Do you find your fast paced lifestyle is taking a toll on your mental and physical health? Do you have trouble winding down in the evening and cannot get a good night’s sleep? Try kicking stress with a pack of crayons and a brand new adult coloring book.
Coloring has become a cheap stress relief, a time for adults to unplug from the rush of the digital world and a time to put on hold their busy schedules and just sit down with an adult coloring book and a nice set of colored pencils. What could be simpler?
A great thing about coloring is that, unlike some hobbies, there is a low barrier to entry. You can bring out your coloring book and colored pencils anywhere and you’re good to go. You can start and stop coloring without any fussing on preparation or clean-ups. It’s all good! No directions to read and follow. No required steps to complete in a certain sequence. Coloring is just hassle free, relaxing fun to be enjoyed alone or with friends.
Can coloring be called “art therapy”?
Coloring has even become a social activity, a modern equivalent of a quilting bee. Colorists chill out, chat, and color by meeting in each others homes, in restaurants, in libraries, at camp sites, on the beach, and anywhere where there is enough light to see the designs and a flat surface to place it. Can coloring be called “art therapy”?
“Coloring itself cannot be called art therapy because art therapy relies on the relationship between the client and the therapist,” says Marygrace Berberian, a certified art therapist and the Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU. Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, says Berberian, “My experience has been that those participants who are more guarded find a lot of tranquility in coloring an image. It feels safer and it creates containment around their process,” she adds.
This is the first of three posts each introducing a different coloring book published by Blue Star Coloring. We will include what is being said about the benefits of adult coloring books. The first book we want to tell you about is Birds of the World: Adult Coloring Book by Rémy Simard. Rémy chose to center his first coloring book with Blue Star around the topic of birds; bird-watching being his own form of relaxation. (Photo at left is page 65 of Birds of the World)
Its Amazon.com description reads as follows:
- As featured in Time, the New York Times, USA Today and publications around the world! The mind of award-winning illustrator Rémy Simard takes flight in a fanciful new adult coloring book:
Birds of the World!
- Published by Blue Star, the team behind multiple national bestselling adult coloring books.
- Contains 30 lively hand-drawn coloring images featuring wings and wonders around the world: parrots of the rain-forest, seagulls and sailboats, pigeons in Paris (see photo at right) and more!
- Designs range in complexity from beginner to expert-level.
- Provides hours and hours of fun, creative coloring expression.
- Join millions of adults all around the world who are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring!
Features About Birds of the World!:
- Accessible for all ages, abilities, and mood of colorists as images vary in level from simple to complex.
- Images are only printed on one side of each page, so you don’t have to worry about your colors bleeding through and can cut one out without sacrificing another.
- Images have a sort of stained glass aesthetic to them and cover the complete page.
- Coloring book opens wide and lays flat for ease of coloring near the inner margins.
- A reasonable price for those who need a hobby to help them chill out. A more expensive book might have better quality paper, spiral binding, and perforations along the inner page edge so that individual pages can be removed for framing.
About the Illustrator:
Originally a student of political science, French-Canadian artist Rémy Simard began his career as an illustrator in 1980. Working from Montreal, he creates computer-generated illustration for a large variety of clients including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Federal Express, General Motors, Citibank, Fidelity Communications, Better Homes & Gardens, Book-of-the-Month Club, McGraw-Hill and Scott Foresman, in the U.S.; and Chrysler, Nissan, Banque Nationale de Paris, Cantel, Ville de Montreal and YTV in Canada.
Rémy Simard has published more than 80 children’s books in both French and English with Scholastic, HarperCollins, Annick Press, La Pastèque, Casterman and others. Birds of the World is Rémy’s first coloring book.
To relax after all this work, he likes to race around on his motocyclette!
About Blue Star Coloring: (taken from their Amazon.com page)
When we formed Blue Star Coloring, we had a simple mission: Share our love of coloring with the world, and have fun. We never dreamed that you would make us a national bestselling sensation – and we are grateful beyond words.
We want everything we do to inspire and support you in expressing your creativity – because that’s what you’ve done for us since the beginning. We are committed to bringing you the most beautiful adult coloring books in the world, so you can relax, decompress, and let your inner child out to play for a while.
November is National Alzheimer’s and Caregiving Month! We are honored to be collaborating on an adult coloring book specifically for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers with the help of the incredible Maria Shriver.
Blue Star Coloring wants to hear from you! Send them your suggestions, ideas and completed coloring art at:
- Instagram: @bluestarcoloring
- Twitter: @colorbluestar
Buy Adult Coloring Books by Blue Star Coloring:
- Exotic Animal Designs: A Stress Relieving Adult Coloring Book by Katie Packer and Blue Star Coloring Amazon.com Amazon.ca
- Decorate Your Halloween: An Adult Coloring Book of Halloween Crafts Sep 27 2016 Amazon.com Amazon.ca
- Soul of the Woodland: A Stress Relieving Adult Coloring Book, Celebration Edition Oct 20 2016 Amazon.com Amazon.ca