Back in September, I had the awesome opportunity to team up with The Tracing Co. and review their Bloom Tracing Book. Knowing that they had a Christmas edition too, I promised I’d treat myself and would give this version a go as well. Currently, they have three books to choose from: Wildlife, Bloom & Believe. So fast-forward a couple of months and here we are with getting all Christmassy with Believe.
The Tracing Co. are a husband and wife pair whose books are designed with the busy person in mind. You create thoughtfully layered images, doing as much or as little as you have time for. Tracing is both therapeutic and cognitively beneficial. The book says: While you relax and trace the elaborate lines, your mind is recognizing patterns and memorizing shapes, which increases your ability to recall information.
You will need: The Tracing Co. book, tracing paper, two different thickness pens, a pencil and felt-tips.
The book suggests to use two black pens: a thick pen for the first image and a thin pen to trace the remaining images in the set. For the first image, I used a 0.8 line marker and for the other pages, I used 0.3. I found my Derwent Graphik Line Marker Drawing Pens were perfect for the job.
Tracing is such a calming thing to do, you don’t need to stress about being able to draw, just follow the lines and chill. I didn’t have to think about what to do next, the detailed patterns and lines meant I could just switch off and relax into the moment.
Check out Santa and his fancy beard!
I absolutely love colouring, it is one of my favourite things. As the patterns are so detailed in these festive drawings, I found that my Staedtler Triplus Colour Fibre-Tip Pens were best suited for the intricate designs. I picked the traditional red, green and yellow theme and got colouring!
As this is a tracing book, you can re-trace the picture again and experiment with different colours.
It is such a therapeutic activity – just pop your favourite festive music on and feel the stress melting away.
You could even cut these out and stick them onto cardboard to make your own creative Christmas cards.
I loved experimenting with different colour combinations to bring my drawings to life.
Once you have finished with the book, you can even give it to a friend as it will always be as good as new.
It was really fun to get creative with The Tracing Co. again and I knew the Believe Tracing Book would be the perfect activity for December. Don’t forget to check out Wildlife and Bloom if you are a fan of elephants and flowers. Have you ever tried a tracing book? What’s your favourite creative hobby at Christmas? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!
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