Ya know – there are lots of fads in crafts & hobbies for moms that come and go. Macrame. Embroidery. Sewing. Cross-stitch. Candlemaking. Mosaic tiles. Scrapbooking. Digital Photography. Yarn crafts. Quilting. and so much more…
Some hobbies are expensive. Some hobbies are space-consuming. Some hobbies require a lot of time and energy. And I have participated in almost everything on the list above at one time or another in my life. It’s why stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s are always busy…
One of my most recent (and growing) hobbies is COLORING!
Have you SEEN all the new coloring books for adults? Frankly, the coloring is the first stop on the way to another hobby, Bible Art Journaling, but I will dig into that a little more later on!
I was blessed over my birthday and Christmas with multiple coloring books, markers, and gel pens. My kids got me 2 coloring books for my birthday – which was totally awesome. And for Christmas, my mom got me 2 coloring books that I am just having so much fun with. Oh my goodness. If you want a nice coloring book, you should definitely check out the “Inky” line of coloring books. There are clubs and events where people get together to color because it so relaxing. What a GREAT hobby is made of, right?
This is the one my mom got me Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book
And it is AWESOME!!!!
Not only does it have beautifully illustrated pages to which I can add my own doodles, but the cover itself is of Craft-style paper and can be colored. And the book jacket can be removed and the inside is a complete illustration that can be colored as well!!! ACK! I’m in coloring heaven! The fun part of this book is that there are little objects hidden within the pictures so it’s like a treasure hunt while you are coloring.
My dear friend, Shelly, spoiled me for my birthday & Christmas with among other things, a huge set of gel pens (including metallic, glitter, and neon colors!) and a set of glitter markers. She & I have been talking about coloring and Bible art journaling for MONTHS and she outdid herself and blessed me in a HUGE way with these things. She has been buying coloring books and letting me have pages to color and it’s been so much fun. And truthfully, it IS very relaxing. My kids can color alongside with me (although I have to be careful because I am very particular about which pages I want to color… lol)
I am going to include a few amazon links below. I am an Amazon affiliate and if you purchase through these links – I will make a small commission off anything you buy. But frankly, even if you don’t buy through my links, I want to make these recommendations for you in case you find them at your local store, at some other retailer, or want gift ideas for friends – or if you just want to dip your toes in this colorful rainbow with me!!!
Here are a few of my recommendations:
Along with coloring comes art-journaling, Bible art-journaling and more. But maybe you just want something simple. Coloring books might be the answer! You can find ALL kinds of coloring books – some of them can even be framed after coloring. You can really personalize the designs and when you color with your kids, it can be EXTREMELY relaxing. ( If everybody has their own colors. And their own pages. And lots of space so there’s NO touching. Or maybe you can just color before they get up in the morning…)