One, Two, Three, Stress-free

In our fast paced world, a slowing down with the rhythmic motion of coloring can be calming as well as fun. It is such an effective tool it is used as part of Art Therapy helping those express themselves in painful, difficult or stressful times. Below is Health Coach, Jill May who has used this in her practice. She is even sharing with us her own coloring of The Coloring Company’sThrive” download.

So while it may not relieve all stress, there is joy in the coloring.

Jill May is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the owner of Decide 2 Thrive, LLC.  Her practice helps parents whose school age children struggle with emotional and mental health issues.  Using a variety of tools and techniques, Jill strives to help kids reach their full potential and truly thrive in life.

When you subscribe (yes it is free!) to The Coloring Company you will receive the “Thrive” coloring page to download and color as my gift to you. Just click on the blue pencil, “click here” subscribe button and join the fun today.

Pass along the passion,


Life is like a box of colored pencils.

Anything is possible.

Forrest Gump would say, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get.” Life is also a bit like a box of colored pencils, there is no undo or delete button. You can’t cover it up like with any paint medium. Just like life, coloring takes some planning to get what you want, or you get what you get. The planning process can be as much fun as the coloring.

Start by thinking in layers of colors, testing on a scrap of paper first until you know your colors and brand of pencils well. Brands will very in results. More on that another time.

 Fun Experiment: Pick two colors – any two. Make a swatch with one first, then layer the other color on top. Now do it again in reverse order. Go ahead, give it a try. I’ll wait . . .

What did you get? Two different results, right? Sometimes the difference is subtle and other times it much stronger.

Color Layer ExperimentWhy does it do that? The first color stains the paper. The first has dibs on how it is going to turn out. You will have to pile on a lot of color layers to “undo” that first color, if you can. It is like that life lesson of knowing where you want to end up and working towards that goal each step along the way. It makes the process so much easier and fun than trying to fix the results you don’t want.

Pro Tip: Build color with layers of colors for more depth and richer art. Instead of just grabbing the purple pencil experiment by adding some blues and pinks.

Most of all HAVE FUN.  Your box of colored pencils is calorie free joy.

. . . signing off in search of chocolate.