Coloring Blog by Päivi

Mental Color Palette 11 - For self expression

Wednesday 5/17/17

When you feel difficult to express yourself verbally or visually, this is the exact palette for you.

This palette is going to open the gates of your creativity and self expression. It will improve your communication skills and you will feel more comfortable when working as part of a team. Meeting other people will be easier too.

These colors will also give you more self-confidence to perform in front of people. The colors will expand your potential but at the same time they will make you feel safe.

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Mental Color Palette 11 - For self expression
Book: Mental Images vol 1 colouring book


I recommend to find a picture you can have a little fun with. And also it would be very liberating to choose the colors randomly from this palette.

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Mental Color Palette 9 - Strengthen your intuition

Monday 5/8/17 time 9:46 AM

Would you like to use your intuition in your everyday life?

This is a fabulous color palette for evoking your intuition. We all have our intuitive capacity, but in this hard and rational world we sometimes forget to listen our subconscious minds.

These colors will relax and at the same time brighten your mind so that it is easier to get in touch with your deeper essence. These colors will help you to listen and trust your intuition. This palette is very spiritual and profound, and it can help you to reach the collective unconscious, a place of transcendental wisdom common to all humans.

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Mental Color Palette 9 - Strengthen your intuition
Book: Mental Images vol 1 colouring book

This palette goes well with a detailed coloring picture. Concentrating wholly on coloring will strengthen the impact of this color palette. Let all your thoughts fly away and immerse yourself in these colors only.

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Mental Color Palette 8 - Improve learning

Tuesday 5/2/17 time 1:51 PM

When you need to study hard you could try this color palette. You can color for 15 minutes before you start studying, or you can have a little break and use it for coloring.

This palette will help you to absorb new things and assists you to focus on your studies. It gives you more motivation. Also, it refreshes your mind and enhances clear thinking.

This palette has a very optimistic character, so it is overall very useful when studying. It is especially suitable when you have learning disability or are exhausted from studying.

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Mental Color Palette 8 - Improve learning
Book: Mental Images vol 1 colouring book

I recommend choosing a picture which to you represents growing or going onward.

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Mental Color Palette 6 - To heal your broken heart

Monday 4/24/17 time 5:33 PM

Have you recently or are you at the present going through some hard times in a relationship and feel your heart is broken?

This color palette is designed to comfort you and give you hope that you can survive through a difficult period of time. These colors will also give you joy, but in a very gentle way. They heal your heart and soul and strengthen your self-belief.

Coloring with this palette reminds you that you are precious and loved, no matter what the circumstances.

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Mental Color Palette 6 - To heal your broken heart
Book: Mental Images vol 1 colouring book

Find a picture that you like and that is somewhat detailed. Flowers are good, because now you need something nice and beautiful in your life. This color palette is also very flowery so the combination of this palette and a flower coloring picture is a natural choice.

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Mental Color Palette 5 - For weight control

Tuesday 4/18/17 time 1:15 PM

Do you need assistance in controlling your weight or slimming down?

Then this color palette is just for you! You can also benefit from looking at the colored picture daily, so it could be a good idea to put it on the fridge door, for example.

This color combination will help you to decrease your eating or drinking, if you are in the habit of eating or drinking too much. It reduces your appetite. It will also give you strength for your process of weight management.

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Mental Color Palette 5 - For weight control
Book: Mental Images vol 1 colouring book

Choose a picture that has a light feeling and a clear structure, and if you feel good about them, some angular shapes might be a good idea, too.

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Mental Color Palette 4 - For worrying in vain

Saturday 4/8/17 time 11:59 AM

If you are suffering from worrying and sorrowing even if you have no real reason to do so, then this color palette might give you some relief. These color combinations help you to get things in perspective and to trust the future.

When you color with this palette you will feel more confident and safe. Your mind is calming down from those unnecessary restless thoughts. You will start to feel that everything is okay - everything is just the way it needs to be.

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Mental Color Palette 4 - For worrying in vain
Book: Mental Images vol 1 colouring book

Find a picture which is simple, gentle and wavy. Make sure you feel comfortable with the picture. Keep the coloring easy and relaxed and the pace steady.

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Mental Color Palette 2 - Balance your mind

Monday 2/13/17 time 11:14 AM

This color combination is designed to balance your mind. It is especially suitable for you if you are angry or if you for some other reason feel unbalanced or are upset about something.

This palette will help you to calm your mind but at the same time it will bring you hope and joy. It reminds you to love yourself and to appreciate all the good things you have in your life. At least for the moment when you are coloring you can feel everything is fine.

This palette has a very healing effect on discomfort. These colors refresh your soul in a very gentle way. If it feels hard to start coloring because you feel bad, for whatever reasons, these are good colors to choose.

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Mental Color Palette 2 - Balance your mind
Book: Mental Images vol 1 coloring book

Listen carefully yourself to know how much you need of each color. For example, if you do not feel good with pink shades, then use them sparingly. But it is important to use all the colors in the palette if you want the full impact of them.


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Mental Color Palette 1 - Unleash your inner child

Friday 1/20/17 time 4:38 PM

Here begins a new series on my blog - Mental Color Palettes.

They are ready-made color palettes to make color choices easier. In these palettes, there is always a certain theme helping you to feel better.

The first palette is inspired by the 1960s and 70s gig and festival posters. Groovy was the word for the 1960s "cool". If something was groovy, it was (among other things) marvelous, wonderful, excellent, hip and trendy.

Use this color palette when you want to let the inner child run wild and get crazy with colors. Using these bold color combinations makes you feel very much alive and makes your creativity flow. You can do nothing but smile when you color with this palette.

Groovy colors are very rhythmic. Try them out and see what is the right rhythm for you. With this palette anything can be colored with any color! The further the color is from the reality, the groovier the result!

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Mental Color Palette 1 - Unleash your inner child
Book: Mental Images vol 1 colouring book

Markers are well suited to this palette, because with them, you can color big surfaces quickly, and the colors are intense and strong. Eg. Sharpie markers have a lot of good, groovy colors. Let the colors glide on the paper, do not worry about a thing. But be careful – you can get addicted to this palette! Coloring with these colors is simply so much fun!

With this palette you will get poster-like results. While coloring, you may want to ponder what your ”poster's” message is. What does it tell you, or what is it that you want to tell the world through it.

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5 steps for getting a good night sleep - Try this secret weapon

Tuesday 12/6/16 time 6:20 PM

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When it is time to go to bed at night, all kinds of thoughts begin to spin wildly and will not go away.

It is difficult to get to sleep, when the brain goes into overdrive. The mind wanders its own paths, and the body is full of energy, even though it should prepare itself to relax and calm down for sleep.

Does this sound familiar?

I have a tendency to dwell on the things on my mind at night. Falling asleep might take me hours. It is really annoying, and it puts additional strain on the already stressed mind.

Because I am crazy about coloring myself, I began to study and test how the coloring could help me to fall asleep.

As a result, I developed an easy and convenient way for all insomnia sufferers to fall asleep more easily. You should use it as regularly as possible, preferably every night.

Try the Sleep Well coloring this evening:

1. Find a coloring page where the areas are long and narrow. I am talking about an image, where you can find a kind of a stream that the pen can easily follow.

2. Take out your gel pens and pick only the dark shades of blue and violet. Blue-green shades are also good. Three to five pens are enough.

3. Put the coloring picture and the pencils ready next to the bed. Please set aside about half an hour for the coloring, which means you might want to go to the bed a little earlier than usual.

4. Choose the colors randomly. Pick the pens so that you can not see them.

5. Color at a steady pace. Let your thoughts merge with the color, one stroke at a time. Just focus on the coloring and enjoy the colors carrying you towards a good night's sleep.

Sleep well!

Pens: Gel pens
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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Underlay with alcohol markers, finish with gel pens

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:56 PM

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You can achieve an interesting combination with alcohol markers and gel pens when you first color the whole image with markers and then, on top of that, color the details with gel pens.

The left side of the figure is made with the markers only, and the right side has been finished with gel pens.

Please note that the background color may change because of gel pens in an unexpected way. Sometimes the result might be a very marvelous shade. You should therefore try the colors on a different piece of paper first, if you do not want to be surprised.

With this technique, you can have a vivid, and to my opinion, also a more balanced outcome than you could with gel pens only.

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Pens: Alcohol markers (Promarker etc) and gel pens
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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Totally stressless colouring with rainbow gel pens

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:53 PM

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Are you already familiar with rainbow gel pens? They are otherwise normal gel pens, but one pen contains several colors.

When you color with a rainbow pen, you can never be sure when and how the tone changes.

There is no point even trying to design the colors of the image. Wonderfully relaxing, since there is no need to think about the color choices!

Rainbow gel pens are particularly suitable for abstract mandalas and patterns. All the examples here are colored with one or two gel pens only.

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Pens: Rainbow gel pens
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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Joko olet tutustunut rainbow-geelikyniin? Ne ovat muuten normaaleja geelikyniä, mutta yhdessä kynässä on monta väriä.

Kun kynällä värittää, ei koskaan voi olla varma milloin ja miten sävy vaihtuu. Ei kannata edes yrittää suunnitella kuvan värejä. Aivan ihanan rentouttavaa, kun värivalintoja ei tosiaankaan voi eikä tarvitse miettiä!

Rainbow-geelikynät sopivat erityisen hyvin mandaloiden ja abstraktien kuvioiden värittämiseen. Kaikki esimerkin kuvat on väritetty yhdellä tai kahdella geelikynällä.

Värit: rainbow-geelikynät
Värityskirja: Mielikuvia vol 1

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Joko olet tutustunut rainbow-geelikyniin? Ne ovat muuten normaaleja geelikyniä, mutta yhdessä kynässä on monta väriä.

Kun kynällä värittää, ei koskaan voi olla varma milloin ja miten sävy vaihtuu. Ei kannata edes yrittää suunnitella kuvan värejä. Aivan ihanan rentouttavaa, kun värivalintoja ei tosiaankaan voi eikä tarvitse miettiä!

Rainbow-geelikynät sopivat erityisen hyvin mandaloiden ja abstraktien kuvioiden värittämiseen. Kaikki esimerkin kuvat on väritetty yhdellä tai kahdella geelikynällä.

Värit: rainbow-geelikynät
Värityskirja: Mielikuvia vol 1

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Joko olet tutustunut rainbow-geelikyniin? Ne ovat muuten normaaleja geelikyniä, mutta yhdessä kynässä on monta väriä.

Kun kynällä värittää, ei koskaan voi olla varma milloin ja miten sävy vaihtuu. Ei kannata edes yrittää suunnitella kuvan värejä. Aivan ihanan rentouttavaa, kun värivalintoja ei tosiaankaan voi eikä tarvitse miettiä!

Rainbow-geelikynät sopivat erityisen hyvin mandaloiden ja abstraktien kuvioiden värittämiseen. Kaikki esimerkin kuvat on väritetty yhdellä tai kahdella geelikynällä.

Värit: rainbow-geelikynät
Värityskirja: Mielikuvia vol 1

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An exciting background with lines

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:36 PM

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In this example the background has been hatched with alcohol pens. This requires only three different colors. Colors blend nicely on paper and new shades will form.

This technique was originated by accident, when I planned to color the background in turquoise, but the ink was just about to end.

Then I just drew lines as long as that ink lasted, and the rest of the background I hatched with other colors.

This style is especially suitable for a big, blank background, and the result is very impressive. You can create different kind of moods and depth perceptions, depending on the direction of the lines.

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Pens: Touchfive markers
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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How to use alcohol markers to make your coloring look like a painting

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:31 PM

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Using alcohol markers you can quickly and easily make your coloring look like a painting. Use neighboring tones and spread the colors in layers.

There are only two different shades in the cherry blossom petals here - pink and lilac. Here is how it is done:

1. Color the parts of the flower closest to its center with a darker tone. Then color the small areas at end of the petals with a lighter tone.

2. Color the petals entirely with the lighter tone.

3. Make a couple of layers of different sizes close to the flower's center. Finalize with a touch of the darker tone.

Be sure to let the previous phase to dry before continuing.

The background of the flying fish image was colored with neighboring tones. Coloring strokes were made parallel to the droplets. Shades were colored overlapping, so that the tones mingle softly.

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Pens: Touchfive, Promarker and Finecolour markers
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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How do you revive alcohol markers?

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:22 PM

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When an alcohol marker has dried out, it is by no means to be thrown into the trash! There is usually still ink in it, only the solvent has dried. You can make a dried out alcohol marker fully usable with this simple little trick.

1. Pour some rubbing alcohol into a glass jar and put the marker in it, so that the tip of the pen is completely covered in liquid. Keep it there for about five minutes.

2. Put the cap of the pen back on and hold the marker tip-side down for at least two days.

3. Take the marker and color!

After recovery, the tone is usually slightly less opaque than before, but on the other hand this means you get beautiful pastel shades, which are often hard to find.

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This image was colored with the two markers shown in the first picture, after they had been revived.

Coloring was started in the middle of the picture, and it appears that in the beginning the tone is less opaque, but it deepens and stabilizes soon. However, the tone remains more pale than the original.

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Equipment: Alcohol markers and rubbing alcohol
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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Soft and smooth surface with Baby Oil

Monday 11/28/16 time 3:09 PM

Baby oil - pehmeä ja tasainen väripinta

Pehmeän ja hieman vintage-tyylisen pinnan salaisuus on baby oil! Väritä alue puuvärillä, jäljen ei tarvitse olla edes kovin tasaista. Kasta vanupuikko baby oiliin ja levitä väri.

Maatuskakuvassa vasemmalla näkyy violetilla väritetty alue, jonka vasen puoli on levitetty baby oililla. Voi että miten kaunis, utuinen pehmeys!

Värit: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Muut tarvikkeet: Natusan first touch baby oil (marketeista) ja vanupuikot
Värityskirjat: Mielikuvia vol 1 (maatuska) ja Mielikuvia vol 2 (tyttö ja perhonen)

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Pehmeän ja hieman vintage-tyylisen pinnan salaisuus on baby oil! Väritä alue puuvärillä, jäljen ei tarvitse olla edes kovin tasaista. Kasta vanupuikko baby oiliin ja levitä väri.

Maatuskakuvassa vasemmalla näkyy violetilla väritetty alue, jonka vasen puoli on levitetty baby oililla. Voi että miten kaunis, utuinen pehmeys!

Värit: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Muut tarvikkeet: Natusan first touch baby oil (marketeista) ja vanupuikot
Värityskirjat: Mielikuvia vol 1 (maatuska) ja Mielikuvia vol 2 (tyttö ja perhonen) - See more at: http://www.paivivesala.com/varitysvinkit#sthash.K2VxKykC.dpuf

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The secret of a soft, vintage-style coloring is baby oil!

1. Color the area with colored pencils, roughly is good enough.

2. Dip a cotton bud in Baby Oil and spread the color.

Baby oil has been used on the purple area on left hand side of this matryoshka doll. Oh, how beautiful, hazy softness!


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Pens: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Equipment: Natusan Baby Oil and Q-tips

Books:
Mental images vol 1 (matryoshka doll)
Mielikuvia vol 2 (girl in the garden)



 
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Baby oil - pehmeä ja tasainen väripinta

Pehmeän ja hieman vintage-tyylisen pinnan salaisuus on baby oil! Väritä alue puuvärillä, jäljen ei tarvitse olla edes kovin tasaista. Kasta vanupuikko baby oiliin ja levitä väri.

Maatuskakuvassa vasemmalla näkyy violetilla väritetty alue, jonka vasen puoli on levitetty baby oililla. Voi että miten kaunis, utuinen pehmeys!

Värit: Caran d'Ache Pablo
Muut tarvikkeet: Natusan first touch baby oil (marketeista) ja vanupuikot
Värityskirjat: Mielikuvia vol 1 (maatuska) ja Mielikuvia vol 2 (tyttö ja perhonen)

- See more at: http://www.paivivesala.com/varitysvinkit#sthash.K2VxKykC.dpuf
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Vivid background with circle technique

Monday 11/28/16 time 2:48 PM

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Coloring a large area with alcohol marker might get very boring and irritating. Here is a technique to make it fun!

I did a background full of green circles, using just one color. Let the circles dry before drawing the next one. Thus, where the circles overlap, beautiful and soft darker shades will show.

The end result is nice and vibrant, and best of all, the coloring is relaxing when you do not have to worry about the color drying out.

The cherry blossom picture I made with same technique but I used three different colors.

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Pens: Touchfive and Finecolour alcohol markers
Book: Mental Images vol 1

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