If you believe coloring books are only for children, then you are quite mistaken. In fact, 2015 has been declared by many as the year of the adult coloring book. The trend gained momentum after British artist Johanna Basford published her coloring book “Secret Garden” in 2013. In recent months, her books along with many others have shot to the top of best-seller lists.
Why has this trend grown so much lately? Many cite coloring as an amazing stress reliever. Looking back at history, psychiatrist Carl Jung was noted to prescribe coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. As a creative activity that requires focus, it’s easy to see how coloring can ease the mind. Similar to crossword puzzles, coloring is an activity that allows us to forget outside stressors in a moment of peace.
More than just therapy, coloring has recently turned into a social activity. Businesses such as ‘Painting with a Twist’ and ‘Pinot’s Palette’ have skyrocketed in recent years creating an environment for social coloring (or painting). Even bookstores such as Barnes & Noble have put together events for adults to meet up and color together. Since when do kids get to have all the fun?
Adding to the trend, Virtualbookworm has recently published the "Divinely Silly Coloring Book: For People of All Shapes and Sizes" by Radisha. The 126-page coloring book is uniquely designed for adults (although kids will love it as well). To experience what this trend is all about, you can purchase the book for $12.95 for our website. Remember, coloring books aren’t just for kids; they’re for the inner kid in all of us.