Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself - it's a form of personal expression, as well. The net, activity booklets in dollar stores, family restaurants, or even sometimes at public libraries are sources of coloring pages, simple black and white drawings most commonly of cute cartoon characters. The first coloring book, "The Little Folks' Paint Book" was published in 1879. Crayola introduced the crayon in 1903. And the average American child spends 28 minutes a day coloring and wears down about 730 crayons by the age of 10. Between parents and schools, roughly 2.5 billion crayons are purchased each year.
The themes of adult coloring books are usually intricate and centered more around adult images, not your childhood counterparts that included bunnies, super heroes, and farm animals. You would expect to see geometric patterns, psychedelic patterns reminiscent of doodle art type pages, fantasy images including angels, dragons, goddesses and mermaids, and ancient designs of religious and spiritual nature. Coloring printouts are the best part in any kid's lives to express their feelings, ideas, thoughts and creative imagination. In fact it amuses parents when they see their child's performance. Sometimes kids exhibit stunning performances while showcasing their skills in application of colors. Coloring pages are also very popularly showing holiday ideas, pictures, and characters (such as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny), as well as biblical images, animals, educational themes, storybook themes, scenes in nature, and long retired cartoons. Even rudimentary objects have been changed over into coloring page format, like food, buildings and planes. Color printing is the reproduction of the written word and images in the form of color impressions, which can either be used for a full page or for partial design. It involves separation of different primary color pigments that can be added or deducted to give an impression of other hidden hues. In order to give rise to a neutral color, the process requires the addition of the primary hues in predetermined quantities. The most common use of this technology is in the industrial sector, especially in the print media, where countless impressions must be made in graphical representation to arrive at a preset format of mass reproduction to be used daily.
As she is leaving, her final request is often for me to print a few more pages for her to take home or even a large batch so she can share with her friends when they visit. Of course, as always I am too happy to oblige. Especially as it's so cheap to print them out. Few things are so cheap but can still make a child so happy these days. Another idea is to take the cut out characters and add them into a new scene of your making. Get a bigger blank piece of paper and stick them in to make an action packed scene, or as my youngest calls it, "A Party!". One of the most important period in growing up a child is the preschool one, between the ages of three and five, when kindergartens play a very important role in children's education.Among the most important elements that are learned in this period of life are communication, understanding the world around and creativity developed in all ways, If you have a little girl in your family then she is probably similar to my niece in that she wants to be a Princess when she grows up. I suspect it's down to all the Disney films she has watched religiously since she was very young. I haven't the heart to tell her that unless she marries a Prince soon she hasn't much chance. And no, I certainly don't know any royalty!