Hey, hey, hey…!

     Posted by Norine on November 20, 2016

Guess what.

There is no foil to be found in today’s blog post.  Not anywhere!  I know! I’m as floored as you!

What there is though, is coloring.  I’ve managed to accumulate more than my fair share of coloring books for grown-ups in the last year or two.  And just when I tell myself enough is enough, I see another one that’s cuter than any I already own!  But I think I’ve finally  found my all time favorites and need no others.  There are several gorgeous coloring books to choose from in the store, but my favorites are the watercolor decor pads from Prima.  They are coloring pads with a gorgeous quality of water color paper  that makes them beautiful for coloring with Prima watercolor pencils (I don’t see them listed in the store, but check with Lori - I’m sure she can order more) and then going over with a water brush, (my favorite technique) (or painting straight from a watercolor paint set (Prima’s are gorgeous!)) without the deterioration of the paper that you get in some books.


I spent the first 16 days of November traveling and wanted to pack something to take along that wouldn’t need a lot of room but would provide a variety of creative outlets for when time permitted.  It actually did more than that in fact!  One afternoon we were a group of family members together, of three generations, and I pulled out my coloring bag.  I can’t tell you how amazing and fun it was to have everyone reach for some pencils and a page to color, while we all just sat and talked and laughed and visited in a much more relaxed way than your typical social setting!  I was SO glad I’d packed it all in my luggage!

Here are some of the things I made from the pages I’ve colored.  Both of my books have a variety of designs, from full pages to spare, clean smaller designs and many are nice to simply color, pull out and frame for a piece of home decor!



From the full page designs, I was able to cut them up into 4 sections for card making.  I left the cards fairly simple to keep the focus on the pretty color and water color texture.  All of my designs are done by coloring first with the Prima water color pencils and then coloring again over top with a water brush.



I just love the finished, brightly colored and painted designs.  There’s something a little bit William Morris or Lilly Pulitzer about them!   I know you wouldn’t be disappointed if you got yerself a book and colored some up too.

Thanks for stopping by today!

2 Comments so far

  1. Kim November 22, 2016 12:31 pm

    It is amazing how many different types of colouring books there are out there, at Costco they even had a colour your own Christmas card set.  I have coloured with Anja in her books and she framed one pic for a present but I have never thought to use them for a card or anything,  might have to check out her books and get her colouring some for cards !!!!

  2. Lori January 1, 2017 2:10 pm

    You are so smart Norine, firstly, what a cool idea to pull out and let everyone color while you visited.  LOVE that.  And secondly to take the colored pieces and make cards.  Bravo!

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