If you are providing care for a loved one—whether by helping out periodically or providing 24-hour care or something in between—you give so much of yourself to color the days brighter for others. Now with Color Your Way Content, you can give yourself the much-needed gifts of relaxation and creative expression.
Coloring can provide crucial help for caregivers. It has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and evoke a state of mindfulness. And it's perfect for busy caregivers because it can be done anytime, anywhere. You can do it for short bursts of time when you need a mini break, or for longer spans of time when you are waiting at an appointment or in need of some deeper relaxation. Color Your Way Content offers 31 stunning original designs, from free-flowing florals and meditative mandalas to endearing animals, pretty paisleys, and more. With a special lay-flat binding and perforated tear-out pages for sharing, this book offers a portable way to enjoy a creative and fun escape.
Every day is a blank canvas. Spending time with Color Your Way Content can inspire you to paint your days with the vibrant colors of creativity, positivity, and joy—vital survival skills for caregivers. Creative coloring is a restorative way for you to fill your own tank so you have the energy to keep on caregiving and living your life to the fullest each and every day.
AARP and HCI have teamed up to create a very special line of Inkspirations coloring books for adults celebrating creativity, playfulness, and living life to its fullest.
About the Author
Judy Clement Wall is a freelance artist/illustrator, writer, and intrepid doodler. In addition to her commissioned artwork and illustrations, Judy creates unique cards and original artwork that celebrates life and inspires creativity. To see more of her art and read her published work, visit her web site at: www.judyclementwall.com. Amy Goyer, author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving, is an expert in aging and families, specializing in family caregiving. She is a consultant, speaker and writer and also serves as AARP's Family & Caregiving Expert. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, The New York Times and The Washington Post. With 35 years of experience in the field of aging, she is a passionate champion for family caregivers. She has cared for her grandparents, sister, mom and now her dad, who has Alzheimer's and lives with her.
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Coloring Tools and Tips
Colored pencils: With a variety of shapes and sizes, colored pencils are great for shading or blending colors together, both of which add interest and depth to any design.
Gel pens and markers: Magic markers and gel pens are good for adding bold, defined bursts of color.
Crayons: A staple of any household with kids, crayons are surprisingly versatile when filling in large spaces.
TIP: Add a piece of scrap paper under each page you're working on to make sure that the color doesn't bleed through the page.
Choose Your Colors
You can use both complementary and analogous colors to make a gorgeous piece of artthe possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
The primary colorsred, yellow, and blueare denoted by a 'P' on the outside of the color wheel. Primary colors cannot be created by mixing any other colors.
The secondary colorsgreen, orange, and purpleare shown by an 'S' on the color wheel. These are formed by mixing the primary colors.
Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, and yellow-green make up the tertiary colors, which are noted with a 'T' on the outside of the wheel. These colors are formed by mixing a primary color with a secondary color.
Inspiration Is All Around You
Not sure what colors to use? You can find a rainbow of inspiration all around you in your daily life. Take a few minutes each day to look and to really notice the patterns of different plants and animals, the colors of the flowers that dot your street, and the radiant hues of the sunset or the morning sky. By being more mindful of the colors that make up your day, you can make them come alive in your own creations. Get inspired by the designs on the following page, too. As you can see, each artist lends his or her own style and personality to the artwork. One person may choose sunny yellows, another may pick soft teals, and another will add background doodles. There is no right way or wrong way to approach any pagethe key is to enjoy the moment and your unique creations that result!
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