As the first book in the series is now available to purchase on Amazon, I wanted to explain how I approach my coloring sessions.

First, I find a quiet spot in my day. (For mothers with small children, this may be when you put your little ones down for a nap or after you have put them to bed for the night.) I lay out the page I am working on and the media I am using, ie: colored pencils, crayons, gel pens, Glitter Gel Pens (sparkly, sparkly), paint brush pens, markers or even paint.

After I have put my coloring space in order, I like to put on some soothing music. There are a couple of ways you can do this at no cost.

  1. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can create a playlist of relaxing music.
  2. Pandora is a great free app that can live on your phone or your computer and allows you to create a customized “station” with great relaxing music.  (Note:  If you are using the free version, you get an ad about every 3 or 4 songs.)

Each of the pages in my books has a “Happy Thought” underneath the picture.  I read the thought so I have something uplifting to ponder as I color.

Let your mind drift, focusing only on the process of choosing colors and applying them to the spaces on the page.  My particular approach in my “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy” series is to create interesting spaces for your to color.  There is no right or wrong way to color.  Remember, this is your personal, private space.  No one ever needs to see it, if you would rather not share.

Breath softly from your stomach.  Think about your breathing as you go breathing gently and slowly, filling your lungs with air and expelling stress and anxiety with every exhale.

When we color mindfully, you will notice a few things:

  • You will experience calmness and peace over time.
  • Researchers found that there was often a lowering of blood pressure.
  • When you color before bedtime, you will go to bed with a calm mind and will sleep much better than usual.
  • You will find over time that your ability to concentrate and retain what you are learning will increase.

From time to time, when I am taking an online course, I bring out my coloring supplies and color while I listen.  I find this actually helps me to concentrate on what the instructor is saying and I remember a lot more of what they said.  I don’t know if this will work for everyone as much as it does for me, but it is worth a try.

 

I have no words to express how excited I am to announce the first of a series of adult coloring books intended to relieve stress and anxiety and to give joy to those who either buy them or receive them as a gift. The book is now avaialable on Amazon.com. “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy – Joy is in the Journey” is LIVE.

This being my first foray into publishing, I want you to know that this has been an awesome experience.  I want to thank all of those who have been instrumental in helping me get to this point.

 

When we dream…when we plan…when we conceive of a project, it’s all in our mind, percolating and growing and beginning to take form. As we proceed to create a plan, to assemble our tools and materials and to begin fleshing out the framework for the finished project, it sometimes feels like achieving that goal seems really far away.

That’s the journey I have been on with creating the very first book in a series: “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy – Joy is in the Journey”  A mindful approach to stress and anxiety relief.

So when the delivery guy showed up with a slender box from Create Space, i admit to feeling like a kid at Christmas time.  However, I didn’t just rip it open.  I had promised the fam that I would open it in their presence when it arrived and I had promised my friends and family who could not be there that I would video-tape the unboxing event.

So here it is.  The video of the beginning of my career as a published author.  Without further ado….Drum Roll Please!!!!

 

 

It has been the plan from the moment I decided to publish adult coloring therapy books to donate 50% of my profits from the books to help veterans and their families.  My husband and I are both veterans, as well as all three of our sons, 2 son-in-laws and a daughter-in-law.  Our family has a strong long-standing tradition of service to our country.

The research I have done points to two charities that we are not able to name at this time.  Both of these charities have an “A+ ranking from The American Institute of Philanthropy and are doing important work helping veterans and their families through difficult times.  I can highly recommend them to any of you who feel to make a difference.

The next step for us is to do all the legal stuff that will lead to us being able to support these charities as we move forward. There are some fairly significant costs to registering with all 50 states that will be required and so we cannot say much more at this point except we are considering this. We have no official relationships with either of these charities at this time, but are hopeful that we can do the required paperwork and certification necessary to be able to announce this officially.

When our veterans raise their right hand and swear to protect and serve this nation, they say, “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

This is a blank check written to their countrymen to serve and protect.  Every one of them knows they could be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice either by death or serious injury and yet, they make this oath in all seriousness to us, citizens of the United States of America.  I feel it behooves us to give back to the men and women and their families (who suffer with their veterans).  It is my hope that the sales of my books in the “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy” series will make a difference in the lives of these heroes and their families.

 

We are pleased and excited to announce that our first in the series “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Theapy” books, “Joy is in the Journey” will be published on Amazon.com later this month (September 2016).

This is a huge milestone for Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy.  This has truly been a joyful journey, learning a new skill and exploring the world of coloring books for adults.   I admit to intense nostalgia as I wrote the dedication, noting the impactful teaching and mentoring of my grandmother, Juanita H. Tussey.

The essence of this book is “A Mindful Approach to Anxiety and Stress Relief”.  Below each mandala is a quote from names you will recognize relating to the idea of joy.  The idea is to read the quote before you start coloring and ponder it’s meaning and relate in a positive way to your life.  The mindfulness of this approach creates a sense of well-being, relaxation and peace that will give you all the benefits research has shown that coloring can achieve.

Seeing the book cover mock up for the first time gave me a feeling I am at a loss to describe, a mixture of joy, gratitude, shock and awe that this dream was quickly becoming a reality.  The test copy of the book will be arriving on Monday, September 15.  It feels like waiting for Christmas morning.  When it comes, I will do a video “unboxing” of the finished product and, of course, I will present it here for all of you who have been following my journey up until now.

Even as we speak I am in the process of creating the next book in the series, “An Attitude of Gratitude”, which follows the same pattern of this first book.  Also, after the test book arrives, assuming everything is as it should be, we will be allowing pre-orders here on our Coloring Books page, so stay tuned.

 

Wow, of all the things I ever thought I would do in my life, authoring coloring books was never on the list. But now I’m hooked.

It all started when my daughter-in-law, Jennifer, asked for a coloring book for Christmas. Then I got a really cool coloring book on my birthday from my friend, Vickie. As I sat there coloring I felt a range of emotions. I felt a little foolish. After all, coloring is for kids, right? As I continued, I got into a rhythm of picking colors and coloring spaces, totally focused on the task at hand.

I found as I continued my coloring sessions that playing happy or calming music as I colored further enhanced the coloring experience. I found myself browsing the aisles of stores looking for coloring supplies, pencil holders, pencil sharpeners, different kinds of colored pencils with a larger range of colors. I bought a clipboard to use as I started coloring in waiting rooms, etc. The clipboard gave me a compact, portable, hard surface to color on.

I started taking coloring breaks instead of playing Candy Crush or some such other mindless game online. I noticed after a coloring session I felt refreshed and while I was coloring, I was able to think deep thoughts. The sensation of the pencil on paper was soothing and the rhythm of my coloring strokes calmed my mind and made me able to think more clearly.

Now when I hit an obstacle as I am working, I pull out my coloring sheets and pencils and zen into my coloring break. Aftwards I always feel like I can focus more accurately and it opens my creative mind to be able to see possibilities I hadn’t considered before.

Try it yourself the next time you seem to hit a creative dead end or that knotty little problem you’ve been trying to work out just won’t click. It is a great way to get unstuck and move forward.

I am not an artist, far from it. But I have been told I have a good sense of color and design. There are some exquisite adult coloring books out there by very gifted artists. I will be reviewing some of them on this site over time. That being said, Peaceful Patterns has a different focus. The true purpose of my coloring pages is to relax the mind. There are no pictures on the pages, so there are no rules. There is no sky to be painted blue, no grass to be painted green, no dandelions to be painted yellow. These books are mandalas and patterns whose sole purpose is to give you ultimate freedom to choose the colors you want, the medium that gives you the most joy and the peace of knowing that there are no right or wrong ways to color in Peaceful Patterns, only coloring bliss to give you hours of satisfying and relaxing, drifting, contemplative bliss.

It is my fervent hope that all of my coloring friends will enjoy my “color shavings”, little thoughts on the magical world of coloring and how it can benefit each of us. Color on.