Hi, my name is Amanda and I am an adult coloring addict.
Ugh so liberating getting that off my chest.
Kidding! I’m OBSESSED with my coloring book and have no shame. I wanted to share with you guys in this post how relaxing and destressing coloring has been for me and why I suggest you join the club.
I’m someone who has a very hard time shutting off my mind, and coloring seems to really do
the trick. My sister actually gifted me my coloring book for Christmas this year, complete with a pack of colored pencils.
I had obviously heard about coloring books a lot but didn’t have much interest because I didn’t like the mandalas I had seen around, and didn’t think they would be interesting enough to do. The book my sister got me is “Enchanted Forest” by Johanna Basford. It is the most beautiful book. It has very intricate drawings of everything you would find in- you guessed it- an enchanted forest. I didn’t like the idea of manalas because I saw them as kind of meaningless shapes and swiggles. But this book is so different. Once you are coloring something meaningful- animals, symbols, things in nature- it becomes so interesting and beautiful. This book and her several other gorgeous books (my sister has her underwater life one, which is amazing) are available at Target, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and many other stores.
Aaany who, like I said, I am someone who is always thinking, thinking, thinking with thoughts flowing in and out of my head all day long. I do lots of daily practices with breathing, meditating, etc. but I find coloring the most fun way to just turn of my brain for a while and relax. If you’re like me, I would prescribe you 20 minutes of coloring every evening before bed. After a few minutes you’ll find yourself so focused on choosing the perfect colors for your color scheme and admiring your progress, that your work, to-do list, and other life worries just melt away.
But wait, there’s more…
The best part is that you are left with a true, unique work of art! The drawings are so intricate that if you take the time to do them well, you can even frame some and use them as DIY wall art, as I have in my home. I colored this beautiful skull and framed it in a pale gold frame to hang on my wall.
I like to use water color pencils. There are several ways to use them but for coloring books, I like to dip the tip in water before I color. It gives you a very rich color, much brighter than what a normal colored pencil can produce. I also like very fine-tipped markers/pens. For the skull, I used all fine-tipped felt markers. These work better for especially tight spaces and provide an even more pigmented color for added brightness.
Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, coloring is an easy little pastime to pick up that helps you unwind your mind after a full day and leaves you with a beautiful product to show for it. 🙂