You’ve heard this, right? That one of the top 10 best-selling books on Amazon is an Adult Coloring book? I’m sure you have. The story’s been picked up by Huffington Post and PureWow and most every other media outlet. The new thing is adults – coloring!
I won’t lie, there’s a part of me that’s pissed as all hell that this is a thing. Because I’ve been saying for YEARS that adults should be able to color. That one of the main reasons I wanted to have another kid waaaaaaay after I had my older ones was a socially acceptable excuse to color.
And now, this. Now it’s super cool and I’m chasing taillights by writing a blog post about it. But, who cares? I’m doing it anyway.
Because I love LOVE this trend. I love coloring. Why? I have a list for you, my list-loving friends:
- It’s calming. A lot like knitting is calming (and another great hobby for Penelopes). You can let your mind go and unwind a bit.
- You don’t have to be super artsy-craftsy or creative to do it. That’s huge for me, because, I’m, well, not.
- It isn’t expensive. There are several actual coloring books for adults, but also many, many free printables. Just search “adult coloring printable” on Pinterest. My particular favorites are here. (Note that some sites ask for small donations and I like to do that. Their work is valuable.)
- It’s easy to stop and start. Unlike, say, sewing, cooking or scrapbooking, there’s not a lot to unpack or clean up after a session, so it’s super easy to dip in and out. Just 5 minutes and you’ll feel better.
- It’s a great way to spend time with your kids, grandkids, etc. See below.
- It’s a super fun excuse to buy new pens and crayons. Oy. Favorite. Thing. My personal favorites are the Frixion gel pens, these Triplus pens (which come with a stand – thanks for the rec, Penelope Jenne Rosegay) and this nice, big box of brand new crayons, all organized by color hue.
Now, are you wanting to see my first foray into adult coloring (why oh why do I feel so naughty every time I use the phrase?)? Here it is, a fun printable from this site.
The very, very best part? This is my favorite little guy. He’s 3 and he loves to color and do art.
And the reality is, I’m more likely to want to do that with him, chatting the whole time, if I’m doing my some art myself. And while I liked my Dora the Explorer coloring book, somehow, this feels less silly.
Now that I’ve joined the Adult Coloring movement, I’ll be adding any resources I find to our Penelopes Get Crafty and Creative Pinterest board. There’s already a ton of great printables, etc. over there. I hope you’ll follow along.