Paper Crafting

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge – join me!

Have you heard of the 30 day Coloring Challenges that Kathy Racoosin is so famous for? Well, now you have. And consider this your personal invite. 🙂

From Kathy’s description of the challenge on her blog (I encourage you to visit her blog for more information!!!):

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” is a great way to bring some calm into your life. Coloring is proven to lower the blood pressure! I encourage you to schedule ten minutes a day for YOU to let the stress melt away. Some people color in books, doodle, use stamps or color with ink or fiber. Pencils, markers or paints yes please!

-Kathy Racoosin – thedailymarker.com

I’ve followed these challenges for perhaps a year now, since I first found out about them. The last planned one Kathy did started March 1st, and I joined, getting in coloring basically on weekends, but certainly not daily as I had every good intention of doing when I started. But with current events, and a poll of her followers, she decided to do one again right away, which just started Tuesday. And this time, I’ve taken a new approach – I’ve busted out one of my two coloring books (well, I do have three – but the third one is a medical textbook of veterinary anatomy that I use on occasion when trying to study an animal’s anatomy in greater detail (most recently, I’ve used it a lot to study the horse’s stifle and the amazing components that make it work… or that may be involved if there is a hiccup in my boy’s giddy-up that might be originating from a problem in the stifle. 🙂 Ok, back on track to crafting… sorry about that! ).

Anyway, one is a greate coloring book of horse images that are really intricate and detailed and make me so happy just to look at. The other is this beautiful Word in Color Coloring book, with pages that are perforated and meant to be torn out and hung/displayed once colored. Neither coloring book has any finished pages, let alone even partially-finished projects. Up until this week, each had a grand total of one page touched with at most a quarter of the picture on the page having some color on it.

It’s time to change that. Coloring is therapeutic for me. I hope it will be for you, too! But I plan to at least spend five minutes each night working on a page from one of my coloring books. Here’s what I’ve got so far. I might even try to keep sharing this every few days as I progress. It is a form of paper design, after all. 🙂

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 7th:

Day 2– Wednesday, April 8th:

Not sure if I’m going for that other big flower tonight or if I’ll start hitting up the leaves, but I’m already looking forward to it. 🙂 Until then, I’ll be enjoying the privacy of working from home (perfect for my introvert personality), and listening to a LOT of worship music. That, too, is incredibly therapeutic for me, and helps me keep a healthy perspective.

Please, join us! You might find it’s incredibly therapeutic and deeply helpful during these anxious times.

P.S. – Happy National Unicorn Day. 🙂 *hugs* 🙂

Hugs and blessings,

Chrissy