I have a confession to make. Recently, I started working on an old hobby and have not been patient. I know the road to patience is a journey, but patience produces such lovely things like a finished coloring page full of beautiful colors! And I want that!
About now, I am sure you have heard about the adult coloring craze and maybe some of you have even gotten into Johanna Basford’s coloring books like me. I have been coloring off and on for decades. My coloring books and pencils have been sitting on the shelf underneath my entertainment stand for years, so they are at my fingertips when the mood strikes. However, I had not picked them up since last year. At the end of April 2015, my friend started talking about coloring and started a Facebook coloring group. I joined her coloring group, and then another.
Next thing I knew, I was hooked and in four coloring groups. Everyone is putting up the most beautiful artistic creations. They are taking their time and have something to show for it. Me, on the other hand, I have spent so much time searching for just the right colored pencils that I have not finished one piece.
You see, aside from posting gorgeous pages, the group discussed their blunders and how having the right pencils or pens is important. They posted pictures of their ruined pages and commented on the different issues with specific mediums, which had me start slightly (only slightly) obsessing. It’s hard to be spontaneous when you have a planner type personality.
As a recovering Type A Personality, my joy comes from planning. I think I got more excited about researching and finding the right pens and pencils as well as the containers to house the pens and pencils than from the actual act of coloring. (The container search is on hold until I get the pens and pencils.) Planning, researching, and setting up are the things we Type A’s enjoy. Personally, I do not see anything wrong with getting joy from searching out the perfect organizing system for anything. Though, it does me no good if I get more joy from the process of planning than from using the system. After all, if I spend the time and expense to find the right containers, pens, and pencils, but do not use them, what is the point?
In any case, there was a coloring contest that I thought I would use as my starting point, you know, something to give me the motivation to start. That is something my personality likes, knowing the specifications and planning for them. So, using the pencils I have, I started but felt like I did not have enough color variety. The coloring challenge was only to use pinks and purples to complete the scene. Maybe this was the wrong challenge to start with, but it did its job. It made me start.
Sadly, I only colored a small portion over a three-day period before stopping. At first, I thought it was the lack of variety of pinks and purples that kept me from continuing, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it is something that is happening in my mind. Understandably as a recovering Type A Personality, the lack of patience comes from the pressure of thinking that the finished product needs to be near perfect. After all, I have to post the picture online for the contest.
Of course, this gave me a slight paralysis, and while the lack of pencil colors was one reason, it was not the only reason. Having many items on my to-do list was another reason. How can I work on “just coloring” when there is so much to do? But, the biggest reason is that I do not know what colors to choose or how to use them, and I do not like making mistakes. So while entering this contest may have gotten me to start coloring, apparently, it was not healthy “for my personality.”
Just start! Whatever the reason, I assessed my scenario and made the decision that instead of taking months to find and purchase the best pencils (it has been a month of research already), I would get an affordable set of colored pencils and just start. If I stick with it and continue to color a lot and enjoy it, I will spend the big bucks on amazing colored pencils and markers.
Here is the unfinished coloring page because I’m throwing my Type A “must finish what I started” need out the window! I’m not finishing it. Whewwww, I feel SO much better!!! I received two coloring books for my birthday and will practice on those before trying my hand at Johanna Basford’s coloring books. (Okay, so I haven’t thrown all of my Type A needs out the window. But it’s a start.)
Are you into the coloring craze? Do you pull out the colors and get busy or do you agonize over having the right tools or knowing what colors you’ll use before you start? Let me know in the comments. The discussion could help others struggling with analysis paralysis.
In the meantime, if you haven’t seen Johanna Basford’s coloring books, check them out! They are amazing.
I like each one for a different reason, though colorsofts seem to be my favorite so far.
Which ones do you use and like or dislike and why? We have been having this discussion in one of my private groups and it really helps to hear others experiences, so let us know.
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