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    Coloring books for adults

    My sister will be in the hospital for over a month due to an infection in her leg. I've noticed coloring books for adults in Barns and noble and thought it might be something for her to do. Does any one have suggestions on good "colors" to use? The designs are too fine for crayons -I think.

    She he is not the crafty kind, but I think this would be something different. Any suggestion is welcome.
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    I don't know about the coloring books but I love doing Zentangles to pass the time. Google them and you will see that you only need your imagination and plain pens with paper to do them. I keep mine in a sketch book and try to do one a day. Sometimes they are very simple, others take time to complete. Good luck to your sister.

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    I use colored pencils with mine. A set of 24 gives a good selection of colors. I keep a pencil sharpener in an Altoids (or similar) tin that can be used to collect the shavings.

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    Colored pencils with a sharpener are good.

    Some brands of colored pencils are MUCH better than others. (Sorry - don't know the brands off hand, but there is a big difference in brands.)

    Also, get an eraser and an eraser guard. An eraser guard is a thin piece of metal with holes in it, so one only erases what one wants and the rest is protected.)

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    An article from a Washington DC TV station discussing this just came over my Facebook newsfeed this morning! Adult coloring books are becoming very popular, and adults are finding coloring to be very calming. Unfortunately, the article just talked about the benefits of coloring, and did not discuss what pencils/crayons to use.

    I also agree with getting good quality pencils. I bought some at Michaels. I checked at an art supply store, and they carried the same brand as Michaels, so I went to Michaels with a coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Colored pencils with a sharpener are good.

    Some brands of colored pencils are MUCH better than others. (Sorry - don't know the brands off hand, but there is a big difference in brands.)

    Also, get an eraser and an eraser guard. An eraser guard is a thin piece of metal with holes in it, so one only erases what one wants and the rest is protected.)
    Quote Originally Posted by quilt1950 View Post
    I also agree with getting good quality pencils. I bought some at Michaels. I checked at an art supply store, and they carried the same brand as Michaels, so I went to Michaels with a coupon.
    I use Prismacolor pencils and I think you can find them at Michaels. I also use them when designing quilts on graph paper. Amazon has a good selection for the coloring books.

    Also be sure to get a good sharpener that you can find with the art supplies. The inexpensive ones I tried didn't have a sharp blade and I couldn't get a nice point.
    Last edited by quiltsRfun; 07-16-2015 at 05:00 AM.

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    Is the paper heavy enough for fine line markers? My sister has adult dot to dots. They have about 1000 dots on the designs. She loves doing them.
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    I would pick up a couple sharpeners and even erasers. Hope it makes your sister's time go fast in the hospital. Maybe put it all into a binder like they have for the school kids. Also sending prayers for her fast recovery!!

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    I have bought several coloring books and both fine line markers and colored pencils. If the pages of the book are a bit heavier and only printed on 1 side then markers work great. It the pages are printed on both sides then get pencils otherwise the marker goes through to the backside just a bit. I have bought my makers online on Amazon and also in Target and Joanns. A couple of my favorite coloring books are:SecretGarden ( heavy pages…great for markers and they leave space on the pages toadd to their designs) and Creative Cats (paper is thinner so markers do bleedto the back but the backs are blank so nothing is ruined.I put a blank sheet of paper behind the pageI’m working, on just in case, and that also gives me a place to “try out” themarker color w/o messing up the page I’m working on…have I mentioned I’m a bitOCD about this?).I got both of thesebooks off Amazon.I have several otherbooks as well but am currently happy working on the Creative Cats one.

    The markers I’ve bought are:PINKRISE MNM-01Colored Drawing Pen Fine Liner 0.4MM Sketch Drawing Pen, Point Paint MarkerPen,pack of 24 Assorted Colors from Amazon for about $20.My local Target had some that are basicallythe same but I can’t remember the name of them and I think they cost just alittle more than the ones from Amazon.Ipicked up some sets of markers that are for scrapbooking from Joann’s using my40-50% off coupons that have both fine tipped and brush tips and I’ve alsobought kids markers from Joanns and they work too but bleed a bit more.Hubby got me some fine tipped Sharpies but Ihaven’t opened the package yet.
    I’mpretty sure I’ve told you more than you wanted to know, haha.
    As youcan see I’ve invested a nice chunk of change in this new hobby of mine!Yes, I loved coloring as a child, yes I lovedcoloring w/my kids when they were little, yes I love coloring w/my grandkidsand YES I love coloring when I’m by myself!I had to make myself put them away for a while and get back tosewing/quilting…lol.
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    An elderly friend of mine uses both colored pencils and fine tip markers. . Her vision has improved-she is more focused when doing other tasks. She has anxiety attacks and the Doctor has decreased her dosage to half of what she was taking and she is enjoying going out to restaurants and WalMart. She rediscovered her love of coloring with her great great GS. And the benefits are miraculous. She's a lot happier than she's been in years. My son says the only reason I took up quilting is so I don't look silly coloring quilt patterns-little does he know I have stacks of coloring books of my own. : )

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    I've gotten some coloring books from Dover Publications, they have all kinds. And I've used both colored pencils, (don't remember where I got them) and regular Crayons (got the large box).

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    Google coloring books for adults, etc. You can print out some fabulous designs. Pick subjects she will be sure to like.
    Make your own personalized book.

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    I have done several of these, I find it very relaxing. I use prismacolor pencils. They really are the best. expensive but worth it. Use a coupon at Aaron brothers to offset the cost. There are also several coloring books for adults on the net. Big selection

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    I agree with all of the above, and what a pleasant surprise for your friend. She will love having something to do to pass the time. Crossword puzzles etc. only go so far

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    I have a few of them and enjoy them as a break from other "chores." I've taken elements of some pictures and used them for embroidery designs. Here is a source (my favorite place to browse for books) with a variety of adult coloring books: http://www.powells.com/subjects/arts...=ColoringBooks
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    I also use colored pencils. There are also dot-to-dot books for adults......numbers goes up into the 100's.....even a few in the 1,000! I always loved dot-to-dot books and still find these fun and relaxing. The color books are great!! Super idea for someone in the hospital or unable to be up and about.

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    You can buy TWISTABLES...by Crayola that will handle very small spaces. Like a crayon, but they twist up like a colored pencil, only no sharpener needed. Wonderful product for coloring.
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    Actually, in the article I read on this, the author said she used Prisma colors. These are great colored pencils that I used to buy for our son when he was younger.

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    Prisma colors are the best in my opinion. I use them in college and still have a few. Just be sure to have a good sharpener. The standard pencil sharpener will shred the "lead". There should be one near them in the hobby stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chance View Post
    Google coloring books for adults, etc. You can print out some fabulous designs. Pick subjects she will be sure to like.
    Make your own personalized book.
    Print out several of each design - it's amazing how different the same design looks when done in different colors.

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    Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I'm going shopping today to see what I can find.

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    I just bought a couple of books at Barnes & Noble. Now, I need to go to Aaron Brothers or Amazon for Prismacolors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Colored pencils with a sharpener are good.

    Some brands of colored pencils are MUCH better than others. (Sorry - don't know the brands off hand, but there is a big difference in brands.)

    Also, get an eraser and an eraser guard. An eraser guard is a thin piece of metal with holes in it, so one only erases what one wants and the rest is protected.)
    my DD who is very artistic always had to have the artists colored pencils because the colors are more intense and easier to blend don't remember the brand....
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    Google "coloring pages for adults + free". Print out your own from nearly two million choices.

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