The Case for Color

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Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. ~Pablo PicassoIMG_4498

My best friend is very talented at “Visual Note Taking.”  She is a curriculum director and a teacher trainer, and she attends more meetings than anyone I know!  Her life is ruled by what she lovingly refers to as her “nerdy notebook.”  This is the command central for all of her notes and appointments.  Furthermore, she has always been a very artistic person and once taught art to elementary children (in Bangladesh, but that’s another story.)  Somehow my friend has managed to bring her love of art into the daily grind of meetings and conferences.  Last August, we were sitting next to one another during a keynote speech at a reading conference, and I witnessed the full-extent of her creative note-taking style.  She pulled out a little box of colored markers and managed to capture the essence of the speaker’s message with doodles, sketches, bulleted notes, and creative lettering. (If you want more information about the concept of visual note-taking, I highly recommend Austin Kleon’s website!)

So, when I got my Fall (2014) issue of Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself magazine, I noticed a fantastic project for a roll-up colored pencil case made out of felt.  The moment I saw it, I knew I would have to make it for my friend.

416306913_lgWell, I finally got around to making this project, with her birthday right around the corner, and it turned out perfectly!  In fact, it’s better than I could have hoped! I did modify the dimensions from the written directions in order to fit the number of markers in the package.  I also used a black leather-like cord, instead of felt, as a tie.

IMG_4487 IMG_4493 This was a fun, easy gift to make, and I have just enough fabric left over to make one for myself! By the way, the book I purchased to accompany my gift is called Nature Mandalas Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle.  It seems we never grow too old to enjoy some coloring time, do we?

Happy Spring, and Happy Coloring!

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