help you to focus on anything but the negative issues in your life, and it does this in a very safe and very productive way. The activities that revolve around adult colouring can also help you if you suffer from PTSD or even if you have anxiety and stress. The main reason for this is because it calms down the amygdala. This is actually the part of the brain that helps to control the flight or fight centre. This part of the brain is designed to keep us in a heightened state of panic, worry and vigilance, which if you are in a bad situation, could prove to be lifesaving.

Of course, this can be overactive if you worry too much or if you suffer from extreme anxiety, so colouring can help to calm this part of the brain while also giving you the chance to relax, be calm and even recover from the amount of stress that you have been under. This is just one of the many reasons why adult colouring is great for stress relief, and it can also encourage you to lead a happier and more relaxed life as well.

Happy Colouring

Charlotte

Tips to Start Colouring

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Tips for Beginners

When you first start to colour, you will be tempted to buy a great big packet of colouring media.  Before you do that, try to think about what your favourite colours are or which colours you really dislike.  This is because you will end up using your favourite’s way more than the others and should consider getting extra.

Try going to the art store in your area and have a look at what pencils or pens feel comfortable in your hands.  By playing with them you get the feel of comfort or pleasure in holding them.  This will then translate into your work for a better colouring experience.  You wouldn’t  use an old chipped pencil that you found in the back of the drawer, you want some lovely new one’s to inspire you.

Shopping for pencils is really addictive and pleasurable.  You will be able to buy individual pencils and build up your collection.  Over time this will avoid having too many expensive mistakes.  Although that will happen also but at least this way you are minimising the risk.

Once you have decided which pens or pencils you are most comfortable with, buy the biggest number of them you can afford.   Amazon are usually very competitive and convenient and you can see a selection in the side bar to the right of this post.

You will also find that buying in bulk is always cheaper than buying smaller amounts.  In the long run it will end up being much cheaper.  However,   if it suits you better start out with a smaller box of 12 or 24 and then add some extra singles of your favourite colours later.

It’s a good idea to test your pencils or gel pens on a page in the back of the book first or use the spare back cover page.  This is check for ink bleed or show through, particularly if the book has patterns printed on every page.

If you have bought a book like that, you could try slipping a piece of paper behind each pattern page to protect the pages behind from marking or bleed through issues but it is likely you won’t be able to colour the pattern on the back.

Sharpen your pencils often and a lot more than you think you need to.  This sounds obvious but you can quickly become so engrossed in your colouring that you hardly notice you are pressing harder and going through the page.

Take your time, there is no rush and you probably aren’t selling your pages, well not yet anyway. Enjoy yourself and you will be much more satisfied with your progress.

Buy books one at a time so you can see which type of patterns you most like to colour in.  You will be surprised how easy it is to pick up every colouring book you see.  Don’t waste your money yet, find out what rocks your boat or you will end up with a bunch of books you won’t ever get around to colouring.

Go to the biggest art store in town to check which pencils you like the feel of. Playing with pencils is so great and they will usually have them available to buy one at a time. The prices on Amazon or other online stores are usually cheaper but by going into a store you can test them all.  I bought a few of each kind and brought them home. Plus you can never have too many pencils, that’s a rule!

Buy the biggest selection of your favourite colours (see previous tip) that you can afford. It ends up being cheaper than buying a small box of 12 or 24 and then filling in with singles.

Print out free to colour pages you find online. Just Google it, there are plenty out there.

Join as many Facebook Colouring Book  pages as you can comfortably manage and you will learn lots of techniques and get some great support, there are literally dozens!  If you end up joining one that’s too intense, just find another.  Some are just trying to sell you something but there are lots more that are genuinely trying to help.  Joining the right group will accelerate your learning about adult colouring techniques and give your enjoyment a huge boost.

Another great source of help is YouTube.  Just search for colouring tutorials – there are loads  and you can learn a lot as you colour along to them.

Look for colouring groups at your local library or art club.  You might be lucky and find one, if not why not start your own.  I am helping start one in my area, I can’t wait to meet other colouring book addicts!

Finally, just have fun and colour outside the lines, it really is OK.

Happy Colouring

Charlotte