Adult Coloring – The Art of Mindfulness
Hello and Welcome to Zenful Color! We’re excited to have you here with us, sharing our love for adult coloring books.
Over the past few years it has been truly amazing to see grown-ups of all ages getting back in-touch with their inner-child. Adults who are finally taking some time for themselves to be creative. Setting their mind free from the maze of daily distractions.
Unlike the majority of those distractions, the beauty of adult coloring books is that YOU create something unique and tangible. Something REAL. Something you can HOLD. Something you can be PROUD of (and maybe even stick on the fridge).
For me, sitting down and coloring pages isn’t about killing time. It’s about finding time. Time for myself. To relax and let go of my silly anxieties. To let my imagination run wild as I create my own work of art. It’s extremely fulfilling, and at the end I have a great sense of achievement.
Do you need to find time for yourself?
Recently I was thinking about the profound benefits of coloring books (for kids and grown-ups), and the seemingly endless design possibilities for them. I wanted to have a try at designing a coloring page of my own. I thought that I would get the same benefits designing the pages, as I did from coloring them in.
My first design failed miserably! As it turns out, putting shapes and patterns on a page is quite easy. Making something that looks beautiful once colored in, now that’s a different story.
The process of designing a coloring page didn’t really carry the same benefits of just coloring them in either. I found myself being very analytical and critical of my work. Everything was black and white, it lacked vibrancy (I have since learned about the power of color, and why it is the key factor to all the benefits mentioned earlier – I will write a post about this very soon).
Yet I was still determined to create a beautiful coloring page. Eventually I did!
I learned a lot along the way. Creating patterns. Creating Mandala and what they are (very interesting origins actually, I will write a post about Mandala soon), but my designs kinda looked the same as all the other adult coloring books for sale.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve colored in the same design 5 different times, and each time has resulted in something totally different. But I wanted to create a design that was truly unique.
Finally it hit me. A concept that was like no other. A concept that was even educational (without trying to be). It combined:
- The power of color to assist memory and learning.
- Immersion in a subject (the lengthy time it takes to color each page).
- A difficult subject to learn.
Makes sense, right? Colors have been proven to help us learn, and we spend lots of time on each page. Why not throw in a tough subject matter to absorb while we’re there having fun?
I liked the concept so much that I decide to make an entire book!
At the time of writing this post, we’re just about halfway done. So I’m going to keep it a secret for now. But I don’t want to leave you empty handed today (after all, you have been kind enough to read this entire post).
First of all, enter your email in the box below so I can send you some freebie coloring sheets from time to time AND some “sneak peek” coloring pages from our book as we get ready to launch.
Secondly, have a browse through our list of recommended coloring books for adults. There’s just a few listed there, but they will be plenty to keep you busy for quite some time to come (or at least until we launch our book!)
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