It is December, and the holidays – which I love – are finally kicking into gear. In preparation for the stresses of the season, and to stay in the spirit, I have pulled out my brand new Christmas Mandala coloring book and a couple of holiday-themed printables.
Most of the adult coloring books I’ve seen at Adult Coloring 101 are drawn by one artist and are often single-themed such as mandalas, animals, abstracts, flowers, creatures, etc. And as much as I love them, sometimes I yearn for something a bit “different” from the often whimsy.
That is why a coloring book published earlier this month intrigued me.
It is October! The kids are back in school, the sweaters are out from storage, and the Christmas displays are up at stores just in time for Halloween. And of course, grown-up minds turn to hot, new coloring books!
My unscientific count of new publications debuting online and in retailers in October is almost 200. There are some great new coloring books for new and experienced colorists, as well as some books that may get the non-coloring people in your life into the pastime. And popular franchises such as Outlander, Breaking Bad and even Candy Crush are entering the fray. Continue reading “Coloring Book Releases – October 2015”
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 23, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — As adult coloring books continue to dominate the Amazon bestsellers list and the iTunes app store, a new coloring book taking off on Kickstarter signals an update in this hot trend heading into the holiday shopping season.
When I made my first baby step into adult coloring, the few I had heard the most about were sold out online. So, I headed to my closest book store (remember bookstores???) to touch and feel what everyone was so hyped about.
I didn’t want to spend my hard-earned cash unnecessarily.
Unfortunately, the store’s display with its small selection of adult coloring books was very picked over – the only ones left were over $20; As a rank beginner I wasn’t ready to make that investment. My husband and I headed out of the store, and as we passed the magazine stand and lo and behold, we saw a few nice-looking coloring magazines at a more reasonable price. I picked up
Relax with Art – Colouring for Adults – Issue 2 for $8.99 (list was £2.99). Continue reading “My First Adult Coloring Book was … a Magazine”
Adult coloring books have been a trend for over a year now I have been using coloring as a stress reliever and for general escapism from everyday life. Coloring also seems to have the unintended benefit of helping my concentration and breaking my writer’s blocks. It is a wonderful way to alleviate boredom in a creative, productive way.
However, if you are like me, you haven’t colored in 20 – or more! – years. And you realize that when you start coloring again, crayons and kids’ cartoon coloring books just don’t cut it.
BUT WAIT….HOW DID THIS COLORING THING START??
The essential difference between a child’s coloring book and those for adults is that the artwork itself is sophisticated – you won’t be coloring a car from a cartoon movie, a bunny or a fairy princess. Continue reading “ADULT COLORING – WHY?”