Adult Coloring Pages – Have You Tried This?

adult coloring pagesI’m sure you’ve seen one of the latest trends in crafting/relaxing/re-claiming our childhoods… adult coloring pages. Yes, that is actual get-your-crayons out and relax by coloring. You can find thousands of free coloring pages on pinterest or google, and there are tons of great books for relaxing and unwinding found on amazon, and even artists selling coloring pages on etsy too! Honestly, I can’t go into a store anymore without seeing some kind of coloring book on an end-cap! How about you?

What to Color

Themes for these coloring pages and books include everything from flowers to holidays to animals to dizzy black and white drawings (that may overwhelm you!) Seriously, some of the designs made me blink my eyes a time or two, and I have decided that “less is more” (for me). You might like the more intricate designs though, and it appears I might be in the minority, based on the variety of designs out there.

Here are a few links to free coloring pages:

My Adult Coloring Pages Experiment

I decided to try out a few of the free coloring pages, and because it’s been a LONG time since I did some coloring, I asked my daughter and a few of her friends to join in a coloring party. (Ok, so the TRUTH is that I teach a Bible class on Wednesday nights, and Martha loves to color, so we came up with a “color and journal our bible story” plan). I expected to really enjoy WATCHING the girls color… but I found out just WHY this trend has stuck around for a bit.

It actually IS relaxing to color!  And it’s a GREAT way to encourage discussion without looking like you are trying to get kids to TALK to you. I would ask a semi-deep question and then just hush for awhile, listening to all the chatter that came from it. Because everyone is concentrating on colors and designs, the conversation is more unfiltered. I loved it!

And lest you think you can only enjoy coloring alone or with children, I recently read about “Wine and Coloring” parties.  I’m thinking that might be a little TOO much relaxing for this adult!

Guest post by Char Huskins

Comments

  1. Patricia 26 Oct, 2016

    Much as I hate to admit it, I’m a bit too obsessive about little things, (a bit??? Ha ha!) and know that coloring – while it looks like fun – would NOT work for me! I’d be trying too hard to be “perfect” and therefore, not relaxing! 🙁

  2. teresak 27 Oct, 2016

    I understand, Patricia! Thanks for commenting!