Oh DoodleArt posters how I have missed thee!
In the 70’s and 80’s DoodleArt full sized colouring posters were available just about everywhere, then in the late 80’s early 90’s they discontinued them. Which I was sad about as I loved colouring those posters. I could spend days lost in those intricate pictures, deciding what colours go where, making sure that I was not messing up the image. Ensuring that everything was co-ordinated, that it all blended smoothly, with the goal that there be no white paper left in the image.
So I discovered a while back that DoodleArt has brought back the full size posters with 10 new images. As you would have it this past weekend I took the girls back to school shopping and while at the book store I found and bought one of the new DoodleArt posters (Bugs and Birds)! I am loving it! In fact I find it kind of therapeutic! Once we got home and put all our stuff away I immediately cleared the coffee table and spread that poster out on it and got busy.I had help at first, my 2 youngest seemed eager to colour too… they lost interest quickly. I on the other hand kept going and just a day into it am nearing a 1/4 done. They didn’t seem to completely understand when I said ‘grab blank paper to test your colours first’. They looked at me like I was crazy when I said ‘really look at the picture and decide what bug or bird you want to start with and how you want it to look before you start colouring’. I think they get it now.
I have to inform you now I love to colour. Yes I do draw and oddly enough most of my drawings are ink or graphite with limited or no colour. But give me a pack of crayons or coloured pencils and a fancy colouring book and I am like a child in at Christmas… tickled pink! I am not all about solid colours and staying in the lines (of course I do try to stay in the lines – I was referring to rules… are there rules for colouring?)… I am about shading and picking the right colours, and blending… you can’t really shade and blend so much with felts, layering isn’t the same (water colours would be better) but you can still work some magic.
I am happy to say the provided double ended felts are decent… but only 12 colours is very limiting for a full sized intricately detailed poster. Thankfully I had a 72 colour pack of crayola fine tip felts and a 36 colour pack of sharpies… needless to say I am set. Yet I still feel limited and keep wishing for more colours.
*when I am done I will post a picture 🙂