Time for a coloring book break

There have been a lot of articles and posts lately about the adult coloring book trend, including this interesting and in-depth article from The New Yorker about the reasons why this has become a trend and this online article from Vogue that asks the question, “Are Adult Coloring Books Really a Thing?” (They are.) There are even buying guides now for adult coloring books, like this one for “21 Adult Coloring Books That’ll Make All Your Work Stress Melt Away.”

My friend and colleague Stephanie got a couple of coloring books a few months ago — including the gorgeous Lost Ocean coloring book — and I got a couple of coloring books for Christmas, as well, including the Women: Heart and Whimsy coloring book from local press Blue Skirt Productions.

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

During a recent girls’ day, Stephanie and I even took a coloring break!

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

And I’ve been coloring sometimes after work and on the weekends to de-stress and de-compress. I have found it a quite soothing experience, and I like to have music on in the background while I color. So I am definitely on Team Coloring Books for Adults!

Here are a few photos of my recent coloring book adventures. Below is “Lady Camouflage” from the Women: Heart and Whimsy coloring book.

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

I don’t have any fancy coloring pencils that I use to color; in fact, I still have — and am using — my Crayola crayons and coloring pencils (with portable case!) from when I was young. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Time for a coloring book break

Do you have any adult coloring books, or are you interested in getting one? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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9 thoughts on “Time for a coloring book break

  1. Mike

    So glad that you have a coloring book as well Jen! I have one too and it’s actually a “Dummies” version, like “Coloring Books For Dummies” that I found at Barnes & Noble.

    But aren’t these great?! I usually don’t like to follow fads and trends, but this is one that I really like. They do help de-stress one’s self after a hard day at work or wherever. Even though I like making postcards, sometimes I just can’t muster the will to draw anything. But with these coloring books, I can just color and not have to think too much, which helps if I’ve had a hard day.

    Your pages are so beautiful Jen! Wonderful job! 🙂 And hey, there’s nothing wrong with using Crayola crayons right? It’s awesome! I use my Crayola colored pencils! It’s like we’re kids again! 😀

    I put on some Bach or Vivaldi, break out my coloring book and coloring tools and I’m ready to de-stress!

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      1. Mike

        I guess that’s why kids love it so much! Doing this takes me back to my own childhood days, coloring popular cartoon characters with my crayons. 🙂

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  2. Kezzie

    Your colouring book is cool and I like the way you coloured that lady! I bought one in a pound shop and my husband was given one but curiously, I think I prefer to doodle or colour something I’ve drawn. It’s funny really!

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  3. Jane Whittingham

    Honestly I thought it all sounded a bit silly until my mom bought me a cat colouring book during a particularly stressful time recently. I decided to give it a try, and I was surprised by just how fun and relaxing it is. It’s nice to just be able to do something creative but without any real goal in mind, so you don’t have to worry about how it turns out!

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  4. APB

    I like the “Unicorns are jerks” coloring book, and recently was gifted the “Secret Garden” coloring book…so lovely.

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