I am about 70% of my way through my Goodreads Reading Challenge and, being human, I feel myself flagging a little when it comes to reading at the moment, so whilst I am currently reading Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, I have also taken much needed time out to do some more adult colouring.

These past few weeks have carried more stress than usual as I have been worried about Tinky and have been a little run down myself. However, as worn out as I have felt, I have enjoyed unwinding and getting creative with my tools of choice (gel pens and felt tip) , I even managed to practice some shading with my less than adequate coloured pencils after watching techniques on YouTube, which I had no idea about.

So whilst I am relaxing I am broadening my horizons and would like to share pictures I have coloured in July:

My blue bugs was the first picture I decided to use one colour and found I had seven shades of blue to work with. I was very pleased with this one, if a little sick of blue after I had finished.

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My lobster demanded a bit more intricacy and I had an opportunity to plunder the pinks in my gel pen collection. I enjoyed colouring this one and was surprised it didn’t take me as long as I thought it would.

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I started colouring this rabbit with the intention of utilizing the neon colours in my collection but then half way through I wished I’d coloured this in black, however ultimately I decided to finish this with the premise of you are what you eat, hence carrots and lettuce.

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My gorilla was the next picture I tackled and indulged my vision of another monochrome picture but in black. Again I used gel pens, making full use of glitter and metallic shades of black. One of my favourite pictures so far.

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My most recently completed picture was this one where I tried to use flamboyant colours and used my new Faber Castell pens as well as my gel pens. I think this one is my best one to date and was very satisfying to complete. It was nice to have a centre spread I could colour without the awkwardness at the spine of the book.

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I have completed 2/3 of Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta, over 3 months and have purchased a Colour Yourself Calm book, which contains mandalas to complete but as a mindfulness exercise, I haven’t started this book yet as I want to finish colouring the majority of the pictures in Animal Kingdom before I start another book. This will be a challenge of posture and focus. I also have Animorphia, which is a more intricate colouring book but also a find the object game. Both new books are very different from Animal Kingdom and from each other. I look forward to tackling them soon.