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Today it is becoming more and more common to see adults buying or using coloring for adults. The proposed range of colorings pleases your eye and impresses with its diversity. What is the secret to the increasing popularity of these products? And are people guided by when choosing coloring? How to use it properly?
The production of this type of coloring books began in California in the 70s of the last century.
The basic idea of coloring books for adults is that every person is a creator. First of all, the creator of his own life. It is inherent in his psycho-physical nature. But, because of the nature of education, very often people forget about it and do not use their creative abilities. Coloring helps a person to recall his creative spirit and start regaining the natural ability to creation.
Very often we have to live under the influence of certain internal prohibitions on the true expression of ourselves, desires, abilities and capabilities. Therefore, sometimes it is difficult for us to start to do something new. For example, start to paint the pictures. We tell ourselves that we are not able to do that, "I'm not an artist”. It looks like you are prohibiting allowing yourself to do something that is interesting. Coloring helps to create an inner sense of security, since the pattern has already been set to go comfortably for you.
The person chooses the material, which he will paint, choose and pick colors that he will use for coloring. This starts the internal creative process.
Making a choice on your own, you come to the fact that the result is unique. So, in this paper may come into contact with you unique and inimitable picture of the inner world. This in its turn triggers the inner workings of a person acquainted with himself, his true desires, that is really going on with him.
Coloring helps to react to those emotions that are now there, expressing them in terms of the selection of colors and patterns. All drawings in the coloring books for adults filled with a lot of characters. Starting to paint them, people can get in touch with the state, express it, giving oneself the opportunity to respond to what was happening to him, and therefore, help yourself to change one state to another.
The process of coloring also helps to turn your attention to the external factors on the internal state. This leads to the fact that a person can relax emotionally.
The process finishes up with a certain result, even if you have not painted the whole picture today. You have got a ready part. And then comes the realization that it is possible to split up large tasks into smaller, realistic to execute and not ask yourself what cannot be done immediately. When you see your finished result, your energy grows up; it also improves health and mood. It promotes self-confidence and increases motivation for further achievements and accomplishments. You feel the inspiration, the desire to create, and to move further.
From all I have written above, there may be an illusion, that the coloring is a kind of panacea for all problems. This is not true. Coloring and the process of painting it is a good start for something bigger and better in your life. This is a self-help, which will not replace the help of experts.
Coloring is not an art therapy, because art therapy is a psychotherapeutic process (in translation - the process of treatment of the soul), with the use of creative techniques, which takes the client and the therapist involved. It's like brushing your teeth without replacing their treatment at the dentist's office. It is therefore important to use coloring for fun, it does mean to go into them with all your mind, remembering that there is a place for other things in your life that it is important to understand. For example: What is the true reason for my stress state?
It is important to remember that:
• When choosing coloring books, it is important to focus on the sensations. Here, first of all it is important that the proposed figures in the coloring are of your interest. It does not matter that it will be drawn. It is important that you want to paint and you are concerned exactly about this pattern.
• The material for the coloring, you can choose: pens, crayons, paint, markers; all the things that you like right now.
• When choosing a color to paint you consult your own mind and sensations.
Yes, indeed everyone has got their own color function and its symbolism. It is therefore important to depart from the usual stereotype and give yourself the opportunity to paint the color, which is now "asking for it". Even if it is black or other dark color. Putting it in paint, it will be later replaced by the some other color, a lighter one.
• Paint can be in short and long dashes, dots, and so on. Choose your favorite and it will be interesting.
• The main criterion of this process is your interest and pleasure. If not, it means that now there are other processes operating in your mind, which you should sort out.
• And, of course, it may become a joint activity of a mother and child over some time, and perhaps the whole family and leisure.
Enjoy your coloring and wish you interesting discoveries!