The Adult Coloring Craze A Fascinating Way To Reduce Stress

Secret-Garden-An-Inky-TreasA new craze has hit the world, the adult coloring book.  Adult coloring books have actually been around for quite a while.  In the past you could go into a museum of art and find coloring books that were filled with classic painting that you could then color any way you liked or copy the masters.  There have also been posters that you could color both black and white and black velvet and paint by number art work is still available. Most of these you can find in a hobby shop or craft supply store.  Adult coloring books however are a bit different.

In 2011 The British Publishing House of Laurence King approached a Scottish artist by the name of Johanna Basford to create a coloring book for children.  Basford had made a name for herself doing black and white sketches for wine bottles.  Basford countered the offer by suggesting that she do a coloring book for adults.  She had found out that the black and white drawings she did for the wine manufacturers were being colored in by adults.  The firm agreed and The Secret Garden an Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book for Adults was published.  To date over two million copies have been sold.  And the book is still available.

Studies have shown that adults coloring books have a positive effect on those who use them.  They relieve stress and develop concentration.  They are also creative outlets for those who cannot actually draw themselves.  It is comforting to see the page filled and not start from a blank page.  It is also a form of art therapy.  Art therapy is used by many institutions that treat people with emotional and or mental problems.

One of the aspects of these adult coloring books that appeal to people is the patterns that are used.  Working in a pattern can help free the mind to go to different places as you create.  It is also a form of mindfulness and can be used as a way to meditate.

With all the positives that come for adult coloring, there are also some that criticize.  Statements have been made that this is a type of regression, an adult returning to childish things in order to escape the need to confront the real world.  Adults have been escaping the real world is not something new.  Adults have been escaping the real world for years.  People have all kinds of hobbies that allow them to escape for a time.  Fishing, reading, TV, crafting, cooking and movies are all escapes from the real world.  Coloring is just one more form of these.

One point of interest in this discussion is that coloring is a profession.  Professional coloring has been part of our culture for close to a century.  First there are Comic Books.  In drawing a comic book story there is an artist that does the initial pencil drawings, which then go to and inker that goes over the pencil with black ink and then the colorist who adds the color and brings the story to life.

Beyond Comic Books there are also the animation studios.  Animation began in black and white but when color came along a whole new job was created for those who have an eye for color.  Disney Studios for example developed the multiplane camera which required several layers of colored cells to be moved simultaneously in order to make the finished product look real.

The coloring books for adults are not the same as coloring books for children.  There are no simple animal pictures or favorite cartoon characters.  There are some comic book oriented adult books. But these are intricate and detailed.  You can see from the example at the head of this article how challenging these drawings can be.

You also cannot use crayons to do the work on these books.  Special markers and pencils need to be purchased.  Some of the spaces in the drawings are so small that only the thinnest of marker pens can be used so as not go out of the lines.  It takes a steady hand and a good amount of concentration in order to complete one of these pages.

There is also more than one app for your phone or tablet devices to engage in this new hobby.  You can take coloring anywhere.

These specialized coloring tools do not come cheap.  You can spend up to $50.00 on the needed pens pencils and erasers and sharpeners that are needed.  These can be bought in cases so that you have everything you need.  The books themselves are printed on high quality paper and start out as low as three or four dollars and end at around fifteen.

The demand for these coloring books is remarkable.  The Secret Garden, mentioned above is one of the bestselling books on Amazon.  Barnes and Noble now has a specialized section for these books as well as selling the supplies. Even Supermarket chains are selling these books on the magazine racks.  There is also at least one magazine devoted to the subject.

Recently some Adult Coring Books have been published that have movie and TV themes.  The Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, and Sherlock are a few examples, however these books also are in the patterned and intricate design.

Adult coloring books may or may not be here to stay.  But we have it now.  It may be a good idea to take a hold of the opportunity.  If your life has a lot of stress or your job is sometimes too challenging this may be just the outlet you need.  Patterns, concentration and creative choices can take your mind and your body into a new relaxed place.

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Aspiring designer Andrew Warren Discusses Curated Crew Of Privileged Friends With DuJour Magazine


(DuJour) Andrew Warren, the 22-year-old grandson of fashion mogul David Warren, who made his name in the ’70s with the sort of prim and polished “social occasion” dresses that women bought at Bloomingdale’s and Saks. The younger Warren is a budding fashion mogul himself, with a collection of edgy ready-to-wear pieces he launched in 2013 called Just Drew. Warren’s friends, a young, beautiful, pedigreed group that appears throughout Warren’s widely followed Instagram account.

Andrew on his notable friends: He knows his friends are interesting to strangers. He handpicks his crew—which at the moment includes Gaia Matisse, Kyra Kennedy, Reya Benitez and Tiffany Trump—as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle, “weeding out,” as he says, the ones who don’t fit

Reya Benitez, the 23-year-old daughter of John “Jellybean” Benitez. Her father was the resident DJ for Studio 54 and has produced tracks for Madonna and Whitney Houston. “Everyone always says [my DJ name] should be Little Bean, but I want to create my own name without any help from my father. I don’t want to be overshadowed by him.”

Kyra Kennedy, the 19-year-old daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was scooped up by Warren in Aspen last December and quickly became a fixture of Warren’s feed. Her dad has called and requested that she “clean up her Instagram,” but as far as Kennedy, a freshman at FIT, is concerned, she’s just having a good time.

Tiffany Trump, the Donald’s second youngest and only child with ex-wife Marla Maples, says, “I don’t know what it’s like to have a typical father figure,” says Trump. “He’s not the dad who’s going to take me to the beach and go swimming, but he’s such a motivational person.” She’s debating whether to go to business school or law school after college.

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Allure Magazine Receives Backlash For Afro Hair Feature


(PCM) Women’s fashion and beauty magazine Allure has received quite a bit of backlash via social media for a feature they published titled “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro” that featured a white model sporting the famed 70’s style Afro hairstyle. The article is further criticized because it made no mention at all about the hairstyles origins.

Many felt that the article overall was disrespectful and they feel that the editorial staff at Allure lack any type of cultural diversity. The history of the Afro hairstyle dates back to the 1970’s “Black Is Beautiful” movement which protested typically white beauty standards that mostly featured completely straight hair.

Allure is defending the article claiming that it is more about women using various hairstyles to express their individual style and creativity. They acknowledge the Afro’s cultural significance, but claim the article was more focused on an individuals personal self-expression.

It is also worth noting what was pointed out by editor Allison McGenva that the style featured on the model for the article is truly not even an Afro, it is actually a twist-out!

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First Photos From Bruce Jenner’s Vanity Fair Photo Shoot Have Surfaced


(PCM) Don’t call her Bruce any longer! Vanity Fair magazine is proud to introduce Caitlyn Jenner to the world.  The first photos of Caitlyn (formerly known as Bruce) Jenner’s upcoming Vanity Fair photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz have surfaced for the magazines upcoming July issue.

Leibovitz’s first official portraits of Caitlyn Jenner were taken in and around the Mailbu home of the reality TV star and former Olympic athlete.  When speaking with Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger, Jenner commented “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life'”.

Jenner exclusively broke the news about his transition into becoming a woman with journalist Diane Sawyer in a special TV interview that aired about a month ago.

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Chris Hemsworth Is Voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2014


(PCM) Australian actor 31-year old Chris Hemsworth has just been named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2014.

The actor who is best known for his role as “Thor” in the “Avengers” film franchise is featured on the magazines cover which will hit newsstands this Friday.

After learning about the honor, Hemsworth told People “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to her [wife Elsa Pataky], ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.”

In the feature story, Hemsworth shares details about this strict diet and exercise plan, but also reveals that he does allow himself to have cheat days during which he can consume everything he is not supposed to such as hamburgers, pizza, beer etc.

Hemsworth and his wife have been married since 2010 and reside in Australia with their three children.


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Ladies Home Journal Magazine Makes A Major Cut Back

Ladies-Home-Journal1(PCM) The magazine print industry has been in a steady decline over the past few years, with many magazines being forced to make tremendous cut-backs to avoid having to end up folding completely.

The latest magazine to be affected by cut-backs is the popular Ladies Home Journal, one of the nations oldest women’s magazines. The Meredith Corporation who owns the magazine has recently announced that they will be putting an end to all subscription services. Ladies Home Journal will also no longer be published monthly, but will instead by a quarterly publication and only available at newsstands.

The magazine launched back in 1883 and still currently boasts a circulation of 3.2 million, however that is not enough to keep it thriving. The average age demographic for readers is women in their 50′s and advertisers are looking to publish in a magazine that offers a bit broader age demographic. A magazine spokesperson is blaming advertising and not the brand itself for the recent changes.

The magazine’s upcoming July issue will be the last one sent out to current subscribers and the change has left 35 employees in the magazine’s New York City office without a job.

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