Hooray for coloring and some free downloads to share!

If you remember back a few months ago, you know that I was itching to try some fancy new coloring books. Well, I totally caved (you all knew I would!) and I've been having a lot of fun with this relaxing little pastime. My daughter has really gotten into it and keeps suggesting that we need more books. I was so happy to get my hands on these great coloring books from Skyhorse Publishing!


The really cool thing about these books is that you can tear out the pages along the perforations. I really like this feature for several reasons, especially because it's easier to color the full page that way and I can also make copies for my daughter to color the same page as me. She really loves that!


Their designs are really detailed and beautiful. The publisher sent me the following information that I think you will find interesting:

Since 2013, coloring books targeted to adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.5 million copies in over twenty-two languages. Five of the top thirty titles on Amazon’s bestseller list are coloring books aimed at adults. Skyhorse Publishing’s first four adult coloring books featuring the paisley and mandala motifs have already sold out four printings, selling at bookstores like Barnes & Noble, on Amazon, and at specialty stores like Michael’s Arts & Crafts and A. C. Moore.
Not unlike the adult summer camps and wine-and-painting parties that have surged in popularity over the last couple of years, coloring is a nostalgic activity that allows people to unplug and fend off the stresses of daily life. With our screen-weary culture, it’s no surprise that adult coloring events have begun to pop up across the US attracting “colorists” to unplug and unwind in social settings.
The recent surge in adult coloring is not just attributed to nostalgia but also its therapeutic effects. Coloring encourages creativity without the intimidation of staring at a blank page. In fact, research suggests that coloring within a premade design might help fight anxiety.  Clinical psychologist Kimberly Wulfert of EverydayHealth.com explains that “In coloring, you’re being mindful, and when you move in a rhythmic fashion for an extended period of time, that becomes a meditation.”
Unlike most coloring books, Skyhorse’s books have sixteen pages of full color for inspiration along with perforated pages, allowing budding artists to photocopy, gift, or display their beautiful creations! This twelve-book series features vibrant illustrations and detailed introductions highlighting the histories of themotifs, including paisley, mandala, art nouveau, zen, mehndi and whimsical designs.

Something else really nice that the publisher shared with me is four FREE downloadable pages to share with my readers! So awesome, right?!

I've been working on a cool pattern from the Whimsical Designs book

I'm totally in love with the page my daughter is working on from the Zen Designs book! She has had so much fun with this!

If you are looking for some coloring books, I can totally recommend these. I like the thick paper, the perforated tear out edges, and the intricate designs. Hooray for coloring!