Adult Coloring is all the rage. Not only is it fun and expressive, but it's incredibly mindful and relaxing. Add relaxing yoga music and/or a gratitude practice as you color and you've got an active meditation that can decrease stress, increase your artistic ability and relaxation and leave you with a beautiful piece of art when you finish a page.
So how do you start and what's the right way to color? First, set aside any rules or preconceptions on what adult coloring is. Find an adult coloring book that calls to you. They're sold in book stores, online, and at retailers such as TJMaxx, Marshalls and Walmart. You can color with colored pencils, markers, paints, pens and a combination of these. And know that there's no right or wrong way to color. If you'd like to learn professional artist techniques for adult coloring, just google Adult Coloring Tips on YouTube and apply one or two tips at a time. Although there's no wrong way to color, using certain techniques can prevent finger/hand pain from bearing down on the pencils and will also help prevent your pencil leads from breaking.
Before you begin, lay out your art supplies, find a comfortable, yet supportive place to work, and warm up your hands, fingers and wrists and stretch your neck, shoulders, chest and back. Periodically take little breaks to stretch and get up and move around a little. And enjoy yourself. After all, coloring is about having fun and expressing the artist within. Instead of a workout, you're experiencing a mindful zen-in--so important in our modern culture of rush, rush, rush, overdoing, under relaxing, and not being in the present moment.
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