Coloring outside the lines…


Do you remember the concentration that ensued as a child, when coloring pictures that you liked? Adult coloring books are becoming a new fashion – in fact, I bought several for family members as Christmas presents last year. But I didn’t realize the meditative properties of just coloring… Now I’m going to buy one for myself!

This article, on Huffington Post, provides some of the history and benefits of coloring as an adult. It does contain a 3 minute video that provides more information.

[Note: blog title taken from the book of the same name by Souris Hong – Amazon link]

Currently, six of the top 20 selling books on Amazon are adult coloring books. The unlikely pastime for those of us who have successfully graduated from kindergarten has been gaining popularity of late, as an easy means to express oneself and de-stress along the way.

The activity not only provides a low-stress, low-stakes way to unlock your creative potential, it also unlocks memories of simpler, childhood times, when the biggest cause of anxiety was how to avoid your next nap. “I recommend it as a relaxation technique,” psychologist Antoni Martínez explained to the Huffington Post. “We can use it to enter into a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

Read the full article on

Image is from a different book, Coloring Flower Mandalas, by Wendy Piersal (Amazon link).


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