As a kid, I loved coloring. Give me crayons and a coloring book and you got one quiet kid. I think there is something addictive in the smell of crayons too. That smell was ALWAYS there on the first day of school and could only be matched by a brand new box of crayons. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when I heard about the latest rage: adult coloring books.
I had read an article last year in Parade Magazine about the calming effects it had on the author and that adult coloring is now being used as a therapeutic tool for stress and anxiety. I could believe that and thought about getting a book but I didn’t want to make the purchase until I had time to actually sit around coloring. As I waited, stores like Michaels and now Walmart began packing their shelves with adult coloring books. Now, every time I pass one’s of these shelves, I pick a few up, browse at their pages, then put them back with a heavy heart. I have no time.
A few weeks ago, Parade offered a free adult coloring calendar download. I went to their site and saw that they only had the month of January. Perfect. I could print this out and if I didn’t find the time, then I didn’t really waste my money on an entire book that I would never find the time to complete. The bonus was that if I didn’t find time to color this simple page, it was still useful for the month of January.
So, for a week, it sat on my desk. Then one night, I was a bit tired to do any type of work but it was still somewhat early for bed. Normally, I would just read my book then go to sleep but I had purchased my first audio book and thought perhaps I could kill two birds with one stone. So, I put my audio book on, got out my Primsacolor pencils, and began coloring my January page.
This became addictive as I found a little time each night to do this until I completed my page. It was so much fun picking colors and making something I thought was pretty. And like any addiction, I was saddened that I had finished the page ending my nightly escape. But not to fear, I have ordered a book on Amazon. And while I didn’t use crayons, the colored pencils still had their own fresh and inviting scent beckoning me to color.
So, if you are interested in trying adult coloring but think you don’t have the time, Parade magazine still has the download available at http://www.parade.com/download. I really am hoping that they will have one for each month. I have been checking every few days since finishing my page to see if they have uploaded February yet. When they do, I will update this post.
As I said before, you can also pick up a book at Michaels and Walmart, but there are also other different options available on Amazon and at LeisureArt.com. While many feature ornate designs, there are some that focus on a theme such as pets and even Harry Potter. Below are a few of my favorites:
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And don’t forget to buy some colored pencils. I have been completely sold on Primsacolor pencils. These are not your ordinary colored pencils. The only way that I can describe is that they are creamy yet sturdy. They glide along the paper while you color and I have yet to break one. They are a little more expensive but so worth it. You won’t regret having them. They range from 12 to 150 different colors but go with the one that fits your budget.
Well, I hope you will give this activity a try and see if you too finding it relaxing, even if you hardly have time.
Update: Parade magazine’s February calendar is available. Click here to be directed to their download site.