The newest hotness with adults has been the advent of adult coloring books. At first I thought this was a really silly thing. When I want to color, and often I do, I just pull out a coloring book from my kids' cabinet. I love coloring things I can recognize. I like following a color scheme that I know is right. Mickey Mouse wears red shorts. Daisy Duck wears purple bows. I like that and when I decide to use other colors, that's fun too. However, the idea behind an adult coloring book is that the images are harder to color. Everything is much more complex and minuscule. The idea is that you have to focus harder on staying in the lines which causes you to stop thinking about the other things in your life. Your mind blocks out everything else except coloring. It is a stress relief. However, with adult coloring books, it really is impossible to color with crayons. You absolutely have to use colored pencils or fine tip markers.
US Art Supply has supplied me with a set of 36 colored pencils and a case for carrying them in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review. The set of colored pencils that I received have 12 regular colored pencils, 12 water soluble colored pencils, eight standard lead pencils, and four woodless charcoal sketch pencils. You put them in this really neat carrying case that you can roll up and snap closed. It holds all of the pencils has little pockets to help keep you from breaking the pencil tips while traveling with them.
I used the regular colored pencils on one adult coloring book. They were really easy to use and colored very nicely. I wish I had more than 12 colors honestly. I video taped me coloring the entire page which the video below will show you in a fast forward mode. It took me about 30 minutes to color the page due to the intricate details and I wasn't even trying super hard with it. It would have taken longer if I had been more focused.
The second page I colored was with the water soluble colored pencils. I colored the entire page and then videoed how you make them look like water colors. With water soluble colored pencils, you color the design you want and then use a paint brush and water to paint over the pencil. It smooths out the color so you no longer see the pencils marks. the color actually turns into water color paint. I recommend using them on thick paper because it is like painting with water colors once you have finished coloring. It is really neat to see how something changes from being a colored pencil picture to a water color painting. It's really awesome and they work really really well.