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National Coloring Book Day

colored piggy with macaroons for coloring book day
Taking a moment to settle the mind and relax is a great method of self care!
How cute is this piggy I colored?
from coloring book: Color Me! by New Seasons
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Color Me Calm

Have you joined the coloring craze?

I’ve always loved to color, and the great number of adult coloring books that are available today make it an easy option for anyone to grab a few moments for themselves to just clear the mind and declutter the spirit. I don’t need a study to tell me that taking some quiet time alone to color pushes that needed reset button in my mind. 

If you find yourself depressed or filled with anxiety, you’ll undoubtedly benefit from the focused energy and peaceful time spent coloring. Breathing slows down. Thoughts slow down and begin to unfold in ways that help you decompress and find solutions that were previously wrapped in worries. We could all use a push to slow down and live in the moment. 

I love the spiral notebooks, as they allow me to access all parts of the image, and the sheets are perforated should I want to frame the images or send them to someone!
from coloring book: Color Me! by New Seasons

If you haven’t tried coloring, you have very little to lose. This hobby doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can take it with you on your travels. 

Freebie alert:

You can download a free Mini Coloring Book from Dover and register to win one of ten $15 Dover Gift Certificates. I’m not sponsored by Dover, but I do like their products and thought you might enjoy the freebie.

Coloring books have gone digital, too. I’ve tried some coloring phone apps, but they don’t compare to actually holding a pencil, crayon, or marker in my hand. However, some people love them!

from coloring book: Color Me! by New Seasons
from coloring book: Color Me! by New Seasons

Here are some other favorites I am using and love:

Classic Coloring Alice In Wonderland

Classic Coloring: Alice in Wonderland (Adult Coloring Book): 55 Removable Coloring Plates
The back of the prints have book passages on them.
Classic Coloring Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book
The pages disconnect from the spine with ease, making it a breeze to prepare for framing.

Winter Wonderland to Color by Waycott

Winter Wonderland to color by Flora Waycott
Winter Wonderland to Color by Flora Waycott
Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book. Coloring book image.
There are serene images and many pages that offer beautiful typography, too.
Nathaniel Hawthorne quotation.
Anyone who quotes Nathaniel Hawthorne has me captivated.

Pet Gallery Fur Babies Coloring Book by Patrick Sullivan

Pet Gallery Fur Babies Color Book
Who doesn’t love to color the fur babies?
Hamster to color
They even thought to include a hamster! Fur babies come in all shapes and species!
Bulldog to color
Stop with the cuteness!

Johanna Basford Magical Jungle Coloring Book

Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford Coloring Book
Johanna Basford and her Magical Jungle sparked a great adult coloring book craze.
hippo in water to color
Elephant in the jungle to color.

Cats and Dogs in Style

Dogs & Cats in Style: Create Your World
Dogs & Cats in Style: Create Your World
One cannot have too many cats to color.
Scotty Dog to color
This is a very chic pooch waiting for me to color.

Color the day away…

Colored porcupine
Postcards to color and mail are also a great way to unwind and share the creative spirit!

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