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I started coloring mandalas ages ago.

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This isn’t the first one I have, but it’s the first decent one I have. This was one of the first coloring pages I did when I realized how much I enjoyed them. I was in middle school at this point, so I was 13-15.

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I started making a lot of them. I had one set of 36 Bic markers that I used until they dried out. When I bought a new set, I bought both tip sizes they had, in the same 36 colors. I tried to make good color choices, but it felt difficult choosing four colors that matched the way I thought they should.

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I only have these three, out of the probably ten I made in middle school. I made them as gifts for my friends and family for Christmas, but I burnt myself out in the process. They stopped being fun, and turned into a chore. After Christmas was over, I put away my book and markers, and didn’t pick them back up until earlier this year.

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But I was cleaning my room during quarentine and found the old book and markers. In typical procrastination fashion, I colored instead of cleaning. Unsurprisingly after such a long break, the joy was back. I loved coloring again. But in the years since I had put the book away, I had made a lot of progress, even though it didn’t seem like it at first. It was just fun to be coloring again. I didn’t realize that this first step back into art could be so well compared to that first one I made 5 years ago. Both primarily yellow, with designs from the same book. But clearly different.

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It felt weird at first, looking at the 36 colors I had and remembering that it had felt like not enough choices. Now I could see color combinations I had never thought of before, and they worked.

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I realized that coloring was fidgeting for me while working on this one. I was just trying to work on it and listen to a lecture, and I realized that I was listening better than I was when I just stared at my blank sheet of notes. The repetitive patterns are simple enough my brain doesn’t get distracted from the lecture, but complex enough that my hands are fully occupied.

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I even started using more than the previously determined “limit” of four colors. This has six colors, and it doesn’t lose clarity at all. This was something I had not done previously, because the real First Page I did had had eight colors that clashed horribly and made the whole thing an eyesore. But I had picked better colors and kept them better contained this time, and it still read as a coherent and thought out piece.

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When I ran out of pages that I thought were pretty and complex enough in the book I had, I started looking for another book of designs. The first one I bought bled horribly and I didn’t even finish any of the designs in it, despite how pretty they were. But the second book I ordered was perfect.

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The designs were clean and varied in complexity and patterns. They were gorgeous. And my skills were finally enough that I could do these complex designs justice.

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This is the page I finished tonight. I picked these colors for another page, which was sadly ruined. I decided to try again, this time on the first full page design I had ever attempted. In the end, I think it worked out pretty well.

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Does anyone else spend time thinking about how blue is the strongest primary color. Like it’s just sitting there being a cool color while both red and yellow are warm. But if you add either of them to blue they become cool colors: purple and green. Blue has the power to make other colors part of its family.

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What if an alien had a different eye structure, and sees different (more) colors from us.

We program our TVs to produce colors the way we see them, with combinations of red, yellow and blue, don’t we? So, would this alien looking at our TVs see the world how it looks in our color range? How neat would that be?!

Dogs see fewer colors than we do, right? I wonder if a dog could program a tv, would they be able to show us what the world looks like for them? Do we know enough about dog’s eyes to do it ourselves? I wonder if that’s already been done?

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