This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Prismacolor. All opinions are my own and I have been using Prismacolor products since my first gifted marker set as a child.
It may surprise you that most of the walls in the house are still starkly blank with almost no art or photos hung. In fact, I have a horrible time buying anything for the walls. I tend to walk the aisles of stores and scoff at the prices. “Really? They want $50 for that! I could make that!” However, I later forget or get tied up in something else and never get around to creating those beautiful pieces of art. That changed recently when my 7-year-old son, who loves to draw and color, asked me to work with him to improve his techniques.
Being the creative mommy, I was pretty enthusiastic until I discovered that my old set of colored pencils was looking rather, um, used. So we hopped down to Michael’s to grab a few quality colored pencils and supplies. I have been a fan of Prismacolor since my mother gave me my first set of artist markers as a child. I felt nostalgic and wanted that same quality for my son. The Prismacolor premier colored pencils stood out to us since they had nice saturated colors and glided well on the page.
So we sat down and a funny thing happened. I was enjoying it as much as him! Coloring can be so therapeutic and relaxing. We both were creating some pretty nifty artwork to hang on his display gallery. It kind of took me by surprise how amazing it was to sit down, slow down, and create with such ease.This got me back in the groove of finally finishing a gallery wall I was stuck on and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I have been planning a gallery wall for some time on an awkward wall that sits between two staircases. I wanted a theme of “Happily Ever After” with the focus centered around our family. In addition to the adorable coloring pages we made, I made some simple geometric art with colored pencils that pulled the gallery wall all together while adding a personalized touch.
For those who like a slightly more advanced technique, I created an almost watercolor-like effect by outlining and blending the turquoise color inwards (pictured above). After outlining in colored pencil, I dipped a small paint brush in odorless mineral spirits and pulled the color where I wanted. I wanted to mute the color a bit so I layered additional colors in.
Nearly everything on this wall was created or altered in some way to fit the theme. It also goes beautifully with my dresser from Wayfair. I am kind of blown away at how everything looks like it belongs now. No more awkward wall!
What do you think? It is really amazing to see what simple coloring can do and I am thankful to my son for showing me that coloring isn’t just for kids! The possibilities are endless and it is awesome to create easy, beautiful art even if it is just for yourself.