Whenever I see an opportunity to try something artsy and creative, I’m right there. The other week, The Tracing Co. were looking for bloggers to review their Tracing Books and it didn’t take long for me to decide that I needed to give this a go. Currently, they have three books to choose from: Wildlife, Bloom & Believe. Believe is the holiday edition with a huge Father Christmas on the front cover. Even though I was tempted to get festive early this year, I picked Bloom, the pinkness and the floweriness won me over.
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.
I’ve already done paint by numbers, dot-to-dot, colour by numbers, and wellbeing journalling which are all designed to de-stress and calm the mind. However, I had never done a tracing book for relaxation, so I was very keen to see if it worked. I spotted this pack of Ryman Tracing Paper (25 sheets) for £2.99 in town the other day so was all ready to go!
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. I have a pack of Staedtler Technical Drawing Pens with assorted line width, so I used the sizes 0.8 and 0.1 which worked perfectly.
Before you start creating your beautiful images, trace the triangle at the bottom of the page in pencil to keep everything aligned. There are three images in each set but there are no rules to say you have to use those three, you can mix and match – the possibilities are endless!
I really like the bolder lines in the middle and the more thinner lines as the drawing becomes more detailed and intricate. It doesn’t take long to get into the tracing-zone, I found it really calming knowing that the picture was going to turn out looking pretty so long as I followed the lines. I didn’t have to think about what to do next, I could just switch off and relax into the moment.
I did a little experiment to see which felt-tips would work best on tracing paper, and my Stabilo Pens came out best. I picked six of my favourite colours and got colouring.
The cool thing is, you can re-trace the design again and colour it in completely differently. As it is a tracing book, you will never run out of pages to do, you can create so many pretty patterns and the book itself will always look as good as new. You can even gift it to a friend once you have finished.
I honestly spent hours and hours just tracing new patterns and colouring in the designs.
It is such a therapeutic activity – just pop your favourite music on and feel the stress melting away.
The book contains 12 stunningly detailed images and it is so easy to use.
It was enjoyable to try different colour combinations and see which worked best.
This book would be great for those who want to improve their drawing skills.
You could even cut these out and stick them onto cardboard to make your own colourful & creative cards.
This was a really enjoyable and relaxing activity so thank you to The Tracing Co. for sending me Bloom to try. I’ve just ordered myself a copy of Believe – the Christmas edition and already looking forward to trying this out in a few months, so watch this space. Which pattern is your favourite? Have you ever tried a tracing book? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!
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