The Zen of Coloring
I have to admit when I first heard about how coloring books for adults and teens are all the rage, I was a bit skeptical. Then I saw the beautiful new coloring books with loopy, fabulous, mesmerizing line drawings and I was sold! I also just really like the smell of a new box of Crayons! Like PlayDoh, they smell happy. Don't judge me.
What to Buy
Star Wars, Minecraft, Dragons, Ocean, Hispanic, Native American, & Celtic heritage, Indian Mehndi Henna designs, Color My Fro and Luv My Hair designs... a cornucopia of creative coloring books! See? Get suggestions from the kiddos, buy the coloring books that would appeal to them! Variety is important!
Here's my Amazon Coloring Book Shopping List Link
Nothing Fancy - I Even Upcycled
a CD-R Spindle Top for the Pencils!
Guidelines NOT Rules
Ok, sorta like rules. After a few weeks, I did find that we had to have some guidelines for the coloring corner -but I don't like to call them rules!
Like claiming a page, sharing a page, giving us permission to Instagram or blog about the artwork & most important - not tearing out the pages. Because there are designs on the other side of the page and that would just wasteful and not fair to the other kiddos!
Download the High Rez or poster version of this for your class or Makerspace. Click to see all sizes! All Creative Commons, Take, Use, Share!
I have some other stuff you can take, too! Generously given by a cool blogger who specializes in creating engaging coloring pages and printables - Dawn Nicole.
Want some FREE Coloring Sheets to Download? We've got you covered!
Download Many Sizes Here:
As seen above - used with permission from the amazing DawnNicole
Get More! FREE Printable Bookmarks
Winter Bookmarks Coloring Page | by Dawn Nicole Designs
FREE Coloring Pages:
Check out @DoodleArtAlley - A Doodle For Just About Everything At Classroom Doodles - Searchable & Easy Downloadable FREE Coloring Pages!
Don't believe coloring can be good for you?
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— Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller) February 3, 2018
A Doodle For Just About Everything At Classroom Doodles from @DoodleArtAlley https://t.co/Tqdcd0fIwY #futurereadylibs #arted #art #makerspace #tlchat Thank you for the tip @GwynethJones <3 pic.twitter.com/aMW8lIBCsp— Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller) February 3, 2018
Here's some of the cool research I found!
plenty of studies on the effectiveness of art therapy in reducing stress, and coloring seems to offer some similar benefits, as William Brennan wrote in this magazine when he noted the coloring books’ particular popularity in France. And doodling is a way for people to organize their thoughts, and focus. Coloring offers that relief and mindfulness without the paralysis that a blank page can cause." - Julie Beck of The Atlantic
Coloring has also been used to "gently ease veterans suffering from PTSD into art therapy. (5)" One study on college students found that "coloring pre-drawn patterns significantly reduced signs of stress and depression. (6)" Coloring before bedtime can even help you sleep!" (7)
"One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century" reports the Huffington Post.
|2D Mandala Flickr CC Computer by RunnerFrog|
Mandalas and similar circular or spiral designs are thousands of years old. Look around and notice how abundantly the circular pattern of the mandala appears in our environment. You can see this geometric shape in all aspects of life. The sun in the sky, the nucleus of the cells in the body, and the unique design of a snowflake.Kids are loving the coloring! Boys, girls, and grown-ups!
Now it's YOUR turn!
What do you think about coloring for teens and adults? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
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This is great Gwyneth! I love it & as usual, you inspire me! I'm going to get this going next semester, as it's at the top of my to-do list! :) Thanks...#LibSis (Library Sister)!ReplyDelete
Hello sweet friend! Thank you so much for your comment & kind words! I'd love to see pics of your coloring station once you get it set up - pls share! Muuwaa! ~GDelete
It's true , it's true! Coloring is relaxing and fun. It is also a great way to get your brain in art making mode' and maybe any mode when you want to focus. Plus new box of crayons. I ...ahem...have even done a panda coloring book, and no snotty comments about only needing a black crayon and a white one are needed. Thanks for all the links to stories that discuss the benefits of coloring!ReplyDelete
Pandas are evil. Full stop. I did my research! They look so cute, pretty, & cuddly an that's just not how they are. :-PDelete
Srsly, thanks for your comment and happy coloring! ~G
Coloring is so therapeutic and relaxing. But I especially love to color the augmented reality coloring pages! Makes it so much fun!ReplyDelete
Hi Patty! Thanks for your comment - I'd LOVE to see your Augmented reality coloring! Tweet me pics if you can! Cheers!Delete
Thank you for the ideas and resources and even better, backed up with research!!ReplyDelete
There's a mistake in your guidelines under No Tearing Out Pages - "they below to us all" should be belong. Otherwise I love it!ReplyDelete
Oh thank you! Gosh darn proofreading is gonna kill me! I'll fix it and re-post it. Doh, how come no one told me sooner! LOL But super thanks to you for doing so - if you ever see any other typos, feel free to let me know - that's a weak spot for sure!Delete