There is a new craze under way. Grown-ups are now coloring in colouring books, like they did when they were kids. They are finding it relaxing and fun. I loved coloring with my daughter when she was younger. I personally find that I have the ability to blend my colors better now than I did when I was a kid and 20+.
Adults coloring is not news to Monkeying Around. We discovered that once solved, our dot-to-dot books magically turn into colouring books. Years ago we had a customer return three of our puzzles, all colored in. Many of our customers have told me they color the puzzles after solving them, or they let their kids and grand-kids color the final images. With National Coloring Book Day coming we decided to use our dot-to-dot puzzles to exercise our coloring skills.
The puzzle I chose to color was from our Original Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book #1. I thought I would choose a puzzle that had less detail than our Super Challenge puzzles. It is amazing what shading can do to an outline image. I use a Pilot Frixion Pen to solve all of the puzzles David makes. It gives a nice thin crisp line AND if I make a mistake, I can erase it. 🙂 Did you notice it was a toucan before I solved it? One of the unique qualities about David’s puzzles is that final image is hard to see before the puzzle is started.
I went online with my smart phone to find a reference picture. Since David Kalvitis uses his own photos or draws the images using many different references I had no way of finding an exact photo. Instead I found a toucan photo that was in a similar position with the colors I liked.
I grabbed my watercolor dish, a water-pen and a large piece of cardboard, then selected colors from my water color pencils. By placing the cardboard under the page I kept the water from soaking into the rest of the book. And I didn’t go crazy trying to find a piece of cardboard, I just went to my recycling bin and got a cereal box.
Now, I’m a bookkeeper, a “left-brain” as some would say. My final colored image of the toucan is nowhere near the coloring quality of the customer’s pages (above) that were mailed to us. I just felt the need to say this, in case there were others out there that felt they couldn’t “color” as well as a professional or art hobbyist. It’s not about the perfection, it’s about having fun and relaxing.
Happy Dot-to-Dotting and Coloring!