Colour your way to tranquility.

I did a post some time back–De-stress with art–where I wrote about how doodling can help one relax. I can’t stress more on how art can change one’s mood, and help one find peace and calm on a hectic day. I know how much it helps me!

Of course, there are ways to de-stress through other forms of art, like, playing a musical instrument, singing, knitting, sewing, and so many other artistic activities. But, for me, it’s art–pencil sketching, doodling, zentangle.

I hadn’t used any pencil colours in a very long time, though, and wanted to do a coloured artwork. Last week, I read a post by my blogger friend, and a very talented artist, herself, Rajlakshmi Boruah, where she shared a pencil colour drawing.

It inspired me to make one myself. So, last night after dinner, when I was fed up of gazing at the laptop and the phone screen (Yes, guilty!), I just brought out my sketch book and pens and got down to work. My bestie gifted me a fantastic art set some time back which needed to be inaugurated. So, out came the vibrant colour pencils, too.

For some more inspiration, I looked up Pinterest for some adult colouring activity. I took some ideas but the rest of it I drew what came to my mind.

Flowers , leaves, butterflies, paisleys and shapes are, generally, the easiest to draw and colour for beginners. You can use any colour you wish to. This is an activity that you are doing just for yourself, so, it becomes easier to go crazy with the colouring part. Just draw any and every kind of design that comes to your mind. Arrange them as best as you feel and go, colour to your heart’s desire! Trust me, you will forget the world and your worries in no time.

You will also find yourself refreshed and calmer. Like I did last night.

So, sharing with you all today, my drawing and colouring work…in stages.

My hand was a bit unsteady last night, as I drew after quite a long time. And, if such a thing happens, worry not. Once you fill in the colours, the unsteady outline will disappear! 😛



I picked the idea for the bottom left corner pattern from Pinterest. The rest of the designs are so like my childhood art ideas!


It really isn’t a perfect work of art. I crammed a lot of Zentangle patterns, the colouring needs a lot of improvement, as does the drawing. But, the activity helped me achieve my objective: Of finding some peace and calm. And that, for me, matters most! As it does to each one of us.

These are the colour pencils my bestie gifted me when she flew in from the US of A. Must say, it helps having such large-hearted besties! 😛

Thank you so much, Priya! Love you! ❤ The rest of the material will be used, too.


And, these are my Snowman Drawing Pens, which I found on Amazon last year. I had taken part in the Inktober 2017 Ink drawing challenge and these pens helped me complete the drawings, beautifully. It’s a set of 6 pens with line widths of different thickness. There’s 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, and 0.8, which is the thickest and helps in filling up colour. The ink used is waterproof, smudge-proof and lightfast.



Life can be chaotic all the time. Taking care of ourselves in this chaos with the help of activities that distract our mind is a simple way to attain a sense of calm.

All you need is a colouring book and a few colour pencils and you are good to go!

Happy colouring!



Colour your way to tranquility

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

18 thoughts on “Colour your way to tranquility.

  1. Yaayy! your art is so pretty. Loved the color combination, which to me is so hard to nail … The shades look so pleasant and soothing to the eyes. And yeah, looks like we have the same set of pencil colors.
    Thank you so much for the mention. It feels good to be connected through art 😀

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    1. You are too kind, Raj! The colour combination asks for more improvement, I know. And when I have an inspiration like you, I am sure I will learn fast!

      Thank you, once again! ❤


  2. I am not much of a drawing and colouring person though I am reasonably good at drawing. But I can imagine how this creative outlet is destressing for you. You are so good at it. I love seeing your drawings.

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  3. You are so very talented, Shilpa. I am in awe!

    I personally don’t have a single artistic bone in my body, but I love to see your beautiful designs. Especially love the portraits!

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    1. Aiyoo….Ramya!!! I was not at all happy with this drawing, but then I shared it because it was a way to relax that helped me relax. Reading all these sweet comments by you all makes me wish I had worked harder at submitting a better piece!

      Anyway, the bottom line is, you are too sweet! Thank you! ❤


  4. Raj is the perfect inspiration for a lot of things, isn’t she?

    Drawing definitely is a stress buster! It calms me down so much when I sit down to draw. Been a long time since I did that. This reminds me to go back and pick it up now 🙂

    Your drawing is gorgeous! The colors used is splendid as well.

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  5. Gorgeous Shilpz… once again I am in love with your creativity. The bottom corner is quite gorgeously detailed.

    Loved the stationary sets- wish I had such a generous friend too 😉

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  6. Your canvas of drawings is memorising Shilpa. I keep telling myself I need to get back to entangling but have been putting it off for so long now.

    Colouring/drawing/zentangling sure is catharsis to the soul.

    More power to your art. ❤

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  7. That’s so beautiful, Shilpa! You and Raj are always successful in making me jealous. 🙂 I have a coloring book which is craving for some love. With my little one around getting out color pencils or sitting down with a paper in itself is a peace breaking activity. For now, I will settle for enjoying your artworks and getting inspired by them. 🙂

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  8. I completely agree, art is very therapeutic. It is always a mood changer. I love making water colour paintings. Always feel peaceful after painting.
    #MyFriendAlexa #literarylehareads

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    1. Wow! Water colour paintings has been something I have always wanted to try but am scared! Do you share your work on any social media, Leha? I would love to have a look.

      Thank you for visiting!


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