Paper Snob and FREE Coloring Page

OK… I admit it, I’m a paper snob. To me there is nothing better than a fresh clean notebook, filled with paper of substance.

I thought I was the only crazy person in the world touching and feeling the paper in the cheap notebooks at the discount stores and being dissatisfied. Yet today, while I was investigating the paper in a particular notebook I was considering purchasing, I noticed a man sitting on the floor going through each and every Composition Book! Every one!! All colors! During a brief conversation I realized he was doing the same thing I was… feeling the paper.

He pointed out the paper in the black and white composition books were a heavier weight than the different colored books. He was right! He did his research and found the books shipped from India were lighter weight to save on shipping costs. Huh… Who would have guessed?

Any way… I bet you are wondering what all this has to do with a FREE download of a page to color, right? Well I’ll tell ya… BEFORE you print off this page, I wanted to discuss the kind of paper you should consider loading into your printer to get the best results.

I’m not sure if you noticed or not… but coloring books for Adults are H-U-G-E right now. The more expensive ones have the better paper. However, if you take a close look at the paper used in children’s coloring books, you might notice the paper is grayish and is basically ‘newsprint’. There’s a reason for that. Crayons are slick, and they need a bit of ‘tooth’ to release the colored wax from the crayon. Think of running a crayon over a piece of sandpaper… and then try writing on a smooth surface like your kitchen counter. Get it?

With this in mind… figure out what method of coloring you plan on doing BEFORE printing this FREE Coloring Page. Going to use crayons? Use inexpensive copy paper or newsprint. Thinking of pulling out your markers? Invest in a pad of smooth vellum, or special ‘marker paper’ for less bleeding. Watercolor paper is the ONLY paper you should consider if you’re going to take a brush to the design.

Inkjet or Laser? Again it depends on your choice of medium. Crayons and markers can be either. Watercolor will smear the ink, so use a Laser printer if you have one.

Without further adieu, here’s my very first FREE Coloring Page download. Please bear with this old dog as it learns new tricks… like creating the design in Adobe Illustrator instead of hand drawing it, and actually scanning the design into the computer instead of taking a photo. Dropbox is new to me too. Ah… so many things to learn!

FREE Coloring Page Christmas Ornaments

FREE Coloring Page Christmas Ornaments

 DOWNLOAD THE PRINT HERE

When finished with your work of art… please share it via Facebook and Instagram. I wanna see! I wanna see!!! Use the hashtag #uncolorart and @uniqueandnovel.

Have fun!

Quilt of Valor Under Way

Last month I announced my commitment to produce 4 quilts for donation to Quilts of Valor… an organization presenting returning warriors with a hand-made quilt as a small token of thanks for their service. You can find that post HERE… along with the links to Quilt of Valor and Houses for Patriots.

My plea of help was graciously answered by two high school classmates!! We have chosen a design, I am drafting the pattern, and a shopping trip for fabric is planned.

Quilt of Valor design

Quilt of Valor design

This all could not have been possible without the generous monetary donations received by an ANONYMOUS DONOR (Really! I honestly have no clue as to who dropped cash into my mailbox marked for the quilt) and TREATS BY EILEEN (read about my meeting her at Barnes & Nobel HERE).

Bonus points to Treats By Eileen! Her donation arrived via Priority Mail in a box filled with treats!!! Oh so yummy!!! I loved her newest creation… Pink Salt Chocolate-Cashew-Craisn Granola… O!M!G! Delicious! One thing I forgot to mention in my blog post about meeting her was… her comment that her being successful and loving what she does… allows her the freedom to donate to causes near and dear to her heart. I am THRILLED beyond all joy she chose my commitment to Quilts of Valor as a worthy cause. Thank you Eileen!!!

Treats by Eileen

Treats by Eileen… Donation for Quilts of Valor AND treats!!! Oh my!

Thanks also to my anonymous donator. I hope you are reading this post because I want you to know I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You were the first to donate and got this project off the ground. Thank you for believing in me and supporting my dream.

I will never forget the generosity of strangers… and the helpful hands of my classmates from many years ago. Together we will do some good and spread love and warmth to those who served our country and fought for our freedom.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!!!