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Tue, Dec. 16th, 2003, 03:44 pm

When I was growing up, my favorite past time was coloring in coloring books. I think I loved it most because my mom would do it with me, she loved it. If it wasn't so dorky I'd do it now, at 31.

Anyway, I had the big giant box of crayons, but of course they were GENERIC crayons from Jewel or something. I would do a dark outline of the shape to be colored and then a super light shading on the inside. Very nice.

I didn't like really DETAILED pictures to color (like the barbie coloring books) I mostly liked big, basic shapes. DOG AND BALL...FISH IN FISHBOWL.

Tue, Dec. 16th, 2003 02:57 pm (UTC)

Don't let your age stop you! I'm 21 and I have a stack of coloring books that I got at the dollar store.

Tue, Dec. 16th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)

I was just thinking about this earlier today, no kidding. I did the dark outline/light shading thing too. I also liked to shade from one color to another within an area where it was possible.

I remember how excited I used to get when I bought crayons. The bigger the box, the more exciting. I'd even go through and rearrange the colors in a way I liked. At some point, I got one with a sharpener in the back, but that didn't work as well as I would have hoped.

Dorkiness aside, maybe I should get a coloring book. It might be fun to do it again.

Tue, Dec. 16th, 2003 06:57 pm (UTC)

Oh, and I just remembered something else. My elementary school once had a contest where they gave everyone a fire safety coloring book and a weekend to color it. Mine didn't place, despite how much time I put into it.

Wed, Dec. 17th, 2003 06:40 am (UTC)

At my last job my 52 year old co-worker used to swipe the crayons from the kid's menus. I asked her if she was giving them to her grandkids and she laughed before telling me, "No, they're for me". She loved to sit around her apartment in the evening and color. My first instinct was to back away slowly but the more I thought about it the more I realized how much I miss coloring, too.

I was also a devotee of the dark line/ shade lightly school of crayon art.

Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2003 06:01 am (UTC)

My coolest coloring book ever was a UFO stories book. It was fun tring to come up with diffent colors for every alien (My aliens were rather festive).

The only reason I don't do it now is because my two year old would take the crayon from me to do her masterpiece: A "circle". :)