I am an art lover. I love looking at beautiful works of art in a variety of formats: painting, photography, drawing, film, mixed art, you name it. I admire those who have the talent to create works of arts inspired by nature. The closest I will ever get to being an artist is colouring.
I am glad the publishing word has realized there are plenty of adults such as myself who find colouring to be relaxing. If you find yourself needing to unwind and release all the stress, anxiety, frustrations, boredom, and unreleased energy that has built up during the day; colouring is a great way to do so.
If you need some inspiration, try going for a walk while summer is still hanging on. When Fall arrives, take another motivating walk and get inspired by the gold, browns, yellows, and reds of the season. If you feel even more creative, why not colour pictures with shades you wish were represented in nature. Who says a tree can’t be purple, and the sky turquoise?
Colouring for the purpose of relaxation and stress release allows for something you don’t get to experience during your daily routine; it offers you creative freedom. There is no competition, no judgement – unless you invite it, no limits, and no expectations. The colouring is completed by you and is done only for you.
The story of creations’ beginning always fascinated me as a child. The story books I was exposed to often started with a blank page and ended with beautiful colour and artistry. I can’t even begin to imagine what the world looked like before God brought the beauty of creation into existence. Imagine a world void of colour, various textures, and patterns.
As with most years, Winter weather will arrive alongside Fall. We will spend 8 months in a dark, cold, winter void of any colour other than white. For some people Seasonal Affective Disorder (link) leads to negative mood changes which last until longer hours of sunlight return during the Spring. Even those who are not affected by this mood disorder become more depressed due to decreased sunlight and more time spent in the cold weather, and decreased activity.
For myself, colouring bright pictures of spring and mandalas help to remind me of what I have to look forward to once Winter is over. If you don’t like the idea of colouring pictures of nature and mandalas, there are a variety of objects for you to colour: human anatomy, animals, science fiction/fantasy themes, and a host of other topics. Pick the themes you love and know will provide a sense of calm and relaxation.
Where To Start
Blogger Bette Fetter lists a few of her recommendations for adult colouring books at her website (link).
There are also a good selection of adult coloring books to be found on amazon.com (link)
If you don’t want to purchase a colouring book you can find websites with free colouring pages such as colourpix.com (link)
To save money you can also purchase colouring books at places like dollar stores, Wal-Mart and Target for under $5.00