Coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage right now. As the hand-made movement grows and evolves, more and more adults wish to express their creativity, but don’t have a ton of time. Not just the time it takes to do a project, but the time to invest in getting good at a craft. Most people, including me, are not naturally gifted at drawing. Even if you have an inborn talent, you still must spend time and energy developing that talent until you are really good. Coloring books make it easy for busy adults to get their creative play on. It’s a chance to be creative with the most basic supplies and not a lot of time commitment. It’s easy to be good at it right away, so you feel good about it.
I have been a big fan for many years. I have some books that are over 15 years old. As well as “adult” coloring books, I love to play with kid coloring books too. They have been my favorite way to play literally as long as I can remember. I have a very vivid childhood memory of coloring in my Gumby & Pokey coloring book when I was probably four years old.
Coloring was my favorite activity to do with my kids when they were little. We used to make some pretty cool masterpieces. Of course, I took it to the next level with some pro tips I’ll share with you right here.
1) Trace around the edges before coloring in. This isn’t super pro because I’m sure you know about it, but share it with your kids and they’ll think you are Michelangelo. Also, tracing in one color then coloring another color is awesome.
2) Color in heavily and then buff with a wad of tissue. It rubs off some of the wax and leaves the pigment behind. Rad effect.
3) Color heavily and scratch away some of the wax with a toothpick.
4) Go over your coloring with watercolor. Coloring pages are usually rough and absorbent, so take care not to sog them out.
A great resource for coloring books for grown-ups is Dover Publications. They have tons of fun creative stuff for adults (and kids). I myself have a stack of Dover books, including coloring books, temporary tattoos and paper dolls. If you sign up for their newsletter, they will send you free samples in your email, and some instant downloads to get you started right away. So print out some fun pages, bust out the crayons and chill out with a nice and easy creative outlet.