Monday, June 29, 2015

We Have a Winner!

Hooray!  It was a lot of fun holding the giveaway for a copy of Mandalas: Coloring for Everyone by Skyhorse Publishing here on Art, Like Bread.  I had 20 entries to my contest and Rafflecopter chose a random winner!

Congratulations, Bianca!  I sent you a notice to the email you provided.  Be sure to look at your email for my instructions on how to claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone who entered!  

What about you?  Have you taken to coloring mandalas?  Please share your mandala coloring pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #albmandalas.  As always, drop me a comment!  I love hearing from you!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Free Mandala Coloring Pages to Download!

Hi!  I'm excited to offer two free downloads of mandala coloring pages.  Earlier this month, I wrote about the trend of adults coloring for stress relief .

Last week, I opened my giveaway of a copy of Mandalas: Coloring for Everyone.   The contest is open until June 28, 2015, so you may still be able to enter!

But no matter what, EVERYONE can download free coloring pages courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing and Art, Like Bread.

These are the designs available.

I hope you enjoy these wonderful free coloring pages!  Please share them far and wide so that everyone can enjoy the meditative stress relief of coloring mandalas!

If you want the whole book of Mandalas: Coloring for Everyone, you can get it from Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or Amazon.  (These are NOT affiliate links.)

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Mandalas: Coloring for Everyone Book Review & Giveaway

A mandala is a circle.  It's just that.  But there is something about them that makes them feel really special.  And coloring mandalas is an experience all its own.  Steven Vrancken wrote a beautiful article about the benefits of coloring mandalas on the website Mandala Coloring Meditation (see sources for link).  The act of coloring a mandala provides focus, relaxation, and the satisfaction of creativity.

Skyhorse Publishing has just released a set of four beautifully drawn, stress-relieving, coloring books for adults.  When they approached me to review one, I chose the beautiful Mandalas: Coloring for Everyone book!  They have also generously offered to give away a copy to one Art, Like Bread reader within the United States.  Read on for a book review, and more details!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I've Been Mooglied!

Have you heard of the Moogly blog?  If you read Art, Like Bread for crochet, then the answer is probably yes!

I became interested Moogly, which is run by blogger, teacher and designer Tamara Kelly, through hearing all about her on the Yarn Thing podcast.  Not long after that, I checked out her blog and found a gorgeous, free crochet pattern that I really wanted to make!

It's called the Sunset Shawlette
It's really lovely, right?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Let Stress Fall Away with Coloring

There has been a lot of buzz out there about adults coloring lately.   Adults are enjoying the stress relief and satisfaction that crafting provides through the simple act of applying color to paper with crayons, markers, or colored pencils.  While researching this trend, I noticed that it caught on in Europe first, and then made its way over the ocean to the States.

The most popular articles documenting this trend were run in the Huffington Post in October 2014 and then just a few months ago in The New York Times.

While this trend may be surprising to many, to me it makes perfect sense.  While reading over the many wonderful articles I read about the topic, I remembered back to a time when crafting and coloring really helped me to relieve stress.

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