Crafter Thoughts: Extreme Adult Coloring

Extreme adult coloring ideas: meditate by creating a geometric painting with watercolor pencils

My husband didn't believe me that there is such a thing as adult color books and that it's one of the biggest current trends in hobbies until he Googled it.

It's no surprise to me that these books have become insanely popular. There's something about adding thoughtfully placed color to the page that is extremely meditating. Think about it. Why do you give your own kids coloring books? To keep them focused and quiet. It works the same for grown-ups.

I've kind of adapted the concept of adult coloring books into my own little art form. I like to start by sketching a geometric design on a piece of vellum.


Next, I position the vellum on the back of a sheet of watercolor paper and stick it on with a couple small bits of masking tape. Then, the papers go over a lightbox (or a brightly lit window) so I can see the design through the watercolor paper.

The meditative part is using watercolor pencils to fill in all the shapes from the geometric design with smaller, softer details.

Extreme adult coloring ideas: meditate by creating a geometric painting with watercolor pencils

I bet you didn't see those butterflies and dragonflies when you looked at my initial sketch, but there they are!

Finally, fill in the gaps. This isn't a speedy process. The entire drawing/painting easily took 8-10 hours, but I love the colors and design so much I framed it an hung it in our guest room.

Extreme adult coloring ideas: meditate by creating a geometric painting with watercolor pencils


Here's a second painting I completed using the same geometric template. I like this one because I used almost all 24 colors in my set of Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils.

Extreme adult coloring ideas: meditate by creating a geometric painting with watercolor pencils

Relax and treat your self to some colorful meditations!

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