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Ah, coloring books. Do you remember them as a child? Coloring was a pretty frequent activity during my childhood, more than it seemed to be for my own kids. I had a stack of coloring books. I remember going through a phase where I outlined everything I colored in dark lines; sometimes outlining things in the shade I’d colored them; other times going for the more dramatic all-black outlining. My mom made it known that she was not a fan of outlining (sometimes she would color with me as well), and it felt like just the right amount of independence for me to persist in my outlining.
My coloring days ended, only to be picked up again briefly in college. I remember bringing a Christmas coloring book to school and coloring in it with my roommate while we watched Christmas specials on TV during finals week. It was a fun way to relax a little and relieve stress.
I must have been ahead of my time, because guess what is now the big craze in relaxation?
Yep — adult coloring books. But, the current crop are not the coloring books of your childhood. You won’t be coloring a large kitty coming out of a simple stocking. Oh no, you’ll get something like the tree you see above, with a zillion teensy leaves.
Several days later, I finally finished it up. This is the cover of my new coloring book, The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book. It is just beautiful — it’s both a coloring book and a short story as well, about a girl who goes inside a cuckoo clock and takes … well, a magical journey. Between this book and another coloring book I received as a birthday gift, I think I’ll have enough coloring material to last the rest of my life. The drawings are incredibly detailed.
I headed to Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and snagged a pack of colored pencils, and I was off to the races. It was so nice to just … color. No pressure (well, okay, there was a bit. I’ll admit to stressing over some things like whether to color each fleur des lis on the wallpaper pattern the same color, or go with different ones … etc …) — just sit down at the counter or in front of the TV and lose yourself in a few minutes of coloring. I can see why it’s currently popular. It’s relaxing to see a picture come to life through your own mindless efforts.
One request to coloring book makers out there — it would be nice for these books to lay flat when they are open. It’s a bit of a hassle to hold the book open with one arm while coloring.
Have you joined the adult coloring craze? (I do warn you; you have to be careful searching for “adult coloring book” — or honest, “adult” anything online!) If so, what coloring book is your current favorite? I love this one; my other one, which I recommend as well, is Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book.