Charley Harper Coloring Cards

harper-birdsIf you’re looking for a gift for a creative type or anyone who likes to color, I’d like to suggest Charley Harper Birds Color Cards. I bought this pack at a park gift shop earlier this year, and I love them.

They cards come in a metal tin, and I’ll buy just about anything that comes in a metal tin. The paper is very nice quality and the printing is nice and bold. I like, too, that it comes with photos of the original bird images.

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I use my trusty colored pencils for coloring, but they come with a pack of crayons, too. I find that I use them when I want to put in a bit more effort than a regular greeting card, maybe for someone who is sick or feeling blue. There’s even a place on the back of the card for your signature!

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Neutral Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope neutralThe coloring hasn’t stopped! Here’s one of my latest palettes. I tried some more neutral colors, and I really like the way it turned out.

I think BB-8 likes it, too!

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Coloring Kaleidoscopes

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I’m obsessed with coloring. I just can’t get enough of it. Any idle time in the evening is spent coloring. Wind-down time at night is spent coloring. Weekends? Coloring. I even thought about taking a coloring break during the work day but decided that was a much too slippery slope to go down.

I first blogged about coloring back in February 2012. After a few months, my interest waned, and I put away the colored pencils for a few years. Then this whole adult coloring craze got me thinking about coloring again, and I picked up my old coloring books a few months ago.

What really kicked my coloring into gear, though, was a gift Greg gave me for Christmas: Kaleidoscope Designs by Martha Day Zschock.

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Since my other coloring books are color-by-number, I wasn’t sure if I’d find coloring my own designs as relaxing. And I’m not sure if it is as relaxing, but coloring these kaleidoscopes is a ton more fun. What I’m really enjoying is coming up with color palettes for each piece.

My process is to pick a color and use it in three spots in a design. Then I pick another color and use it in three spots. I keep going like that, without a real plan of what color I’ll pick next. Here’s my sequence for a recent design.

*Note: I tend to color in places where the light isn’t very good. And often at the end of the day when my eyes are tired. Plus I’m usually really excited to lay down the color and move on to the next one. All this is to say the coloring itself isn’t that great. Be kind.

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On this one, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go with a light purple or a darker one next, so I tried them both before going with the darker color.Coloring 5

Then I went back and used the lighter purple.

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The finished piece (with a different camera in different light).

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As you can see, I’m a bit of a kaleidoscope coloring minimalist. Coloring the whole thing doesn’t seem fun to me. I like my white space.

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For this one, I challenged myself to use more contrasting colors (my other contrast challenge piece is the one at the very beginning of this post). I intended to start with an orange, but I accidentally picked up blush instead. So the piece went in an unusual (for me) direction right from the start.

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And here’s my latest work-in-progress. My challenge for this one was to use colors I don’t normally use. I’m not sure what color I’ll try next—I guess I’ll see tonight!

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If you haven’t picked up a coloring book recently, I highly recommend you give it a try. You just might have hours of fun in store!

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