Adult coloring books hit the news-stands here in the UK early in 2015. They weren’t an “overnight success” but once the trickle started, it soon became a flood.
Looking through adult coloring books in shops and online, you’d be forgiven for thinking that adults only color to manage stress and to relax.
But coloring is fun, too!
If you liked coloring as a child, you’ll probably still like it. No thought of relaxation or meditation when I was a child. Coloring was fun and I did it as often as possible.
Did You Buy Kids Coloring Books For Yourself?
I did a few times. I wasn’t interested in fairground scenes and circus animals. I just wanted to color! When they didn’t satisfy, I made up my own patterns like the one above using shapes and doodles, then colored them.
A kids coloring book lasted me a day, if that, and didn’t satisfy my deep need for coloring. How about you?
When Johanna Basford’s adult coloring book, “Secret Garden“, was published, at last we adults could color without shame.
No more comments like “Time you grew up”, “Coloring’s for kids” and “Find yourself a proper hobby.”
The stress-busting / meditation / relaxing effects are clear as you can see from titles such as “Color Me Calm”, “Wonderfully Relaxing”, “Mindful Coloring”, etc.
You get lost in your own world when you’re coloring. The repetitive back and forth movement of your hand and your focus on what you’re coloring shuts out everything else. Things normally taking your attention drift away for a while.
When you end your coloring session, you often find a problem you couldn’t find a solution to is suddenly solved.
Don’t Forget The Pencil Sharpener.
The craze isn’t just about coloring books. Remember what you color with and the equipment you need, such as a pencil sharpener.
Whether you color with pencils or crayons, watercolour pencils or gel pens, you’ll always be on the lookout for that elusive shade, the one that you know will go perfectly in the tiny gap this side of the edge. No other shade will go there – it just wouldn’t look right.
What Do You Think About Adult Coloring?
A craze or something that’s here to stay? Will you still be coloring when it’s not trendy?
Leave a comment telling us what you think.