What is Coloring for Adults?

By | 12/08/2016

what is coloring for adults

What is Coloring for adults? In this article, we discuss what it means for adults to color and take a look at some of the therapeutically effects that it can have, as well as many other aspects.

When we talk about coloring, we imagine a child with a book of un-colored pictures and a box of coloring pencils. While that’s the case, coloring among adults is just as common. There are many reasons for this, and while it may seem a tad silly at first, there is a legitimate backing for these reasons. So on that note, let’s take a look at how adult coloring can bring you some awesome benefits.

The Benefits to Coloring In

Color with your child. As we previously said, coloring in is often thought to be a child’s hobby, therefore if you are hoping to take up coloring for therapeutically reasons, you can do it with your child. The fact is, getting involved in as many different aspects of your child’s life while they are young is important, it shows them that you care. Putting in a little extra effort here and there really will make the difference. By coloring in along with your children, you are able to bond with them.

Coloring can be a relaxing task. Nowadays, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are becoming more and more common, and as unfortunate as it is, it can lead to many people being on medication that they don’t want to be on. Before medication, the first step recommended step is often to try out several therapeutically methods such as meditation. This isn’t for everyone, and if it isn’t for you then take a chance with coloring. At first it may not seem like something you’re into, but put in your headphones and listen to some music.While doing so, you’ll more than likely find that it can be a very relaxing thing to do.

Coloring takes you back. It’s important that you have a serious side of life, but on the other hand why not have a child-like side of life? This sounds silly, but let me explain. We spend so much time during our lives worrying about the future. Things such as paying bills or planning your work-week ahead. Now of course these things are important, but it’s equally as important that you take some time aside and relax. What is coloring for adults if  it does not help to bring back the child in you? While relaxing, coloring can remind you of your childhood and inspire your creative side. In short terms, by coloring in you may be able to reconnect with your inner child. This can be great if you have children as it will allow you to connect with them on many other levels. You and the little one can sit side by side to color as a team. The final product may surprise you!

It’s good for the brain! That’s right, coloring is a great exercise for your brain. This is due to how coloring consists of logical thinking and creativity. When you are coloring, you take a few seconds to decide upon which color you are going to use, this is handled by the logical section of your brain. While coloring, you have to decide which colors go next to certain colors, this is handled by the creative section of the brain.

The bottom line is that coloring in can be a very stress relieving activity. Let’s break it down:

When you start a big project, at first you take a look at things and think to yourself that it’s going to be a lot of work, and a very long project. That might be the case, but as you battle on with the project, your workload begins to decrease along with your stress levels. As you complete the project, you take a step back and look at it. The stress is gone, and you are relieved that it’s over.

Similarly, when you begin to color in a picture, you aren’t sure where to start. As you continue to color in more sections of the picture, you begin to notice the true form of the picture forming on the paper. Once you’ve completed coloring in the whole picture, you take a step back and look at what you’ve done, while realizing that all of the stress you previously had has been lifted off of your shoulders. Moreover, you have no time to think about other problems, some colorings need deep concentration and focus.

The Freedom of Coloring

Freedom of choice and making decision. When you are coloring, you have the freedom to do as you please with the tools that you please. While the standard medium for coloring in is pencils, it’s completely fine for you to go above and beyond and try out different things such as using crayons, markers or gel pens.

  • If you think of investing on a set of excellent quality colored pencils, I would highly recommend Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, soft core, 48 pack as a great start. The soft cores are silky, thick and smooth to color, excellent for blending and shading, little smearing. You will treasure that!

  • Let say you want to have a different mixed of medium and prefer vibrant colors, you can win a good buy on this set of gel pens, it is the best seller in Amazon:

Remember that if you are coloring for therapeutically reasons, then you are doing so to make yourself feel more relaxed and comfortable. That’s the main reason as to why you should use what you want to use. If you want to use crayons, go ahead and use crayons. If you want to change the colors that you are supposed to use, go ahead and do so. Do whatever you are most comfortable with!

Coloring Books

Find your taste.There are a lot of beautifully printed coloring books with a vast of themes selling on Amazon such as the garden theme, animal theme, doodle,etc. You can find the Best Sellers and the good ones from my store, which I have personally handpicked for you. On top of that, they aren’t very expensive. If you have just started to take up this hobby or have no idea which book to begin, I would recommend these Best Selling coloring books for you. They are fun and easy to color but not lacking the calming effects. Check them out! You can keep them as your personally collections after coloring in.

  • If you love coloring books that come in a bundle – Mandalas, scenery and animals, this is for you. It is currently one of the best selling coloring books on Amazon.

  • If you love flowers, animals and the garden designs, this book would be a great choice for you. The mandala and paisley flower patterns are delicate and the lines are smooth.

  • Fall in love with cats? This coloring book is for cat lovers. The drawings are creative and put emphasis on the cats’ eyes, body and flowery background. The cats would look so pretty after the coloring.

Coloring Pages

Coloring pages are convenient and printable. You can even frame your work after coloring it. There are lots of free coloring pages online and you can choose and download it here. Say you prefer to get the best in both worlds, you can download the inspirational quotes for adult coloring pages to keep yourself uplifted besides the calming effects. Frame them up after coloring to motivate yourself every day.

Coloring Clubs

Coloring alone can be boring. And as the saying goes, “A problem shared is a problem halved”. Again, if you are coloring to feel more relaxed, then getting together a few friends to color with is a fantastic idea. When you are with your friends, you tend to be more relaxed, and if you have made a point of coloring and relaxing, then you are in a safe space and will be able to discuss what is getting you so stressed and get some of the worries that you are having off of your chest.

Other Ideas

Want to take things a step further? If you have a child who goes to nursery or school, the chances are that at least once in their school lifetime a fund raising opportunity will appear. Whether it be to raise money for their camping trip or to raise money for a fun day out. This is the perfect time to suggest a coloring competition and voice your opinion on the matter as well as being the perfect opportunity for you to get more involved with your child’s school. Suggest that each parent who wants to get involved donates a small amount of money to participate, and whoever’s picture is colored in the best gets a donated prize.

As we previously mentioned, creativity is important and getting out of unhealthy ruts are equally as important. A coloring club isn’t something that you will see very often, if at all, showing that it is a different and unique idea. Take pride in being part of a club which is completely different and use that creativity thought process as a motivational tool.

To Conclude…

Again, when you ask me what is coloring for adults? Now you know that coloring is a fun activity that provides you with the chance to relax and spend some time with your children, and furthermore, gives you the chance to be yourself. You’re a mom, the hardest job out there. It’s important that you take care of yourself as well as your children, so give coloring a chance!

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8 thoughts on “What is Coloring for Adults?

  1. Heathguy33

    This is a great post and I agree will all of the points you made. I color all the time and it relaxes me like nothing else. I will share this post and bookmark your site.

    Do you suggest coloring with crayons, markers, or color pencils.

    The smells from makers give me slight headaches. But the coloring looks so good. Is it an alternative to markers. That don’t have such strong Oder to them but provides similar results?

    1. Jenna Post author

      Thank you for willing to share this post and bookmark my site, that’s very encouraging! I would suggest coloring with color pencils as you are able to add color to detailed line work and shading. But, techniques are required so probably that will determine how our coloring will look. I am the same like you, I do not like the smell from markers though the coloring looks bright and beautiful, so using gel pens to color will be another great alternative. “Artist’s Choice 100 Gel Pens” is an awesome choice (will include the link on my post) to provide similar results as marker’s if you would like to give it a try. They have a variety of vibrant colors, do not easily bleed or smear, dry quite fast, non-toxic and acid free. It’s the Amazon best seller in its category now. Happy trying!

  2. Kenny Lee

    Thank you for this post. I think I’ve never really coloured with my kid before. Art has never been my forte. But I really should start doing so. Been neglecting some play time over other responsibilities. And the thing is my kid love colouring. I think trying to colour something into life will take my mind off some of the daily stressful issues too.

    1. Jenna Post author

      Hi Kenny,

      I think you are right for a simple change. Perhaps just colour something like inspirational quotes (you can find some free ones from my post) which can help you to deal with the stressful issues but are not too complicated to colour. Colour together with your kids, kill two birds with one stone!

  3. Andrew

    Hi there! I just stumbled upon your article about coloring for adults and thought I would just drop you a quick comment to say thanks.

    I have always had a bit of a passion for creating artwork but until now I have never really considered purchasing an adult coloring book.

    I have to say that the examples that you have shown in this article look extremely detailed and very well designed. I love the look of the one that you show at the top of this page. These would look fantastic framed too. I will definitely take a closer look into your recommendations and really appreciate the tips that you have shared here. Thank you!



    1. Jenna Post author

      Hi Andrew!

      I am glad that you took time to read this article, I have the same “taste” like you, love the one showing at the top of the page, it looks like a house in a cozy garden, I am sure you will feel relaxed coloring something like that. If you have passion for creating artwork, go for it! You will be so proud of your work.

  4. L7

    Coloring for adults is great art therapy and I do it all the time. I usually get my coloring books from Costco because they have a wide variety of awesome, detailed coloring books across many subjects.
    As you say, adult coloring is very relaxing and good for the brain. Nothing relaxes me more after a hard strenuous day than sitting down to my coloring book.As a kid I used crayons, as an adult I use Sharpies :))

    1. Jenna Post author

      Thank you for reading the article and agree on how colouring can be a great art therapy, Sharpies is bright and smooth, smart choice, don’t stop coloring!


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