Art Techniques | 2 August 2016Happy National Coloring Book Day from Quarto Creates! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Adult coloring books have become a phenomenon. The childhood pastime allows you to take a break from the stresses of everyday life and most importantly, have fun! Take a minute to celebrate #NationalColoringBookDay with us. Download some sample coloring pages from our favorite books here. Dr. Lacy Mucklow explains what makes adult coloring so popular (and effective) with Color Me Calm. Illustrated by: Angela Porter – “Color Me Calm” Why make a coloring book for adults? As children, many of us enjoyed coloring in our favorite characters or scenes in books with our trusty pack of crayons. But as we got older, added responsibilities came along which pushed aside all those things we used to do for sheer enjoyment. One of the great things about coloring is that it is highly accessible for everyone, even if you lack artistic instruction or experience, and it can be as nuanced or generalized as the colorer wishes. Having guidelines eases performance anxiety for many, and being able to add our own colors helps make the experience more personal. The act of coloring can also be meditative in and of itself, bringing about calmness just through the simple act of picking up a colored pencil or crayon and focusing your creativity and thoughts on a single coloring exercise. Despite what you may have learned about art and color in your lifetime, there is no right or wrong way to color and there is no right or wrong way to use this book; you have the freedom to color it in however you wish and in whatever way works best for you. Conceptually, in “Color Me Calm” the images chosen fall into topics that are universally found to evoke more relaxing responses in people, such as mandalas (often used for concentration, meditation, and calming), different aspects and patterns from nature (often inspirationally calming for people), geometric patterns (regular, symmetrical patterns can also be meditative), as well as water themes (envisioning steady or rhythmic flows and picturesque scenery can be soothing). The act of meditative coloring combined with the carefully chosen subject matter in this book are meant to work together to create a powerful calming experience for the reader. Illustrated by: Lisa Congdon – “Just Add Color: Botanicals” We realize that what relaxes people can run the gamut even within “universal” categories, so we have tried to include a variety of choices within each chapter so that at least some pieces may connect with you personally. The designs are intended for adult sensibility and dexterity rather than children, and include actual scenes (or variations thereof) of typically calming subjects, and many are more abstract in nature so that you may enjoy the intricacy of the patterns themselves, as so many of us do. This is about getting in touch with what makes you feel calm, so if one coloring template does not appeal to you, simply move on to one that does. At the end of each chapter we have also included a blank frame so that you may have a chance to think about and draw an image that is uniquely calming to you. This will make the coloring experience even more personal and will hopefully keep you mindful about things and experiences which you find calming. You may find that using this book in a regular routine may be particularly helpful for you, such as beginning your morning with a coloring template to help you set a calm and mindful tone for the day or coloring before going to sleep to help your body and mind wind down. This book is intended to help bring you to a relaxed emotional state as a way to help you self-soothe; however, it is not meant to replace the services of a professional counselor if more direct intervention and personal guidance is needed. We hope that you enjoy this book and that it helps you find a way to color yourself calm! Illustrated By: Jane Monk – “Tangled Treasures Coloring Book” Color Tip: Cool colors (such as blues, greens, and purples) are considered to have calming qualities, while the warmer colors (such as red, oranges, and yellows) have more activating qualities. Bright colors tend to have more energy while pastel or tinted colors tend to communicate softer energy and darker colors or shades usually indicate lower energy. The most important thing is to figure out which colors you find soothing, and then try to incorporate them into your artwork. Relieve stress and have fun with our wonderful line of coloring books! Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Visit QuartoKnows for more of our coloring books! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.