It seems as if no matter where I am these days, I tend to see “coloring books” everywhere. They used to be something for bookstores or toy stores only but now they show up as I check out at the food store or even a local coffee shop! The “zentangle” and mandala mania has definitely grown in popularity, and most likely, for the better.
Our home is filled with coloring books, and more so now, zentangle-like books. These books range in difficulty and patterns – and you can find them in just about every theme possible. My daughter loves the animal themes, I tend to go for floral, trees and botanicals. Plus, these books come in ALL sizes too now – mini ones for long car rides or travel, and GIANT versions for the whole family to get involved in – which, by the way, is a GREAT idea!
While tiny boxes and lines may not be your thing, the art of simply coloring is quite meditative and you there are LOTS of resources out there to choose from. Next time you’re feeling a bit edgy or anxious, give this a try:
If you’re an artist and want to try your own design, then color it in, give it a whirl.
If, however, you would prefer not to draw, pick up a zentangle or “meditative” coloring book of your preference.
Have lots of your favorite colors ready to go! Markers, crayons, pencils or paints can be used for any of these.
Color away! Don’t think of anything else except for the beautiful colors or shades that you are blending, mixing and creating. There is NO right or wrong, all you have to do is color.
Here are just a few examples of zentangle and meditative coloring ideas:
You can find LOTS more of these ideas via Pinterest or my Pinterest Mindful Board here
Check Amazon and local book stores too – they have some wonderful collections too!