When I talk to someone about adult coloring books, I usually get one of two reactions: they either love them or don’t have time for them. Of course, I might get the rare person who has never heard of them.
Personally, I fall under the “love them” category, although I do not always have the time to color.
But I think they are important, especially if you’re busy.
In this post, I will give you an overview of some of my favorites and hope to show you why you SHOULD make time for a little coloring creativity.
1. What are adult coloring books?
Exactly what they sound like. Coloring books for adults. (Why should kids have all the fun?) 🙂
When they were first popular, I remember a friend telling me she hardly ever colored as a kid and had no desire to as an adult.
I don’t know how to relate to people like that! Coloring relaxes me. It always has. Especially at Christmas time! In fact, I have about as many Christmas coloring books as I do regular ones.
2. Where can I get adult coloring books?
Just about anywhere.
The Dollar Tree usually has a nice selection. Sometimes they’ll receive a shipment of thick coloring books with tons of pages. (I always feel like I’ve hit the jackpot when I find those.)
But most stores carry them, including JoAnn’s Fabric, Wal-Mart, and Target. Amazon also has a large selection to choose from.
3. What kind of medium should I use?
The skies the limit here, too, although each person generally has their favorites.
I prefer colored pencils and pens like these:
Most adult coloring books have intricate designs that are too narrow for crayons. That’s why I often use pens, they color nicely and I don’t have to sharpen them.
I love my pencil wrap, it keeps everything secure, organized and portable.
4. Are there benefits to coloring?
I am not a crafty person. Trying to create something (other than writing) actually stresses me out. But coloring can be very creative without worrying about how it’s going to turn out.
In fact, when you color, your mind wanders and stress levels lower. I love to color when I need to think over a plot for a story I’m working on. I am being creative without trying too hard or forcing it.
Plus, this is something you can do with your kids. They will be thrilled to have you coloring with them!
5. But I don’t have time to color!
I am a crazy busy person while the kids are in school. I sit at my computer for six hours and work hard while I have things quiet. I’m busy when everyone comes home for the day, too: getting dinner ready, working on homework, etc.
But if the kids have time for a movie after dinner or the kids have had a long day, we’ll pull out the coloring books and relax. Sometimes, we have to make it a priority. Just a few minutes can work wonders!
Then there are times I find myself waiting for the kids at school. That’s when I pull out my postcards and pens (which conveniently fit together in the handy little box the postcards come in) and kill some time.
Sometimes, when I’m working on videos, which require a lot of rendering, I’ll keep a book open and color off and on when I have a minute or two to wait. It makes the time go so much faster and I’m not feeling stressed.
6. There’s more!
When you finish a picture, it (usually 🙂 ) looks so pretty you hate keeping it tucked away in a book.
That’s why I love all the creative ways people have incorporated these coloring book designs. You can now buy wallpaper, postcards, mugs, you name it!
You don’t have to keep your art between the covers of a book, not when it’s so easy to display them!