Remember the days when you could sit for hours with a box of crayons making your way through an entire colouring book? It was almost trance like. I first came across colouring in for adults when I was in the Drakensburg and we stopped at one of those health stores. You know the type – crystals all over the place, incense burning and a plethora of esoteric books. The owner was colouring in at the till and I had to ask. “It’s called colour therapy and it puts you in an almost meditative state”, she explained. It piqued my interest but I wasn’t really keen to colour in unicorns and fairies.
Benefits of colouring in for adults
Recently I’ve been on a quest to simplify my life. I’ve always been a workaholic but now I’ve realised I can produce good work in less time. I was always so busy and now I have time to do what I want. I decided to try colouring in for adults and printed some mandalas. On my way home from work I stopped to get my very own 12 pack of colouring in pencils. I walked in the door, put my stuff down, poured a glass of chilled white vino and set up my art station.
After 25 minutes I looked up and noticed the time. My mind had been running wild yet I felt so calm. While my picture was certainly no work of art, I felt refreshed. I took a gulp of well deserved vino and a solution to a challenge I’d been obsessing over popped into my mind.
For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But you taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.. it is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and you work will be as good as your ambitions. – Ira Glass
Where to get stuff to colour in?
Investing in a colouring book gave me some structure and looked a lot better than my first attempt. At first my friends thought I was crazy, and then they tried it. There really is something to it. The South African colouring in poster below would make a great gift for the arty people in your life.
With colouring in for adults, it’s really not about the final result, but rather about the process. Although when my friend saw at what I had done, her OCD kicked in and she just couldn’t handle my lack of a colour scheme. Each to their own.