For the Fun of Coloring: the benefits & best supplies

The Benefits & Fun of Coloring

“It would be delightful, of course, if a thing of such psychological beauty – color – also held a mundane role in human physiological well-being.” -Faber Birren, 1982, a color consultant and published author of hundreds of articles and books on color

“The life experience, at it’s core, is joy. The French classify those moments we take such delight in, an exultation of spirit or “joie de vivre.” There are other times, however, we feel the pull to take back our exuberance in the journey.

In this fast-paced world with high-stress careers, it has become rather common to become acquainted with the feeling of imbalance. This imbalance surfaces most commonly through insomnia, stress, depression, and aggression to name a few.

Imbalance is a beautiful thing, for it calls the body to reach for balance. There are simple ways the brain can actually shift from being in a constant state of pressure and stress (Beta waves) into a more relaxed and calm state (Alpha waves).

The activity of coloring with a Coloring Book for at least 30 minutes per day has proven to be one of the most effective-and fun-practices to do so. More specifically, coloring in designs arranged around the principle of pattern repetition and detail.

 

The Benefits:

The act of coloring involves both logic and creativity. Psychologists such as Gloria Martinez Ayala, talk about coloring as an activity which aids in “retraining your amygdala (the brains “fear center”) to respond less harshly to stress.” Coloring also helps to open the frontal lobe, which is in charge of organizing and problem solving, effectively focusing the mind.

Take for example, your evening ritual. If you replaced the 30 minutes normally spent on the phone or computer with coloring, you would relax the mind without reducing melatonin levels, therefore improving sleep.

In 2013-2014, neuroscientist Dr. Stan Rodski conducted a research study composed of 126 “high-stress” participants. Upon the conclusion of the study, participants found the coloring practice to provide “immediate feedback in the form of feeling better.”

These benefits, similar to those of meditation, can offer a “gateway” of sorts to anyone reaching for a better balanced, high-functioning, lighthearted, “joie de vivre” type of life- all beings are worthy of living.

OUR FAVORITE COLORING MATERIALS:

(the importance of good supplies)

Best Coloring Materials: Crayons, Markers & Pencils

Similar to the building of a house, the integrity of the materials used directly affects the structure of the completed work.  Ask any master pâtissier about the preferred ingredients compiled in a macaron or chocolate croissant and you will find that the ingredients are quite literally, everything.  

For an artist, the tools chosen for your practice should be selected carefully, for they are the components of your masterpiece. We have listed our tried and true favorites (together with links to purchase them easily) to be used in any type of coloring endeavor. Take pride in your practice, invest in your toolkit.”

crayons, markers & pencils

Best Crayons for Coloring

Best Crayons: Neocolor II Water-soluble Artists' Pastels from Caran d'Ache

"Add luminous color to your artwork with Neocolor II Water-soluble Artists' Pastels from Caran d'Ache. These superior-quality artists' pastels meet the exacting requirements of fine artists, illustrators, graphic artists and teachers. Use these soft, water-soluble pastels to create beautiful watercolor effects. Simply make a sketch with Neocolor II pastels, then sprinkle it with water and allow the colors to dilute. Use a brush to pick up colors and paint as though with watercolors. You can also draw on moistened paper for a wash and varnish effect. Neocolor II Artists' Pastels have a high pigment concentration that results in bright, opaque colors, suitable for many techniques on dry or wet paper. Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels are a product of Caran d'Ache innovation. They combine the expertise of a color specialist with the great ''Swiss Made'' tradition. Neocolor II wax pastels are exceptional, both for their quality and the techniques they make possible. Neocolor provides inspiration and opportunity for all professional and amateur artists to fully express their talent and imagination."

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The Best Colored Pencils

BEST Colored Pencils: Prismacolor Pencils

“Each colored pencil features a thick, soft core made from brilliant, light-resistant pigments, to ensure smooth, rich laydown and color saturation. The colors are easily blended, slow to wear, break-resistant, and waterproof. Each 3.8 mm core is enclosed in a round cedar casing that is lacquered to match the core. Choose from a variety of sets, to fit your specific needs. Manual sharpening is recommended for these pencils. Clogging can be prevented in electric sharpeners by periodically sharpening a graphite pencil to keep the blades clean. (more)"

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Best Markers: Prismacoler Markers

BEST Markers: PRISMACOLOR Markers

"Lay down precisely the marks you want to make in 24 portrait-perfect colors with Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers. The dual-ended design features a fine tip on one end and a large chisel on the other. This allows you to quickly flip between precision and coverage. The ink is richly saturated and designed for an effortlessly smooth flow while a single source of ink ensures color consistency at both ends. And the advanced, alcohol-based pigment resists fading so your creations will endure."

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-article written by Courtney Darling & photographed by Lyrica Glory

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