I have drawn lots and lots (and lots) of drawings for my coloring books, but this drawing from Classy is the one where I drew my sneakiest spirals ever. They twist and tangle so much that the first time I colored this picture (a few years ago), I lost track of which pieces were connected to which.

If you look closely, you can find all kinds of mistakes in this coloring. Nice that they don’t really show up unless I tell you to go hunt for them, though! 🙂

I decided that I should color this a second time so that anyone else that might be having trouble figuring out the twisty spirals can see where I think they go. Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to color them the same way that I do. These lines can be interpreted in all kinds of fun ways.

I’m starting out using my Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils. Those are my comfort pencils – perfect for cozy coloring which is nice when I’m coloring a page that got me all tangled up once before. This time I knew I needed to pay a little extra attention to my spirals and they are turning out nicely.

It’s slow going. Pencils are often quite a bit slower for me than markers – but we’re in no hurry, right?

At the end of the evening this is how far I got. And I think I’m mistake free so far. (Cool! I like when that happens.) That reminds me, I wanted to recycle a bit of my morning Facebook chat at the end of this blog post. It’s some thoughts about mistakes, and will be a re-run for some folks but new for the people who aren’t on Facebook. I’ll add that at the bottom of this page.

But for now, time to set the coloring aside for the evening. Today’s picture is from Classy (Angie’s Patterns Volume 13) and I’m coloring with Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils. (But might break out some different super pointy hard pencils for the tiny bits tomorrow.)

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(From one of my Facebook posts)

It’s always nice when the oopsies are this easy to hide.

It is important to keep in mind, though, that mistakes are going to happen now and then and that doesn’t need to be a cue to stop enjoying the picture you are working on. It’s not like any of us have enough wall space to frame and display every single one of our colorings, lol. Oopses really only have meaning and power for as long as you decide to let them. I try to think of mistakes as old friends who stop by for occasional visits – so you change your plans a little and rearrange the furniture a bit.

If you are struggling with feeling bad when a coloring mistake pops up, that’s a good time to practice being extra nice to yourself. Mistakes aren’t all about your picture. They might be trying to be helpful, letting you know if you are tired, distracted, tense, or even over energized. So don’t feel that perfection is required when you color – that’s not realistic, and an important part of being an artist is learning to make peace with the high points and low points in your art. You have to go through both to be able to keep moving along your coloring path.