One of the greatest things about being a part of the ColorIt Community is being able to see the impact our products have on colorists all around the world. Elizabeth Hebert is a strong force within our community and found healing though coloring. Elizabeth claims that most people color because they enjoy it, it's affordable and is the best therapy! We couldn't agree with you more, Elizabeth!
For her, it was all about escaping the pain. By coloring, she was able to focus on the designs and colors and, for a moment, forget about the pain. Elizabeth decided to share her inspirational journey by making a compilation of her favorite ColorIt creations into a book! Read on to learn more about Elizabeth's coloring journey in her exclusive ColorIt interview, get 20 free downloadable coloring pages and a ColorIt coupon code!
When did you start coloring and why?
I Started my journey about a little over a year now. When my back pain restricted my mobility and I needed to spend hours on end in a reclined position just to get some relief. You can watch so much TV and read so many books but I knew there was something else out there. I had seen adult coloring books during the Christmas season. I didn’t think much about it until we went to Florida for a visit with our kids and grandkids. My daughter in law, Bonnie, showed me some of her adult coloring supplies. I found out that other family members also started coloring.
My daughter Jennifer, started me off with buying me a set of colored pencils from Crazy Art and it took off. After awhile I added Sharpies. I found this company that offered adult coloring books. I checked them out. They offered free pages for just shipping. So I ordered. I fell in love with Colorit products and there is no going back. For my birthday, my husband Leo, ordered one of the 3 book bundles (Colorit Essential Variety pack Doodles, Mandalas and Wild Animals.) They couldn’t get here fast enough!
Describe your perfect coloring atmosphere.
The perfect atmosphere is lying on my bed with my coloring supplies next to me with (believe it or not) the TV on (background noise). I do color almost every night.
Tell us about your creative process when you get ready to color. Do you have a go-to coloring snack, playlist, medium etc?
Sometime it takes awhile to decide on what to color and what to use. I gather all my supplies. Of course, if I haven't started a project, I have to decide which one to undertake. The thought process takes time. I know with Blissful Scenes I use colored pencils, gel pens and sometimes markers. Calming Doodles I use mainly markers.
How has coloring changed or added to your life?
We are at a campground in Vermont last year, when I was introduced to a professional artist. The owner of the campground had some of her own works on the walls. We were discussing her art when I stated that I do adult coloring. They both wanted to see my work. I felt a little awkward. Here was someone that went to school for art. After her positive encouragement, I have started to explore other techniques.
Do you believe coloring has healing properties?
I believe coloring helps you focus on the positive. It helps calm me and it does help manage some of the back pain. It is hard to understand people in pain. The pain doesn’t stop. Some days it’s better than others. Some days you can even go to the store for awhile. Some days you can’t even get out of bed because you can’t move. You're lucky when you have several days in a row with little pain. I believe for some this outlet is one of the best therapies.
What advice would you give someone who isn’t confident about their coloring technique?
I didn’t believe my colorings were that good. I really didn’t take others compliments seriously. Everyday you color, everyday you get better. You try new things. You discover you like using gel pens instead of pencils. Finish your projects. My daughter told me that sometimes she starts a project but doesn’t finish because she doesn’t like it. Finish the project before liking it or not. When you are in the middle of a project, you can’t tell what it will look like when it’s done. Take your time and try to finish. I felt this way too but found that when I finished, I loved it. Remember only you need to like your work. Nobody else. But it does feel good to have someone else enjoy too.
What’s your favorite ColorIt book?
The hardest question here. My favorite COLORIT adult coloring book is...
Can't make up my mind.
And…My new DOG book.I stated in my book that my next book would be the new Dog book. Well, I showed my daughter, she ordered it along with the blue multi purpose case.
Is there anything else you want to share about your love of coloring?
I have been very fortunate to have a very loving and supportive husband. When I first started coloring my husband, Leo, went thru my colorings and framed one that he enjoyed. It made me feel special. He told me that he enjoyed many of my colorings and that he was proud of me. It does help to have a supportive person in your corner.
Coloring has helped direct my attention away from my back pain. I have arthritis and scare tissue from 2 back surgeries. Then there is physical therapy. COLORING IS MY MENTAL THERAPY.
Thank you Colorit for your wonderful products.
My best to all,
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