Welcome to our National Coloring Book Day feature!
You will note we have spelled colouring the American way as coloring in honour of our friends across the pond, as it is largely thanks to our USA readers that we know and celebrate an event that has recently taken on more importance as ordinary folks look for ways to relax. If you can’t understand the attraction of coloring, let us try to explain…….
Some people cope well with the pressures and stress of daily life. They manage the constant mental adjustments needed to navigate life and its challenges – they are pretty awesome – right? *sighs* Then there are those of us who, sometimes, find life throws us a curveball which means we need something to reassure us that we will not be overwhelmed.
Enter the adult coloring book!
From their start in the 1970’s coloring books have developed and expanded to include an amazing range of subjects from our favourite cats to calming mandalas, wise owls, beautiful flowers, fine art and natural history. Artists like BZTAT, and companies like Creative Haven (see the affiliate link above) provide top quality opportunities to color.
How to Brighten Your National Coloring Book Day
For the beginner colorist we suggest perhaps just a few pencils, and the free dowloadable coloring book available from Dover to celebrate National Coloring Book Day – give it a try! The link will also help you find a local coloring group to meet with like-minded people!
You do not need to spend a lot of money either. We like Prismacolor and Inktense pencils, as well as markers. Here are some of the things you can use to color in, check out your local shop, or our Amazon affiliate link:-
Thick and Thin Markers
Graphite and Colored Pencils
Soluble Watercolour Pencils
Crayons (like Crayola)
Your ‘medium‘, your choice of coloring materials, will affect how your coloring looks, as will the amount of time you can spend. Here’s a couple of examples of using your coloring time :-
If you have half an hour at the end of the day – vivid markers will give your spirits the relaxing boost they need, you will fill your time with life enhancing colour swiftly and color with a smile. Markers work fast so you get a quick color fix!
If you can sit down for an hour or two in front of the TV, then you may like to indulge in a few coloured pencils that you can layer, and mix, allowing your mind to focus totally on your work, forgetting daily stress.
Remember! There are no rules. Whether you color within the lines, outside the lines, with crayons, with pencils, by yourself, or with company. The point is to relax, and enjoy a few moments of peace with no boss growling over your shoulder, setting aside your worries for a while.
National Coloring Book Day Reporter