Everyone loves to color these days!

GM cropped Everyone loves to color these days! The coloring bug has broadened from a childhood joy to a meditative and joyful adult activity as well.

Here are some articles about this trend:

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ADULTS

“the meditative simplicity of filling in the lines (or going beyond the lines if I felt particularly daring that day). … the way a colored page could mirror my inner self…Do you suddenly miss it? When was the last time you picked up a crayon to fill in a coloring book? It was most likely during your own childhood, right?”

http://www.marthastewart.com/1102939/adult-coloring-books

“We’ve learned about a secret some of you have — a secret that involves crayons, markers and colored pencils. Last week, we asked our Facebook followers to tell us if they were an adult who likes to color, and we received hundreds of responses saying, “yes,” and, “I thought I was alone.”

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/01/396634471/artist-goes-outside-the-lines-with-coloring-books-for-grown-ups

“On a frosty Thursday evening in mid-February, a group of like-minded women from her area …assembled to meet monthly with one specific purpose: color …some activity books. “There sat twenty three grown women with crayons, and pages, and books, and beverages… Some colored simple childlike pictures, some did elaborate works, some free handed. It was fantastic. Everything I’ve dreamed and more.”

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/05/meet-the-adults-who-love-to-color.html#

“…coloring is … an immersive and absorbing behavior that is rewarding in and of itself. [It] has been shown to improve concentration and a sense of agency… to decrease anxiety and self-consciousness. As an added benefit, coloring requires the use of fine motor skills, which can reduce the impact of age-related losses in dexterity. Coloring can also bring back fond memories from childhood, which contributes other positive feelings to the mix.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-michaelis-phd/why-coloring-is-good-for-the-mind-body-and-soul_b_8421922.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

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Children showing artworks with Clipping Path

KIDS

“…here’s a little known “Leanne fact”. I actually color when I’m stressed out and can personally attest to Sarah’s point 3 (at the ripe old age of 40-something *grin*) — my family even bought me a special pack of my very own “artist” pencil crayons one mother’s day.”

http://www.dltk-kids.com/articles/why-color.htm

“Coloring aids in hand-eye coordination as the child learns to color within the specified area….Coloring a simple printed page helps a child to recognize color, hue, line, perspective, shape and form. It also helps a child to see and recognize patterns – a pre-reading and pre-math skill.”

http://letkidscreate.blogspot.com/2011/09/7-benefits-of-coloring.html

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FACEBOOK GROUP

“I made this page because I love to color and I love to meet new people.I like to see what everyone else is coloring too.So share your pictures please.”

https://www.facebook.com/Coloring-isnt-just-for-kids-373929282791477/timeline/

 

 

 

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