Wondering what all the buzz is when it comes to adult coloring books?
There is a growing new trend that is happening and you might be surprised to find out that it revolves around adult coloring books.
If you think for a moment that coloring is just for kids, think again!
There is a recent growing obsession that started in Europe and and is quickly being adopted by adults globally that specifically involves coloring books for grownups.
Coloring is basically seen as an activity that most of us are inclined to associate with children.
As we get older, we set aside our colored pencils and crayons in favor of more respected writing tools like pens and pencils, highlighters and lets not forget our present day obsession with the digital world.
That being said, it appears that coloring may well be beneficial for adults — specifically because of its de-stressing power.
Does Coloring For Adults Really De-Stress?
Are you wondering why coloring is so popular with adults? Well, it appears that that coloring is just as useful for adults in precisely the same way it’s useful to children.
Putting all your attention into coloring a page stills our minds, in addition to stimulating the brain areas which control creativity, motor skills, together with stimulating the senses.
The psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala, explains in her interview with Huffington Post how coloring not only activates both halves of the brain but also promotes relaxation:
The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.
Coloring for adults is a fun activity that is more than likely a much easier way to reduce stress than, let’s say, dragging ourselves to the gym.
Benefits of Adults Coloring Books
Coloring for adults is an easy method of calming the mind and occupying the hands.
Working on adult coloring books is a form of active meditation that focuses a person’s attention on simple tasks which require repetitive motion.
For those people who have a hard time with concentrative meditation this works like a charm.
The act of choosing colors and the repetitive action that goes with coloring focuses the brain on the present moment and subsequently blocks out any intrusive thoughts.
Taking some time during each day to color takes our minds off our problems and as a result, it leaves us feeling way more rested, relaxed, and at ease.
Due to the fact that fine motor skills call for extra work from your brain to co-ordinate your actions, and muscle control in your arms and hands, coloring may help delay the loss of these important skills as we start to get older.
Also it might help combat cognitive loss, this is especially true if we go ahead and select more challenging pieces every now and again.
So to sum up the benefits of coloring for adults:
- lowers anxiety
- stabilizes mood
- increases attention span
- serves as a sleep aid
- fun pastime
- clears one’s thoughts
- helps with hand and arm co-ordination
- helps to unplug from the digital world
- may help combat cognitive loss
All in all, coloring helps you relax and simply amazing things happen when you do relax. Relaxing lowers your blood pressure, reduces tension headaches, relieves anxiety and digestive upsets.
So, coloring is not only creative it aids in improving your health.
What To Color When It Comes To Coloring For Adults
It really doesn’t matter what you color just as long as you enjoy the action of coloring.
You can find coloring books online and at just about any retail store but the idea is to choose a coloring book that fits your own style and needs.
You can also find coloring pages online that you can download and print for free.
All you will need besides your coloring pages or adult coloring books, is some crayons, colored pencils or felt tip markers and you’ll be set to go.
The nice thing about coloring books for adults is that you can take them along with you anywhere you go.
Coloring Books for Adults
Now that you know the benefits of coloring for adults, I’m sure you’ll want to see what sort of coloring books for adults that are available.
If you are not familiar with coloring books for adults you’ll definitely be surprised at the variety of different types of adult coloring books that are out there.
- adult coloring books for relaxation
- adult coloring books of animals
- adult coloring books for art therapy
- adult coloring books of angels
- adult coloring books – art nouveau
- adult coloring books of anatomy
- adult coloring books of butterflies
- adult coloring books of dragons
- adult coloring books – designs stained glass
- adult coloring books of elephants
- adult coloring books of fantasy
- adult coloring books of fairies
- adult coloring books of flowers
- adult coloring books of mandala
- adult coloring books of nature
- adult coloring books of paisley
- adult coloring books of tattoos
As you can see there isn’t a lack of coloring books for adults.
This is only a short list of the different kinds of coloring books that are available. So what ever you are interested in you’ll more than likely find an adult coloring book to suit your style or need.
Here are a few of the very popular that are available that have loads of positive reviews.
Intricate Design Coloring Books
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford. (There is also a line of beautiful post cards from this illustrator.)
If you are looking for an easy way to step away from the stress of everyday life you’ll love the Color Me Calm adult coloring books by Art Therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter.
Each book is filled with 100 colouring templates that are perfect for relaxation and meditation.
This book is organized into 7 therapeutically-themed chapters that are made up of Water Scenes, Mandalas, Wooded Scenes, Flora & Fauna,Geometric Patterns, Natural Patterns, and Spirituality.
Mandalas Coloring Books For Adults
Mandala patterns were utilized by Carl Jung back in the early 1920s during relaxation therapies.
The form of the Mandala is even older – the term “mandala” comes from Sanskrit and means or “spirit” or “circle” plus in eastern cultures a mandala represents unity or the universe. Some think that focusing on a significant question or intent while you are coloring or drawing a mandala is a very powerful way for you to assist meditation and in the process connect to your own inner intuition.
If you’re an adult looking for coloring books to destress, you will thoroughly enjoy spending time absorbed in these mystical mandala designs by Alberta Hutchinson.
This is another fabulous adult coloring book by Wendy Piersall. Coloring Flower Mandalas is made up of 30 hand-drawn designs of orchids, roses, gardenias, vines, lilies, lotuses, sunflowers, tulips, marigolds, and poppies.
You’ll be inspired by the garden of blooms!
You’ll love the intricate shapes and unique patterns in this adult coloring book by Wendy Piersall. Coloring Animal Mandalas
is an an excellent coloring book for adults made up of 31 beautiful designs.
The intricate designs feature animals such as unicorns, butterflies, birds, dragons, tigers, peacocks, fish, and so on.
The black lines are sharp and crisp with no blur and the book is coloring book is printed high quality paper that has a good thickness to it for coloring. The book is a perfect size to throw in your tote to take along with you.
Adult Coloring Books That Are Just Fun Designs
Just Add Color: Folk Art coloring book by Rocket Books is made up of 30 original designs by artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon. The book has 64 perforated pages so that you can easily remove your artwork. This is one of a set of 3 colouring books by Lisa Congdon.
If you are looking for a super fun adult coloring book then you’ll enjoy Day of the Dead Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle who has filled this 30 page coloring book with loads of creative activities that are by the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday.
The pictures are based on Day of the Dead Sugar skulls. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy coloring all the mystical folk art.
This coloring book is made from high quality pre-perforated thick paper to make it easy to remove and display your art work.
If you like something that is a little different you’ll love this Creative Haven Steampunk Designs Coloring Book with over 30 wonderful detailed drawings depicting women and men in Victorian regalia adorned with gears, googles, antique clocks, and all sorts of other artifacts of the steam powered era.
The pages in this book are printed on one side only and are perforated for easy removal.
If it’s not convenient for you to take your paint by number kit with you, why not go ahead and pick up a few Adult Coloring Books and tuck them away in your bag or tote and simply enjoy yourself while relaxing with wonderful pastime. But don’t forget to order some good coloring pencils or pens to go along with these amazing coloring books.
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