We All Need A Splash Of Colour In Our Lives

In an endless jungle of websites with text-based content, a beautiful image with a lot of space and colour can be like walking into a clearing. It's a relief. ~ David McCandless

OK so it's been a while since my last post, but as the saying goes, life gets busy! So when I managed to sit down a couple of days ago to plan out my next post, I had initially planned to write about why the 1949 version of Little Women is, and always will be, my favourite version of the classic story. So how come this post is about colour instead? Let me explain…

When I plan out my posts, I like to have some images to use in my post, so when it came to Little Women, I had a brainwave: why not create my own graphic! With said brainwave in mind, I decided to download a black and white "Little Women" title sheet to import into my favourite colouring-in app on my iPad to colour and personalise. This is where my plan completely unraveled…

Instead of importing said graphic, I got carried away with colouring in the images available on the app. I found it sooo relaxing that I found myself enjoying it so much that before I knew it, I had coloured 20+ images! Yet I hadn't coloured in the ONE image I had opened the app for in the first place!

So I've decided to share 15 of my images along with some quotes, to demonstrate that you don't have to be an artist in order to have some fun and create your own artwork. You also don't have to be a child to be able to colour in. Yes, that's right, even us adults can colour in! It is relaxing, calming and a gentle way to soothe and clear the mind.

Purple is the soul-lifter
Red, the flame of passion
Yellow, the light of warmth
Green, the vibrant stem of life
Pink, a whisper of beauty
Orange beckons, take a chance
Blue is the sea tide in us all
~ Terri Guillemets

Now, I do not claim to be an artist. In fact, I do not claim to be a creative person at all. However the beauty and simplicity of colouring in a pre-drawn colouring sheet means that ANYONE can create their own little "piece of artwork".

My skin is sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish bluish green,
But I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown
But it's silver when it's wet.
And all the colours I am inside,
Have not been invented yet.
~ Shel Silverstein, Colours

I have found myself getting home from work the last few days, making myself a piping hot cuppa (tea) and chilling with my iPad, creating splashes of colour with the tips of my fingers!

And the beauty of colouring on a digital app? You can experiment as many times with colour options as you like. Make a mistake, then simply hit "undo"! You can choose many colour options, textures and effects!

A colour, no doubt, is a trifle in itself, and only has its full value when it is in contrast or harmony with other colours…. each colour has an expression and a character peculiar to itself, and each is enlivened as it approaches its lightest shade by its mixture with white, just as it is saddened and perishes as it approaches its darkest shade by its mixture with black.
~Auguste Alexandre Philippe Charles Blanc

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.
~Robert Fulghum

I think it is a wonderful thing that many of us are now letting out our inner child and picking up the colouring tools again – whether it be a box of crayons, a carton of pencils or opening an app on our electronic devices. People are allowing creativity back into their lives, and this is a good thing. It allows our imagination to run wild with endless possibilities. You can colour in anything you like whether it be a cat, a fairy or a mandala or even a unicorn should you wish.
So what are you waiting for? Break out some colour and help make this world a brighter and more colourful place! De-stress, add a splash of colour into your life and let your imaginations run wild!
I know I certainly wouldn't have myself down as being a keen colouring-in girl, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the enjoyment I've experienced over the last couple of weeks that I think I've now started a permanent trend in my weekly routine.
So who knows, you may pleasantly surprise yourself and discover your inner artist! And the best part? Nobody expects you to be an artist to begin with, therefore there is no external pressure, so you can play around as much as you like with colour combinations, being as creative as you like! Get those creative juices flowing!

The amazing thing too is that there is such a HUGE variety of colouring books, ranging from anime to movies (including Harry Potter!!!) to mandalas to calm landscapes to animals or landmarks and so on. There is a book for everyone!

So yes, while I do still intend to do a post about the 1949 version of Little Women, I still plan to continue enjoying the calming and relaxing effect of colouring in. I'm sure Little Women can wait another week or two. Or maybe three…!

Happy colouring!

~The Humming Librarian~

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