Why Do We Color?

Coloring books – color yourself calm

There’s something quite charming and nostalgic about painting. It is just a really nice way to be creative. You don’t have to sit down with a blank sheet of paper, the outlines are already there for you to fill them in, and that is something you can do quietly, alone or with your friends and family for a couple of hours.

Everyone is looking for an outlet or a distraction from everyday routine. Coloring books do just that – taking you back to your childhood, a simpler and happier time. Once you start, your mind becomes so engaged, you forget about everything around you. On top of that, you end up with something beautiful even without any prior art experience. When you finish a piece, you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Personal Therapy Session

After a long and stressful day, all we need is to relax, switch of from thoughts and focus on the moment. The latest weapon against stress is painting! It doesn’t require much investment and it’s portable. You will feel better immediately. This could help us combat stress and boost mental clarity. It is a smart way to promote creative thinking and personality development. Also, this could be a perfect pre-bedtime ritual.

Spend quality time with your family

Can you remember the last time you did something fun and creative with your children? The main difference between an adult and a children’s coloring books would be the images. Adult colouring books are more sophisticated and have a lot more details. What is important is the fact that the they are beneficial for both, parents and children. Children can improve hand to eye coordination, motor and cognitive skills and handwriting. Painting is calming and centered activity which stimulates creative thinking. Children can learn patience and boundaries, gain confidence and boost imagination. On the other hand, painting allow parents to switch off from thoughts and focus on the moment. Drawing in offers a quick creative and calming outlet. Above all, research shows that this can reduce stress and anxiety. So, it is the perfect pastime for both you and your kid.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness can transform your life, and it is possible to reach it and focus on the moment. Coloring books for adults could be very helpful when practising mindfulness. You are not living in the past nor in the future. Life is available only here and now. Mindfulness is some sort of energy that helps us the happiness, which is already present in our life. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness.

Many people struggle every day with keeping focus on simple tasks. Coloring gives us the opportunity to hone in on a simple activity that does not require much planning. While doing that, our minds are stimulated, and we do not get bored as quickly, due to the nature of the task. So, this requires the brain to work on one thing at a time, thus helping the mind to focus. Focus your mind while enjoying the simple pleasures. Mindfulness is when you are truly there, mind and body together. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.

Mixed Up Mediums: A Review of Oil Painting Mediums With Some Basic Tips

This article reviews some of the more popular oil painting mediums, their purpose, and some tips on how to use them. The purpose of adding these substances to your oil paints is to change the behavior of the paint during application and affecting results after the painting dries. Behavior refers to how the paint comes off the brush and glides on the surface, how it covers either the surface or succeeding layers, and just how it feels as you apply it.

Brands of paint act differently and mediums help you control the paint the way you want it to act as you use it. Some paint brands—and here I am only referring to the artist grade paints rather than the student grades—are stiffer right out of the tube. Student grades have less pigment and more fillers like extra oil and just do not perform well. If you use those paints that are stiffer out of the tube, but want more versatility in how they handle, or behave, you’ll need a medium. Other artist grade paints are what I call fluffier and go on more smoothly right out of the tube. If you want brush strokes apparent in your final painting, a stiffer paint works better. Adding a refined linseed oil in tiny amounts until it feels right to you will encourage the paint to level out and show less strokes. Less linseed oil and more strokes will show. If you prefer an impasto technique (think Van Gogh), Gamblin Alkyd Gel thickens paint nicely. Always remember to never put a faster drying layer over a slow drying layer of paint. The top layer can dry too quickly and form a barrier causing the underlying layer to be sealed in and could ripple or crackle the surface down the road.

Glazing mediums allow you to apply thin layers of paint and build color and luminosity by having the viewer’s eye mix the colors rather than mixing the paint on the palette or canvas. Using a medium like Liquin by Winsor & Newton speeds drying time while thinning the paint allowing layers to be built without waiting a few days for each layer to dry before you apply the next layer. There are also glazing mediums available like A traditional medium used for decades by many painters is refined linseed oil, a touch of solvent (typically mineral spirits), and a touch of stand oil, and a touch of Japan or Cobalt Drier These ingredients are mixed in a balance to achieve your desired results, like faster drying time, more gloss, etc. Stand oil is just a thicker linseed oil that can reduce brush strokes and increase gloss. Adding Damar varnish to your mix also adds gloss and can speed drying time. Damar varnish is made from tree resin and alkyd is a form of synthetic resin.