Among the sharp increase in the interest and participation in decorative planners, calligraphy and stationery, I’ve noticed also a distinct increase in the number of people playing with colour. Colouring books, and colour pencils to be specific.
So popular, there is now a niche area of hobbies/businesses catering to this segment of the community. I’ve also noticed that there is now something called “Adult Colouring Books” which have nothing to do with the usual meaning of “adult” (thank goodness) and is, in all sense of the word, a colouring book tailored for adults.
From what I see, these adult colouring books have more complex and intricate illustrations, which require more precise attention to detail. I’m assured it’s therapeutic too!
As usual, I started thinking (which sometimes, isn’t a bad thing LOL!) and I got to wondering just how many of you have taken up this new hobby of colouring? Why do you enjoy it and is it something you’ve just started doing recently or have you always been interested in it?
Personally speaking, I’m not into it. But I have nothing against it at all. In fact, having seen how creative some people get, I’m almost jealous at their creativity!
The only time I have tried my hand at this adult colouring thing, was at a recent event, where we were given an intricate illustration, as you see above, for us to illustrate/colour as our fancy hits. While everyone happily took to the task, I glanced at the paper and packed everything up for my nephews to play with LOL! :D
I think it comes down to personality, because I’ve never been very patient when dabbling with creative outputs. I tend to take a pretty methodical, practical approach to things, which mean simple lines and simple details.
However, friends assure me that playing with colour is calming and helps them destress, which I can understand. It takes a certain level of concentration to colour within the lines, and to plan your colour scheme to create an attractive picture. This allows you to focus on something other than your problems or work, and exercises a different area of your brain, I’m sure. Colour is also known to be therapeutic and I’m guessing a colouring book, and some good quality colour pencils is cheaper than seeing a therapist :P
For myself, even as a child, I’ve always taken a fairly laissez-faire attitude towards colouring books. I’d play with them if they were there, but I wouldn’t actively seek them out. I suppose, I just wasn’t very creative in the arts, which probably means my left-brain (or is it right brain?) is underdeveloped, and some psychiatrist might tell you that makes me a serial killer of some sort.
Or maybe not. Who knows eh? :P
Are you into adult colouring books or just generally colouring?
While I’m not into the current adult colouring trend, I’m curious to know if you are and how it helps you :)