Do you get to color at work? If not, maybe you should see if your boss will let you start!
Entrepreneur recently published a great article about using adult coloring in the workplace as a way to foster teamwork, improve communication, and boost morale. The author, Kelly Lovell, has some fascinating insights into how your coloring style can be used to evaluate your strengths as an employee. If you outline before filling in, choose unusual color palettes, or often leave your pictures unfinished, you’ll want to check this article out!
Did you hear that Kate Middleton loves to color and is a fan of The Secret Garden? According to Mashable, Prince William recently told acclaimed illustrator and Order of the British Empire (OBE) recipient Johanna Basford that Kate enjoys coloring in her books.
The Duchess of Cambridge isn’t the only celebrity who loves to color either. Justin Beiber, Zooey Deschanel, and Nigella Lawson have all expressed their enthusiasm for the adult coloring craze — even going so far as to share their work on social media.
My family is planning a short trip in a few weeks and I was just thinking of what coloring books I wanted to bring along when I came across an interesting article at USA Today. Apparently, hotels are starting to offer adult coloring books as an added amenity for guests!
For example, Morgans Hotel Group has an exclusive adult coloring book by illustrator Peter Arkle that highlights each hotel in the Morgans portfolio. Yotel New York created a coloring and activity book with New York-centric images by artist Ian Sklarsky that you can purchase during your stay.
Personally, I love this idea and think it’s something more hotels should jump on. Coloring books from your travels would make amazing souvenirs!
Cocktails & Coloring is a new web series from Hallmark. Offering new episodes every Thursday, this entertaining and informative program addresses how to turn your love of adult coloring books into a fun way to catch up with friends and family.
To promote the series, Hallmark is also sharing a few free coloring pages. Click here for your downloads.
If adult coloring has helped you cope with an illness, a family crisis, or everyday life stressors in a more constructive way, you’re not along. A recent National Post article explores some of the unexpected benefits of this simple hobby, profiling a grieving mother who says her love of coloring helped her move on after her son’s untimely death, a stroke survivor trying to regain her fine motor skills, a special needs parent, and a widow finding solace after losing her husband to cancer. You’ll never look at coloring the same way again!
Yoobi, a creative supplies and stationery company, recently unveiled their exclusive back-to-school collection with Pharrell Williams’ creative collective, i am OTHER. In keeping with Yoobi’s core mission, amazing products with an awesome cause, for every Yoobi x i am OTHER item purchased, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.
The Yoobi x i am OTHER partnership is a naturally synergistic collaboration considering both brands’ strong belief in changing the world one kid at a time by providing them with the resources they need to be successful. Yoobi x i am OTHER embodies a positive message about self-acceptance, individuality and motivation to meet one’s potential while giving back to those less fortunate.
Now available exclusively at Target, Yoobi.com and Yoobi’s flagship store, the collection consists of inspirational and brightly colored designs that were shaped by kids themselves. Enlisted by i am OTHER as part of the creative process, kids shared which art, words and quotes inspired them to embrace their “OTHERness” and these were incorporated into the collection. The collection features over 50 unique items including a wide range of i am OTHER designed notebooks and binders, backpacks, pens and pencils, folders, lunch bags, and more.
Since their launch in June of 2014, Yoobi has donated supplies to over 1.5 million students across the nation with the goal of reaching 2 million by end of summer. With this year’s back-to-school partnership, Yoobi hopes to not only continue to give items to kids in need, but to also spread i am OTHER’s powerful message of individuality, giving back to your community and embracing that which makes us different, makes us special. There is an OTHER in all of us.
I love Yoobi’s quality school and office supply products and I’m a fan of Pharrell’s music too. So, I’ll definitely be picking up some items from this collection for my son as well as myself. One product I’m especially excited about is the thin “i am OTHER” washable markers. These bright colored markers have different inspirational phrases printed on the barrels. I can’t wait to use them for adult coloring, as well as my new bullet journal! Of course, I’ll probably pick up some more Yoobi gel pens while I’m at it!
For more information on Yoobi, the products, and its social mission, visit www.yoobi.com.
Is adult coloring a form of art therapy? This has been a subject of controversy over the last year, with many people claiming that coloring was too simplistic to have any therapeutic value. However, Dover recently announced that the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) formally supports the idea that coloring is beneficial as a self-care activity.
The AATA is an organization representing over 5,000 practitioner and student members. An integrative mental health profession, art therapy combines theories of human development and psychology with visual arts and the creative process to address a range of treatment goals. Art therapists can help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Action-oriented and experientially based, art therapy is conducted with individuals, couples, families and groups in diverse settings, including hospitals, schools, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, mental health clinics, wellness centers, senior centers, veteran’s clinics, correctional institutions and other community facilities.
“The adult coloring phenomenon is reintroducing art as an important component of health and wellness,” says Dr. Donna Betts, ATR-BC, AATA President. “The AATA has been impressed by many of Dover’s publications, especially the Creative Haven® coloring books for adults,” adds Dr. Betts. “Obviously, anyone who requires professional art therapy services should visit the AATA website for more information, but these books provide a pathway to the life-affirming pleasures of making art.”
With New Year’s Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your goals for 2016. Do you want to lose weight? Pay off debt? Save money for your dream vacation? Will this be the year you finally make it through the “to-read” pile of books on your nightstand? Whatever your goal, your obsession with adult coloring books can help!
Find a page with a pretty pattern to fill in, display it in a prominent location, and then color in one section every time you make progress towards your goal — such as saving $25 towards your vacation or losing 1 pound. It might feel silly at first, but having a visual representation of your goal can be a helpful motivational tool. Visit Debrief Daily to learn how one woman used this technique to get her finances back on track.
If you’re not busy on Saturday, November 14, head over to your local Barnes & Noble to participate in their first All-American Art Unwind event. From noon till 5 pm, all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will feature three fun coloring activities.
Personalizing a selection of Hallmark greeting cards and envelopes
Creating a national digital art mosaic featuring one of Millie Marotta’s designs divided into nine postcard-size pieces to color and submit for possible inclusion in the online collaboration
Experimenting with different illustration styles and artist supplies –including some of the bestselling coloring books from Millie Marotta and Johanna Basford
Barnes & Noble stores have a wide selection of adult coloring books and supplies, so I’m sure this event will be well worth your time. Click here for additional information.
Like most people I know, I have a fondness for Crayola products. New Crayola crayons and colored pencils were my favorite birthday or Christmas gifts as a kid, especially if they came with some coloring books or a fresh sketchpad!
If you share my love of Crayola, head over to Mental Floss to check out their list of 13 Colorful Facts About Crayola. This fun trivia roundup will be a great conversation starter next time you’re coloring with a friend!