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  1. Post your favorite supplies and questions about coloring supplies here.
  2. iweartanktops

    Travel Coloring

    I'm on a trip right now and I didn't have room to pack my coloring supplies. During my phone session with my therapist, she told me I needed to get to the store and purchase some. I found this kit at Target, and I have to share with you all! One side has 50 illustrated cards to color, and the other side has 10 colored pencils.
  3. iweartanktops

    Raise Your Glass

    I'm finally coloring again! Today when I was out, I bought a new coloring book, Home Sweet Home, by Steve Duffendack. I colored the page with gel pens. I'm a little disappointed in some of my color choices, but fuck it, I enjoyed the realizing quiet time.
  4. Bethella

    Can you find the mistake?

    This was one of my early pages. I made a mistake and by the time I noticed it was easier to just leave it because at the time I didn't have anything to fix it with. Obviously this needed to be fixed. Since then I've acquired a Sakura white gel pen and a Bic white-out pen for fixing mistakes with gel pens. I prefer the white gel pen even though it usually requires two layers of ink to cover the underlying color because I can control it better. The white-out pen covers the underlying color better but tends to pool when it comes out and doesn't stay in the lines. For colored pencils I have a Staedtler white plastic eraser which was recommended by a friend. It doesn't completely get the color out but it's usually enough to hid the mark once it's been covered by a different color. What do you guys use to fix your mistakes?
  5. I got some kind of shitty news yesterday so to cheer myself up, I went window shopping at amazon for coloring books. I found a few that I thought our FJ Colorists might enjoy so decided to just make a post about them. These are in no particular order. I know we have a lot of Johanna Basford fans here. This calendar looks adorable, but I'm not sure if I will get it or not. It does have a page to color every day, so that might be fun. The sample pages were darling. This one comes out on July 12, 2016. She also has a Lost Ocean and Enchanted Forest calendar coming out the same day. Johanna Basford 2017 Coloring Day-to-Day Calendar I put this one in my wishlist. The sample images they show look right up my alley. This one comes out on November 9, 2016 Blooms, Birds, and Butterflies Adult Coloring Book (31 stress-relieving designs) (Studio Series Artist's Coloring Book) I already pre-ordered this one. I normally am not all that into steampunk, but after seeing several pages that members have posted on the group blog, I decided to give this one a try. Based on what I know about Dover coloring books, I am pretty sure this is going to be 2 sided pages and likely not perforated. This one comes out on August 17, 2016. Steampunk Animals Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) Unfortunately there are no sample pages up for this one yet, but the cover was interesting enough for me to put this one on my wishlist. It comes out July 20, 2016 Creative Haven Insanely Intricate Phenomenal Fractals Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) This one looks like the stuff nightmares are made of to me, but we recently has some members post pages from similar books, so I wanted to include it to give them a heads up. This one comes out on July 5, 2016. Fantastic Cityscapes: A Mister Mourao Coloring Book This one looks like it might be fun based on the sample images. It's no Creative Cats, but the designs on the sample pages are cute. I'm throwing it on my wishlist for a determination once it comes out. It comes out on May 24, 2016. Posh Adult Coloring Book: Cats & Kittens for Comfort & Creativity There are so many new books coming out this year. A few that looked like they might be interesting based on the titles don't even have cover images done yet, so I didn't include any of them. I might do another one of these posts at some point, as there really are tons of exciting looking new books coming out. If there is a new coloring book coming out that you think is the bees' knees, post them in the comments so we can all take a look (Free Jinger affiliate links)
  6. iweartanktops

    F*ck!

    I bought this new coloring book, The Sweary Coloring Book for Adults, and I love it! Of course, my first page is fuck. I used Sakura metallic gelly roll pens. This was a great way to get myself back into coloring.
  7. Today I am going to continue on with my markers post, part 2. As usual, these are in no particular order. Sargent Art 22-1520 Washable Brush Tip Markers, 20 Count I am a big fan of Sargent Art products, so I was excited about these markers. Unfortunately, I won't be ordering them again. They worked really well when I first got them, but I haven't used them much, mainly due to just having such a wide variety to choose from and the last couple times I've pulled one out to use, it's been nearly dried up. The brush tips are literally dry. I can't have used them all up because there are some I haven't even used at all yet. It's a bit disappointing because my experience with Sargent Art has always been positive. When they are partially dried out, they do not bleed through. I can't speak to what they are like when working properly, unfortunately. I don't know if I just got a defective pack or what, but I would rather spend the money to replace them on the Sargent Art gel pens when they run out or some other new set to try. If anyone else has these, I'd be interested in your experience with them. Pentel Felt Tip Sign Pen, Set of 12 Assorted Colors (S520-12) This little set is one of my favorites. I will absolutely order them again. The colors are vibrant and these do not streak as long as you are careful. They ink flows very smoothly out of them and they are definitely one of my "go to" pens. This set also has brown and grey included which is pretty uncommon for the smaller pen sets, so it's a nice one to get to fill in those types of colors. These can bleed through, so I only use them on single sided pages. Paper Mate Flair Porous-Point Felt Tip Pen, Medium Tip, 12-Pack, Fashion Colors (74423) These are another favorite. This is not the exact set I have. I got the 16 count at Michael's. Off the top of my head, I'm not sure which 4 colors are not included in this set, but I think it's a shade of yellow (like a yellow-orange), a darker green, a darker purple and maybe a violety type color. These are the pens I usually take with me on "Dr. Days" because they are easy to grab and cover most of the colors needed for any page. There is no brown, so I have to grab another brown if I need it. These fill in nicely as long as you color a bit slower. They will streak if you make large, fast strokes. They can bleed through if you use too much pressure, but generally don't. I usually err on the side of caution and use them on single sided pages. Paper Mate Liquid Flair Porous-Point Pen, Medium Tip, 8-Pack, Fashion Colors (28503) I just got these, so haven't used them very much yet. I like them on the little bits I have used them for. It's just a pretty basic set, but I buy lots of markers, so I can help you all make informed decisions. It's for science, it's not an addiction! These have a nice, fine point and are easy to use in small areas. I am not sure about bleed through on these, as I haven't used them enough yet. Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens 6/Pkg-Tropical Vacation These are the same type as the set above. I really like them because they add a bit more "flavor" to the normal set. There is not a lot more to add to these because they are just more colors. (Free Jinger amazon affiliate links)
  8. Today I thought I would talk about the various markers I have. Markers come in a lot of different tip styles. The most common are ultra fine, fine, brush, bullet and chisel. I am not a fan of the chisel tip, but according to everything I read they are supposed to be great because they are like 3, 3, 3 tips in one. I still dislike them and even though I keep giving them a try I have gained no love of them. You do have to be careful with markers because many of them will bleed through. I generally do single sided pages so it's not an issue, but I err on the side of caution and never use markers on double sided pages because it's hard to remember which ones will bleed through. Ok on to the actual markers I have! (in no particular order) Pentel Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors (S360-36) These are very much like felt tip pens. They are one of my favorite sets of markers. They have a good variety of colors and have some nice neutralish colors, which are often missing in other marker sets. I've had them since around July, 2015 and as of this writing they are all still working great and none of have out of ink They can bleed through a bit, so I only use them on single sided pages, just to be on the safe side. They are not ones that absolutely will bleed though, so with some practice, you could probably learn to use them on 2 sided pages. I prefer to err on the side of caution, myself. Pro Art Bullet Point Marker Set, 100-Pack As noted these have the "bullet point" nib. I read about this and it is supposedly great because like chisel tips you can make a fine line or a thick one. I was not thrilled with this set when I first got it due to the bullet tip. The markers were fine, but I had trouble using them in anything but huge spaces that did not require going around a lot of detailed bits. However, the more I have colored with various other markers, the more I have warmed to this set. I've learned the trick to getting a small line is to hold the pen straight up and have started using them a bit more on what I would call "mid size details." They have a wide variety of colors and color pretty smoothly. They are ones that can bleed through, so again I only use them on one sided pages. Crayola Glitter Markers, 6 Count This is a fun little supplementary set of markers. The tip is very rounded, so it is hard to get a thin line with them. I like to use them on mid/large size areas. They are very smooth and I don't think I've ever had a streaking problem with them. The colors are a bit "matte" for my tastes, but that is a personal thing. They can bleed through, so again I only use them on one sided pages, but you could probably practice and be able to use them on two sided, if you really wanted to. Crayola Metallic Markers, 8 Count This is another favorite of mine, but like the set above is a bit more "matte" in color. They have a tip that allows for relatively small areas, but not intricate details. They are extremely smooth and again I've had no streaking when using them. To be honest, I can't recall if these bleed through or not because I tend to use all markers on one sided pages. BIC Mark-It Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 36-Count I love these! I can't say enough good things about them. They come in fine and ultra fine point and if I had room in my marker tub I'd have both sets (I have the fine point). They are very much like sharpies in terms of tip and how they color and like sharpies, they absolutely will bleed through so should never be used on a 2 sided page. They come in a great selection of colors and I use them whenever I have the opportunity. I will definitely reorder these when my eventually die. I'm going to stop here with just 5 items, as usual. I will have part 2 coming up soon now that I have finally worked out the glitch with links. (Links are Free Jinger amazon affiliate)
  9. Before I ordered my first set of gel pens I did literally several weeks of research on them due to the expense of most sets. I read hundreds of reviews on amazon and anywhere else I could find information. When I finally bit the bullet and ordered a set, I got the one that had the best reviews on amazon and hoped for the best. They turned out to be a great purchase and I'm very happy with them. Since then I have bought several other sets without any research and they have turned out fine as well. So I'm not sure you can really go wrong with any gel pens, but I do recommend reading reviews because a lot of people will post pictures and that was integral in my purchasing decision. These are my opinions on the pens that I have, in no particular order. Sakura 38176 10-Piece Gelly Roll Assorted Colors Blister Card Moonlight 10 Bold Point Gel Ink Pen Set Someone here on FJ mentioned they had ordered this set of pens and I liked the bright colors, so decided to give them a try. I love them! If they had ALL the colors, I would probably use them exclusively. They are absolutely the smoothest gel pen that I have found. They lay color beautifully and without the annoying lines you get sometimes when coloring a large section. It does take a minute for them to dry, so you want to be careful not to drag your hand over a newly colored area or it might smear. They are archival quality ink and I have never had problems with bleed through when using them. I highly recommend these. LolliZ Gel Pens 48 Gel Pen Tray Set These pens are good. The colors are vibrant and there is a wide range in colors. I don't use them for very large areas because they get streaky due to my coloring style. They are fine for small/moderate sized areas, however. I've had no bleed through with these. They feel a little "cheap," in that they bottoms are a bit loose and they rattle a bit when you use them, but they color fine and I've never had one break or anything like that. Bright Knight Gel Pens - 36 Gel Pen Set - Quality Gel Ink Pens - Multi Colored - Fine Ink Ballpoint Pens - Smooth, Anti Skip - Neon, Pastel, Metallic, Glitter - A Great Range of Colors These pens are nice. They are fine tip, which I normally like in a pen, but when coloring large areas with these, I find they get a little skippy and don't have the best coverage. For smaller areas, they are just fine. The colors are very pretty. I keep a scratch pad with both my pens and colored pencils so I can test colors to make sure the outside color is really the color you are going to get. There is no worry about bleed through with these, in my experience. Top Quality Gel Pens (Pack of 60) This was the first set I ended up buying after all my research. I really like them and would definitely buy them again. They are very smooth in laying down color. The variety in colors is pretty large. They do come in a carrying case, but I keep mine in a tub as you have seen in an earlier post. There is no bleed through with these pens. TEKwriterUSA Premium Gel Pens, 100 Count I picked these up on a whim at A. C. Moore and really like them. They have a soft grip on them so coloring in large areas is easy on your hand. They have a plain and metallic version of each color. I do find the colors are a bit more "matte" than some of the other pens, but the colors are still very lovely. The one I have are a medium point and they are good for covering large areas, as well as smaller details. There is no worry about bleed through with these, in my experience. One of the main complaints I read about when reading reviews is that the barrel looks full, but they run out quickly. I bought my first set of gel pens in July and have yet to lose one pen to dryness or running out of ink. If you get more than one set, you will end up with some duplicates in colors. Red is red is red. However, the colors other than the "basic" colors you do get a lot of variety. Sometimes it's only a little and you feel like you colored something the same color, but once everything is dry you can see the nuances. I will be doing another post on the other types of markers I have as well. I am trying to keep the posts a readable length, which is difficult because if you have been on FJ for any amount of time, you know Verbosity is my middle name (Links are Free Jinger amazon affiliate)
  10. As you saw if you looked at my supplies set up post, I have a lot of coloring books. I'm going to talk about 5 or so at a time so the posts don't get too long. I really have no idea how many parts this will end up being as a result. I may mix it up and add some gel pen/marker posts in between, as well. I really like the Design Originals and Creative Haven books, so that is mostly what I have. I do have a few others, though. Let's get started! Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs This is one of the very first adult coloring books I bought. It was a nice starter book for me in terms of designs, but when I started out (and still a little bit even now) I want to color animals their proper natural colors. This leads to some really boring coloring on beautiful designs. So I have only done 2 pages from this book. Now that I'm getting more comfortable mixing things up a bit, I need to pull this one back out and try again. The designs are all one animal per page and there is a good variety of animals included. The areas to color are easy to do with a sharp pencil or a gel pen. Thicker markers will probably be an issue for the majority of designs in this book. Pages are single sided and perforated, so you don't have to worry about bleed through and you can pull them out easily for completion (my preferred method). Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books) I love this book. I have done 2 pages out of it so far. My only complaint and it's minor is that the cat is the same on every page. I solve this by just making the cat a different color every time. The cat is adorable, which you can see here on the cover. There are a variety of situations the cat is in, including nature scenes, cityscapes and a set of face cards. All the designs have quite a lot of detail in them, some of it pretty small.. The pages are single sided and perforated. Dover Creative Haven Art Nouveau Animal Designs Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books) I have not colored any pages out of this book yet, but I do really like them. They are more of a realistic, old style rather than many of the books I have which are a bit more cartoony looking. All the designs contain some type of animal in a nature scene. Some of them are quite detailed, but some pages have fairly large areas so there is a good mix. The pages are single sided and perforated. Creative Haven NatureScapes Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books) I haven't done any pages out of this one yet either (which is actually the case with the majority of the books I have lol). If you like animals, this is a great book for you. The designs are all done in a realistic style and it includes a large variety of wild animals and birds. This one has design areas that are fairly large, but there is still nice detail in each picture. The pages are single sided and perforated. Dover DOV-91374 Dover Publications-Nature Mandalas This is one of my favorite books. I've done a few pages out of this one. There are animals, birds and insects in the designs, along with other nature elements. The designs have a good bit of detail, but it's not tiny, hard to color areas. The designs are on the more realistic style side. The page are single sided and perforated. If you have specific questions about any of these books, please feel free to ask in the comments. I'll be happy to dig the book out and answer any questions to help you get the best fit for your style. (Links are Free Jinger amazon affiliate)
  11. I am just going to jump right in to the pencils today. Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone Pencil Set, Multi-Color, Set of 24 These are another favorite of mine. Each pencil is 3 colors and they blend together in different ways every time you use them. They are by the same company that makes the woodless pencils that are my favorite. They hold up very well and color very smoothly. They come in a very nice case, which is what I use to carry pencils in when I go out. They also come with a blender pencil so you can blend the colors even further after laying them down, if you want to. They are a bit more expensive than regular colored pencils, but if you feel like splurging, I definitely recommend these. RoseArt Rainbow Swirl Jumbo Colored Pencils, 5-Count, Packaging May Vary (CYN12) These are similar to the ones above. I like them, but they have 2 downsides, IMO. First they are fat, so you have to have a pencil sharpener that can take a variety of pencil sizes. Fortunately, my husband has one of those old kind of sharpeners that you used in school that have the various size holes you can twist into place to sharpen a number of different sizes. Second, since they are fat, it's hard to use them on anything small/intricate. I do like them, but I probably won't get them again when these are gone. Crayola Extreme Colors Pencils, Set of 8 (CYO681120) I was really excited about these pencil. I got them at the same time I got the metallic ones, which I love, so I figured these would be great as well. Sadly, I am somewhat disappointed in them and probably won't replace them when these are sharpened all the way down. The colors are pretty, but they are very light. I have to apply a fair amount of pressure to get a nice color. If I want the color to be darkish, I have to apply so much pressure it's almost painful for my hand. As a result, I use them for mostly small areas. Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils (68-4050) These are just your basic colored pencil. They don't have the colors named on them, but they do lay down color pretty smoothly, but if you are just getting a basic set, I would go for the comparable RoseArt or Sergeant ones instead. 36 Colored Pencils Non-Toxic in Reusable Plastic Case w/Button Closure I found these on sale at A.C. Moore, so grabbed them mainly for the different yellows, browns and metallics. They are quite nice and I will replace them when they are gone. They lay down color very nicely and you can really get shade variations by using more or less pressure. Downside, they don't have the names on the colors. Sargent Art 22-7236 36-Count Assorted Colored Pencils I picked these up at A.C. Moore the same day I got the ones above. They were the same price and are pretty comparable. One thing they have over the Nicole brand is that they do list the name of the color on the pencil. A couple bonus items: Derwent Blender and Burnisher Pencil Set (2301774) After discovering the joy of the blender pencil with the Tri-Color pencils, I got this set of blender/burnishers. They really allow you to add some nuance to your work and I use them to smooth out plain colors if I've colored a large area or something looks kind of "choppy." Twist-n-Sharp Pencil Sharpener, Assorted Colors, Sold as 1 Each This is the pencil sharpener I ended up getting because I was tired of using the kind that don't catch the shavings. It has settings for either a sharp or blunt point, which I like. It's easy to empty and it works well when sharpening. It has a ratchet type system so you just turn your wrist back and forth to sharpen. So that's the end of the colored pencils that I have. Next I will cover coloring books, unless people would rather talk makers, gel pens and felt tip pens. Let me know if the comments and I'll do whatever most people want first. Thanks for reading (Links included are Free Jinger amazon affiliate links)
  12. Today I'm going to continue with notes about various coloring books I have. If you have any questions about a particular book, I'll be happy to dig it out and answer specifics. I'm trying a different way of linking this post, so you can see prices and it's clear that it's an amazon (affiliate) link. Let me know what you think in the comments. I'm normally not too "Christmasy," but this book was done by my favorite author so I had to get it. I didn't pay attention when ordering it, just saw she had 2 new books out (the other one is below) and knew I'd like it since it was by her. When it came, I discovered it was an "on the go" coloring book, meaning it's "pocket sized." I just leave this one in the car and that way when I go out, I just have to grab my travel pens or pencils and I'm ready to go. The designs are all adorable and what you'd expect from the author. This is essentially the full size version of the book above. The designs are not completely identical, so having both of them isn't totally repetitive. I've found I don't really mind having 2 copies of the same design, in most cases, because it gives me an opportunity to try something different the second time around. The designs are adorable in this one as well. There are some designs that are more of a general holiday/winter type vs being strictly Christmas designs. This is by the same author as the Creative Cats book. It's pretty similar only with Owls instead of cats The designs are not exactly the same with owls substituted, however, so having both books is not an issue. Most of the designs have a lot of smaller elements in them, so if that is not something you enjoy, you'd probably be better off with a different book. This was one of the first books I bought. I love butterflies and if you haven't noticed that by now, you will before too long because I have a bunch of butterfly pages that I haven't posted yet in Picture of the Day. These designs all have butterflies, obviously. They vary between larger designs with bigish elements, down to "busy" designs with a lot of detail. The butterflies in circles with all the little dots that I posted for Picture of the Day a while back is from this book, as well as the one I just posted a couple days ago with the butterflies that are done in pen and the background is done is colored pencil. This book has pages that are in the more realistic realm. The designs are relatively large, but have plenty of detail. I don't recall any designs that are super intricate. I have a MOOSE page pulled out of this one to do in my current round of pages.
  13. Originally the gel pens post was not supposed to have 2 parts, but when I was looking up the links to the pens I already had I had a little...uh...problem. I found a whole bunch of gel pens I hadn't seen before, so in the interest of keeping you all informed about the coloring supplies I *had* to order them so I could let you know how they work. It's not an addiction. It's for science! So here is part 2 of gel pens. Sakura 37460 10-Piece Gelly Roll Blister Card Assorted Color Medium Point Gel Ink Pen Set Like all Sakura products these pens are very nice. I do find they are slightly less covering than the other sets for some reason, though. They are great for small areas, but not as nice as the other sets for coloring larger areas. I'm unsure why they are different, but since they are essentially primary type colors, I'm fine using them for small areas and a different pen/marker for larger, background type areas. I would order them again. Sakura 57370 10-Piece Gelly Roll Blister Card Assorted Colors Metallic Gel Ink Pen Set This is a fun set. The colors are bright and the metallic effect shows up really nicely. They are super smooth like all Sakura products that I've tried so far. They do take a moment to dry so you need to be careful not to drag your hand over an area that you have just colored. The metallic effect does tend to "stick" to your hand even after they are dry, but I find this with most pens that I have. I pretty much have permanent "glitter hand." It does wipe off with just a plain tissue or cloth. I would definitely order these again. Sargent Art 22-1500 10-count Metallic Gel Pens I'm a sucker for metallic/glitter pens, so I had to give these a try. They are great. They are very smooth and work even for larger areas without leaving horrible streaks. They are slightly muted colors. More like a matte finish than a really bright color. The colors tend to be a little darker than the pen barrel would lead you to believe, but once you figure out the colors it's easy enough. I would buy these again. Sargent Art 22-1502 10-count Fluorescent Gel Pens I'm also a sucker for fluorescent colors because I love the bright, vibrant colors. These do not disappoint. The yellow is particularly nice in this set, IMO. I have a hard time finding yellows that show up like I would like them to and this yellow is definitely fluorescent yellow. They are nice and smooth and fill large areas easily. I would buy them again. Sakura 37904 6-Piece Gelly Roll Assorted Colors Stardust Meteor Pen Set These pens are nice pastels, but aren't so light that they don't work well with other pens. They are smooth as silk like all Sakura products that I have purchased. I would buy them again. Sakura 38370 10-Piece Blister Card Glaze Assorted Color 3-Dimensional Glossy Ink Pen Set, Bright I haven't had a chance to use these pens very much yet. They are interesting, though. The colors are beautiful. They come with a colorless blender type pen to help with the 3d effect, but I haven't tried that yet. I just used them as straight up colors for testing. These do take a LONG time to dry. It does warn you on the packaging about that so it wasn't a real shock to me, but I'd say it was probably 10 minutes to be fully dry. They are very smooth and I'm sure they will cover large areas well, even though I haven't really used them for anything like a background yet. There are several other sets with different colors, but I wanted to try them out before ordering a bunch of different sets in case I didn't like them. As some of my other pens run out and I have more room in my pen tub, I will absolutely be trying other sets of these.
  14. I had these pictures in my Coloring Supplies ~ Colored Pencils ~ Part 1 post, but for some reason they are giving me fits. They keep showing up randomly in other posts and just generally being a PITA. So I'm giving them their own post and hope that finally makes them happy and cooperative. This is a table next to my recliner: Here is a labeled version so you can tell what is what: It's not an addiction. Stop looking at me like that!
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