We’re back this week with a post that will make everyone feel younger, regardless of age.
We’re talking about adult coloring!
Adult Coloring, Really?
That’s right,! We’re talking about the trend that took craft stores by storm, and has spawned multiple series of books and other adult coloring accessories across the globe. While art therapists have been trying to tell us the health benefits to adult coloring for years, the actual trend didn’t become big until several years ago, and it's still going strong. According to this CNN article, the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.”
Adult Coloring Increases Self-Esteem?
Seems like a long list of promises, don’t you think? That’s because adult coloring works on the same level as a therapy session, essentially. While it may not be the same as a therapy session, the benefits are very similar. Coloring and taking your mind off the stresses you are normally under serves as a form of meditation, and form of practical meditation too. Coloring produces actual products that can come into play in your daily life. Many creatives have found unique DIY uses for their coloring pages. Just follow the blog My Creative Life, they have dozens of great ideas that put your coloring pages to use. Links to some of their best ideas will be at the bottom of this article.
Adult coloring allows us to tap into the right side of our brain, and lets us unwind and think of nothing but what color to put in the next area of the drawing. OR NOT! You can scribble to your heart’s content. You have the freedom to do whatever you want, and much like the ideas referenced in our Stitching and Wellness article, that freedom is a luxury that we only get to have when we create.
Leisure Arts has just recently released a new set of coloring on the go books that make it easier for you to be creative anywhere! Below are the covers.
Leisure Arts has just released 16 NEW adult coloring books! Yeah, you heard me correctly!
To try out some of My Creative Life’s best coloring page craft Ideas, check out this link!
Don’t forget, we love to see what you guy are working on. If you end up trying these projects, share them to our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram! We’re curious as much as we are creative.
-Leisure Arts Team