As a child, coloring was just a fun learning activity. Adults have come to realize that coloring has many soothing benefits in a world full of stresses. Relaxing with a coloring book is simple.

Grab a child’s coloring book from the dollar store, open a fresh box of crayons and begin. If you want a more adult feeling when you color, here are some suggestions that may help:

Coloring Page Choices

You don’t have to settle for a juvenile coloring book. Today there are fantastic adult coloring books with geometric patterns, beautiful pictures, and intricate designs. Choose a wonderful geometric design and color each repeating block a different color. Decide to create repeating color schemes or do a picture in all pastel colors. The choice is completely up to you – I love using my intuition for this and just allow it to guide me.

What Will You Use?

You are not limited to a box of crayons (they are great, though!) to color their landscapes and Greek goddesses. Select a box of pre-sharpened colored pencils or even markers. There are plenty of other options, too. Opt for pens in a kaleidoscope of colors; decide that chalk or oil pastels are what your artwork needs. The only limit of your mediums is your mind. You can choose to mix-and-match your coloring choices for different textures and color depths. This is why I love to print my own because I get to choose the type of paper as well so that it fits the coloring medium.

Picture Pages

You are not limited to coloring books for your pleasure, either. Try some posters that come with markers for your coloring fun. Superheroes, princesses, kittens – the list is almost endless. Just pick a picture that makes you smile. You could pick up a tiny picture to color or a full poster-sized image. It goes back to allowing your inner child to play, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to art and coloring. Choose what makes you happy and do that.

Relax Like an Adult

The key to coloring fun is to have fun. Relax. Stretch out on your bean bag or a rug in front of the fireplace. Pour a glass of wine. Put on some music that fits your mood and grab your crayons. Block out the rest of the world, the ringing phone, the pressing matters at work. This is your time. Make light strokes or press down on the crayons for heavy, thick color. Remember- this is your time.

This is your art. This is your relaxation. Have it your way.