Believe Tracing Book: The Tracing Co.

Back in September, I had the awesome opportunity to team up with The Tracing Co. and review their Bloom Tracing BookKnowing 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: WildlifeBloom & 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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Reeves Paint By Numbers

Do you ever feeling like doing something creative, but worry that it isn’t going to turn out right? I know I do! The other day I really wanted to chill out and paint but past experience has told me that painting can be stressful, especially if you don’t really know what you are doing. This is where Reeves Paint By Numbers comes to the rescue. I have already tried a kit earlier this year (click if you like books and cats) so I felt confident that I would enjoy creating a little something colourful and flowery.

The kit I chose was the Large Reeves Floral Paint By Numbers Set which is £7.99 on Amazon. It has everything you need to get started: 10 paints and a paintbrush. Just add a palette, pen and water.

Reeves are one of the world’s leading creativity and lifestyle brands, they believe creativity isn’t about right or wrong, it is all about expression and having fun. Sometimes a blank sheet of paper is daunting, so having a kit to guide you takes away the pressure and allows you to switch off and enjoy the experience.

Yes, I admit that all these tiny numbers can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but once you know what you are doing it’s easier than you think. For example: orange is labelled as pot number 2 and all you need to do is paint the sections with a number 2 written in. Simples.

It’s so relaxing to zone out with a paint brush, listen to music and know that the picture is taking shape.

Creating different shades is pretty straight forward too. The picture tells you which combinations are needed and all you have to do is mix two colours together. I found labelling the palette with a pen was the best way to keep track of all the new colours.

There are no rules. You can focus on one section at a time, one colour at a time or a bit of both.

I found myself glancing at the image on the box to find out which sections needed which colours.

If you do your painting over a few evenings, then pop your mixed paints in a plastic bag. The air won’t dry them out and they will be good to use again the next day. This will save you from mixing the colours all over again and wasting paints. I painted this over two days and the paints were still as fresh on day 2.

These kits are a great way to practice painting, mixing colours and building confidence if you are just learning. You don’t need to be an artist to be creative.

You don’t need to be especially neat or even stick strictly to the rules either. If you think your orange flower needs a splash of pink, I say go for it! Let your imagination run wild, it is your picture after all.

I ran out of space in my mixing palette so branched out onto the table (or B&Q wallpaper sample). Painting is supposed to be messy, right?! I would suggest putting paper down first as there are over 20 shades you will need to create and you will probably get paint absolutely everywhere, like I did.

Ta-da! Here is the finished picture! It really is such a fun and relaxing way to spend an couple of evenings; I had my music on in the background and didn’t even think to check my phone once. This is something I need to do more often when life gets a little overwhelming and stressful. Have you tried Painting By Numbers before? What’s your favourite way to relax and switch off? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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