Coloring is an inexpensive, easy, and fun way to de-stress and unwind.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or under the weather, coloring can make you feel better. It can clear your mind of clutter and make you feel calmer and more in control.
You may feel a bit silly, confused, or even a little embarrassed to begin coloring as an adult; but, hey, coloring is an “in” thing among adults and even if the adult coloring book industry has dipped in sales, it still is a major player and won’t disappear anytime soon. Perhaps, not ever.
Getting started may be the hardest part if you’re a beginner but once you realize just how peaceful and calming coloring is, it may be hard for you to stop.
3 Steps to Start Your Coloring Practice
Here are three simple steps to start coloring:
1) Get a Few Coloring Supplies
You don’t need any fancy supplies to start coloring. In fact, you don’t need much of anything to color.
To start with, get a blank sheet of paper, a pen or pencil, draw your design or image, and add colors from crayons or pens you already have.
I bought my coloring supplies from a local art store when I started coloring. They were quite expensive but since my adrenaline was high for coloring, I didn’t mind.
You don’t have to take that route. There are many inexpensive and reasonable options, as follows:
First, if you already have a personal collection, use it. Look around. You may not have realized it but what you’re looking for may just be right under your nose.
Second, if you’re a mom like me, scour your kid’s supply box or bags for crayons, markers, coloring pens, or paints. I have three kids and over the years, we have accumulated a bunch of coloring pens, markers, pencils, pastels, and paints. We have already discarded a whole lot but still have more.
Third, hunt for used coloring supplies at your local thrift shops. They would be in used condition but not completely tattered. In one of my trips to Value Village, I found a set of Grumbacher Deluxe Opaque Watercolors at $7.99 Cdn. A brand new set sells at $49 Cdn or $35.99 US. It was a great find.
Fourth, go to your dollar store. There are lots there.
There’s no stopping you from buying fancy coloring supplies. However, if you’re just starting out or simply testing the waters, go for used, discounted or inexpensive ones. You can then go premium as you progress in your coloring practice. You save a handsome lot that way.
2) Get Yourself a Coloring Book
Finding an adult coloring book these days is easy. If leaving the house is an ordeal, shopping online is a convenient way to go. Shop around town and find one at your bookstores, shops, department stores, or grocery. You may even find one at your local thrift shop as I did. Have a look at what I found in one of my treasure hunts.
3) Sit Down and Start
Find a comfortable spot where you can do your coloring. Sit down and color.
Keep in mind that:
- You are alone with yourself (except when in a coloring community).
- No one can judge you nor tell you what to do.
- There is no rule to follow – not even rules in color combination – except yours.
- You don’t have to be perfect in anything – strokes, colors, time, musings, emotions, outputs.
- You are accountable to no one.
- You need not show your artwork to anyone if you feel uncomfortable doing so.
- Your process is your own.
Know that there is no right or wrong way with coloring. You do as you please with what goes on while coloring. What you get out of it is a personal thing.
Why don’t you try it, if you haven’t yet? See how it goes, how it feels, and how it works.
If you are already into it, please let us in on your experience: How did you get started? What steps did you follow? How did it go?
Thanks for dropping by!