Coloring Inside the Lines – Adult Coloring as Meditation
I’ve always had trouble with any form of meditation. I once attended a workshop where participants sat in large circle while the facilitator intoned soothing words and encouraged us to drain our minds and count our breaths. My mind raced and I found myself checking off the lengthy list of things I had to do and becoming hyper aware of the annoying music playing softly in the background. Where did she get that awful CD?
So imagine my surprise when I read an article about the newest fad – adult coloring books. Apparently in addition to providing hours of fun, coloring allows one to focus on the intricate patterns rather than intrusive thoughts and nagging problems. Additionally, coloring brings back a simpler time. As I unpackaged my fancy pencils and markers, I couldn’t help but think back to the days when a box of brand new crayons was a big deal.
My favorite book so far is Johanna Basford’s “Enchanted Forest,” which was partially inspired by castles in her native Scotland. I’m also partial to a book of Parisian Fashion Designs circa 1912. Takes me back to my costume design days in college.
If you haven’t tried it, I’d recommend starting with one image, which you can actually download online and any markers or pencils you might have on hand. If you get serious, you’ll want to invest in some really high end pencils and markers. I use Prismacolor Soft Core Pencils as well as Fiskars Gel Markers. I’ve just recently picked up a set of Staedtler Triplus Fineliner markers, which have a super fine line. Haven’t done much with them yet, but they’re super for tiny lines and crevices.
Here’s a few links to get you started: