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Mindful Colouring


For Christmas my mum asked for some adult colouring books which are currently popular in the UK. Whilst I was choosing which books to buy for her I was inspired to have a go at colouring too. I ordered a book and some felt pens. The pens arrived quickly but the book was not due to arrive for a few days. So when I was out at Attingham Park I picked up a different colouring book to try out whilst I waited for the one I had ordered to arrive. When I arrived home I was amused to find that my order that wasn’t due for several days had been delivered whilst I was out ;-)

Here is my first experiment at colouring for the first time for many years. I chose an image in the book that I bought at Attingham Park. For colouring I used Staedtler triplus fineliners and Staedtler triplus color. I was tempted to use coloured pencils to obtain a pastel contrast from the vibrant colours, but I resisted the urge and left some parts white instead.

My photograph has dulled the colours which are very bright (and beautiful) on paper.

20 Comments CherryPie on Feb 17th 2016

20 Responses to “Mindful Colouring”

  1. JD says:

    that’s cholly good :)

    mindful? ….. yes I suppose it does qualify as mindfulness :)

  2. Petra says:

    I like your interpretation of the picture, Cheryl. Publishing colouring books for adults has also become quite popular in the Czech Republic recently. I’ve bought a book with abstract patterns which I like but I’m thinking now about buying another one with something more real to have some variery. As my son says, the result doesn’t have to be real at all anyway. :) And I have to admit that I really dislike that both when scanned and photographed, the images lose their brightness and difference between some shades and hues and no processing I’m able to do can restore them fully.

    • CherryPie says:

      There is a lot of detail in the two books I bought. It was a bit of a challenge to use colour in a way that allowed the various parts of the image to show and not get obscured by each other.

      I could get the photo to show slightly duller colours or excessively bright colours but I couldn’t get the image to show how it really looks on paper.

  3. ....peter:) says:

    you did a superb job of creating this wonderful image Cherie… but did your mother… ever to do one on her own and i would love to see her results….peter:)

    • CherryPie says:

      My mum has done several. I will have to ask her if I can photograph them for public viewing ;-)

      My mum taught and inspired my craft skills, including colouring. My dad taught and inspired my photography skills. The two skills work well together :-)

  4. lisl says:

    What a beautiful way to start, Cherie. Well done!

  5. Ginnie says:

    As you already know from FB, Cherry, I totally love this…AND that you’re coloring again. I am totally addicted to it now and try to color 1-2 hours every day. Some of the designs I have chosen take a long time to color…as yours here.

    I agree about the challenge of reproducing the exact colors from a scan! I use Photoshop to figure it out until it meets a close approximation. It’s difficult but the challenge is more than worth it.

    Let’s keep coloring! (I’ve been using Staedtler triplus fineliners for my one book that has intricate designs and am loving them!)

  6. Ayush says:

    wow, this is beautiful, Cherie. i like it very much.

  7. I really don’t know why colouring is so popular these days.
    Paper folding as in origami is also rather relaxing thing to do.

  8. Astrid says:

    This looks so wonderful, I already saw it on FB, but here I can say more. I know the joy it gives Ginnie, each day when I come home I see the ‘paintings’ growing…and I see the joy on her face….
    I do hope that you keep colouring, I can tell it is good for the soul. I plan to take up drawing again when I am retired. Ginnie brought me a book from Ireland with all the Celtics designs. For now I have my running that is good for the soul. I don’t want to have a time-slot in which I can design/draw.
    Have a good weekend.

    • CherryPie says:

      I found it relaxing and after I initially started it I just took a few minutes on some evenings when I came home from work.

      I am glad you are enjoying running, it will keep you fit. When the weather improves I shall get my bicycle out again.

  9. Mandy says:

    I’m a fan of adult colouring books too and I also use those pens! I like your colouring in!