The craze is on….and I’m on board! To help me color better, I’ve got a free download later in this post to help your Zig Clean Color Pens become a little easier to work with…so read on!

Artists’ Coloring Books (also Colouring Books!)

You just might have noticed that adults are getting out more of their own crayons, markers, and pencils than ever before. It’s become a “thing!” We in craftyland have always known about the therapeutic effects that relaxing with markers can have. It’s about time it caught on, right? Today I have some amazing coloring books that are from the Netherlands, thus the alternate spelling of colouring – and now they’re in stock finally at Ellen Hutson! I’ve been working to get these out to you guys, because I *know* how much you’re going to love them. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Updates since shooting this video

I did try Copic on one page of these books. While it works, the blending is tough; it feels a little more like using a Tombow or Distress marker, it doesn’t naturally want to blend. I recommend the Zig Clean Color pens, or any watercolor; just don’t flood the page with a ton of water or you might get buckling. But small amounts of watercolor work great and the paper doesn’t warp from that. 🙂 The shapes in these books are small, though, so large floods of water aren’t an issue unless you try to do backgrounds.

I ordered the rest of the books the instant I could, and one of them, the Art Nouveau, I snagged at the LSS I was teaching at last week. So watch Periscope today for more on that coloring book – hopefully I’ll have some time during my travels home to do a quick airport scope and show you what’s done thus far on my first page in that book!

Zig Clean Color Pen Labels: Free download!

And guess what? October is around the corner – and The Daily Marker 30Day Coloring Challenge will be here before you know it! Get your pens ready with some labels!

While the markers are growing on me – their labelling is not. It’s making me a little crazy to try to squint at the tiny print, or to flip the marker around to figure out where the number is actually written. After all this time I finally sat down and made a template!

Simply download it and print onto 3M’s 3700-R labels, or Avery’s 5195 labels….or whatever equivalent your local office supply store has…you just need 2 sheets, so go in with a friend and split the cost. (I got mine at my local Office Depot. Just look on the package for the Avery/3M numbers). Then just download the PDF HERE and print away! See the video above for how I did my color swatch on the labels.

ZigCleanColorLabels @2015 SandyAllnock-1


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