Color Me Happy

Posted on November 17th, 2015, by iMinerva

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Adult coloring books are the rage this year making the best-seller lists and tempting browsers at the Barnes & Noble check-out counter.  Art therapy has often been used as a stress-reliever for both children and adults.  Now, stressed out adults, especially women, may soon give up their knitting or Farmville in favor of coloring.  The new coloring books offer hours of enjoyment, creative expression and a trip down memory lane for mom and dad, grandma & gramps.  Not your old “color by number” pictures, the designs demand creativity – though it’s probably best to “color within the lines.”

Crayola, everyone’s all-time favorite master of colors, has just announced a series of adult kits called “Color Escapes.”   Selling for $24.99, the kits come in four themes – Kaleidoscopes, Geometric, Garden & Nature – and include 12 design sheets plus colored pencils and markers.  A perfect gift for the babysitter, or your best friend.

Crayola is actually a bit late on the adult art scene as there are close to 8,000 offerings that come up on an Amazon search for adult coloring books.  Johanna Basford is especially popular with her beautiful series including Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and most recently, Lost Ocean.  Check on the Mandala and Zentangle designs and The Mindfulness Coloring Book.  Then share your creation with the thousands of other artists on twitter, YouTube and all other social media sites.  Relax and let your inner Georgia O’Keefe come out.

 

 

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