Creative Play

Creative Play

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. I’ve heard some artists comment that they are undesirable, too restrictive, not helpful to the creative process. As is usually the case, I have my own thoughts on the coloring books.

While they can be a bit predictable and don’t necessary spark wide-open creative expression, they really can be helpful in a few different ways.

  • They are a simple, non-threatening option if you’re trying to find your creative mojo.
  • If the idea of coloring appeals to you, they can be a relaxing form of self-care.
  • They are an inexpensive way to dabble, whether alone, with a friend, your kids or grandkids.
  • There are endless versions. You can choose a topic of interest which adds to the pleasure. My coloring book stash includes the two Mindfulness Coloring Books above, Secret Paris, and Beautiful Patterns.
  • You can expand and experiment. You don’t have to stick with only crayons. You can try colored pencils, watercolor pencils (depending on the page weight), markers and more.

No matter what, remember this…

Authentic you IS creative, and it’s healthy to express your creativity on a regular basis.

Maybe it’s time for more creative play in your life – even if adult coloring books don’t appeal to you. What are some ways for you to add creative experiences to your daily life?

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