I’ve been a little baffled by the adult coloring trend. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like getting crafty, but coloring pages just don’t do it for me. In fact, I never really liked coloring books as a kid. It seemed too…constricting? Or maybe I’m just terrible at following directions. I’ve got a nine year old son who’s VERY creative, and I’m constantly keeping an eye out for activities and art supplies to keep him busy. But my own projects tend to get buried. Literally–you should see my craft room. Anyway, my very creative friend Bev over at Linkouture set up a “Creative Box Swap” for bloggers to help push their creativity in new directions. Our instructions were to go “spread creativity around like glitter” and mail a box of goodies to a random blogger in the swap.
I sent a box of goodies over to Sonya at SonyaKendall.com–she said she wanted to try painting! So I ran over to Michael’s and grabbed a few canvas kits and a cute little box I couldn’t resist. You can visit her blog and see how her project went.
Sadly, my project went off the rails, thanks to the post office. Or maybe I should say, it went UNDER the rails. It was squished. A lot.
So I decided to get creative.
I salvaged the canvas from this box of goodies, got most of the dents out of it, and used it to upgrade a coloring page! One of the most creative people I know is Jen at 100Directions, who posts free coloring pages on her blog. I downloaded one, grabbed a piece of carbon paper and got to work. Carbon paper, for you youngsters, is what people used to make copies with their typewriters back in the day. I have a box of carbon paper that has to date back to the 80’s, but I checked and you can still buy it at the office supply store. It has a lot of fun artsy uses! Like this one…
Now I realize this was supposed to be a creative project for ME, but Mitch wandered over…so I put him to work too.
This picture doesn’t show everything, so let me explain what we did. I used masking tape to stick the coloring sheet to the canvas–like a hinge. The carbon paper was sandwiched in between the two sheets. Then we used a pencil to trace the coloring sheet.
After we traced the parts we wanted to keep, we pulled the pages apart and set to coloring! We used both fine tip markers and color pencils to fill in the stars. I like this carbon paper technique because it allows us to personalize our final creation…and the traced outlines have a more wobbly hand drawn look. Since the final product is on canvas, it would look pretty cool framed and put on a shelf or used as part of a larger craft project. You could also use this technique to transfer a design to a canvas bag, or a piece of wood. Hmmmmm, I’m starting to get more ideas!
Either way, this was a pretty fun little art session. And it certainly sparked some creativity around here!