Colouring Books That Cater For All Ages

Today, colouring books are not just meant for kids, they are also for adults who look for a stress relieving activity. Colouring is an activity which will help you to lift your spirits and dissipate the stress. The little concentration reinforces the therapeutic angle that it makes you focus on the book in a light but thorough way, and thus takes your mind off everything else. Many companies have developed colouring books that cater for all ages.


These beautiful colouring books come with unusual and stunning artwork that cater for all ages. If you are interested in a colouring book then take a look at colouringbooks.org.uk.

The Cant Sleep Colouring Book by Claire Cater
This colouring book is ideal for all ages and is a great way to de-stress. This wonderfully relaxing colouring book soothes away insomnia and helps with all sorts of stress-related problems.

Doodler’s Anonymous
This book is a collection of art work by artists from all over the world. Each page features an artist and his/her different style.

Charley Harper Colouring Book
Charley Harper is popular for his blocky and colourful artwork. His works are translated into black and white linework and put in this colouring book. When you have finished your colouring, you can just peel your work right out of the book and stick it on a fridge or wall.

Magical City
Lizzie Mary Cullen has taken the cityscapes and deconstructed them into swirly abstracts to inspire the creative colourer in you. In this unusual colouring book, the illustrator is inspired by cities like London, Rome and Luxor.

Outside The Lines
This impressive colouring book has an incredible collection of artworks by cartoonists, graphic artists, fine artists, animators, musicians and illustrators. Each one of them has offered his/her talent to make this book a reality.

Natural Wonders by Patrick Hruby
The 32 page colouring book features natural scenes of landscape, animals and flora. The artwork is striking for its solid block of contrasting colours that pop right off the page. You can choose your own colours for his blocky, minimalist style. There is also a guide in the book, which shows each picture with colour.

Wild Savannah by Millie Marotta
The illustrator has created an extremely intricate colouring book that looks so beautiful even before colouring. The savannah’s flora and fauna patterns offer a great way to be creative and to relieve stress.

Animorphia by Kerby Rosanes
Kerby Rosanes has created scenes of objects and animals that burst further into tinier objects and animals. The detailed illustrations provide you with hours of colouring enjoyment. To add to your fun, the artist has left some pages unfinished and encourages you to draw your own designs.

Natural History
This colouring book is based on the last fourteen eras in Earth’s history. The 39 pages feature 200 unique drawings of plants, animals, ammonites, fossils and insects. You can spend hours colouring and learning about the planet’s history.

Alexander Girard Colouring Book
This book has transformed some of the artist’s works into simple line art to colour. Whether you are five years old or fifty five years old, there are a number of great colouring books you can find, which will serve a variety of purposes. Regardless of your age and creativity level, you can find many colouring books that cater to all ages.

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Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series at the Picasso Abstract Painter Chiqui Rodriguez

Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 22 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014.

The 15 selected paintings from a total of over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism.

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.

Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title ‘Sudden Flight’ refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.”

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.

About the Artist:


Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante.

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through chiquirodriguez.com and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 29 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (www.altromondo.ph/artist-profiles/chiqui-rodriguez/).

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

For more information and high-resolution images contact:

Chiqui Rodriguez
chiqui@chiquirodriguez.com
http://chiquirodriguez.com

*This is a press release.

Colorful Borders

It’s neither a stationery pad nor a drawing book. It’s RJ’s notebook in their Filipino subject. According to Ms. Nilda Morales, their teacher in Filipino, many kids lost their interest in writing as they find it boring. So she thinks that if she lets the kids draw borders in the notebook and color them, it will help to get back their interest. I can say it works for RJ as she is always looking forward to write something on her Filipino notebook.

drawings by kids
easy drawings

Cute, is it not? There are different designs on each page. I also suggested to write her favorite quotes either on the top or bottom.

Kids always love to draw and it’s fun to see how creative they can be. In some cases, it helps the kids to be calm and get focused. However, Ms. Nilda Morales allows it only during break time or free periods as not to get in their way of learning. I would suggest it to those who want to encourage their kids to write.

Beading – Bonding Activity for Moms and Daughters

I love arts and crafts. They are integral part of me since I was born. It’s just sad that I do not have much time doing them now. I used to sketch landscapes (my favorite theme) and I make beaded bracelets and earrings once in a while together with my daughter. Below are just few of the beaded bracelets we made.

Beaded Bracelets

Beading is a good bonding activity for Moms and daughters. It is fun, won’t stretch your pocket strings and most importantly, it will enhance your children’s creativity. All you need are Beads of your choice, elastic strings or fishing line, clasps and scissors.

Beads

Procedure in making a simple beaded bracelet:

1. Measure the string just enough to fit your wrist loosely. Leave 1 inch allowance at the beginning and another inch at the end.
2. Make a double knot on one end of the string. This is to secure the beads and prevent them from falling off. If your beads have bigger holes, then extra knots are needed.
3. Pull the string through the hole of your beads until 1 inch is left on the string.
4. Tie one end of the string on the clasp, and another end on the clasp’s partner. Remember that clasp always come in pairs.
5. Cut the excess string. Voila! You now have a beaded bracelet.

I want to make more bracelets and maybe try more complex designs or create new shapes. But then, time is always my problem. I just hope to have much more time in a day to do again the things that I love to do and at the same time enhance my daughter’s creativity.

MS Paint Arts

If you are using Microsoft Windows most probably you know what MS Paint is because it comes standard with most versions of Microsoft Windows. This painting program can be used to teach your children the basic of panting software while they are practicing how to drag the mouse. I want to share with you some of RJ’s drawings using MS Paint.

MS Paintour house (according to her)

MS Paint Artunder the sea…

Drawing using MS Paint

In this one she copy-pasted clip art (the flowers along the pathway) and she was so happy when she discovered that.

Cuteness! I am glad she got one thing from me and that is her love for arts and crafts.