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OwlAtEase Mon 07-Sep-15 10:36:20

Thread #2! Original thread is here:

Feel free to join in and ask about materials, or share photos of the pictures you're working on, or just have a chat! It might send you broke, but it's a fabulous hobby grin

FeelingSmurfy Mon 07-Sep-15 11:02:29

I'm here smile new pencils at the ready wink

Alfieisnoisy Mon 07-Sep-15 11:11:25

Must join you, doing lots of colouring in plus crochet too at the moment. It's a good relaxation activity and a nice end result too.

OwlAtEase Mon 07-Sep-15 11:34:03

Yay new pencils smile. It will be interesting to see if you prefer the pencils or pens, Smurfy.

Welcome Alfie, I tried crochet once but only managed to make about 1/4 of a beanie. I'm very impressed by people who can make their own scarves and hats!

FeelingSmurfy Mon 07-Sep-15 14:16:53

I have a few pictures which are screaming out for pencils smile I'm desperate to get started with them but its been a busy birthday weekend

Meerka Mon 07-Sep-15 14:59:03

I've loved using good felt tips. Found that you can actually build up colours with them too by doing two or three layers. It's nowhere near as flexible as using pencils of course, but they're still good. Mine are Stabilo, they're a good brand here, maybe on a par with Staedtler.

JoffreyBaratheon Mon 07-Sep-15 15:08:26

I have a mixture of Staedtler and Derwent pencils but yesterday found my art student son left behind Staedtler fineliners when he went back to uni at the weekend. I may just have requisitioned them. ..

I only have 'Tangle Wood' so far but have the Tolkien colouring book on pre-order!

OldBeanbagz Mon 07-Sep-15 15:13:16

Can anyone suggest a small (handbag size) colouring book? I'm looking at getting one for a friend who travels quite a lot.

slev Mon 07-Sep-15 18:22:05

So I tried pencils for the first time and I'm converted! The attached is with some cheap blendable pencils from Tesco (£5 for 24) - not quite finished yet but much more satisfying than pens - even if the colours aren't so bright.

So the question now is do I need better pencils?! And if so, are watercolour ones any good, or will any colouring pencils do?

JoffreyBaratheon Mon 07-Sep-15 21:42:03

slev, which book is that?

And by the look of that - I wouldn't say you need better pencils! I've just got some watercolour ones but not played with them, yet. You could always get some and try but that, as it is, is truly lovely.

pinkrosa Mon 07-Sep-15 22:06:34

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slev Tue 08-Sep-15 06:51:51

It's from Enchanted Forest. And I can take no credit for the colours - I shamelessly stole them from the Pinterest link on the previous thread grin Which is actually a really good source of ideas if you're as unimaginative as me - it was what inspired me to try pencils, as my pens looked a bit inferior in comparison.

Hmm. I did wonder that about the pencils - but Tesco pencils just don't feel like enough of a treat! Maybe I'll get myself a nice colouring bundle for Christmas, that way I can justify it!

BlueEyeshadow Tue 08-Sep-15 10:25:52

The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown Ups, or some such name, which I got from the Book People, is a good handbag size, OldBean.

OwlAtEase Tue 08-Sep-15 11:05:24

That is really beautiful, slev!

Joffrey, I really really want the Tolkien book. I've been dropping hints to DH because my birthday is in November. Not that I need another book!

OldBean I don't have any small ones but these two are very popular, and are pocket sized:


Creative (Possibly the one Blue was talking about?)

BlueEyeshadow Tue 08-Sep-15 12:08:46

This is the one I meant but it's the same series as Owl's second link. smile

Becca19962014 Thu 10-Sep-15 02:53:13

Relax with art do a pocket size magazine every six weeks, if you can find it. I love relax with art magazine!

pinkrosa Thu 10-Sep-15 10:41:16

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JoffreyBaratheon Thu 10-Sep-15 14:13:51

I wonder if any publishers have hit on the idea of postcard sized xmas cards collection? Cool designs, not naff. With several months to go to the c-word, I'd definitely be up for colouring in at least a couple of small cards for my nearest and dearest - definitely not the entire xmas list, but.... I know a couple of my friends in particular would really appreciate to receive that and it's a way of putting a bit of thought into something nice.

FeelingSmurfy Thu 10-Sep-15 16:18:10

Joffrey A Facebook page I follow has made some, let me know if you want details and I will search

pinkrosa Thu 10-Sep-15 21:20:52

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pinkrosa Thu 10-Sep-15 22:37:18

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JoffreyBaratheon Thu 10-Sep-15 22:39:29

Smurfy, I'd appreciate details, if that's OK?

pinkrosa, I also had a sneaky look at the Polychromos. Eyewatering price!

And a question to everyone- are you the sort of colourer who works systematically through a book or do you go from book to book and picture to picture? Leave out the boring ones? Just curious! I have only just started so only have one book and am trying to rein myself in - not sure I'm succeeding - but so far, colouring the pictures in the order they present. I think I did this as a child, now I think of it....

Forgive me if this was covered earlier - I'm still catching up on the old thread!

OwlAtEase Fri 11-Sep-15 01:47:31

Pinkrosa the Polychromos are so worth it, they're wonderful to colour with, I just don't think about the fact that I could've bought a small car with the money grin

Joffrey I colour completely randomly, swapping between different books. I just pick one that I feel like doing, because sometimes I want something simple, and other times I feel like something a bit more detailed.

pinkrosa Fri 11-Sep-15 01:57:44

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OwlAtEase Fri 11-Sep-15 03:39:29

I prefer the Polychromos. I thought I'd really like colouring with pens because the colours are so vivid. But once I'd used both, I realised I prefer being able to shade and blend, and create light and shadows. I feel like I can do more with pencils. I'm pretty sure there are people on the old thread who prefer pens, though! If you're excited about the fineliners you could start with those, and just try a small cheap set of pencils. If you decide you really like the pencils, then save up for a set of the Polychromos smile

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