It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet
Did you know one of publishing’s hottest trends is adult coloring books?
Now, I’m not talking about animated Disney characters or animals or alphabet letters with thick black lines around them. Adult coloring books feature intricate designs like flowers, mandalas, paisleys, and such marketed to ease stress and encourage creativity.
Designs that one could spend days working on, like this:
The friend who introduced me to coloring started me using felt-tip markers. They make gorgeous, bright colors that are bold and vivid:
But I quickly tired of markers (and they’re expensive!), so I switched to colored pencils. Some are available with two colors on opposite sides, making for a great deal of variation in colors, along with a softer, pastel feel:
According to the New York Post, adult coloring began in earnest in 2011 across the Pond with books aimed at older children. When adults started snapping them up — to the tune of millions of copies purchased — publishers knew they had a hit on their hands.
Now, you can hardly go into any store from Wal-Mart to Hobby Lobby without seeing displays of all sorts of adult “art therapy” books.
And why not? Most of us colored as kids. We enjoyed it, and our grownup lives are so complex that we need a bit of downtime for sanity’s sake.
One can color alone while talking on the phone or watching TV; some even color with friends or during problem-solving sessions at work.
So whether it’s a mandala (a mesmerizing circular design that draws the eye toward its center):
or something in paisley:
or a complex picture:
coloring is FUN! And those who haven’t tried it lately don’t know what they’re missing.
The next time you’re feeling stressed out, why not pick up some colors and indulge your inner child? You might be amazed at how calming this pastime can be!