The craze over coloring for adults has taken over, with some strange looks and curious glances. The idea is that it can be a stress reliever and can hep clear your mind. To be honest, it really does work, and I have had a book I’ve been using to help with stress and anxiety. So, I wanted to share some great books for you and how you can maximize the activity.
Some have expressed that coloring as an adult seems incredibly dull, but it really doesn’t have to be as long as you utilize it well. Here’s how:
Do It With Others
There is no rule that says you have to do it alone. Get a group of friends together, color, talk, and bond. It’s not specifically about stress relief, it can be a hobby for the group, a reason to get together. Plus it helps relieve the stigma of adult coloring when you involve your friends.
Make It A Night In
I personally am a color alone type person. It is a relaxing way to do some self-care. Plus you can do it while watching TV (or YouTube in my case) or listening to music with a drink by your side. It can be a nice way to spend an evening.
Let Creativity Take Over
Not everyone gets to be creative 24/7, so getting a coloring book is n easy way to make the creative juices flow when feeling a little blocked or uninspired. The process is what matters when it comes to coloring, so enjoy it.
Now what should you look for in a color book? Well that is mostly up to you, because there are so many out there, but here are a few suggestions (with linked images!)
If you want more whimsical illustrations to color, i suggest this book of Cats in Paris. It’s literally images of cats at different Paris landmarks.
If you are looking for something a little more simple but still beautiful, this book based on Japanese art and culture might be the perfect match for you. Simple but elegant designs make it feel adult without being super intricate.
Animals are probably the most abundant topic of a coloring book, so it’s pretty easy to find one you will like. This one is specifically for stress relief, but it doesn’t have to exactly be for that purpose.
Maybe your way of making coloring a more adult activity is by having a more adult theme for the book itself. There are some pretty hilarious options out there, like this one. Trust me, there are more explicit ones out there, if that’s your thing.
Now what do you use to color the books once you get them? My preference is gel pens, because they color more evenly than colored pencils or crayons, and won’t bleed through as easily as sharpies or other markers.
Have you tried adult coloring? Let me know by leaving me a comment!