Zen

The Joy of Coloring

April 8, 2020

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings, the artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”  Wassily Kandinsky

 

“I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.”  Grandma Moses

 

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  Georgia O’Keeffe

 

Right now, we all have feelings that there are no words for.  And hours to fill throughout the day, trying not to think about what’s happening and how we feel about it!

 

So, I turned to the masters for inspiration and guidance. And I remembered the post I had done for grandparent’s day a while back, about coloring being a great activity for grandparents and grandchildren to do together.   It included printable coloring pages of two of 1-800 Flowers best-selling flower arrangements that I thought would be perfect to share with you again now.

 

 

Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness.  While a person is coloring the brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state.   Therefore, I would say coloring pictures of flowers is a win-win!

 

 

I printed them out myself and let me tell you I really got into it!  I pulled out all my art supplies and just had fun with it!  As you can see from this shot I can be quarantined for a year in my house and not run out of craft and art supplies!  Luckily I can still share ideas and inspiration with you on an ongoing basis without ever leaving the house!

 

 

Dual Brush pens work nicely for filling in very quickly and adding lots of saturated color with the flexible brush end.

 

 

And allows fine detailing with the fine point end!  I like the Tombow brand of pens and they have great info, ideas, and printables on their site too.

 

 

I also layered in with watercolor paint, watercolor pencils, and just a dap of metallic paint!

 

 

I was so excited by my finished pieces and couldn’t wait to show them off to my grandkids on Facetime.  They were very impressed!  I printed out copies for each of them and included in their weekly goody bags that my husband and I drop on their porches.  I told them to send me a photo when they’re done so I can see how they expressed themselves through coloring.

 

I would love to see yours’s too!

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE GARDEN BOUQUET.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SUNFLOWER BOUQUET.