People from all walks of life are rediscovering their long lost love of art and creativity. If you’ve been wanting to get started with adult coloring books, keep reading.
Adult coloring books and printables are everywhere right now. I think a lot of people need a release from digital everything. Not only that, but coloring reduces stress and can also be considered a form of mindfulness meditation. Coloring is a no-stress creative outlet that anyone can do with just a few supplies.
Coloring for Mental Health
When you were a child, you probably enjoyed using crayons and a coloring book, and today, you can also enjoy this activity by using adult coloring pages. There are multiple mental health benefits from coloring therapy, so don’t feel like you’re being childish!
Mental stress is destructive for your overall health and it can lead to physical problems. Instead of using food or alcohol to relieve your stress after a difficult day keep an assortment of coloring pages and beautiful crayons ready at home.
Coloring Can Relieve Depression
If you struggle with depression, then coloring therapy can lift your mood. When you’re feeling sad, you can choose brightly colored crayons and coloring pages that have a positive or happy theme.
Use crayon colors such as yellow, orange or red to stimulate the emotional center of your brain while you create artwork such as flowers. And while you’r coloring, play some music that you like, concentrate on positive thoughts and say positive affirmations to yourself.
Coloring May Reduce Anxiety
If you struggle with anxiety, then find adult coloring books that focus on mindfulness so that you can feel better. The best crayon colors to reduce anxiety include shades of blue or pale pink. These soothing colors may help you to feel calmer.
How to Get Started With Adult Coloring Books
There’s so many options available not it can be a little overwhelming. And if you don’t like coloring mandalas, there’s lots of options to choose from that are completely adaptable to your skill and mobility needs. Don’t think you’re limited to just coloring mandalas. There are dozens books on almost every theme imaginable. Here’s a few ideas to get you started!
What are you grateful for? What blessings have come to you today? Color Your Way to Gratitude is a beautiful hybrid of a coloring book for grown-ups, and a journal to record the significant moments in your life. Spend time in quiet reflection, while coloring, to truly appreciate and be thankful for your surroundings. An attitude of gratitude invites even more experiences for you to cherish and appreciate.
Are you an essential oil junkie? Lemon Essential Oil coloring pages explores different aspects of Lemon – the history, science, uses, and more, all while providing fun and detailed coloring elements. The Lemon Essential Oil package includes quotes, and recipes, and a nature journal page, all themed for Lemon.
Here’s a few more out of the box coloring books:
Coloring Supplies for Adult Coloring Books
There’s no rules for adult coloring. Don’t be afraid to experiment and feel free to color outside of the lines! Two of the most popular options are colored pencils and markers. Each one has its own advantage.
With colored pencils, you can change the intensity of the color by varying the amount of pressure you put on the pencil, which gives you more control over how your coloring page will appear.
Markers can give your picture an intense, vibrant look. They’re also a faster way to color, if you’re low on time or energy. However,they don’t allow you to vary your hue. So if you want to color a flower several different shades of pink, you’ll have some difficulty with that. And you’ll also have to check any new coloring books you buy to ensure your markers aren’t ‘bleeding’ onto the next page.
But don’t be afraid to experiment with coloring tools that are out of the box. Some people really using gel pens to color, while other people might prefer to use a box of crayons. Try out a few options and see what you strikes you as the most fun.
How to Choose a Color Palette for Adult Coloring Books
If you’ve ever become frustrated with how your pages come out, try working with color palettes to give your adult coloring books a more uniform look. You can find inspiration for color palettes in nature or around your home. Any time you’re out, if you see a color pattern that inspires you, just take a quick picture of it. For online inspiration, you can do a Pinterest search of color palettes, this inspirational brand palette guide from Canva, Design Seeds, or Color Collective.
How to Get New Coloring Sheets Every Month
If you’ve become a coloring fan girl and are always on the lookout for new coloring sheets, you might want to check out coloring memberships where you can sign up and you’ll receive new coloring pages each month.
Color Monthly is what I use and is just one of the many options available. You can get your coloring sheets delivered digitally or physically, whatever works best for you.
The advantage of going digital is that you can print the designs yourself. So if you like a certain weight of paper or prefer a particular layout, you can make sure it’s just the way you like it.
Now the advantage of getting your designs bound in a book is being able to take multiple designs with you anywhere. All you have to do is grab your book, your coloring supplies, and you’re ready to start out on your next adventure.
Remember, coloring isn’t about doing it “the right way” or staying in the lines. There are absolutely no rules when it comes to coloring. You can make your trees pink if you want, add your own doodles to the page, or even paste an inspiring quote on your coloring sheet.
Don’t stress over it…get started with adult coloring & just have some fun with it!
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