I colored this. Not only is the end result quite pretty, the hours it took to complete it were pleasurable and very relaxing.
Before I left on vacation, I ordered this adult coloring book. I also ordered a slightly different one for my sister, who was coming with me. I bought colored gel pens, which would not leak through the paper to the design on the next page. Now, we are both totally hooked.
Each image is different, and I never have a plan for how my colors are going to work. I just start with one and keep going. The thing about this activity is that you can do it while you are having a conversation or watching TV. My sister and I spent every evening on the cabin’s screened porch, listening to the night sounds, talking and coloring.
I started telling my friends about my new hobby, and many of them told me they had just been reading about the pleasures and stress-relieving benefits of coloring. Unknown to me, coloring has become quite popular – trendy even. It seems adult coloring books are so hot these days that many of the best ones have sold out.
I find that once I get into a design, my brain free associates and I go into a sort of meditative state. Carl Jung, the early 20th-century psychologist, used coloring as a relaxation technique for his patients. Jung employed mandala-type designs similar to the ones in my coloring book.
I am often surprised at how different each design turns out. That’s part of the fun.
I am now dating each one when I complete it, so I can look back and remember where I was when I did it.
I do end up liking some better than others. This is one of my favorites.
Here’s a design waiting for color. It will be getting some later this afternoon. Drop me a line and let me know if you color, or if you’re thinking about taking it up. There are so many different coloring books available online – many with garden themes.
GORGEOUS!! I agree that they are totally relaxing even though you stay focused. How long did you spend on each of these?
You’re right, it is addictive! I had no idea how to “start”. I finally just started putting color on, and it is coming together. Thank you for opening my eyes to this pastime. I am disabled and needed something to do.
Yes! That happened to me, too. You just have to go for it. Somehow, it always turns out beautifully. I’d love to see one of your creations sometime. Don’t hesitate to email me at: email@example.com and I will post it on the blog!
(I have to keep reminding myself that there are no wrong color choices, really, because it’s MY project – not for school or for work.)