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I spent a ridiculous amount of time coloring with my niece and nephew when I was visiting them last week. Ridiculous. To the point where I was like, "Will! Em! Let's color! Don't you want to color? Let's color!"

To the point where I bought the 150-count Crayola Telescoping Tower of crayons, which includes 16 glitter crayons and 16 metallics, OMG, and have been hunting all over for coloring pads that don't involve Dora or sharks. (I guess I want coloring pads just like my niece's, which would be Melissa and Doug brand coloring pads. Fortunately, Tree Town Toys carries those, and how. I'm heading out after lunch to nab one. $5.99 for immersive happiness? OKAY.)

I don't think I need to point out that this might be a sign of stress. That all I want to do is color. With glitter crayons.

On the other hand, it's a cheap hobby, and the things I was itching to do when I was coloring with the kids... are slightly more complicated than just coloring. I was coloring in a castle, and I wanted to draw minute scenes in every window. I wanted to draw detailed designs and second worlds on princess dresses, shark fins, and flower petals. I want to Color with Complication.

But I also want to color.

My favorite colors, btw, are "Illuminating Emerald" and "Deep Space Sparkle."

I defy you not to be excited about glitter crayons once you try them.


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Apr. 9th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
When my kids were little, there were scented crayons. Most of them stunk, but the colour black was scented like leather. I did a lot of black drawings.

"I defy you not to be excited about glitter crayons once you try them."

I'm glad the glitter crayons have improved. They used to slide on the glitter, and no colour was put down.
Apr. 9th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
I must have missed the scented crayon era. I remember in college, my friend's mom sent her "gemtones" which are probably the metallics now.

The glitter must have improved! Sometimes you get a big glob o' glitter, but the color is consistent.
Apr. 9th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Oh I LOVED coloring when I was a kid--with crayons, with oil pastels, with felt-tip pens, with pencils.**

And now I like gel pens, for their glittery quality.

You make me want to get some glitter crayons, for sure.

**I had all kinds of coloring books--I mean, all kinds. Egyptian wall painting coloring books. Famous-women-in-history coloring books (this was where I learned who Murasaki Shikibu was, and Empress Theodora), ones that were just tessellations and random designs, not to mention the more traditional, newsprint ones based on TV shows or toys.

... I was disappointed when my own kids weren't so interested in coloring.
Apr. 11th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
You need the M.C. Escher coloring book. I got it years ago, and it is fantastically diverting.
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Couldnt agree more with that, very attractive article

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