Coloring as an Adult

Many people have decided that they want to do something artistic in their free time. In order to find something that is easy to do and still takes creative, many have turned to coloring. Yes, like the kind little kids do, only on bigger, more detailed coloring pages.

Adult coloring is not a new concept, but it’s one many people aren’t sure they understand. Sure, coloring is fun. It reminds you of a simpler time in your life when you were a child and coloring was a fun pastime. Now it’s an escape, and it reminds you of the joy found in simplicity. What you might not know is coloring in an adult coloring book is more than a fun pastime. It’s a mental break filled with benefits designed to help you ease stress.

Adult Coloring Calms You

Have you heard of amygdala? If not, you’ve certainly heard of a fight or flight response. This is what happens when you’re overwhelmed, overworked, and anxious. It gets worked up and leaves you feeling panicked. Coloring helps calm the amygdala, which can help you focus on a more positive life experience.

Think of calm ways to destress. Coloring might be one way

Adult Coloring Encourages Mindfulness

It takes a great deal of time and effort to color a page in a book made for adults. It takes precision and careful thought, which can help you manifest mindfulness. It’s a great way to help you focus. When you learn to focus and be genuinely present in the moment, you learn to be more mindful. Mindfulness helps you in other areas of your life, such as finding enjoyment in the simple things. What you might not know you can focus on your mindfulness while you color, and you can sharpen the tools you use to practice being more present in life.

Adult Coloring Relieves Stress

Stress isn’t always negative. Many forms of stress are actually quite helpful in that they help you focus on things that need your attention. This is called positive stress that motivates you to work harder and more efficiently. When stress is overwhelming, however, it’s negative. This kind of negative stress occurs when you focus on things you can’t change in life no matter how hard you think about them or focus on them. It stems from worry, which is a wasted emotion.

Adult coloring books take your mind off the things you fear or worry about, and it helps you focus on the here and now. It’s much like mindfulness only it allows you to feel calmer and less stressed. You might even walk away from your coloring pages with a renewed sense of energy and a newfound sense of peace thanks to the stress relief.

Adult coloring books are an excellent way to improve mental health. You needn’t suffer from health issues to use these books to help you improve your life, either. Even if you aren’t anxious or too stressed, you can benefit from adult coloring. It’s designed to remind you of the simple pleasures life has to offer.

How do you start coloring? You can purchase coloring books at the local 99 cent store. Look for ones that look interesting to you. Michaels has larger coloring books for sale. There are also coloring pages online about all sorts of topics. Just type in your topic and add the words “coloring pages”.

Coloring page example of a butterfly.

It does not take much get started. Print a page off the computer. Buy or gather together your crayons, colored pencils, or markers. Find a quiet time to let your brain create a colorful picture.

ATC- Art Trading Cards

Recently I got into Artist Trading Cards. These are 3.5 inch by 2.5 inch cards with art on them. I trade them with other artists online. I love getting snail mail and trading gets me some mail. It’s fun to see what I can create.

I hope you enjoy some of my art.

Some of my Art

I started art classes on line through some art summits. I am taking lessons through Lifebook2020 at https://www.willowing.org/?affiliates=250 this year. These are a few of my art pieces.

I find when I paint or write it helps me to get into the flow of creativity and the constant pain I live with fades. I look for creativity to help me heal.

Recent Art Pieces

I have been working on art pieces. I thought I would share three recent ones. The first two are layering practice pieces. The third is a design Rhino. Eventually I will color the design rhino.

1st layering art project
Second layering art project
Design Rhino ready to be colored

Working on art work and writing help me to not think about my aches and pains.

My New Art

As you all know I dally around in art. Usually I make a big mess and then poof it come out into something I like. Here is what I created today with paint and markers.

I turned it into a birthday card. It says: A birthday Butterfly! Winging Birthday wishes to you!

Classes I have Taken

Udemy Classes- Writing

Writing with Flair- How to Become an Exceptional Writer

Ninja Writing- The Four Level of Writing Mastery

Creative Writing- Start writing, keep writing

Writing Dynamic Dialogue 1- Basics

Art Journal Classes

These are not teaching classes but participation through prompts for art journal pages.

Determine to Shine- 30 Day Art Journal

Blogging Courses Online

Build your Blog Bootcamp from Ruth Soukup

Blogging Made Simple- along with videos by Ruth Soukup