I bought my first colouring-in book for grown-ups over a year ago but now it’s really big news and books are in the top best seller lists at Amazon etc. More recently my cousin bought me the first in the Art Therapy series and started me on that journey to relaxation too.
For me, colouring isn’t just a gimmick. I do find it truly meditative and a welcome diversion from migraine/fibromyalgia aches and pains. Instead of spending time in front of the TV mindlessly playing Candy Crush Saga on my ‘phone, I pick up my pencils instead.
One thing I have wished is that I’d continued my drawing practise when I left school so that I could make my own more personal pictures instead of colouring in someone else’s. I just don’t have the concentration span now to do that.
I know quite a few of you are picking up your colouring pens and pencils again so I thought I’d tell you about a new website that got in touch with me about their pretty brilliant idea.
Imagine turning your photographs into colouring pages? At Really Color you can do just that!
I’ve been having lots of fun trying out the site, but, what they advise is true, the sharper the whole image the better.
I like to take photos with varying depths of field so a few that I wanted to do just couldn’t be replicated as quite a bit of the subject blurs into the background. It looks as though kids photos come out really well but I have none to share.
The site is easy to use with clear instructions as you go along:
I liked the erase button as on a photo of my baby nephew there’s an annoying bit of vase cluttering the background and this made it easy peasy to get rid of it.
You make the lines thicker or thinner for different effects and add or take away detail. Get rid of all of the background if you like or invent your own!
Of course, with your photo becoming a black and white drawing, colour possibilities can be as endless as you like too.
I’m pretty sure that the Really Color people will be fine tuning as they go along to produce better results. Since I first used it, the photo scoring tool is new and was particular useful in determining what I wanted to print next.
You won’t be surprised at the subject I chose!
So, if you want to have a go and compete with the kids for fridge art space or even let the little ones do their own (I bet this would be a fun rainy day activity for instance), Really Color credits are reasonably priced at $3.99 for 10 prints or $14,99 for 50. You can buy them for yourself or for someone else as a gift. All you need is an e-mail address.
No worries if you don’t have a printer at home either, your artwork is e-mailed to you so you can keep it for a later date.
I have 10 credits available for one of you to try Really Color for free; just leave me a comment telling me if you’re a fan of colouring-in for grown-ups or if you leave it to the younger generation.
My pick-a-winner gadget will randomly choose a name on Monday 20th July so get your entries in before midnight on Sunday 19th please