Color books are a wonderful thing. Granted, in the beginning when I heard about adult color books, I really thought that was something XXX that I wanted no part of. But as the craze grew, I went from thinking that it was some porn form I should be afraid of, to thinking “Who on earth over the age of ten has time for coloring?” The answer, it turned out, was me.
It doesn’t matter how busy you are. If you can take ten minutes to drink a cup of tea or coffee or check your Facebook status, then you can take the time to color and create a meditation moment to relax yourself through coloring.
One of the beauties of colors books, is that you can have full control to make the pictures your own. Whereas we don’t have control over many other things in our life, when you pick up pens or pencils and a color book, you have the right to make things any way you want them. If you worry that you are not an artist, that is no problem. You don’t even have to stay inside the lines if you choose not to. Color books are a lot like a personal journal. You can choose to share your creations, or you can choose to keep them private. Unlike with other things you do, no one can tell you how you should fill in a picture. It can be realistic and done in colors you would find in nature, or it can be psychedelic or somewhere in between. If you want a purple panda or a pink giraffe, that is your business.
As a writer, I find coloring to be an especially relaxing way of mulling over the disjointed ideas in my head about my current and future projects. Yes, my editor will look at the work I send her and make comments about my manuscript, but my pink giraffe is my own and cannot be held to anyone else’s standard. So, take some time and give coloring a try. You might just surprise yourself with how much difference a few minutes a day can make to the clarity of your thoughts and your stress level.
We at J and I publishing would love to see your artworks as well. Regardless of what you doodle or color, the benefits are many. Send us your pics at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we may feature them on this blog.
And just for fun, here are a couple of ideas to get you past the worry over your artistic abilities:
Use every color you have available in one picture.
Close your eyes each time you choose a color, so the picture is random.
Be bold and share your creations on social media.
Have someone else choose a picture for you and give you a limited number of colors to choose from.
Have fun coloring, we look forward to your masterpieces!