The therapeutic benefits of coloring have been discussed for years but recently this trend has rocked the world. CNN reported at the beginning of 2016, in “Why adult coloring books are good for you that “everyone from researchers at Johns Hopkins University to the editors of Yoga Journal suggesting coloring as an alternative to meditation”.
Just this last week, reports of color pencil manufacturers running out of stock and adult coloring book sales increasing anywhere from 923 percent to 36,600 percent depending on how you run the numbers in There’s A Global Colored Pencil Shortage And It’s The Adult Coloring Book’s Fault.
coloring books for adults are also extremely therapeutic and can help generate wellness, quietness, mindfulness and the exact same benefits which meditation imparts on the brain.
While it has become somewhat of a cliche to describe a creative and bold attitude as drawing outside the lines, I want to discuss something quite different when you remove the lines.
Take a look at the two matrices of color below. Both are a set of the same colors, both are made by blending the four corner colors equally with each other. Yet the one on the left shows colors directly touching, while the one on the right separates each color with a thin black outline.
Coloring outside the lines.