I don’t have a ‘Crafty Compilation’ for either of the last two weeks as I’ve spent them working primarily on some sample knitting that I’m not sure if I can talk about yet. So, instead, here’s a quick tip for those of you who enjoy coloring: pants hangers are your friend.
Yup. Actual hangers that you use to hang up your pants. (Or your kids’ pants, in my case).
I’ve been using binder clips with my Art of Coloring: Disney Villains book ever since I got it. I’ve been using a lot of water media in it and I’ve taken to clipping the book shut whenever I’m not using it to minimize most of the page warping. Because this book has thick cardboard covers it stays open pretty flat on its own, though I tend to pop the clip onto my working page mostly so I don’t misplace it until I need it again. With other books I’ve taken to working on a clipboard for both the hard surface as well as the ability to clip the book open to my current page. For the most part, that worked perfectly.
Then one day I was laying on my belly in bed coloring the page above (the Eagle image in Kerby Rosanes’ imagimorphia). It was held down by my clipboard on the far right of the right page but I kept getting frustrated at the left-side page flipping shut every time I reached over for my coloring supplies (Stabilo 88 and Staedtler Triplus fineliners, as well as Caran D’Ache Neocolor II watercolor crayons for the purple wisps). I’d been laying on my belly and constantly raising up onto my elbows to brace the page between color changes was starting to hurt more than the coloring itself soothed.
Henri had had a similar problem holding open his Pokemon books so he could sketch from them, and I’d lent him my cookbook stand. It was a great solution but now that I needed it I didn’t have the heart to steal it back for myself. That’s when I remembered the image going around Facebook a while ago in a list of kitchen tips: using a pants hanger to hold your recipe up and out of the way, by hanging it from an upper cabinet doorknob. I had no need to hang my coloring book, but it would be perfect for what I needed too!
And it was! The two clips hold the pages down on either side, but the stiff bar that connects them keeps them open flat, where the book could otherwise still slip shut. (The above wip image is also from imagimorphia, and the background wash was done with the Neocolor IIs). After you’ve finished coloring the page, the hanger can then be used to clip the book shut as it dries to minimize any warping from the wet pages.
If you wanted you could also store your books from the hangers, sideways along a bar similar to needlepoint sets. (Ooooh now I’m picturing a dry cleaner-style conveyor holding all my coloring and craft books… that would be awesome!!)
And for an easy reminder to pin:
That’s all for now. Hopefully this tip could be handy for some of you!