April 25, 2018
My childhood included a huge Topsy’s popcorn tin of Crayola Crayons. I remember the smell when I opened that Christmas Container that once held yummy popcorn, a cherished yearly Christmas gift from one of my dads clients, mixed with my Crayola Crayons. I remember dumping the myriad of many colors onto my work table or the floor to begin adding shades of color to my divine creations.
As an adult I forgot about the luxury of color on paper until I met my friend Erin. Erin gifted me with my first set of adult color books, gel pens and a large selection of Rose Art colored pencils (still one of my favorite brands- the other is Prismacolor).
Since meeting Erin I have been a huge fan. There are many benefits to coloring beyond distressing. My brain enters what I equate to a meditative state (I’m no longer focused on me) which delivers relaxation and relief from the days difficulties. The end result is that my stress and anxiety levels lower, negative feelings, complicated situations and circumstances that require meaning are processed and I unwind and begin to be at ease. And I have so much fun whether I’m alone or with a friend.
If your ever interested Hopping Gnome Brewing Company located off Douglas Avenue in Wichita offers BEER & COLORING on Sundays from 12noon to 5pm. Recently, I went with my friend Mary — we each enjoyed a Sour Peach Beer (many flavors including seasonal choices) and Cheddar and Bacon Popcorn. Our time went away entirely to fast-good company and a fun, relaxing activity!!!
I color in many different kinds of books. This is my current project from a more complex book beloved by my Fine Arts Student/daughter at KSU — book is entitled imagimorphia by Kerby Rosanes