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5 Reasons Adult Coloring Books are so Popular! A Fun Friday Review


Why are adult coloring books so popular and one of the hottest trends?  Most of us associate coloring with little kids practicing their motor skills and learning what red, yellow, blue and green look like. Adults are the ones reminding children to color inside the lines.  Or so it seemed…

The trend of Adult Coloring Books is raising eyebrows from every age segment and has brought out secret closet coloring enthusiasts from just about everywhere.  In case you haven’t noticed, the very first thing that many stores are showcasing on prominent front entrance displays and aisle end-caps are sections labeled “Adult Coloring Books and Coloring Pencils”.  I had to investigate for myself what in the world was going on and here are my discoveries.

I broke down and bought an adult coloring book with some Prima Color Watercolor pencils for around $15.00.  My first book was Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge by Kerby Rosanes.  I was on the hunt for a chicken theme coloring book and ended up purchasing this book instead.  I couldn’t really find what I wanted; however, this one has 2 chickens in it and the whole book reminded me of a hidden objects book.  Sounds exciting so far!

 

At the time I was nursing a wounded chicken and my heart had been broken over the situation.  I colored one of the chickens to match the injured chicken.  By doing this I transferred some of the emotional energy that I was feeling inside from a real life situation, and was able to move it to the activity of coloring in a book.  Suddenly, I found comfort through a difficult time and the coloring showed me an appreciation for Adult Coloring Books.  I think I am now starting to understand a few things about this fad.

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Coloring for the first time in an adult coloring book.

 

All hobbies connect individuals on an emotional level and bring feelings of relaxation, comfort, and happiness; otherwise, we wouldn’t have those hobbies. I discovered as many already have, that the Adult Coloring Books fad is here to stay and is now ranked one of the biggest trends!

Here are 5 great reasons you should take a break and color with the rest of the world.

  • Provides an outlet for stress and busy life.  Stress is part of life and we need ways to decompress.  Have you thought about coloring on your lunch break at work?  How about after dealing with a stressful situation in your life at the end of the day?  Admit it, life is not always easy; so instead of decompressing by watching TV, try investing some time into coloring.
  • Provides a sense of creativity.  Finding the right coloring book is key. Have you ever looked at a DIY project someone has done and thought, “Wow! I wish I could do that!”  Gardening is a great example where we all hear, “I don’t have a green thumb.”   Let me tell you a secret; we all have our reserves even if we don’t openly admit it. Here’s your chance to shine because there is no right or wrong way to color.  Go for it and you can be super artistic or just plain and simple.  In addition, you may learn how to blend or mix colors and learn something new.
    Jordan Gaines Lewis is a science writer and a Neuroscience Ph.D. student at the Penn State College of Medicine said, “In part, it’s a way for people who have never felt very artsy to literally add some more color into their lives.”  You can read more here.
  • Provides an emotional connection and relationship building.  This is my favorite reason because you can spend quality time with children at their level and cultivate stronger relationships.
    How about the elderly? Many can’t do the things we may take for granted on a daily basis, so break out the Adult Coloring Book and find a simple picture– and color it with them.  It gives the elderly a sense of being, a purpose!  If they can’t hold the pencils, you can help them and both of you will benefit on a wonderful relational level.
    I have a friend that has been lonely and feeling down lately, so I arranged to have a dinner with her next week.  What a great opportunity to take a coloring book and some pencils with me!  I can also use that time to bond and encourage her through conversation.
  • Provides an inexpensive hobby and it’s easy to take with you anywhere.  Nobody said you have to buy the most expensive set of color pencils or watercolors.  If you choose to do that very thing, that is up to each individual.  It can be as simple as Googling “free printable adult coloring pages” and breaking out your kids broken crayons. Of course, you could land somewhere in the middle and grab an Adult Coloring book on Amazon and some decent watercolor pencils like I did.  It’s as easy as tucking them into your purse or backpack when on the go.
  • Provides fun for anyone and makes a fantastic gift.  I love candles and lotions, but have you considered giving an Adult Coloring Book and some pencils to a friend?  How about someone in the hospital?  Birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Easter basket gift?  After you give it to them, offer to sit and color with them.  With modern technology we often forget to spend valuable time sitting and interacting with others; so here is an awesome opportunity for you to work on strengthening your relationships.

Meeting Other People Who Love Adult Coloring!

Facebook has an amazing group centered on Adult Coloring with almost 20,000 people and still growing.  The people in this group share tips, pictures and art supply suggestions.  People come together with great common goals to relax, encourage and everyone sees all colors.  Make some new friends!  It is a closed group and all you have to do is request to join. Simply click the blue link up above this paragraph to request to be added!

For the record, I did find my own chicken coloring book called Difficult Chickens by Sarah Rosedahl. I enjoyed it so much I made a video about it. Check this out!

 

So what are you waiting for? Do a search here through Amazon to find that perfect coloring book to meet your needs! I even picked out a few top rated sellers that may just suit your needs!


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Kim Linville in her happy place with her chickens!

      Kimberly Linville is the owner of Chicken Scratch DIY.  Wife of 20 years, mother of two children ages 10 and 13, chicken enthusiast with a passion for sharing tips and experiences through blogging, DIY and photography.

Day 3 – Problems: How to Manage DIY Projects by Setting Goals


Chicken Scratch DIY Offers Free Downloadable Goal Worksheet for Do It Yourself Projects.

Goal Worksheet for Do It Yourself Projects.


Day 3 – Running into problems and effectively managing your time are never fun with any DIY project.  While setting goals is essential for better results, also remember to give yourself permission to be flexible in case of possible setbacks.  Think of it as having a Plan A and Plan B.  You can download and print our completely free PDF GOAL WORKSHEET to get you started to prioritize your goals.

If  you haven’t set goals for your DIY project or if you are making a chicken coop, take a moment and do that now; it will really help in the long run.

This worksheet is very simple to use and designed to be basic in concept.  It is set-up with 3 columns, place your strategy ideas in the first column labeled “PLAN A”. Leave the other two columns available to modify your plan as you work with your project.

In the center column you will see “ADJUSTMENTS”.  This column is for set-backs, unexpected problems or if you decide to change your project ideas.

The last column “PLAN B”, is where you can write in your new concepts and final plans.

Today’s goals are simple. Here is my “Plan A” which I would put in the first column:

  1. Set the converted playhouse that is now the official hen house onto the new decking.
  2. Cut a small section for the chickens to enter and exit the hen house.
  3. Secure the hen house to the decking.
Kid's Playhouse Recycled into a Hen House

Turning a Kid’s Playhouse into a Hen House

On Day 3 – Goal “PLAN A”:

My husband helped me move the converted playhouse back onto the decking.   I didn’t secure it yet because I wanted to check all the boards first and make sure they were all solid and sturdy.  I started to clear some of the wood where I wanted my chickens to enter and exit the hen house.

Goal number 2, still on “PLAN A”:

I started to cut the boards to create the opening where I wanted the chickens to enter and exit.

Rotted Wood Removed from the Hen Hhouse

Removing Rotted Wood From the Hen House.

Termite and rotted wood in hen house.

Close-Up of the Wood Removed From the Hen House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediately after I removed the wood I discovered the ugliest creatures…termites.  You can see the white termites in the picture below.  Termites are extremely destructive to wood, and a wooden structure like this can be a giant playground of timber “food” for these guys.  You can read more about termites here thanks to termite.com.

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Termites!

If you ever wondered what termites look like, here are a couple more pictures to help you see them a little closer.  For the record, these were living in my children’s playhouse before I started the chicken coop and this disgusted me!

 

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Close-up View of a Termite.

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Up-Close Look at a Termite Infestation.

Barely on Goal 2, and I had to switch to my column on my worksheet for “Adjustments”.

First step was to remove the damaged wood and fumigate the termites.  I took measurements for the wood that I wanted to replace and took a quick inventory of my needs.

Looking back on Day 2  of my progress I mentioned, “You will be using new as well!  There’s really no way around it.”  I was saying you need to use new and recycled materials.

At this point, Goal 3 on “PLAN A” was completely dismissed.  It was not a good idea to go forward with this since I had to replace some of the wood.

I turned my attention on my worksheet to “PLAN B”.  I had to run to my local hardware store and purchased several new boards to replace the termite infested wood.  Yes it slowed down my day with progress outside, but it didn’t discourage me too much since I already put my “PLAN B” into motion.

I realize you could work on your DIY project without a worksheet; however I have found if you keep your ideas structured and it will help you to stay on track and not miss critical key points throughout your own personal journey. It’s also fun to document your progress!

Another idea is to take pictures as you go along.  I would love for people to post their projects of chicken coops in the comments below.  Let us be the first to pat you on the back and celebrate your hard work!  Hopefully you won’t have termites!

Don’t forget to download our GOAL WORKSHEET.

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kimKimberly Linville is the owner of Chicken Scratch DIY.  A wife of almost 20 years, mother of two children ages 10 and 13, and chicken enthusiast with a passion for DIY and photography.