A Coloring Book for Adults?
I don’t remember where I first saw that adult coloring books actually existed – and no, not the “adult” you may be thinking. These are coloring books with intricate details that are created exclusively for adults. I posted an article about this new genre of creativity on my Facebook page and received an amazing response. There were dozens of people that noted how much they enjoyed coloring!
When I was little I loved to color. If I was home sick from school, my mom would bring out my crayons and coloring books and we’d pass the time (also keeping my mind off of being sick) coloring. My dad would come home from work with a new coloring book sometimes too. It was such a treat.
As soon as my boys were old enough to color (and not teeth on the crayons) I took full advantage of scooping up coloring books filled with their favorite characters. Little did they know that these were for me too – hehe.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know…
Back to present day – as soon as I read about these special coloring books I felt compelled to visit the nearest book store and see what they had to offer. I was amazed at the variety available! This was the first book I purchased (yes, I said first…)
Sharpie markers or gel markers are also popular to color with. My package of Sharpies just arrived and I am so excited to try them out!
Once I finally found the time to sit down with my coloring book, pencils and a glass of wine, I just colored. And to me, it was therapeutic. Adult coloring books are more detailed. Coloring in that detail helped me to focus on something other than the normal stressors going through my mind.
Do They really help quell stress and anxiety?
Richard Merritt, an illustrator of The Creative Therapy Colouring Book, says that coloring is a much-needed distraction from stress…the experience can transport us back to easier, childhood days.
I became engrossed in the design. Coloring became something that I looked forward to doing once the kids were in bed. One night my youngest came downstairs, unable to get to sleep. He asked if he could color with me, which ultimately started a new activity that he and I could bond over.
The San Jose Mercury News recently counted coloring books as part of an “ever-growing list of kid things co-opted by adults (video games, mini golf, Legos, Pez dispensers),” but adult coloring books are often marketed based on their therapeutic value. Now I wouldn’t replace traditional therapy, should it be recommended, but coloring definitely eases the mind and is relaxing.
Don’t know if coloring is up your alley? There are so many free coloring pages online allowing you the freedom of not having to jump into purchasing a book. Here are some sites with free adult coloring pages. All you have to do is print them and color!
My newest favorite book is this one:
Do you like to color?