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

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 … Please click HERE to continue reading

Does Coloring Give You A Headache?

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 … Please click HERE to continue reading

What Is Greyscale?

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. . . Please follow and like us:

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

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….” Read more HERE! Please follow and like us:

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 … Please click HERE to continue reading

Reversed: Mandalas for Contemplation: Mandala Book VI

Why Reversed? Because I wanted you to see what the original drawings for my mandala books look like—each one is drawn in white on a black ground. I think they’re stunning, and deserve to be seen as much as the black on white coloring images do. I invite you to see what happens when you use Sharpie markers on the white lines, then hold the design up to the light so they look like neon signs! That would be cool. I love to look at these designs. They really help me focus and calm my mind after a bit of lazy time just gazing at them and appreciating how beautiful they are. I hope they help you to quiet your mind, too. I hope you like them as much as I do! Get Reversed HERE Please follow and like us:

Guest Article: The Zen of Adult Coloring Books

This is an article I read recently by Julie Beck, a writer at the Atlantic, who pooh-poohed coloring books – until she saw them at the bookstore and ‘had to’ have one. Or More! “I have never changed my mind about anything as quickly or completely as I changed my mind about adult coloring books. I found the trend mostly baffling and maybe a little dumb. But I saw some in a bookstore the other day and I immediately said to my friend, “Well, I’m not leaving here without one of these.” Several trend pieces about adult coloring books lump them in with other “childish” activities that grown-ups are apparently engaging in to regress back to their simpler youth, like adult preschool and adult summer camp. But I think they fit better into the trend of meditation and mindfulness that’s been going for some time now, one response among many … Please click HERE to continue reading