Today is National Coloring Book Day! Did you know that there are coloring books available for adults? Today we celebrate coloring books for all ages, and encourage you to give adult coloring books a try!
Stressed out? Looking for something creative to do when you can’t think of anything to draw, paint, or otherwise create? Maybe you don’t think you’re an artistic person at all, but just want something fun and relaxing to do in your free time. If any of these are the case, you should check out adult coloring books.
Adult coloring books have been around about as long as regular, “kids’” coloring books, but it has only been in the last few years that they have gained significant attention. A major trend in 2015 and 2016, adult coloring books have proven their staying power, no doubt due to their ability to destress while stimulating the brain.
Antoni Martinez, speaking to the Huffington Post, says “I recommend it as a relaxation technique. We can use it to enter a freer, more creative state.” Indeed, coloring can work as an “appetizer” of sorts to whet an artist’s appetite before diving into their work. Alternatively, it can stand alone as an exercise rather than a warm-up, and allow you to let your mind wander as you work creatively without overthinking.
Art therapist Marygrace Berberian, speaking to CNN, agrees with this assessment, adding “Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus, or bring about more mindfulness.” Coloring can be done by oneself, or in the company of others. You can use crayons, colored pencils, or markers. The only other thing you need is a coloring book!
Why not try out an adult coloring book? You can get everything you need at your local craft store, and if you go to the Bott Shoppe, you can stick around and do some coloring alongside like-minded, creative individuals. Then take your coloring book home and use it in your free time or whenever you need to unwind!
Here are three options for adult coloring books that you can buy online or in-store at the Bott Shoppe: