The Joys of Colouring

Over the past few years, a whole industry based on colouring in has grown.

Colouring in has traditionally been a child’s activity, with crayons and big felt-tips (which, more often than not, dry out because of the child’s inability to put the lid on), and drawings of scare-crows and farmers and farm animals. I know, because a My First Colouring Book got me through my AS-level exams.

These days, colouring in goes hand-in-hand with Mindfulness. Otherwise known as Five Minutes Peace to empty the brain of the stresses of the day. Or an elephant in the bath-tub wanting some quiet time away from the noisy brats.

I’ve recently taken up colouring in. Not for mindful reasons. No, I found stickers. Stickers to colour in. And stick in my first, tentative attempt at creating my own organiser/journal/thing. It’s more of an organiser with note space than a journal. I have a separate one of those. I also have fun shaped post-its for my notes and random thoughts. And washi tape! I never really had much time for washi tape before, or known what to do with it, but now I know! And it’s amazing!

But colouring in has changed. Or maybe it’s just that the adult patterns are that much more detailed, that fat felt-tips just don’t cut it any more.

Having discovered these sticker delights, I gathered coloured pens, and set to it. Initially I started with a small set of expensive fineliners, because I already had them for brightly coloured notes. But no, I thought, colouring in requires felt-tips.

So I duly dashed off to WHSmiths for a set. A very lovely set of 30, in a box to keep them safe. Only the pictures for adults to colour in have finer lines. More delicate detailing. Felt-tips are just a bit…unwieldy. Overkill, almost.

Apparently, adults require fineliners for colouring in. Like a child graduating to writing in ink, so an adult graduates to colouring in with dainty tipped pens. Or really fancy pencils. Most peculiar. Children go from crayons and pencils to pens, only to back to pencils as an adult. I prefer the fineliners. I had to expand the collection though, since my original set had only 10 colours, and no purple, which was really quite distressing.

And then back to Hobbycraft for more of the stickers. You can also get cards and envelopes (not from Hobbycraft, that I’ve seen) with doodles and drawings for colouring.

My papercraft collection will expand still further. I’m also attempting to learn calligraphy, to make the pages of my journal/organiser/thing prettier.

Spring-Cleaning the Stash

I always find the Easter weekend to be a good moment to at least begin the annual spring-clean.

The days are lengthening, Winter has hopefully finally been given the old heave-ho, and I’m beginning to feel optimistic and energised about the coming Summer. We did also have a flat-inspection by the landlord just before Easter too, which gave an additional incentive to tidy up.

It doesn’t look much like we’ve had a tidy, though. Not now. Not since I took it into my head to have a rummage through my yarn stash to come up with a new project/see if I have the right stuff for planned projects. Now I have yarns and crochet magazines strewn across the floor.

FreebieYarn

In doing so, though, I have found a new project – the sort which doesn’t take too much thinking, and which can be done in amongst more complicated projects.

One of the side-effects of buying crochet magazines, like with cross-stitch, is ending up with a collection of the freebies. With cross-stitch, these are mini kits. With crochet, it’s usually little balls of yarn.

And because I so rarely make whatever they recommend doing with the yarn, I now have a box of random colours.  Admittedly, some of these are the ends of balls from previous projects. But the new project with my box is a patchwork blanket of granny squares, with the intention of practising different granny square patterns, rather than just doing the same one over and over, though I have already done three of the normal one. Just as a start.

I’m also planning a couple of the Virus shawl, as a light Summer-evening cover-up. But I haven’t the right yarns for them. Not yet..Oh dear…Trip to Hobbycraft required…