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

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:

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

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 … Please click HERE to continue reading

What ARE Mandalas, Anyway?

Since ancient times, Mandalas have been used for meditation and healing. From ancient times all the way up to today in monasteries in Tibet, Mandalas were used in the process of training the mind to be quiet, so that That Still Place Within was more easily accessible. It was said that the Divine lives at the center of the Mandala. With that in mind, the Mandala was used as a focus point for meditation. As the mind quiets and becomes still, the meditator finds the Divine at the center of his own being. I read about this use of Mandalas years ago. Later on in my life, when this series of designs came through me, I realized that that was the intent within them: that the Divine would reside at each design’s center. Research I’ve done indicates that Mandalas are the visual forms of the resonance traces of specific frequencies … Please click HERE to continue reading

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

Are You New to Coloring, Getting Confused and Frustrated?

I saw  a comment today in a coloring book pages facebook group from a beginner to coloring who was feeling frustrated. She had a ton of coloring books and coloring supplies, but didn’t know how to use them, or even where to start. This is not a surprise! If you’re new to something, you can’t expect to dive right in and make masterpieces. First, you can go to youtube and find a scadzillion tutorials on how to color. But sometimes people have a hard time connecting what they see/hear on a video to their own hands and eyes. I’m including three really nice examples for the limited color-use idea here. When you just start out playing with color it can be pretty overwhelming. It’s like trying to learn a language and not even knowing how to say hello. So here is a way to start without having to worry about … Please click HERE to continue reading