When the stats were compiled on what consumers bought during the 2015 holiday season, it strongly suggests that we are all children at heart. AND that we, like the 9-year-old Picasso, love to express ourselves through artistic impression. Adult coloring books were among the top 3 best selling books, and 8 of the 20 currently top-sellers. Coloring books??
Coloring in books have been around for a while. The 30’s and 40’s are kind of the golden age for coloring books for children. Being touted as a stress reliever, the adult coloring book craze started in Europe, then came across the big pond to the US. About the only difference between a child’s coloring book and an adult’s coloring book is the detail in the images. The paper quality is higher which makes it easier to use different mediums. I personally have quite the collection of colored markers since I discovered adult coloring books.
How did this all come about? More and more we are all looking for a distraction from our hectic pace of a life – a chance to unplug. Coloring books take us back to a simpler time allowing our minds to become engaged and relaxed. Beautiful, sophisticated and artistic images make it easier than starting with a blank page when the desire to be creative kicks in. Social media has influenced the craze with photos of the finished pictures showing up on FB!
To the nay-sayers who might think this whole coloring book thing is silly, research has shown two amazing things: the heart rate slows and there is a change in brainwaves. Coloring is often compared to meditation. The neurological response is the result of repetition and attention to patterns and detail associated with coloring. A brain scientist explains that by concentrating on coloring an intricate image, negative thoughts are pushed out of the way and replaced with pleasant ones.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
~Pablo Picasso, quoted in Time, October 1976
Have you started coloring?