Animal Figures: 50 Mind Calming And Stress Relieving Patterns (PDF)
This is the PDF version of the fourth of twenty books in Audrey Wingate’s ‘Coloring Books for Adults’ series.
This PDF version allows you to download the book and print out all, or just some, of the letter sized (8.5″ x 11″) black and white outline pages for coloring. One advantage of this for many coloring enthusiasts is that it allows you to choose your own grade and weight of paper to suit your style of coloring.
A Mix Of Simple And Complex Animal Coloring Pages
Wild, forest, domestic, baby and even abstract art animals and birds just waiting to be brought to life.
Coloring is an activity which has long been associated with kids and it has been accepted that, as we reach maturity, we put away our crayons and turn our attention to more adult pursuits. However, in recent years we have seen this wisdom being overturned and coloring for grown-ups has become a widespread and growing activity.
But why has coloring for grown-ups become so popular? There are many reasons for the explosion in adult coloring, but here are just some…
Coloring Relieves Stress And Anxiety
Psychiatrists have long recognized the fact that coloring relaxes the fear center of the brain and allows your mind to rest. In fact, Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, gave his patients mandalas to color more than 100 years ago. In the hectic world we inhabit today the stress reducing properties of coloring are more valuable than they have ever been.
Coloring Trains Your Mind To Focus
Keeping inside the lines as you color a simple black and white line drawing requires focus and, while you concentrate on this stress-free and relaxing activity, you can forget about your worries. Coloring is a mental exercise which lets you set aside everything else for the time you spend doing it, and this is important in our demanding world.
Coloring Helps To Develop Fine Motor Skills And Vision
Coloring forces the two hemispheres of the brain to interact and involves both the use of logic (necessary for coloring forms) and creativity (as we mix and match colors). In turn, this brings those areas of the brain responsible for vision and fine motor skills into play, and helps in keeping these active and in developing them further. It is this aspect of coloring which is being seen more and more as particularly valuable for older individuals, as many professionals believe that it can delay, or possibly even prevent, the onset of dementia.
Coloring Gives You The Opportunity To Be Social
Although you may feel that coloring would be a solo occupation, its growing popularity is fast turning it into a social one. Friends, families, work colleagues and others are now getting together to eat, drink and enjoy the opportunity to socialize, through their common interest in coloring. Indeed, this is a wonderful excuse for partying, as coloring needs only minimal concentration and can be done easily in a group.
Coloring Allows You To Express Yourself
When it comes to coloring there are no rules and your coloring book is just that – your coloring book. If you mistakenly make the cat’s back leg green because you mistook it for part of the grass, who cares? If you decide to make the sky pink, what does it matter? You can be as creative and experimental as you like because this is your project, and yours alone.
You may already be a convert to adult coloring, in which case you will already know and appreciate its value. This may however be a new enterprise for you and one which you are considering for any one of a number of different reasons. If this is a new enterprise for you then I encourage you to try it out. It is no accident that so many people are excited about the world of adult coloring, so jump on board and start enjoying the benefits for yourself today.