Free Download: Make Time to Make Coloring Page
Adult coloring books have become super popular the last couple of years. A few friends of mine have taken to coloring books to relieve stress, practice mindfulness, and cater to their inner child. Some books are much more intricate than others, but they're still a fun way to be creative without the added pressure of making something that will sell. Some good choices (and the ones my friends have played with):
1. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns
2. Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book
3. Secret Paris: Color Your Way to Calm
4. Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined
I bought that last book after falling in love with its wanderlust aspect and at first I thought the intricate cityscapes would kick my hyperventilating skills into high gear, but when I started coloring in the teeny houses of Bremen, Germany, I couldn't focus on anything other than painting that particular house in that particular color before moving on to the next tiny building. I hadn't meditated on a regular basis in a long time, but coloring something so detailed came close to it.
I’ve acquired a few more books this past holiday season, including Secret Garden: 20 Postcards and The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People, thanks to a sweet friend and my sister and it reminded me of a comment a friend recently posted on a drawing I shared on Instagram. “You can make your own coloring book,” she wrote followed by a hearts-eyed emoji. It also reminded me of an old sketch that I’d been tinkering with on Photoshop just to learn how to manipulate color digitally. So I thought, hey! Why not offer it up for those looking for new intricate patterns to color and get lost in?
Download the Make Time to Make coloring page and show off your colorful creations on Instagram with the hashtag #PHMakeTime.