Adult Coloring Books

Coloring Book

First of all, thank you to those who have stuck with me during my dry spell of blog posts.  I think I may have found a medication that’s allowed me to feel a little better.  We’ll see how it goes.  Anyway, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed that I have a coloring book.  Some wonderful lady got it for me and it’s been helpful during this period of not really having a brain.  It is very relaxing and not having to to think about what I’m doing too much, just grabbing a color and filling in an already made design is very nice.  I have a few tips for you if you’re wanting to get started with this.

Choosing Your Coloring Book.  There are many to choose from.  The one you go with will depend on personal taste, but if you’re buying online make sure to look in a few pages.  Amazon lets you do this.  The cover doesn’t always give you an accurate representation of what’s actually in the book.  Also, if you’re not quite ready to buy a book yet, you could print out free pages online.  There are Pinterest boards dedicated to this.

What To Color With.  The obvious is colored pencils, but you can also use markers, gel pens, etc.  As long as it has a fine tip.  Adult coloring books tend to have a lot of detail.  It doesn’t have to be artist grade.  You’re just coloring in a coloring book.  Not making sellable art pieces.

Make A Color Chart.  Making a color chart will make it easier to see all the colors you have and choose which one you want, and many things have a bad habit of the casing not looking exactly like the actual color.

Easy To Use Case.  If you’re using colored pencils, the box yours came in may not be very easy to use.  Especially as your pencils get smaller.  You can find colored pencil cases that zip close and keep all your pencils in order.  It’s also very portable.  That way you can easily carry it from room to room.

Have a Nice Pencil Sharpener.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  Mine is a simple hand held sharpener and I use a plastic bag to catch all the shavings.  Just make sure it sharpens nicely.  Otherwise, you’ll be frustrated with a sharpener that doesn’t work.

Have a Flat Surface.  That doesn’t mean; color on the table.  Put a hard book under your project.  You could also use you pencil case if it’s sturdy enough.

Have Fun.  You’re not doing a big art project.  There’s nothing for you to worry about.  Pick a color and make it beautiful.

I may make a board on Pinterest of my finished pieces.  So if you’re interested in those.  Check out my Pinterest page.

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5 Fun Facts About Tea

8x10 raspberry tea painting on 140 lbs watercolor paper. I love the little Asian tea cups when I go to a Chinese restaurant, and having them all in a row fit with the whole Asian them of having everything presented perfectly.
8×10 raspberry tea painting on 140 lbs watercolor paper. I love the little Asian tea cups when I go to a Chinese restaurant, and having them all in a row fit with the whole Asian them of having everything presented perfectly.

1) Tea, except herbal teas, is made from the same plant, Camellia sinensis.  Black, green, and oolong tea are all plucked from the same brush, but go through different processes to end up with those flavors.  Black is fermented.  Oolong tea is semi fermented, and green tea is unfermented.  White tea is also unfermented, but are baby tea leaves, taken before the buds open.

2) Until the 19th century, nearly all tea was grown in China with Great Britain as the main exporter.  Because trade with China became difficult, Great Britain began smuggling plants out of China and setting them up in regions or India and Africa, which are still major exporters.

3) Even though China grows the most tea, they don’t drink the most tea.  The citizens of the United States of Emirates drink 14 lbs of tea a year.  The British come in 7th and the United States comes in 69th of the top 100.  Between everyone, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world with an average of 3 billion cups a year.

4) The tea bag was actually an accident.  Thomas Sullivan, an American, sent out samples in silk bags.  No one knew to take the tea out of the bag and just threw the tea in with the silk bag.  He then started making ready-to-use bags out of gauze, and the now the tea bag is the most popular way to drink tea.

5) Green tea is know to have many health benefits, such as fighting against heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and diabetes.  It can also help lower cholesterol.  Some of the findings have been disputed, but many doctors agree that a cup of green tea a day will do good things for your health!

What other interesting facts do you know?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

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