ARTICLE: 7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Are Great for Mental & Emotional Health

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Guest article from this post by Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC
Tele-health counselor for BetterHelp.com, Adjunct Professor, Consultant, and Writer

There are many times when I suggest adult coloring books to patients, and they look at me like perhaps we should be switching seats. However, time and again, they come back to me and tell me how beneficial they find them to be. Many psychologists and therapists “prescribe” these to patients for various reasons, and many occupational therapists prescribe them as well!

I will also let you know that I practice what I preach, when I was laid up in bed for eight weeks after major surgery, I devoured adult coloring books. When I need to shift my focus or practice my own stress reduction, I break these books out. They have so many uses and purposes that many are not aware of, beyond the obvious outcomes of beauty and enjoyment. Let’s look at their uses a little closer. Please click HERE to continue reading

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Does Coloring Give You A Headache?

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If you get headaches from coloring, the very reason for coloring – relaxing – is getting undermined!

Uh-oh! You’re focusing too closely – you need to back up and take occasional breaks!

1. You may be bending your head down too close to your drawing. Sit up straighter, and breathe deeply.

2. Check your glasses – is your prescription up to date?

Here’s one thing you can do to alleviate your headaches. Every 15 or 20 minutes, look up from your work and find the object in the farthest distance from you that you can – including anything outside your window.

Focus on that for ten seconds. Now sight on something a little closer and do it again…and again…and again…until you are now looking at something close to yourself.

Doing this will allow your eyes to adjust to many focal distances, giving them the elasticity and rest they need for eye health. It only takes a few minutes. Try it – it works! I’ve been doing it for over 50 years!

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What Is Greyscale?

LYON-DREAMING-OF-SNOW-grey What does it mean when an image is labeled ‘greyscale’?

No, it is not the deadly disease of the skin in Game of Thrones!

When someone labels a coloring book image “greyscale,” all it means is that the image or picture is created or displayed in shades of lightest to darkest grey and black.

The word ‘greyscale’ comes from printer jargon, usually referring to photos you see in newspapers and magazines that have hundreds of tiny dots making up the black and grey areas.

In coloring books lingo, it usually means a pre-shaded design, so it’s a black and white image that has shaded grey areas.

Another use of greyscale is when you turn a colored image into greys and blacks, the way I have shown Dreaming of Snow on this page.

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Article: 7 Amazing Things That Happen To Your Brain When You Color

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This is a short but fun article I found today that should inspire you to start coloring and – gasp! – even have FUN at it! Find your own creative spark and go for it – don’t hold back one more second!

“Coloring is AMAZING. It’s fun, therapeutic and a lot of great things happen to your brain when you color – yes, even if you’re an adult….”

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Mandalas and the Art of Enlightenment

This is an article I read several years ago about a sand mandala that was to be built at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

I invite you to get prints of my select mandalas HERE.

Art Paves the Way to Enlightenment

By Mark Evangelista
the
Houston Chronicle Interactive

The Mandala of Hayagriva

The Mandala of Hayagriva

Ever since human beings first started pondering the cosmos, art has emerged as a physical and visual affirmation in a belief of a superior being.

Works such as Michelangelo’s Creation and Van Eyck’s Annunciation have become icons of religious imagery.

In contrast, art by Tibetan Buddhist monks actually invites the divinity to descend.

The Mandala of Hayagriva is meant to evoke the deity to come down and inhabit the piece, said Amy Price, MFA curatorial assistant, Asian arts.

Please click HERE to continue reading

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How to Color Flesh Tones

Start with a midtone tan or pinky-tan. Fill in the whole area where there’s skin.

Then take a darker tan to show depth, and then a darker tan or even red for the shadows.

Then use a mid-to-dark blue for deep shadows (used lightly).

Now take your white (or yellow) and add highlights.

You can use pink or magenta as cheek blushes, and light blues or greens for eyeshadows.

Obviously if it’s a person of color you’re doing, you’ll use a colors that are appropriate.

Shown below are 2 examples I did for you (click on each one to see the enlarged versions). The colors are very garish only to show you the various different places to put the color.

You can choose to be mellow and blend softer colors, or even more garish than this one – it’s your coloring, after all!

You might even choose to go a little crazy and use all blues with touches of greens, as shown, or all pink/magenta/purples….

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Healing with Mandalas

By understanding that we are more than what we see, we can address the areas where dis-ease most frequently occurs – in the subtle, or etheric bodies. Science is beginning to prove what many have known intuitively for eons, that we are energetic beings.

Dr. Hans Jenny

Dr. Hans Jenny (1904-1972). Swiss physician, artist, and natural scientist. Read more about him and his work HERE and get his book, Cyamtics HERE, and HERE is a site with tons of amazing pix of wave-form mandalas..

“The more one studies these things, the more one realizes that sound is the creative principle. It must be regarded as primordial. No single phenomenal category can be claimed as the aboriginal principle. We cannot say, in the beginning was number, or in the beginning was symmetry, etc.

These are categorical properties which are implicit in what brings forth and what is brought forth. By using them in description we approach the heart of the matter. They are not themselves the creative power. This power is inherent in tone, in sound.”

Quote from Hans Jenny’s book “Cymatics, Volume 2,” page 100;
Publisher: Basilius Presse Basel.

May/June 1997 Leading Edge Newspaper

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Jewel: Original painting © Angela Treat Lyon

“…Every cell has its own frequency.

When you offer, through technology, a harmonic opportunity to the cell it can choose that frequency and become established to its ideal resonance and become recharged to its normal energy state…

When we apply this technology we are affecting the intelligence of each individual cell. Every cell is a hologram for the entire body.

This area of cellular resonance is the fundamental aspect of vibrational technology and has been vastly overlooked.”

-By Keich Frick

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I invite you to check out some of my favorite color mandalas HERE.

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