Coloring outside the lines

color outside lines72Textures by Kim Klassen: Let Go, 50% soft light and Nancy Claeys 0331, 70% soft light

Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.
~Kim Nance

Why do we always insist children color inside the lines of pictures in coloring books? After all, if they don’t color inside the designated lines, they won’t make the pretty picture someone else designed.

The metaphor of coloring outside the lines represents someone who doesn’t want to follow the rules or think along conventional lines; a non-comformist; free spirit.

If we’re honest, there is a little bit of a comfort zone in doing something the same way everyone else does even though we claim we hate it. When we color inside the lines, we get the job done without raising any red flags or unnecessary attention. And all the better if we use conventional colors; making the sky blue and the grass green.

But for others, coloring inside the lines is boring. They long to be innovative and creative beings that think outside the box. It’s not that they don’t want any boundaries, they just want to challenge themselves and the status quo by trying something completely different from the way it’s always been done.

Take these flower petals, for example. Peanut’s Daddy brought them home for her a few days ago. They are the epitome of creativity since it looks like someone randomly splashed colorful paint all over white spider mums!

painted mum

Unique and unusual…definitely not your conventional one-color blossom. Who says flower petals can’t be a rainbow of different colors? To me, these look like a manic, little pixie was turned loose with a brush and set of paints!

Don’t be afraid to color outside the lines every once in a while. Don’t always settle for the obvious solution. Step outside your comfort zone and get uncomfortable for a while. Comfort zones are where we get stuck in ruts. When we spend time outside our comfort zones, we grow.

Feed your muse, unleash your creativity and the result will be something uniquely magnificent!

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14 thoughts on “Coloring outside the lines

  1. Sometimes it’s necessary to spread our wings and fly into new territory. Like the painting pixie did with those lovely flowers – try coloring outside the lines. Then give a sigh of relief when our venture is successful and sit back and enjoy. Or learn something from the experience when it is less than successful.


  2. *clapping*

    AWESOME post, Lisa!

    “Don’t be afraid to color out­side the lines every once in a while. Don’t always settle for the obvious solu­tion. Step out­side your com­fort zone and get uncom­fort­able for a while. Comfort zones are where we get stuck in ruts. When we spend time out­side our com­fort zones, we grow.”

    You are soooooo right! And I love your analogy to a coloring book!

    Yes, I’ve always been one to color outside the lines. And for the reason you shared, to challenge myself to do something different.

    Love the photo of that spider mum. The colors are faaaaaabulous!

    Hope you had a super Sunday, my friend!



  3. I truly think I live to color outside the lines.
    Wish it hadn’t taken so long to get there though.
    Wonderful post, and what beautiful flowers.
    Truly Peanut’s Dad is a sweetheart!


  4. Such truth to point out that we view coloring outside the lines as rebellious. I’ve come to see it as you have over the years. My daughter taught me a bit about this. She is creative and artistic. She always hated coloring books because they stifled her imagination. I use to worry that she was missing out on a vital “developmental skill”, but I realized that her imagination was more valuable than staying in the lines. She is now 11 and so imaginative.


  5. Fantastic. Mother Nature doesn’t stay within the lines, so why should we? However, if you are painting a pin stripe, maybe you should. But, then again, who knows what might happen if you don’t. It could turn out to be fantastic and fantastically different.



  6. I love those colorful petals! Just beautiful.
    We’ve always encouraged our kids to color outside the lines, think outside the box. In fact, I’m not really a fan of coloring books, but of big pads of sketch paper & construction paper for them to make their own art. I love original creations.
    Our daughter (we also have 4 sons) is especially keen on making everything around her beautiful.. When she was 4-5 years old, I would find that she’d colored purple polkadots on her bed skirt.. and would try to decorate her walls as well. It was always tastefully done, but eventually we had to draw SOME lines, as to where she could color. 😉


  7. those flowers certainly draw one’s eyes to them! I love and admire creative beings! artwise, I’m not so much that way, but words were my tools in teaching. thankfully, I learned a philosophy from Sister Grace of Workshop Way; it worked magic and nurtured thinkers in the classroom.


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