Vintage Patterns: 60 Full Page Line Drawings Ready For Coloring
This is the eleventh of twenty-one adult coloring books by Sue Taylor-Cox and contains 60 vintage patterns to color.
- 60 outlines to color
- 130 pages
- Black and White Interior
- Large Format (8.5″ x 11″)
- Print Book
- Also available as a Downloadable PDF
Vintage Patterns Stand The Test Of Time
It is amazing but true that vintage clothing patterns are as beautiful today as they were when they were new. More importantly, they provide the perfect canvas for a coloring book.
Coloring is something which has been associated for a long time with kids and it has been taken for granted that, as we reach maturity, we put aside our colored pencils and turn to more grown-up pursuits. However, in recent years we have witnessed this wisdom being overturned and coloring for grown-ups has become a widespread 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 known for a long time that coloring relaxes the fear center of the brain and allows your mind to get some rest. Indeed the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, gave his patients mandalas to color more than 100 years ago. In the hectic world we inhabit today the stress relieving properties of coloring are perhaps more valuable than ever.
Coloring Trains Your Mind To Focus
Keeping within the lines as you color requires focus and, while you are concentrating 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 coloring, and this is extremely important in our demanding world.
Coloring Helps In The Development Of Motor Skills And Vision
Coloring forces the two hemispheres of your brain to communicate and involves the use of logic (necessary to color forms) and creativity (as we mix and match colors). This, in turn, brings the areas of the brain responsible for fine motor skills and vision into play, and helps in keeping these active and in developing them further. This is the aspect of coloring which is being increasingly seen as particularly valuable for older individuals, as many in the medical profession believe that it can delay, or possibly even prevent, the onset of dementia.
Coloring Provides The Opportunity To Be Social
Although you may believe that coloring should be a purely solo activity, its increasing popularity is rapidly turning it into a social one. Friends, families, colleagues and others are now getting together to enjoy something to eat and drink and the chance to socialize, through their shared interest in coloring books. Undoubtedly, this is a wonderful excuse for getting together, as coloring requires only a minimum of concentration and can be done easily in a group setting.
Coloring Lets You Be Yourself
When it comes to coloring there are no rules and your coloring book is just that – your coloring book. If you accidentally color the dog’s hind leg green because you thought that it was part of the grass, who cares? Should you feel like making the sky yellow, what does it matter? You can be as creative as you want to be because this is your coloring book, and yours alone. When it comes to selecting colors don’t forget that the American artist James Whistler once remarked, “Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.”
You may of course already be a convert to adult coloring, in which case you will already know and appreciate its value. Alternatively, this may be a new project for you and one that you are looking at for any one of several different reasons. If this is something new for you then I encourage you to give it a try. 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.