Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wind Down Wednesday: Coloring

Isn't coloring for kids?

Coloring is for everyone, not just kids. Lately, more and more books geared towards adults have been popping up, filled with complex coloring pages. Coloring is more than just a way to bond with a younger generation - it's a great stress reliever.

Are you serious?

By Jenn Gaylor (Southeast Steuben County Library)
[CC BY-SA 4.0 (],
via Wikimedia Commons
Very. Years before this became a mainstream thing, my therapist suggested I start coloring to help cope with my stress. I was skeptical, but it helps. I rarely go anywhere without at least a few coloring pages and a small pack of something to color with (crayons, markers, colored pencils). It helps me deal with high stress situations, and it's a great conversation starter, and with a few extra pages in tow, I can occasionally get someone to sit down and color with me.

You don't really expect me to drop that much on a book, do you?

Yes, the adult coloring books are MUCH more expensive than kid's coloring books. BUT this doesn't mean you can't get into coloring. If you have a printer at home, or a public library that will let you print, you can head over to sites like this and get amazing coloring pages in a variety of categories, including famous pieces of artwork.

What am I supposed to do with all these filled in coloring pages?

By Karl Urban (Celebrating Wildflowers Northwest
Coloring Book) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Put them on the fridge, frame them put them on the walls, recycle them. It's really up to you. Think of it as an opportunity to flex your creative muscle a little more.

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