Earlier this year, The New York Times officially proclaimed that coloring books for adults were a thing. Usually I roll my eyes at trends that seem to be aimed directly at hipsters, but this time I fell for it. I bought my first coloring book ever–The Time Garden by Daria Song. At first I was super into it, but I have to say that my enthusiasm has since worn down. I maybe color once or twice a week.
For me coloring is similar to doing puzzles. It’s a time to turn off my brain and focus solely on the seemingly meaningless task at hand. Though I mentioned before that I took an art class in college, I don’t really keep up with my artistic pursuits outside the infrequent collages and snaps of the camera. OK, yet, photography is, of course, art. However, there’s something to be said for having an artistic outlet right in front of you. It feels kind of silly to say that about a coloring book, but that’s basically what it amounts to at the end of the day. Maybe that’s why paint by number painting parties for adults were so popular a few years ago.
In our increasingly digital world, I guess a lot of us still have a need to have something in front of us.
You can find coloring books for adults (or kids, whatever!) at Barnes & Noble and Michael’s. Probably other places, too, but this is just where I’ve seen them lately. Most are priced between $9 – $15.