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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

    She is a former board member and past  Editor of  the Columnists.com, website of  the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the oldest and largest professional organization for columnists. She is the Web Editor of Southern
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Want to Color?....
 


Want to Color?

Remember when you were a kid and loved to color pictures of animals, birds, trees, flowers or favorite story characters with wax crayons? Kids spent many happy hours coloring between the lines without running over them. It was fun to decide which color was best or to color a thing a different color instead of what it was "supposed" to be.

Later the art critics decided that coloring pictures someone else drew was not creative and that kids should be able to color outside the lines, or even better, draw their own pictures. That pretty much took the pleasure out of coloring books, and as we became older, we put away childish things and moved on.

But guess what? Coloring has now become the new rage. And it isn't just for children anymore. That's right; we now have "adult" coloring books. The designs are not the simple ones we remember from childhood, they are incredibly elaborate renderings of geometric kaleidoscopes, floral patterns, mandalas, stained glass and ornate designs that defy imagination.

Can you believe coloring books are among the top ten best sellers on Amazon? Favorite coloring books, such as "Secret Garden" and "Color me Calm" encourage a break from other activity. Adults love the quiet relaxation provided by coloring. The activity seems to require just enough concentration to relieve stress, but not so much that it becomes a burden to do.

I was introduced to the new concept of adult coloring books by my sister. "Do you want to color?" she asked. "I think not; I'll just watch.” Is she crazy? I wondered. But it did look like fun, so what the heck, I might as well try it. I selected a design and some markers and went to work. To my surprise, it was mesmerizing. Some of the patterns were symmetrical and you had to be careful to keep the colors balanced. Other times you had to decide what color to make a flower and what other color would best complement it.

It becomes addictive. Once you start coloring a design, you are compelled to finish. You can't quit a design before the picture is complete. Some designs are relatively easy while others have very small design elements and are difficult to color without messing up. We colored for days on end and I posted some of mine on Facebook for bragging rights.

Once finished the pages are not really good for much, but they do not require a lot of space, a wall to hang them (unless you want to frame a favorite), or a place on the coffee table. The purpose is more the process rather than the competed project, sort of like working a cross word puzzle. It is the task of coloring that provides the pleasure.

So, I decided to get some books of my own and was surprised to find dozens of them online – dozens and dozens. I ordered some books thinking of coloring with my granddaughter who enjoys crafts and art. I couldn't wait for the books to arrive, however, and decided to look for some books at Walmart. I tried the craft section and found nothing. I struck out in toys also. Finally, I gave up until I stumbled across the books in the sewing section, of all places.

The naysayers still say you are not creating because it is someone else’s design and it isn't really art therapy. I say "Phooey!" It's a great time killer and an alternative to staring at the computer screen. I can't wait for my granddaughter to come over so we can get started. I may have to start without her. They don't call them coloring books for adults for nothing, and that pattern with the butterflies is calling my name. Want to color?


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