03 June 2015

Adult Coloring Books? "NEW" trend...NOT!

Ok, I'm sorry, but I have to say something.  Seriously, for years, I've talked about using crayons and coloring books as a form of de-stressing.  The Crayola crayons scent (it has to be Crayola...it's a very distinctive smell, plus the pigment is great...biggest box is the coolest..haha) is like aromatherapy reminding one of childhood innocence and fun.  I even have coloring books...kid ones...that are sitting on a shelf for such times as needed.  I've had this since even before we had kids.  NOW...there's this 'supposedly new' trend that's all the rage...ADULT coloring books.  Ok, yeah, I guess that's cool.  Works, I suppose for people who don't wanna go back to a Curious George, My Little Pony, Disney coloring book.  

BUT...my rant?  Dude, people are preying on those that want to jump on that latest fad.  It's right up there with that damned ZenTangle thing.  (Sorry, those are just a fancy word for DOODLES... something all of us do as another type of relaxation as we're talking or listening to a lecture, etc.)

If anyone has seen these adult coloring books, they are super, SUPER detailed.  Supposedly, you can use oil pastels, watercolor paints, pencils, markers, crayons.  The truth is, and I actually bought a couple of the ones that were Mehndi and Mandala themed, for obvious reasons...I can use them for design inspiration...anyways, the truth is, that the detail work is so fine, that honestly, you're lucky if you can use pencils and fine markers.  How is that relaxing?  Kid coloring books are more so as you have a looser style of coloring.  None of that tiny detail to color.

What brought on said rant?  There was an infomercial that just aired on TV.  It's for some stupid set of books called "Colorama".  Really?  REALLY???  $12.99 plus shipping and handling (we all know that means another $20) and you get to 'be creative' and use any kind of medium you want to 'create your own work of art'.  There's a few of them, encouraging people to buy many, and guess what? You get to relax before bedtime and color away the stresses of the day.  Gah!  Go to Target, Barnes and Noble...any of those stores that carry coloring books.  Take yourself to the kids' section and find a fun coloring book...sells less than $5 in some  instances, and is quite relaxing as it takes you back to good childhood memories.  What's even more relaxing?  Not paying a high price point for something that has been readily available for the longest time.  It's nothing new folks.  Just saying.

26 February 2015

RAW: Exposure...Art Show :)

Hey So Cal Peops :)

 I've been invited to participate in an art show. I'm pretty excited about this because I'll be showcasing both my Henna Body Art AND my Pottery. It's going to be on the same night that the Santa Ana Artist Village has it's Artwalk, so all around, this should be a really fun evening. There will be loads of other artists, photographers, makeup artists, performers and bands playing throughout the night.
Information about the show:
Show: RAW: Exposure 
Day and Time: Saturday, April 4 from 6-10pm 
Location: The Yost Theater in Santa Ana 
Tickets: $15 per person (pre-sale before March 28)

 In order to cover fees for the show, each of us artists is asked to sell at least 20 tickets at $15 each. What I am proposing is that whoever purchases at ticket, message me directly to let me know. In exchange, you will get 1 FREE henna worth $20 from me (on the night of RAW). I will also put your name in a raffle to win one of my pottery pieces that night. Hey, it's an pretty good deal, right?

SO...check out this link http://rawartists.org/lernie. Near the top of the page is a yellow link to purchase tickets under my name "Buy a Ticket from this artist". Your purchase will go towards my guest count. Again, please remember to email me at lbeuler@lernie.com, and let me know you bought tickets so I can keep track of sales. This will also help me make up a list of people who will be taking part in my raffle and/or eligible for free henna. Thanks loads and hope to see you there!!!!