adult coloring book craze.
books are exploding. Although first spotted in 2012, they’ve become
more visible the last year, especially in medical art therapy
familiar — most people have colored — and nonthreatening,"
says Carrie Danhieux-Poole, art therapist and licensed counselor with
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin cancer network.
"It’s a very calming thing."
uses coloring books with her cancer patients to take them back to a
simpler, more carefree time in their lives with fewer
responsibilities. The benefits — relaxation, lower blood pressure,
slower heartbeat — can help patients calm their minds and sleep
better. And all of that, in turn, can help them to better battle
patients sometimes feel they have no control of their lives," she
says. "This is a nonthreatening way to have a positive experience
to balance out the bad."
says not all art therapists are on board with the adult coloring book
concept. Some view it as simply making choices and using someone else’s
design with not enough creativity. But she cites two studies, one in
2005 and the other in 2014, that show how the art process can
influence mood states. Plus, Danhieux-Poole finds the adult coloring
experience an entrée to more advanced therapy. "It provides an
opening dialogue," she says.
and licensed counselor also points to the benefits of adult coloring
books for cancer patient caregivers. "They say, ‘This is my
respite,’" she says. "‘This is my time to take care of
But if crayons
or markers are too low-tech for you, try Colorify, a coloring book
therapy now available on mobile devices. And our old friend Crayola of
childhood schoolroom fame now has a complete guide that shows how to
take your coloring tools up a notch by blending colors, shading, and
adding highlights and lowlights to your newfound masterpieces.
And, yes, you
can create masterpieces. Door County graphic artist and toy inventor
Aaron Moriarity has produced "Color Door County," the first
coloring book featuring the sights and flowers of one of our state’s
top scenic gems. It’s billed as all ages, all art levels.
set out to produce an adult coloring book. He stumbled on the adult
coloring concept after he took his own Door County photos and used a
filter to remove color but leave shading. What remained was a
beautiful Door County image with lines but no color. It was then he
saw an adult coloring book.
have a masterpiece in a matter of minutes," he says. "It’s
the world’s first high-definition coloring book."
the pages in the coloring book are 8.5 by 10 inches — perfect for
framing when completed.
doubts that coloring can help you relax and maybe cut down on meds and
therapy sessions, just try it," he urges. "You might
discover your own break-time mini-vacation."
You can purchase
"Color Door County" at select Door County shops or online at
Moriarity’s website, hotgames-puzzles.com. m