Coloring: Not Just for Kids Anymore
Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? I was first introduced to an adult coloring book about a year ago when I met a man who, due to illness, was no longer able to do his normal nine to five job. His previous line of work required an engaged mind and his disability frustrated him. He picked up the hobby of adult coloring and told me of how free his mind felt. He was able to express his creativity–a thing he never knew existed before. He also found that the drawing not only kept his mind focused yet free, but also distracted him from the pain of his illness. I figured if coloring could do so much for him, then why not me too? So I decided to give coloring a try and the Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs was my first effort.
Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs is one in a whole slew of “Stress Relieving” coloring books put out by the publisher Blue Star. Other books in this series focus on Cats, Patterns, Peacocks, Kaleidoscope and even Dolphins.
Cost: I bought mine on Amazon Prime (I love Prime!) for around $9 but I’ve seen it as cheap as $7.79 and as much as $14.26 at other stores.
Content: The book has over 40 designs at varying levels of difficulty. There are several horse and bird pictures as well as many other animals found in the wild. There are not many pictures of household pets.
The beginning of the book instructs you to “Turn off your phone, tablet, computer, whatever.” I loved that the book came with instructions on how to relax! I did what I was told and blocked out all media and whipped out my colored pencils. I used colored pencils which I bought 10-15 years ago and though they’re just normal Crayola intended for kids, I felt this was sufficient for my first go at coloring. I really enjoy the variety of animals in the book: horses, owls, fish, bears, you name it! It even has the picture of the lion on the cover of the book. There are about ten designs which I consider easy, maybe about a dozen medium level and the rest I consider extremely difficult. My colored pencils were great for all of the easy designs I chose (believe me, I didn’t tackle anything hard!) and I was even able to do a little bit of shading. I feel like once you get into the more medium to difficult designs you’re either going to need a very high quality sharp-tipped pencil or you may even need to use pens. The more difficult designs have such tiny details that you really are going to need to have good materials to work with as well as a steady hand.
What’s the Verdict?
I’m really glad that I have started on my adult coloring journey–I really do think that it helps me relax after a hard day because I have something to focus on other than stress. It’s also really fun to express my creativity which isn’t something I get to do much in my adult life.
I think Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs has a really great collection of designs so there’s bound to be loads of things that you will want to color. The main problem I have with the book is that some of the designs (ones that are similar in pattern to the cover of the book) require a lot of imagination and planning. You may have to put a lot of thought into it–which I don’t particularly want to do. I’m more of a paint by numbers kind of girl. It would be nice if they would give you some direction on color ideas. My other problem is the detail in some of the designs is very minute and could be frustrating for a beginner.
Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely. I think there are enough simple designs for beginners and once your skills develop you can move up to some of the medium and even harder designs. It’s definitely a book that you can use for a while! If you are already an expert adult colorer, this is a good book for you, too! There are tons of difficult designs that will keep you occupied for days! All in all I’m really enjoying this book and look forward to buying some of the other “Stress Relieving” coloring books and continuing to relax while coloring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Interested in buying one of your own? Get it here!