Friday, April 28, 2017

For Countless Hours of Rainy Day Fun Try These Colouring Page for Your Littles Ones from iCLIPART.com

Clipart Image of a Little Girl Colouring
Having raised four children and now blessed with six grandchildren, I believe I know a thing or two about the attention span of the young mind. I might not have been schooled academically in the psychology of little ones, but I feel fairly confident when I say that too many rainy days can be a test of endurance and patience for the adult in charge.

My husband and I recently purchased a summer getaway, about which our offspring and their spouses are already eagerly discussing. It seems that rather than a pre-retirement retreat as I'd assumed, there's a good possibility this might be more of a happy holiday haven for our entire family.

I'm okay with that. At least for now. Our kids don't live that close to us that their visits are as frequent as I'd like most of the time. So if a summer idyll is what it takes to enjoy some time with them, it's all good.  There will be rules of course; I'm not doing any extra laundry for example; but generally it will be mi casa de verano es tu casa de verano when it comes to my babies and their crews.

In truth, I'm really quite excited. There will be glorious days at the beach spent slathering on lotion, building sandcastles and dipping into cool waters. The easy access to the playground from our place means hours of entertainment for the youngsters, while the elders can watch from the comfort of the deck.

These are familiar images to me. Years ago when our own kids were small, our family spent summers at a lakeside retreat. At the end of the day, all the fresh air meant tired, happy babies, aglow from all the wonderful sunshine. Bedtimes were easy, sleeps were long and mornings happy with lively little bodies ready to do it all over again.

Unless it was raining. That put a whole dark, dreary spin on the moods. One can only splash in puddles so long after all. On those days it was imperative that the grownups be able to find entertainment fit to fill hours spent in cramped quarters. Not always easy, especially when the kids were of an age where they were still too young for wandering about without Mom and Dad.

So it is then, with all of these thoughts in mind,  that I made certain there will television channels and DVDs ready to amuse our pack of preschoolers at these times. It's hard to believe but there will be days when we'll be grateful for Storybots, Peppa the Pig and Thomas the Train.

Only, however, when the situation becomes desperate. I'm still a firm believer that television is a last resort. There are always indoor games, such as these from personalcreations.com that can burn a bit of energy and inspire imagination.  Even in small spaces. Crafts are always fun for exercising one's creative side. And when it comes to our oldest granddaughter, colouring can occupy endless hours of a rainy day.

While there are endless colouring books you can buy,  iCLIPART.com,  an online subscription graphics service, has some wonderful images that can be printed off for your little ones to colour. Some are educational, others are just fun. They are categorized, as well, so finding ones for specific holidays  is simple.

These links will take you to some of my favourite collections:

Clipart Image of a Colouring Page With a Boy Eating a Watermelon


Clipart Image of a Superhero Pig for Colouring


Clipart Image of a Colouring Page With a Monkey


Clipart Image of a Cartoon Black and White Dog


Clipart Image of a Full Colour and a Black and White Princess

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Colour Your World With These Great Photos With Swatches from iPHOTOS.com

Clipart Image of an Abstract Background of Mixed Colours
"Man needs colour to live; it's just as necessary an element as fire and water." — Fernand Leger

Perhaps that statement from the French artist might be a bit hyperbolic. Few could argue, though, that a life without colour would be rather dismal. Colour is happiness. It's sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.

And we are beginning to see it reviving all around use. The most difficult part of winter for me, besides the lack of invigorating sunlight, is the boring blandness of the monochromatic palette.  Therefore as spring arrives, how awesome it is to see the emerging colours — buds and blooms infusing the landscape with passion and vigour. The liveliness captures the spirit and we fill with energy.

Colours in spring and summer are everywhere, beginning with pretty crocuses and greening trees, through to perky daffodils and glorious tulips then finally the riotous kaleidoscopic hues in lush gardens.

It's probably the vibrant crimsons and golds of the autumn leaves that make summer's demise more palatable than it would be otherwise.

Colour is clearly a welcome part of existence. We appreciate it's natural beauty outdoors and make use of it to warm our indoor world as well.

My husband and I recently renovated a couple of rooms in our house. One of the most thought-out aspects of the remodel was obviously the colour scheme.  Choosing the paint for the walls is an important decision since you're going to be living with that shade for a while. It creates the mood for the environment — calm and soothing, rejuvenating and vibrant.  You need to consider the usage of the room, whether it will be a gathering place for socializing and entertaining, or a quiet shelter.

Once that's settled, then decisions will be made on the accents. This means finding complimentary tones that blend, yet add interest.

It might surprise you to know that online graphics services are so versatile they can even inspire you in this creative project.  On iPHOTOS.com for example you can find an amazing assortment of pictures with accompanying compatible swatches. 

These can obviously be used in web design to coordinate colours for a more aesthetically-appealing result (a topic I will be covering in a future blog).  According to Buffer 90% of an assessment for trying out a product is made by colour alone.

However, these images would also help you make essential choices for many other design projects — from quilting to home decor. Virtually any place where you want to ensure a nice blend of colour.

Photo of a Tulip With a Colour Palette At the SideThe pictures in the collection can also guide you if you are creating printed products with the photo portion to coordinate any other colours you might use in the design. If the item is attractive people will be more inclined to look at it longer.  Matching the  hues will go a long way to making that happen.

Here then is the unique collection offered at iPHOTOS.com which will enliven your designs with colour. The ways in which you do this is only limited by your imagination:

iPHOTOS.com Colour Scheme Photos