For a few months, I’ve seen big tables full of coloring books in local bookstores, and then for Christmas, my friends and family asked for coloring books and colored pencils for Christmas. This new trend is pretty awesome, and hinges on the idea that coloring books are therapeutic. They can even be as effective as meditation when it comes to stress relief.
Then, to my surprise, I received a beautiful coloring book from my sisters for Christmas, one that’s also a storybook. It’s called The Time Garden, and it’s drawn by one of the “big names” of coloring books for adults: Daria Song. It’s the “story” of a little girl who crawls inside an old-fashioned German clock and enters an alternate world, and it’s utterly breathtaking.
I thought I’d share some photos of the book and talk about what it is that makes this new coloring-book craze so popular.
The “trend” really began back in 2011, when Johanna Basford, who previously drew black and white designs for wine labels, decided to draw a coloring book for adults, and found that her work was immensely popular. In the years since, dozens of books have been published to meet this demand, and from personal experience, it isn’t difficult to tell why.
Aside from the actual, proven therapeutic benefits of coloring, the act of coloring is so simple, and it reminds us of simpler times. Coloring reminds us of our childhoods, when we’d spend hours coloring and found such satisfaction and fun. I know that that was my initial reaction.
It’s also creative in a way that’s almost mindless, and it’s utterly satisfying to see a black and white ink drawing come to life in such a personalized way.
It also takes forever, which I think may be the point. I spent an hour and a half coloring and I didn’t finish a page! The detail is exhaustive, and is probably meant to slow you down and concentrate on the detail, and maybe take your mind off other, more stressful things. However, if you’re anything like me and obsessed with detail and things being perfect, you’ll get stressed for different reasons. 🙂
Like, take a look at that detail:
What do you think of this hot new trend? Do you love adult coloring books? Personally, I love the chance to slow down and relax with an activity that’s fun and creative and safe, and at the end, I’ll have some pretty pages to flip through. 🙂