One of the reasons adult coloring coloring books are so popular is because it meditative; you can get lost in it like a good book. Your heart rate calms, your breathing evens, your head clears...can you imagine?! Sold yet?! Well, the second reason coloring is popular is it's cheap! You can easily start this hobby for less than $15. You don't need fancy, expensive crayons or pencils, good ol' Crayola works great! The most important thing is to choose a coloring book that will keep your interest through 30 or so pages. If you don't like the design, you won't enjoy coloring it. I think it's important to take some time to really look through the choices of coloring books, to find one that speaks to you. Is the paper a texture you like? What about the size and how it opens up? Can you picture yourself coloring in this book? Do you LOVE it?!
I really took a lot of time finding my coloring books. I may not be investing a lot of money into these, but I am investing my time coloring them- so they need to be 'just right'. Like, "I can't leave this store without this coloring book in my hands 'just right'." Also, I had treated myself to Derwent colored pencils this past Christmas and I've never once used them! (I wouldn't want to insult my quality pencils by choosing something second rate, right?!) The first book I chose is chock-full of folk art designs, surprise, surprise! Actually, the surprise for me was that the artist of this coloring book, Lisa Congdon, is an artist whose art I have admired for some time. I didn't realize that until I got home, it was the cherry on top!
Coloring the first page in a brand new coloring book, with brand new colored pencils was a little intimidating. I reminded myself not to over-think things- to JUST START. The is my advice to you: JUST START! If you are thinking, then you're mind isn't free. It's amazing how something so simple can bring a sense of peace to your day.
Feeling peaceful means I've cleared all the clutter in my head, I've moved aside the worry. And guess what? Now I have room something even more important: gratitude. I've stepped back from the chaos and now I can feel grateful for all of the things that brought the chaos in the first place. But now it doesn't feel like chaos- it feels like life; a life that I love. Yep, all that from a coloring book.