10 Benefits of Coloring: For Adults & Children

MOMS, DADS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS, KIDDOS, EVERYONE!!! Do you like to color?

This is probably nothing new BUT…I thought I would point a few things out that I’ve researched and more importantly learned over the years being an art teacher.

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Benefits for Kids:

  1. They will ditch the device for a while. Screen addiction is a real thing. Lets be honest, who is addicted to their screen as an adult? Just think what kids are going to experience in a world where EVERYTHING is online and accessible.

  2. Promotes focus and concentration. In a world where stimulation is everywhere. It’s nice to promote a more relaxed state of mind.

  3. Can improve handwriting. They are tasked with staying in the lines. This focused manipulation of the medium (the crayon or colored pencil) is a skill.

  4. Gives them confidence. Especially when you showcase their work, ask them questions, and praise them. Having a little art gallery at home is a great way to showcase artwork. Check out my Pinterest board for some display ideas.

  5. More accepting of criticism and guidance. When they make mistakes, help them learn how to improve. Show them.

Benefits for Adults:

  1. Ditching the device! < As I mentioned in the kid’s column, we all need to unplug for a while.

  2. It can reduce stress because you’re putting your mind in a meditative state focusing on the present act of coloring. Making marks on your paper, choosing colors, and experimenting with techniques.

  3. It travels well. Take your project to the beach, to a coffee shop, wherever you want really.

  4. You can color WITH your kids!!

  5. You can fill some empty wall space with your masterpieces or repurpose them in creative ways. Look HERE.


Did I convince you that coloring is beneficial? If so, embark on a coloring journey WITH ME! Here is some information about my latest ebook. It’s A COLORING BOOK!

Jellyfish: A Coloring Ebook
12.00

This ebook includes:

  • 25 Unique hand-drawn coloring pages

  • Color palette inspiration

  • Coloring techniques

  • An online community #ColorwaterStudio to share your work, see the work of others, and learn more about the benefits of coloring.

  • Active links to further explore supplies, color palettes, techniques, and DIY projects.

You have 24 hours to download your copy of this ebook.

***For personal use only. If intended as a gift, please only gift this ebook once. After that, please share it via this product link so your friends and loved ones can support my small business just as you did.

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"Jellyfish" A Coloring Ebook is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase!

I am so stinkin’ proud of this ebook I can’t even stand it. :)

Each page was hand-drawn and scanned in with zero digital modifications. It’s raw, un-edited, and I can’t wait for you to work through the pages with me. Yep…I said WITH me. I will be posting my own coloring pages in progress with tips, tricks, and techniques you might want to try. Oh, and of course some DIY repurposing projects, color palette inspiration, and more.

Ultimately, this coloring book is a collaboration between two artists. YOU…and ME. So let’s do this!

Jellyfish: A Coloring Ebook
12.00

This ebook includes:

  • 25 Unique hand-drawn coloring pages

  • Color palette inspiration

  • Coloring techniques

  • An online community #ColorwaterStudio to share your work, see the work of others, and learn more about the benefits of coloring.

  • Active links to further explore supplies, color palettes, techniques, and DIY projects.

You have 24 hours to download your copy of this ebook.

***For personal use only. If intended as a gift, please only gift this ebook once. After that, please share it via this product link so your friends and loved ones can support my small business just as you did.

Add To Cart

XO.

Oh, and P.S. Check out my next blog post (this evening) where I discuss the benefits of coloring. If you aren’t already convinced coloring books are awesome, you will be later. :)

My students got a sneak peek and a chance to color a few of the pages. Check out their work in progress!

Studio Inspiration

Pinterest and I are in a serious relationship. We are going on 12 years together I believe. Recently, I’ve been looking at studio inspiration. I love my little space but I need to open it up a bit. Here’s what I’m thinking…

STUDIO INSPIRATION

Current studio (below). I call it organized chaos. It needs a facelift.

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Does anyone have favorite organization products to recommend? I would love to hear from you.

#ColorwaterStudio WHAT???

So how does this work again?? What the heck is Colorwater Studio? Why does she keep talking about this? LOL. I can’t keep up.

Let me break it down…Colorwater Studio is my virtual studio. I talked about it a bit in a previous post. I will be posting tutorials, visuals, inspiration, links to other artists, and much more RIGHT HERE IN MY BLOG. If you purchased one of my ebooks (Watercolor Projects or the Jellyfish Coloring Book (AVAILABLE MARCH 1) you will learn from these posts and apply what you’ve learned to the ebook projects. Make sense? If it doesn’t, click here so we can chat. It’s basically a place for me provide information in real time without having to create a 367 page ebook. :) Because I can talk about this stuff all day!

Although the information provided by Colorwater Studio will be closely related to the projects in my ebooks, you can certainly learn from and enjoy it without having purchased either.

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HAPPY MAKING! … and don’t forge to use #ColorwaterStudio and tag me in your work @LindsayElizabethArt.

Only 8 more days until my coloring book releases!

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Oh…and SURPRISE! Here’s a sneak peek! I plan to add 20+ more coloring pages before it’s released. :)

This week it's a "Saturday Freebie"

Saturday Freebie just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Haha. Oh well!

In anticipation of my full Jellyfish coloring book release, I want to give you a page for free. Color it, frame it, post it on the refrigerator, whatever…just have some fun and show me the end result. Either post it in your Instagram stories and tag me in it @LindsayElizabethArt or show the whole world in a REAL post using hashtag #ColorwaterStudio.

Will it be a mom and kiddo collaboration? Does dad want to unwind with some coloring at the end of the night? (I just chuckled as I wrote that but you never know). :)

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My Favorite Art Supplies

Did you attend a recent workshop of mine? Are you planning to? Did you buy my ebook but want some other information on recommended supplies? Do you simply want to treat yourself to some new supplies as you explore a new skill with me? Do you have an art-loving kiddo who would LOVE quality supplies for his or her birthday? If so, post is for you. I have highlighted just a few (BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT) supplies that I use each and every day. I’m particularly fond of the watercolor pens. If you’re new to the world of watercolor OR like to venture out of the box from time to time, these are most definitely for you.

  • Kuretake Watercolor Paint - 36 Colors. If you aren’t ready to experiment with liquid watercolors (I do think liquids are a bit more advanced), this set is DA BOMB! The colors are vibrant, it lasts FOREVER so the price point is unreal for what you can get out of it. I highly recommend this product for any skill level and I use it every. single. day.

  • Arteza Watercolor Pens - 24 count, 48 count, 96 count. I could not be more in love with these pens. Of course, I like to experiment with new materials from time to time. I think long time watercolor artists might cringe at this new and innovative take on such a timeless medium but I LOVE THEM!

These florals were created using only these pens! Unbelievable if you ask me.

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  • Canson Watercolor Paper - This particular size is perfect because I can get one 8x10 and two 5x7s out of one sheet. I paint rather small most of the time so it’s perfect for exploring the process, gift giving, and finding affordable frames.

  • Watercolor Brushes - You don’t need a wide variety. You truly need a large, medium, and small brush to take care of. Start with these.

  • If I’m not framing my work for a client, I’m definitely going to mat and package it for them so they can choose their own frame. (If I didn’t mat yours and you’re a client of mine I’M SORRY…I promise I will in the future. :) These are great because they come with sturdy backings AND bags. If you plan to sell originals at a vendor event, give a homemade gift, or simply store safely, these are perfect! You don’t always have to frame an original piece of artwork for it to sell. Some people like to pick out their own frames.

If you purchase any of these supplies let me know how you like them! They are affiliate links so I actually get a small commission from each sale. I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS endorse a product I didn’t already have success with and/or use on a daily basis. If I’m going to whole-heartedly recommend them to you why not get paid for it right? You can find each one of these in my studio right now. I’d take a picture to prove it but you don’t want to see that disaster at the moment. Mama needs to find some time to spark joy in that space.

Xo.

Fresh Oyster Release this Saturday!

Are you an oyster fan? You don’t have to like to eat them to appreciate their beauty. I’ve taken unnatural and unique color schemes and redefined my interpretation of an oyster. What do you think?

I will be at McClintock Distillery this Saturday from 2-4 with several framed, matted, and large canvas pieces for your home. Juuuust in time for Valentines Day too!

A creativity exercise for you.

Dear Moms, Dads, Creatives, Students, anyone and everyone, :)

This freebie is for you. Creativity is often a struggle. I’ve heard “I’m not creative” more than you will ever know in the past ten years of teaching all ages. Well, I don’t believe you. Anyone can exercise their creativity just like you exercise to build muscle. So lets try it!

Download and print “Square Art” below. Have some fun with your kids, with your husband/wife, or by yourself. Don't think too hard…just CREATE! For more experienced artists who are having a creative block, you could use this square format to brainstorm a variety of compositions or just doodle while your creative brain comes back to life. Ha! I do something similar quite often.

I’m also hosting a five-day “Creativity Challenge” in February. There will be prizes at the end! Stay tuned for more information about that!

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A motivational freebie for you!

We all have excuses don’t we? Even though we don’t like to admit it. Usually it’s not enough time, we aren’t talented enough, we lack knowledge, someone out there has already done it, … do I need to keep going? You already know what your excuses are. Going forward, let’s choose to ignore them!

Download this free iPhone wallpaper, look at it everyday and decide. What am I going to GO FOR today? Tomorrow? The next day? Am I going to let my excuses or my fears get the best of me?

You are in control of your life and what you make of it.

Always dream big and…

BE THE ONE WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT!

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Click and hold to save to your photos. *Feel free to share this post with a friend so they can save this freebie as well.