As a child, coloring was just a fun learning activity. Adults have come to realize that
coloring has many soothing benefits in a world full of stresses. Relaxing with a coloring
book is simple. Grab a child’s coloring book from the dollar store, open a fresh box of
crayons and begin. If you want a more adult feeling when you color, here are some
suggestions that may help:
Coloring Page Choices
You don’t have to settle for a juvenile coloring book. Today there are fantastic adult
coloring books with geometric patterns, beautiful pictures and intricate designs. Choose
a wonderful geometric design and color each repeating block a different color. Decide to
create repeating color schemes (squares are blue, circles are orange) or do a picture in
all pastel colors. The choice is completely up to you – whatever makes you happy. That
is the wonderful thing about coloring.
What Will You Use?
Today, adults who enjoy coloring are not limited to a box of waxy crayons (they are
great, though!) to color their landscapes and Greek goddesses. Select a box of pre-
sharpened colored pencils for a more mature coloring experience. There are plenty of
other options, too. Opt for pens in a kaleidoscope of colors; decide that chalk or oil
pastels are what your artwork needs. The only limit of your mediums is your mind. You
can choose to mix-and-match your coloring choices for different textures and color
You are not limited to coloring books for your pleasure, either. Try some posters that
come with markers for your coloring fun. Superheroes, princesses, kittens – the list is
almost endless. Just pick a picture that makes you smile. You could pick up a tiny
picture to color or a full poster-sized image. Print them off from your home printer. It’s
easy to find wonderful subject matter online.
Relax Like an Adult
The key to coloring fun is to have fun. Relax. Stretch out on your bean bag or a rug in
front of the fireplace. Pour a glass of wine. Put on some music that makes you mellow
(maybe some Kenny G?) and grab your crayons. Block out the rest of the world, the
ringing phone, the pressing matters at work. This is your time. Make light strokes or
press down on the crayons for heavy, thick color. Remember- this is your time. This is
your art. This is your relaxation. Have it your way.