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.
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I also found this Mindfulness Colouring Book – The anti-stress art therapy for busy people on Amazon for those who might prefer colouring books to relive their childhood as well as enjoy a mindful break!
There are many more such colouring books you could choose from.
So, what are you waiting for? Go, draw and colour away your worries!