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That would be quite the challenge to colour!!!!

They totally have some "adult" coloring books on Amazon. All I could think was how embarassed Id be if someone found my half finished porn coloring book :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Yay, people who understand coloring as a grown up! :lol:

A while back, on a whim, I bought a kids' coloring book and a big box of crayons, thinking that it might be a good way to de-stress. It really was!

I haven't done that for a while and the book is around here somewhere. Seeing these adult coloring books though... I am inspired all over again.

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Wow that's a ton of coloring books! I can totally see how easy it is to end up with a whole collection though, I just ordered my first ones and ended with 3 just from the start lol. I ordered the cities book I linked in the first thread plus two of these books https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/14494720 ... UTF8&psc=1

Now I just have to wait till Tuesday for everything to arrive so I can finally start using all this stuff lol

I started out with 2. Then I would need something to fill out an amazon order because something I needed was an "add on" and you have to spend $25-35 to get those shipped, so I would just toss in a coloring book or 2. I was ordering a lot of wound supplies for a bit, so it didn't take long to build up a collection really fast!

I like that Posh one at your link. I might have to add that to my wishlist.

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Yay, people who understand coloring as a grown up! :lol:

A while back, on a whim, I bought a kids' coloring book and a big box of crayons, thinking that it might be a good way to de-stress. It really was!

I haven't done that for a while and the book is around here somewhere. Seeing these adult coloring books though... I am inspired all over again.

I have a bunch of kids coloring books. I have always had coloring books around even as an adult. It's nice that people finally figured out it's fun/relaxing because the book selection is way better now days ;)

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I purchased an animal themed one a month ago and love it. I’m more into organic shapes then geometric designs. I use gel pens, I prefer them over my artist quality colored pencils.

I have my eye on this coloring book ( and half a dozen others) and I would love some felt tip pens too.

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Ahh! We've been talking about coloring in other threads and someone suggested we start a dedicated one, so I came here to do that and found we already have one....yay!

I personally like the Creative Haven brand coloring books. I have several other kinds of adult ones (and a bunch of kids ones), but like the paper quality and design details in the CH books the best.

Here is a link to amazons CH selection: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_kk_2?rh= ... 1442049694

I have an embarrassing amount of coloring books, but I will list the ones I have in case people have questions about any of them. I will also link the pens and stuff I use.

Creative Haven Books:

Art Nouveau Animal Designs

Creative Cats

Naturescapes

Wild Animal Portraits

Sea Life (Color by number)

Incredible Insect Designs

Paisley Pattern (4 in 1 book)

Nature Mandelas

Wildlife (Color by number)

Amazon Animals

Animal Mosaics

Beautiful Butterfly Designs (the image below is from this book)

Horses (Color by number)

Awesome Animal Designs

Arabesque Designs

Exotic Birds

Wild Animals (color by number)

Here are some of the other books I have that aren't CH:

Adult Animal Designs: http://www.amazon.com/Adult-Coloring-Bo ... ring+books

Animals: http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Coloring ... ring+books

Nature Mandelas: http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Mandalas-C ... ring+books

Garden Party: http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Party-Flow ... ring+books (I like the designs in this one well enough, but I didn't pay attention and it has designs on both sides of the page, which I don't like.)

Baby Animals: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/048643 ... ailpages00

Wild Animals: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/048625 ... ailpages00

Carousel Animals: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/048640 ... ailpages00

I notice that the prices on many of these books has dropped quite a bit since I first started buying them, as well. (My husband will be thrilled to find this out :shifty-kitty: )

As I was going through the link above to make the list of which books I have, I see they have added a ton of new ones to their selection /whimper (My husband will be thrilled about this, too) ;)

Coloring Supplies:

Crayola Metallic FX Colored Pencils

Crayola Extreme Colored Pencils

Crayola 24ct mini twistable crayons

Crayola 152ct crayons

Cra-Z-art Colored Pencils, 72 Count

Crayola 30ct Twistables Colored Pencils

Tri Tone 12 pencil set: http://www.amazon.com/Koh-I-Noor-Triton ... ed+pencils (I don't think this is the exact colors I have. I got mine from Michael's. They are really fun, IMO, though).

Pro Art Bullet Point Marker Set 100ct: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0025T ... ge_o06_s00 (these are nice markers, but they are really only good for large areas, IMO. I thought the bullet tip would be ok for smaller areas, but I find it too wide, personally)

Sargent Art 22-1520 Washable Brush Tip Markers, 20 Count: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MC ... ge_o06_s00

Pentel Felt Tip Sign Pen, Set of 12 Assorted Colors: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006 ... ge_o06_s00

60 Gel Pen Set with Case: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZGQ ... ge_o06_s01

Pentel Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E6 ... ailpages02

Paper Mate Flair Porous-Point Felt Tip Pen, Medium Tip: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Mate-Porous ... t+tip+pens

I attached this image in the other thread to show how the gel pens I have look (the compression on this image has not done it any favors colorwise, but you can see how the pens fill in well enough)

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WOW, Curious, I am SOOOOOOOO jealous of your coloring supplies! I'm gonna print this out, cross out what I have on it and present the rest for my Christmas list this year! :worship:

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I have a bunch of kids coloring books. I have always had coloring books around even as an adult. It's nice that people finally figured out it's fun/relaxing because the book selection is way better now days ;)

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Who couldn't de-stress while coloring such a cute picture of Pooh? :D

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I'm working my way through the book "Splendid Cities" http://www.amazon.com/Splendid-Cities-C ... 0316265810

And just pre-ordered a Frozen themed book.

http://www.amazon.ca/Disney-Frozen-Insp ... 775&sr=1-2

I mainly use prismacolour coloured pencils that I've been buying individually at Michaels and local art stores. I started with a set of pencils of a different brand that I didn't like so I started upgrading.

I just added a set of gel markers to try them out. I got Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight http://www.amazon.com/Sakura-38176-10-P ... +moonlight

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I'm working my way through the book "Splendid Cities" http://www.amazon.com/Splendid-Cities-C ... 0316265810

And just pre-ordered a Frozen themed book.

http://www.amazon.ca/Disney-Frozen-Insp ... 775&sr=1-2

I mainly use prismacolour coloured pencils that I've been buying individually at Michaels and local art stores. I started with a set of pencils of a different brand that I didn't like so I started upgrading.

I just added a set of gel markers to try them out. I got Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight http://www.amazon.com/Sakura-38176-10-P ... +moonlight

The Splendid Cities book is nice. :)

The Faber-Castell metallic pencils that I bought today are quite nice (soft gem tones - very pretty), but I already know that I will want more variety over time. You switched to Prismacolour as your main pencil brand. What do you like about them?

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I just added a set of gel markers to try them out. I got Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight http://www.amazon.com/Sakura-38176-10-P ... +moonlight

Holy gel pen explosion. I didn't look at any gel pen links when I linked to the ones I have since I had the link in my history. I just looked at the pens you ordered and tossed them in my wishlist. It then gave me the "other recommended products" or whatever and it showed a bunch more gel pens that I hadn't seen when buying mine.

They have added SOOO many since I bought mine and I am absolutely blaming YOU for the amazon order that will be arriving Tues. and my husband rolls his eyes asking if I REALLY needed more pens :wink-kitty:

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Coloring Supplies:

Crayola Metallic FX Colored Pencils

Crayola Extreme Colored Pencils

Crayola 24ct mini twistable crayons

Crayola 152ct crayons

Cra-Z-art Colored Pencils, 72 Count

Crayola 30ct Twistables Colored Pencils

Tri Tone 12 pencil set: http://www.amazon.com/Koh-I-Noor-Triton ... ed+pencils (I don't think this is the exact colors I have. I got mine from Michael's. They are really fun, IMO, though).

Pro Art Bullet Point Marker Set 100ct: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0025T ... ge_o06_s00 (these are nice markers, but they are really only good for large areas, IMO. I thought the bullet tip would be ok for smaller areas, but I find it too wide, personally)

Sargent Art 22-1520 Washable Brush Tip Markers, 20 Count: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MC ... ge_o06_s00

Pentel Felt Tip Sign Pen, Set of 12 Assorted Colors: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006 ... ge_o06_s00

60 Gel Pen Set with Case: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZGQ ... ge_o06_s01

Pentel Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E6 ... ailpages02

Paper Mate Flair Porous-Point Felt Tip Pen, Medium Tip: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Mate-Porous ... t+tip+pens

I do Zentagles (https://www.zentangle.com) and invested in archival ink, fine-tip art pens. They are amazing, and I've used them for other art/craft work too. So I know that investing in good pens is worth it.

What do you recommend for coloring with markers? When coloring (have only ever used crayons and pencils), I am obsessive about not having any of the strokes be visible. I like the fill to look very smooth and seamless. Are there markers that fill so evenly that this look can be achieved? That might not be possible, but maybe, just maybe...

Either way, I sense that a trip to Michael's is fast approaching. Nobody tell my husband. :lol:

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I have two colouring books, and two sets of watercolour pencils (several more books and pens/ markers on my Wish list) and I can't even get started. I keep worrying I'm going to make a mess of the beautiful pictures.

I've always had what my hubby describes as my "Stationary fetish" so this should be right up my alley right? I thought so too.

It's so ridiculous...it's supposed to be calming and relaxing, and I am stressing over it. I hate myself for being so stupid.

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I love the more complex coloring pages for adults, I like to doodle too. A couple of years ago looking for coloring pages on the internet I found out about Zentangling. I do a lot of this now and then I color them in. It looks more difficult than it is, but it's a lot of fun and it is kind of zen like.

www.zentangle.com <---general zentangling information

www.tanglepatterns.com <----good, user submitted step by step tangles and stuff

Pinterest also has a ton of examples and inspiration for zentangling.

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I do Zentagles (https://www.zentangle.com) and invested in archival ink, fine-tip art pens. They are amazing, and I've used them for other art/craft work too. So I know that investing in good pens is worth it.

What do you recommend for coloring with markers? When coloring (have only ever used crayons and pencils), I am obsessive about not having any of the strokes be visible. I like the fill to look very smooth and seamless. Are there markers that fill so evenly that this look can be achieved? That might not be possible, but maybe, just maybe...

Either way, I sense that a trip to Michael's is fast approaching. Nobody tell my husband. :lol:

I love zentangle. I've been doing that for a few years, as well. I have a friend that is a certified teacher and she keeps offering me lessons over skype. I may take her up on it soon.

In terms of markers, I think your best bet is probably the brush tip or the felt tip (out of the ones I've tried at least). I like the look of the gel pens even though you can see lines a bit if you are up really close, they smooth out with some care.

The brush tip are as advertised, much like a paint brush, so you can get a very fine line or a broader line if you use the side more than the tip. They are also very "smooth" if that makes sense.

This is a page I did with these Paper Mate Flair Porous-Point Felt Tip Pen, Medium Tip. I was doing this in the car on the way to a dr. appt. so there are some areas that are a little less than ideal. We have bumpy roads ;)

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I do Zentagles (https://www.zentangle.com) and invested in archival ink, fine-tip art pens. They are amazing, and I've used them for other art/craft work too. So I know that investing in good pens is worth it.

What do you recommend for coloring with markers? When coloring (have only ever used crayons and pencils), I am obsessive about not having any of the strokes be visible. I like the fill to look very smooth and seamless. Are there markers that fill so evenly that this look can be achieved? That might not be possible, but maybe, just maybe...

Either way, I sense that a trip to Michael's is fast approaching. Nobody tell my husband. :lol:

I missed your post the first time, but i'm glad to see other zentanglers around. Copic markers work well. Brush tips work the best for me to avoid the stroke lines with practice. Blending pens are really fun too. I have scanned one of my zentangles and opened it up in photoshop so I could use the paintbucket tool to make my colors even, but that was a bit obsessive. :roll:

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I received a colouring book for my birthday and I love it. It's about Japanese patterns and designs and it's just pure fun.

I wish I could take it to work to colour during the endless meetings I have to sit through... Unfortunately, although by now everyone is used with me doodling all the time, they're not yet ready for all my coloured pencils :)

I didn't know about zentangle, but it looks interesting. Off to check it in more detail now :)

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Holy gel pen explosion. I didn't look at any gel pen links when I linked to the ones I have since I had the link in my history. I just looked at the pens you ordered and tossed them in my wishlist. It then gave me the "other recommended products" or whatever and it showed a bunch more gel pens that I hadn't seen when buying mine.

They have added SOOO many since I bought mine and I am absolutely blaming YOU for the amazon order that will be arriving Tues. and my husband rolls his eyes asking if I REALLY needed more pens :wink-kitty:

I spent some time yesterday trying to find your set of gel pens in Canada or that would ship to Canada :wink-kitty:

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The Splendid Cities book is nice. :)

The Faber-Castell metallic pencils that I bought today are quite nice (soft gem tones - very pretty), but I already know that I will want more variety over time. You switched to Prismacolour as your main pencil brand. What do you like about them?

I started with this set of 24 Faber-Castell https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/ho ... ies%3a3%3a

They were ok but I found the colours were kind of light and I wanted more colours.

I started buying some prismacolours premier pencils because I could get them individually instead of buying a whole set. I love the colours and their vibrancy, but I have found that a couple of them break easily. I tried a Faber-Castell Polychromos pencil in an art store and liked it but they are quite a bit more expensive than the Prismacolours.

Getting new pencils is becoming a bit of an obsession. Sometimes I think I should have just got the biggest box of Crayola pencils I could find and been done with it. :lol:

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Getting new pencils is becoming a bit of an obsession. Sometimes I think I should have just got the biggest box of Crayola pencils I could find and been done with it. :lol:

Well if you are anything like me, that won't stop you because then you see other brands/styles that are DIFFERENT than the ones you have, so you need those too.

I actually have my markers/pens in one bin, my regular colored pencils in another and my crayons in another. Then I have 2 pencil boxes which house my watercolor pencils (which I haven't tried yet, so didn't put them on my list as I can't vouch for how well the ones I have work yet) and the pencils that came with my pencil by number kit.

I was really into the pencil by number when I got it. I did the first one pretty fast and started the second one and then kind of burned out on being "told" what to color, so I put that away for now, but didn't want my pencils to get mixed up.

I have a small 3 tier organizer next to my recliner since I live in it currently. Then just put the bins on the top of that so everything is in my reach without having to have my husband get me stuff all the time.

I just told my husband we will be getting a package, so he can watch for it and he said "you ordered more pens didn't you?" I blamed you :wink-kitty:

Edit to add: Here are the bins I use for pens, etc: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-1.2 ... k/44786003

This is what my organizer looks like: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-Sma ... 6/44785817

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So appreciative for the replies and ideas! I will be using all of your posts to formulate a shopping list. :)

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I have two colouring books, and two sets of watercolour pencils (several more books and pens/ markers on my Wish list) and I can't even get started. I keep worrying I'm going to make a mess of the beautiful pictures.

I've always had what my hubby describes as my "Stationary fetish" so this should be right up my alley right? I thought so too.

It's so ridiculous...it's supposed to be calming and relaxing, and I am stressing over it. I hate myself for being so stupid.

I can relate. My anxiety and desire to not do it wrong stifles me sometimes. This leads to not wanting to spoil the author's art work with my mistakes. Thus leading to only looking at the empty pages or other people's work online. I've even debated buying additional copies of coloring books as rough drafts. Totally ridiculous and a waste of money, but....the anxiety spiral goes on and on.

Curious, now I have to have those tri-color pencils!

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There's a free app called Colorfy you can download for your phone/tablet. It's great because it's free(!) and if you change your mind about coloring something a particular color, you can change it. I like to color between classes sometimes :)

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I can relate. My anxiety and desire to not do it wrong stifles me sometimes. This leads to not wanting to spoil the author's art work with my mistakes. Thus leading to only looking at the empty pages or other people's work online. I've even debated buying additional copies of coloring books as rough drafts. Totally ridiculous and a waste of money, but....the anxiety spiral goes on and on.

Curious, now I have to have those tri-color pencils!

Thanks GeecheeGirl. I feel so stupid, and thought I was the only one who could stress over starting what is touted as a stress relieving activity :?

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For those of you having issues getting started for fear of "ruining" something, might I suggest color by number?

I have several Creative Haven coloring books that are color by number and I also have this set: http://www.amazon.com/Dimensions-Pencil ... +by+number

and it's quite nice, IMO. I have done the one with the panda already and am working on the one with the bear.

It has taught me about mixing pencil colors to get a different shade, among other things. Plus you are told exactly what to do, so no need to fear messing anything up.

I like animals, obviously, but they have several other sets that are things other than just animals. I'll probably get the flower one next.

They do take a while to complete, IME, but I suppose if you dedicated a whole day to one you could finish. I just worked on the panda one an hour or 2 a day.

My other suggestion is getting a book that is more random designs than reality based (like tessellations or some of the mandela books) that don't really have anything specific that has to be a certain way (ie: there is no animal or whatever in the picture, so you don't feel like you are going to mess up the animal colors or something like that.)

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