• Hey peoples

    by candyhippie on January 20, 2016

    Who remembers Livejournal? It used to be my main hangout, and I started missing it lately. So I've made myself a new LJ account.  I've also started up an LJ community for colorists, Adult Coloring. I plan for it to be a relaxed, hardly-moderated sort of place where everyone can just chill and share coloring hobby related stuff.  If you're into this whole recent adult coloring craze, please consider participating. If you're not into coloring yet, give it a try, it's better than Netflix.

    What else... I've got a membership at a new gym, 6 months paid up front. It's the dirty, chalky sort of place with a herd of squat racks and no treadmills, and I absolutely love it. I've been tracking my progress on Fitocracy. The endorphins from all the exercize are really helping me get through the winter weather, and the exhaustion is giving me plenty of time to chill out to music and color.

    As for new art, I've made a mandala calendar (also available as a regular coloring book).

    I'm also in the very beginning stages of writing a book. Like an actual written book, about mindfulness coloring. I'm pretty excited. The concept is strong, I just need to buckle down and do the work!

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  • Ayyy! It's been a few months and I've made a few things.

    by candyhippie on October 01, 2015

    I've made a bunch of things and I forgot to tell my SongMeanings journal about any of them! The most important part is probably that I've got my very own shop in addition to Etsy now, at candyhippie.com, where you'll also find a cozy blog. I've made a ton more mandala coloring books, the latest of which is a Halloween mandala book, and I've started making teeny zines and printable bookmarks too.

    While working I listened to a lot of Nightwish, Florence and Radiohead.

    I also come with a small gift: a free coloring page PDF. Please do take a sample!

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  • The Hippie Kitsch Colouring Book is Now Available

    by candyhippie on May 19, 2015

    Hey guys and gals, I've been gone a while because I've been working hard, drawing pages without releasing them as I go. Today I finally compiled my drawings into a printable coloring book, blaring the Nightwish Live at Wacken Open Air 2013 concert all the while. I probably would have been finished a bit earlier if I hadn't listened to it -- there are so many parts I just have to flip back to YouTube to watch because listening isn't enough. But hey, no biggie. This is the beauty of working at home.

    About half of the ten Hippie Kitsch pages are as-yet unreleased, including a lovely decorated guitar, so take a look! Hippie Kitsch by Candy Hippie.

    I'm dead tired but I'm also already planning the next two books. I just got a pack of really good Staedtler inking pens, so expect the next book to be even better than this one.


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  • Achievement Unlocked!

    by candyhippie on May 09, 2015

    I just wrote a new entry, clicked the "Add Entry" button, and was brought back to my main journal page... with no new entry. What's going on? Now I have to write it out all over again.

    Anyway. I've been listening to a lot of Florence + the Machine lately, which brings out my inner flower child hugely, so I wound up making a metric butt-tonne of new flower mandalas to color, enough for a 12-page coloring book. I've always wanted to make books, though I had no idea my first book would be an adult coloring book. I thought myself more wordy. Here's a link to the coloring book. If I put on Ceremonials again I could probably get another whole book out of it.

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  • Mandalas and... MSI?

    by candyhippie on April 29, 2015

    I think I might be kinda weird.  I work out to Mindless Self Indulgence, which makes sense because they're exploding with endless energy to use. But then I also just learned to digitally design mandalas for coloring while listening to MSI as well. I've been blaring this epically iconoclastic, crazy "pussypunk" band while creating art intended to soothe, calm and relax.

    Somehow, it works for me. And I've already done 6! At this rate I'll have enough for a coloring book soon. Here they are!

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  • Creating Coloring Pages to Nightwish

    by candyhippie on April 25, 2015

    (How cool is it that this site has a journal function! I didn't even realize when I signed up that I'd get a nifty little journal. Nice and simple.)

    So I've been drawing my coloring pages to Nightwish, almost 100% Nightwish since the Toronto concert. I was a fan long ago, memorized Once, lost track of them (disappointed at the loss of Tarja and didn't like Annette's voice), and then, last month, was blown away by the Endless Forms album and Floor's versatility. I've been a huge fan of Richard Dawkins for years and years, too, so it was such a pleasant surprise to hear him on the album.

    "Endless Forms" is fitting for the nature themed coloring pages I've been drawing lately. Here's my latest, a sun and moon yin yang with lots of leafy greens, flowers and birds.

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