However, it is important to understand that using a coloring book for adults is not exactly the same as completing an art therapy session. While art therapy was first practiced in the 1940s, the first research on using adult coloring pages as therapy is generally believed to have only begun as recently the mid-90s. With a fairy coloring sheet it is even more wondrous! Here is a beautifully formed ethereal creature with pretty or flowing hair, a great outfit, gorgeous wings, right in front of you, and now there are decisions to be made. Now your heart is beating rapidly, your mind cannot help but search for the creative idea, as you choose your first crayon, or pencil crayon, or paint color, or even digital paint color. So now you have a color for what part of the coloring page? For the hair, the clothes, or is it the wings? Studies have shows that anxiety levels dropped in adults that colored. They did note that simple doodling had no affect on anxiety. The focus on coloring and switching off the brain allows that blocking of anxiety in the moment. Coloring does not have a need for complicated thought processes and like listening to calming music, you are able to get within yourself, isolated from external anxiety, commotion, and distractions. Similarly Christmas Eve coloring pages are very popular during this season. They involve a variety of brightful colors. Kids learn color coordination by eventually thinking about what color pairs best with the other. They learn about the natural colors. The funniest part to it is that not only kids enjoy coloring but adults also love coloring these pages. There are numerous websites over the internet which also offer online coloring to both kids and adults for free. There are articles too to read, tips on coloring and make effective patterns or designs.
Well, apparently they were back then and still are today for people of all ages. Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself - it's a form of personal expression, as well. Kitty has not got older or grown-up in the many years since she first arrived, but her popularity has constantly increased. Many famous celebs have been seen carrying her merchandise, such as motorcycles, fax machines, bicycles, cellphone cases, alarm clocks, diapers and much, much more. So it is a happy, positive and popular Hello Kitty that your kids will enjoy seeing on their coloring pages. It is amazing to see that when your little ones know the character so well they can then try to use the correct colors to fill in the page. Your child will see benefits in many ways if using coloring pages. Let me tell you about a couple of these.