Coloring as a Grown-Ass Adult

There’s a new fundamental for therapy with increasing demand. Those pesky adult coloring books.

I’m sitting at my unorganized mess of a table as I am coloring the front cover page of the book, Calming Colouring Patterns by Graham Leslie McCallum. What is the purpose of this book? For adults to find their inner-child? Relieve the stress from reality? Decrease anxiety?

My purpose of purchase was to find new therapy techniques for my PTSD and anxiety, but as I continue to blend the greens with the blues and blues with the purples, a light bulb went off in my big head. I am a visual communication student who just went through an Interface Design class with a section on color palettes! Then I remembered, “Hey! I have a typography coloring book too! Will ya look at that!”

The hamster is turning it’s wheel in my head after a five week winter break from school. I saw a video for a class last semester with a graphic designer that had dozens of logo books to inspire ideas for him and his clients. This idea is based on the same techniques of creations. A rough draft or a draft for colors, whether the palette is custom, analogous, complementary, monochromatic, shades, etc.

Those interested in this new career can use the coloring books, play around with numerous colors whether it’s markers, color pencils, or even crayons and create color palettes without using Adobe Color. Of course this is a new way for those desperate enough that want to “work” without having to connect with the internet.

I hope to God I didn’t cop on those who already discussed this brilliant idea. If not, go me!

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