Pop by any bookstore now and you’ll probably find displays full of coloring books for adults. Who would have thought this would be a craze, right?! Coloring books are usually for kids who, more often that not, insist on coloring outside of those lines just to see if the adults get upset. Heh heh.
Apparently, these coloring books are supposed to help adults enjoy some quiet time, explore their creative side, relax, and have some fun. I’m having a bit of trouble with it.
It all began when I flipped through those pages and wondered ‘Wow! That’s A LOT of coloring I have to do’. Then the brainwave: what if I outsource the coloring to folks around me? 😀
And so I told my younger sister that she has one hour (yes, ONE hour) to complete coloring this page. She took the challenge but couldn’t help muttering halfway through the task that “This is not relaxing at all”. Who can blame her, really? 😛
And this is what she did:
I’ve yet to find more unwitting victims to be forced into coloring. Hehe. But I will.
Jokes aside, I do think that the intricate drawings are pretty amazing. In Lost Ocean, you are also invited to look for some hidden objects within the pages, e.g. 10 crowns, 10 keys, 7 gold bars, etc.
It’s like a form of creative meditation once you are able to get into the zone.
And it also helps you get to know yourself better. For instance, I get frustrated by broken color pencils and the repetition of a single color in two spots in close proximity. But I guess practice makes perfect.
Here’s my work in progress:
According to a Straits Times report, Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford went from “struggling to make ends meet” to selling 15 million copies of her coloring books worldwide! She invites people to “pause and wonder” in order to find the hidden treasure scattered within the pages of Lost Ocean. 🙂 It’s “therapeutic” for many too. [Read the ST article here: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/she-sparked-global-craze-for-adult-colouring-books]
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