A box of new crayons! Now they’re all pointy, lined up in order, bright and perfect. Soon they’ll be a bunch of ground down, rounded, indistinguishable stumps, missing their wrappers and smudged with other colors. Sometimes life seems unbearably tragic.
There is magic between the covers of a coloring book, a type of magic that transports us into a dreamy land. Coloring books make artists of us all, whether we decide to be Rembrandt with his realistic colors and patterns or Picasso with his odd cubist designs and surreal colors.
Did you know that coloring reduces stress and is a newfound relaxation therapy that induces joy within kids and adults alike? Hence Coloring Day Event is celebrated with undying zest on 2nd August when everybody is ready to sharpen their pencils and innate artistic skills!
History of Coloring Book Day
The first coloring book was established in the late 1800s by the McLoughlin Brothers when they first released ‘The Little Folks Painting Book’. From that point forward they continued to produce coloring books until the 1920s when they joined forces with the Milton Bradley Company.
Coloring is for everyone. There are highly detailed books specifically designed for adults, they are definitely intricate and beautiful, and that’s before you start applying color to the page. Coloring books have been used for everything from educational purposes, fashion designing, to aiding in therapy and health. There are even special coloring books intended to help a child what is going to happen to them during surgery, a little understanding can assuage a large amount of fear.
NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY ACTIVITIES
1. Host a coloring book party
Gather some friends, grandparents and turn a childhood playdate into an adult party. Designate a driver and who knows, maybe coloring book parties will become the next best happy hour activity!
2. Indulge in coloring supplies
Ever dreamed about that giant box of Crayola crayons as a kid? Or maybe having an endless supply of markers to color the entire rainbow? It’s time to take out your tools to make your childhood dreams come true and color your way to happiness. Sketch anything that comes to mind, color it crazy and convert your crayons, paints, and pencils to a heap of stubs.
3. Set aside some coloring ‘me’ time
Sometimes coloring solo makes the best art therapy. Treat yourself and set aside that extra hour for your own time of introspective mindfulness. For those who were always searching for chill time, coloring books could be the golden ticket.
NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY DATES