Pick your poison: pencils, markers, Copics, gessos, Blendabilities, graphite, watercolors. . .
I mean it's just coloring, how hard can it be? You simply stay inside the lines, right?
Oh well, let me tell you. . . .It is not just coloring. There is this whole other level of blending and shading that Crayola failed to teach the 7-year-old me. Recently, I spent the better part of an afternoon revisiting some basic coloring skills with a variety of tools that I owned and promised myself to use "when I had the time." This is also keeping in spirit with one of my New Year's resolutions in using the NBUS (*Never Before Used Schtuff). My goal was to simply learn what I liked about coloring, which tools I'd prefer and why.
I think part of the goal was also to convince the side of me that didn't like coloring, that I like coloring.
I colored, I Copic-ed, I highlighted, outlined, blended and I shaded. I also may have muttered under my
breath. . . repeatedly. It doesn't count if I curse like a sailor when there's no one around to witness it!
Oh, the things I learned. . .
You either like coloring or you don't.
As much as I want to be that person who says she loves to color, I am not. And, I'm slowly learning that you can't force yourself to like something you really don't. It's kinda like broccoli, you can steam it, you can smother it in cheese, you can wrap it in bacon or disguise it in a Twinkie, but in the end, it's still broccoli and I hate broccoli.
Mom, are you reading this? I still HATE broccoli. Only now there's no one around to force me to eat it anyway!
So, in short, the moral of today's story is break out of your shell, try something new. You don't always have to do what you like, but, you have to like what you do.