I’ve always colored in coloring books, and as long as I can remember my mother has too. Right now, next to my computer, is a Hello Kitty coloring book that from time to time I color in. I’m not sure why we do it. But recently two different companies sent me coloring books to review and while using them I set myself to pondering why a 37 year-old woman still colors in coloring books.
Coloring does let you clear your mind. You need to concentrate, but not too hard. So it strikes a nice balance. It lets me be creative. Sadly I don’t know how to draw, so it gives me some of the satisfaction of an artist. Don’t laugh, it’s the closest thing I get to artistic expression. Unfortunately when coloring books are your creative medium, you’re generally stuck with Disney princesses and child safe versions of DC comic book characters. However these two coloring books showed me there are other options out there for grown up coloring book fans.
“The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons (Psych! Crayons Not Included.)” by James Grange is coloring book full of nostalgia and trivia. You can bust out a box of crayons and color the Taco Bell Chihuahua (Yo quiero Taco Bell!), pogs, George H.W. Bush throwing up on the Japanese Prime Minister, the “I Want to Believe” poster from Mulder’s office on the “X-Files”, and more!
As you can see, I chose to do the Hypercolor page. The info shared is, “Introduced by Generra Sportswear Co. Inc. in 1991, the Hypercolor clothing line used fabrics dyed with thermochromic inks that would temporarily change colors when exposed to an increased temperature such as body heat. Pretty awesome, unless you had a sweat problem. Awkward!”
If that seems too silly to you, perhaps you’d be interested in “The Mandala Coloring Book: Inspire Creativity, Reduce Stress, and Bring Balance with 100 Mandala Coloring Pages” by Jim Gogarty. Just as the subtitle suggests, it has 100 mandalas for you to color, but it also has a nice introduction/how to use this book section. It discusses the meaning behind color choices and how you color.
If you’re a coloring book fan, I hope you’ll give one of these, or both of these a try. They both have a lot to offer in their own distinct way. More importantly, if you haven’t colored in a coloring book since elementary school, I hope this post, and these books, inspire you to give it a go now. You’ll find that there is still satisfaction in coloring as an adult, and what else do you have to put up on your refrigerator?