Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself - it's a form of personal expression, as well.
The themes of adult coloring books are usually intricate and centered more around adult images, not your childhood counterparts that included bunnies, super heroes, and farm animals. You would expect to see geometric patterns, psychedelic patterns reminiscent of doodle art type pages, fantasy images including angels, dragons, goddesses and mermaids, and ancient designs of religious and spiritual nature.
Think of the decisions you have just made? It doesn't matter if you are 2, 22, or 42, the fact is that you have just begun a creative action that will engross you completely until it is done. So, focus, decision-making and the stimulation of creativity have just helped you encounter pure joy. You have created your own art. Now, imagine having a place to have your wonderful art published?
Time magazine coined the term op art in 1964, in response to Julian Stanczak’s show Optical Paintings at the Martha Jackson Gallery, to mean a form of abstract art (specifically non-objective art) that uses optical illusions. Works now described as “op art” had been produced for several years before Time’s 1964 article. For instance, Victor Vasarely’s painting Zebras (1938) is made up entirely of curvilinear black and white stripes not contained by contour lines. Consequently, the stripes appear to both meld into and burst forth from the surrounding background. Also, the early black and white “dazzle” panels that John McHale installed at the This Is Tomorrow exhibit in 1956 and his Pandora series at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1962 demonstrate proto-op art tendencies. Martin Gardner featured op Art and its relation to mathematics in his July 1965 Mathematical Games column in Scientific American. In Italy, Franco Grignani, who originally trained as an architect, became a leading force of graphic design where op art or kinetic art was central. His Woolmark logo (launched in Britain in 1964) is probably the most famous of all his designs.
Most homes will have coloring pencils or crayons. In my house we also have glitter pens, foam pens and most importantly paints for the kids to select between. Using paints will require a little bit more setup time as you may need to clear an area and lay newspapers down over the table to protect it.
When it comes to a children's birthday party, rest assured that one of the most effective weapons in the parents arsenal is the Winnie the Pooh coloring pages. Winnie the Pooh, the highly popular and instantly recognisable Disney character who has managed to capture the attention of children across the globe is a sure fire way to engage and distract any unruly child within the vicinity.
Sponge Bob square pants, launched as an animated television series and a media franchise, tells the story and the adventures of a group of friends. The crazy plot on which it was originally based, has soon made it irresistible, in that way that has become a real phenomenon, a series that all the people wanted to see, coming back from work, finding their own way of entertaining themselves.Either they loved it, or they hated it, people couldn't help watch it at least a time.Even it contained a kind of humour, special designed for adults, parents and children could enjoy it together, this way the series turing also into an occasion for reuniting families around TV.
Ok, decisions made and now you have some printed Coloring Pages, great! Time to let them make the next important decision - how are they going to be filled in.