Coloring: Everything old is new again
For a long time, I had a secret: I loved to color.
I had spent a little time coloring with some kids a while earlier and was disappointed that today’s crayons didn’t have the brilliance I remembered from my childhood. The Sharpies definitely filled that bill.
My absolute favorite book this time around is Creative Haven's Creative Cats (Dover), a myriad of themed pages featuring a sweet-faced cat, or two or more.
|From Creative Haven's Creative Cats.|
Shelf Awareness, a book industry newsletter, also has a good article about the adult coloring craze with information about a lot of new books coming out. Even Publisher's Weekly is writing about it.
Major mainstream media has written about the phenomenon. There were spots on NBC and NPR.
Parade has a good article about coloring for beginners. And even The New Yorker is on the bandwagon with an article about coloring and adult play in general, albeit a tad disparaging by implying that adults are avoiding confronting the world around them. The Associated Press also published an article. And the website Upworthy has posted an article as well.
Wonder/Wander/World has a good article that focuses on the incredible variety of books available.
The ever-ubiquitous Facebook has a group of coloring aficionados, Coloring for All! It's an excellent resource for newbies and a place to share your works of art. There are also pages available for download, tips on the best tools to use, and information about new books and artists. Be careful, however. The group is addicting as coloring itself.
In case you need to justify your new hobby, here are seven reasons.
CBS's morning program had a spot extolling the virtues of adult coloring with a couple of people mentioning they were "closet colorers." Johanna Basford was also interviewed.
Sales of Basford's Secret Garden in China totaled 3 million is less than three months, according to its publisher, and was the hit of the Beijing Book Fair. Sales of the book worldwide have reached close to 7 million. And that's just one book out of an overflowing market. (Dover Publication even has a coloring book featuring the Pope.)
Here's an updated Shelf Awareness article from Feb. 10, 2016, confirming that there's no slow-down. This article shows just how the diverse the subject matter has become -- feminism, gays, anarchists, pregnancy, Elizabeth Warren...
Add to this, Donald Trump, swear words (two! here and here), and divorce!
There's something for everyone!
Katie Couric posted a video on coloring on Yahoo.
As with everything, there are detractors, this from a sociologist, who just doesn't get it. My response: "Try it, you'll like it!"
Coloring has become a truly international phenomenon and has even led to a global pencil shortage.
Someone please stop me.
I take that back. Since that statement above, I've purchased two sets of pencils, in addition to the Utrechts, a set of Marco Raffines and a set of Staedtler Noris Club. I'm lusting after Farber-Castels and discerning the difference among the different brands. Learn the fine techniques of shading has also been so enjoyable.
|Kitty by Między Kreskami Kolorowanki, one of my favorites.|