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My New Time Sink


The logo you see above belongs  to my favorite new time sink - the Colorfy app for phones, tablets, and PC's.  I've been enjoying adult coloring books for some time now, and I have an assortment of them, along with soft-lead colored pencils, markers, and even crayons.  Then I discovered Colorfy.  I first saw it as an advertisement on Facebook and it sounded like a fun way to pass time on my cellphone, like I really needed more of that, right? :-)

I have to tell you, it's amazingly fun!  It comes with a large assortment of  designs to color, and a large array of colors to choose from, and you literally color the pages by tapping on any outlined section to apply the color of choice.  You can stretch the designs out to get to the tiny spaces (which are really tiny on a cell phone).  There is a free version of the app which you can do quite a bit with; and if, like me, you are so taken with it that you decide you need access to ALL the colors and even more designs, there is an annual subscription you can purchase. 

Here's an example of what you can do, although I'm clearly not pretending to possess "artistic talents" when it comes to color choices.  I just do it for fun and because bright colors make me happy!

 I originally did this mandala design with a black background.

 Then I tried a purple background
 
Here's a white background with white lines instead of black lines.
 
There are also several cool background filters. This one looks like it was knitted.
 
By removing all the lines and adding a brick filter this one ends up looking like graffiti on a wall!

Even more exciting, Colorfy allows you to upload pictures from any coloring book you have and color them with the app, such as the one I've started above. You can even draw your own line designs and upload them to color!
 
The coolest part about the app is that you can change your mind (perfect for me) and change the colors/line style/background filter over and over again to try out different effects.  You can't do that with a regular coloring book!
 
When you've finished your design you can share it on Facebook, Instagram or Pintrest, messenger or text. You can save it and print it from there.
 
For me, what makes this app a winner is that I can color anytime, anywhere and enjoy the creative process and therapeutic effect of coloring instead of getting caught up in Facebook.
 
While this no doubt comes across as an advertisement for Colorfy, I am not being paid to write this.  I am just finding the app so much fun that I wanted to share it with you.  Maybe some of you will decide to give it a try, and will discover that you enjoy it as much as I do.  I love coloring mandalas most of all, but Colorfy has several other themes to choose from as well. This would be a great way to occupy kids on car trips or while waiting somewhere too.
 
Now I'm returning to coloring butterflies.  If you try out the app let me know what you think of it, and share your pictures with me too! :-)
 
I'm sharing this post at "Heart and Mind Mondays"
A wonderful new monthly link-up on Ivy's "Carrot" blog...
even if I'm so late that it's already Saturday :-)
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There's still time for you to add something creative too!


13 comments:

  1. The app sounds really cool. I think I'd like to steal my husband's iPad and download it on there. As well as on the phone, which I always have with me. I could see it becoming dangerous, too. The feature I like the best is changing to see how different backgrounds look. Do you use your finger or a stylus?

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    1. I knew you would want to try this after I saw your beautiful mandala on Heart and Mind Mondays, Val! The ability to change colors, not only the background, but any color you decide you aren't happy with, is what makes it so appealing. Changing the backgrounds and line colors totally changed the feel of my mandala. I just used my finger, since I always have that handy, but now that you mention it, I do have a stylus in the drawer, and that would probably work even better than my fat fingers :-). Enjoy!!

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  2. I know exactly what you mean about finding some apps as really addictive. I swear I could sell stock in picsArt... this one looks like it could be a lot of fun and it allows you to be pretty creative. It's like a nice quick bang for the buck! I really love the colors you chose! Hey thanks for linking it up Josie never too late!

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    1. I love playing with color and design, Ivy, and having this app on my phone makes it so easy to pick up and play with! It is very relaxing though, so that makes it therapeutic in my too busy life.

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  3. It does look like fun! Relaxing, too.

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    1. It's a great distraction from the stresses of the day, or when "watching" TV. :-)

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  4. Good grief! Despite my obviously poor proof-reading talents, I just now discovered that my auto-correct conveniently changed "colorbook" to cookbook twice in this post! I think I have it correctly updated to coloring book now. Please, if you see something like that here in the future, drop me an email and tell me to get right! :-)

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  5. Your pictures are great. Couldn't decide on a favorite. I might have to give Colorfy a try but not sure I have the patience.

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    1. I know you enjoy coloring too, Patricia, and I think you'd enjoy this app. There is an assortment of designs, some with less intricate designs that would lend themselves to easier/faster coloring.

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  6. This would be great for the kids!! Something a little more creative then the games they are obsessed with. I love this idea! I may even have to try it out

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    1. I agree, Rory, at least it requires creativity and imagination, and you end up with something cool for the refrigerator door or a picture frame! :-)

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