Coloring Books

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo have you jumped in on the craze of coloring books for adults? I had read some articles about how coloring books are helping adults deal with stress and anxiety and a few weeks ago one book even made it to the NY Times Bestseller list.

Well, count me in. You know I love artsy/craftsy stuff and last Christmas my husband and mother-in-law gifted me a beautiful Faber Castell pencil set so why not join in the craze? So I recently got the book, Secret Garden by Johanna Brasford, and I love it!

I am a person who easily worries and I deal with a lot of stress being the caretaker of an elderly parent. Iโ€™m not going to tell you that this coloring book is a cure but I can say it really is relaxing. I love to get lost in filling in the patterns with beautiful, vibrant colors. Do the colors match, is it all within the lines? Who knows and who cares. This is all about freedom to be creative.

Iโ€™ve always said that I wish I could draw and I think this is also a good step for those of you who donโ€™t feel confident enough drawing. Like stencils and rubber stamps, coloring books do half of the job for you. Not only can you color, but you can alter the shapes or create extra designs. I think itโ€™s all about enjoying the moment and nurturing your creativity.

During our last bookstore visit I saw quite a bunch of new magazines that were strictly about coloring. Cloth Paper Scissors even has a special edition on Zen Doodle Workshop, which I actually received at my art journal retreat. This is more about how to make your own coloring templates so that’s neat.

Anyway, I think this weekend calls for some time spent reading and coloring. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and let me know if you have a coloring book to recommend!

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