Why Are Adult Coloring Books So Popular?

The coloring books for adults have intricate patterns to color. Some say these are psychologically based patterns to relieve tension. Actually, it’s the coloring we do that causes us to relax and as a result these books are extremely popular.

Years ago, I remember catching my wife coloring away with a quiet yet enthusiastic demeanor when I came home from work early around 4:00pm. She was sitting with our three children (all under 8 years at the time and all quietly coloring) in our den. I went up to give her my usual hello kiss and didn’t get her attention right away as she was totally absorbed coloring.

“Oh you’re home early?” she said continuing to color.

“Yeah, what’s up?”

“We’re just keeping out of trouble… , kids like to color… ” I didn’t think much about her enthusiasm at the time, and was happy she was having a break.

Remember the Wham-O’s Hula Hoop rage where millions found a lot of enjoyment and fun with such a simple hoop. But coloring is different? It’s more individualistic and peaceful to yourself and others around you. Adult coloring now is a rage for adults in the modern world.

I researched adult coloring and read the back and forth movement of the crayon, colored pencil, or marker does in fact have a calming effect since it requires the use of both sides of the brain causing neurons to reinforce their connections between both sides while shutting down the frontal lobe which controls organization. So, a feeling of balance occurs after a stressful day. Coloring gives relief to the daily demands of attention focusing at work, stress of everyday life, information overload, intense competition, intense play, intense everything at times.

Johanna Basford’s, “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book” seems to have started the adult coloring book rage in 2011. This book may be a collector’s item someday – like an original hula hoop.

Basford, a Scottish commercial artist doing a lot of intricate black and white patterns for wallpapers, beer bottles, wine labels was originally asked to do a children’s coloring book but she convinced her British publisher to have her do an adult coloring book since her clients enjoyed coloring in her patterns. Well, we all know after two million copies were sold, Johanna found a new niche for adults to enjoy worldwide.

Johanna doesn’t use computers to assist her drawings as she believes computer generated works are soulless.

Her success speaks for itself as she does work for Sony, Chipotle, Absolute Vodka and other major clients from her little studio in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Her original book shows signs of the Brodick Castle Gardens on the Isla of Arran where Johanna played as a child.

Coloring Books For Adults – How Can It Help Me?

Adult coloring books are all the buzz of late. It is clear that it revolves around colored pencils or crayons and coloring pages. But, it is just coloring, right? How can something like staying within the lines be a benefit to me?

I grew up during the time of doodle art – remember those? You got a pack of felt markers and elaborate black line drawings on a number of themes. I would spend hours coloring these in! Little did I know then that coloring pages were a benefit to my well-being.

Well, apparently they were back then and still are today for people of all ages.

People are making the adult coloring books bestsellers on Amazon! At the time of this writing, eight of the top twenty books on the bestsellers list, are coloring books for adults. There must be something behind this recent growth in interest.

The themes of adult coloring books are usually intricate and centered more around adult images, not your childhood counterparts that included bunnies, super heroes, and farm animals. You would expect to see geometric patterns, psychedelic patterns reminiscent of doodle art type pages, fantasy images including angels, dragons, goddesses and mermaids, and ancient designs of religious and spiritual nature.

So why the fascination, and how can they help you?

In the most basic sense, the act of applying colored media to intricate line drawings is a benefit to relaxation and stress reduction. You are able to put the outside world aside for the moment and focus on the art of coloring singularly.

Studies have shows that anxiety levels dropped in adults that colored. They did note that simple doodling had no affect on anxiety. The focus on coloring and switching off the brain allows that blocking of anxiety in the moment. Coloring does not have a need for complicated thought processes and like listening to calming music, you are able to get within yourself, isolated from external anxiety, commotion, and distractions.

The repetitive, low-stress, and “no brainer” act of color lends itself to relaxation. The calming effects not only helps to reduce stress levels, but also can help to bring you back to your youth.

The awesome part is that anyone can do it will no skill set required! Grab a crayon and you are good to go. You can make it even more enjoyable and have your kids or grandkids color with you. Depending on the age of the young ones they may be interested in the adult coloring books, others still wanting to color a cow, astronaut, or pretty flower arrangement.

Choosing the Perfect Coloring Pages

May be you might be full-time professional or may be a businessman or an educator or a parent, everyone is determined to give something interesting and appealing to his or her kids, after his or her school work. If you are interested to provide some printable pages to your kids – those were created in order to be colored. Thanks to the available services that are provided by the internet, you can teach your kids or pupils how to use the online coloring because this online activity may increase their creativity levels for good. The online coloring is the perfect educational entertainment and it will greatly enrich your child’s own artistic view.

This creative art that is transferred to the children by providing very productive coloring sheets is aimed to cope up with his/her constant search for the latest things and subjects. For instance, you can choose a special coloring topic such as Christmas; by choosing a special topic, you will help the child learn more about a specific matter. This matter will be depicted on the page thus developing the child’s coloring skills; the fine motor and coloring skills will thus be developed because these skills are highly important especially when dealing with the preschoolers.

The kids – who are advancing their skills by continuously using coloring pages, one day, will be in a position to handle the school assignments dexterously. For instance, the holiday coloring sheets will offer your child the necessary opportunity in order to gain a more positive attitude towards life in general. The child will also gain a new and independent view on everything happens around him/her and this new attitude will be extremely helpful when dealing with future adult matters. The perfect coloring pages that can be found on different sites, which offer your child the appropriate outlet in order to express everything he wants without making mistakes or fearing about something.

Coloring is truly an inspiring hobby that greatly assists your kids to communicate his feeling about the world, he is beholding around. The child will thus become able to see various blank figures that will come to life thanks to his online coloring; this is actually the main purpose when it comes to complete the online coloring that can stimulate your child’s mind in a positive and creative manner. The child will also learn about various shapes and colors that will be used during the coloring process and he is more likely to feel accomplished when finishing the coloring.

Disney and Christmas Characters Coloring Pages

Whether you are a parent or you are a preschool teacher you need to know the tricks to keep your kids engaged in activities which not help in building their creative abilities but also provide them the best opportunities of indulging in fun. Trying to find such activity becomes difficult when you are least aware of the coloring pages available for free (as most of them are available for free online). Internet is a hub of a variety of Disney and Christmas coloring pages which can be easily downloaded and printed for free. These coloring pages help in sustaining the interests of kids for a good length of duration. Moreover, it doesn’t carry any kind of risk or potential harm to kids while coloring.

Children who lack intellectual maturity and emotional satisfaction can be appreciated through the assignment of task involving coloring their favorite characters. In the beginning they may start up with whacky coloring but eventually their skills tend to enhance. They gain emotional satisfaction and also build up essential motor skills like concentration of eyes and hand, hand dexterity etc. it is a kind of wholesome enjoyable task. Most kids love Disney characters very much and when they get their hands onto coloring they forget everything else. They become like angels and always try to express their best by coloring.

Similarly Christmas Eve coloring pages are very popular during this season. They involve a variety of brightful colors. Kids learn color coordination by eventually thinking about what color pairs best with the other. They learn about the natural colors. The funniest part to it is that not only kids enjoy coloring but adults also love coloring these pages. There are numerous websites over the internet which also offer online coloring to both kids and adults for free. There are articles too to read, tips on coloring and make effective patterns or designs.