A Homeless Man’s Coloring Book Pages Show Us Another Side of Creativity

A Homeless Man’s Coloring Book Pages Show Us Another Side of Creativity

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A lesson for children and adults alike. Healing, like creativity, is a process; there is no on/off switch. It flows like a river, sporadically obstructed by nature and chance. Shit happens—emotionally, spiritually, physically, we get hurt and we turn to various outlets to heal. People exercise, meditate, cleanse, float in some sort of sensory reduction tank (because apparently, that’s a thing), and others create. Regarding books, I do not mean to exclude the reader from this act of creation. There’s a well-known quote by Samuel Johnson circling our illustrious world wide web that says: “A writer only begins a book. A …

10 Awesome Coloring Books for All Literature Fans

10 Awesome Coloring Books for All Literature Fans

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Coloring isn’t just for kids, and in recent years publishers have put out coloring books aimed at adults. Often, these are inspired by or based on literature, both classic and modern. This National Coloring Book Day, enjoy some lit-inspired coloring books that will be fun for artists of any age.     Image Via TheOneRing     Image Via Amazon     ​​​​​​​Image Via Amazon     ​​​​​​​Image Via Amazon     ​​​​​​​Image Via Simon & Schuster     ​​​​​​​Image Via Amazon     ​​​​​​​Image Via Amazon     ​​​​​​​Image Via Amazon   ​​​​​​​Image Via Books-A-Million     ​​​​​​​Image Via …

5 Spine-Chilling Coloring Books Every Horror Fan Will Die For

5 Spine-Chilling Coloring Books Every Horror Fan Will Die For

With Halloween around the corner waiting to bring us hoards of sweets and the highly anticipated ’13 Nights of Halloween’ movie marathon (Hocus Pocus is the winner), it’s never too early to celebrate.   Horror fans can mix their love of everything spooky with arts and crafts with these terrifying horror-themed coloring books!   Grab some markers, sip your favorite Pumpkin-spiced latte and check out these goodies.   1. The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book ($12)   Image Via Amazon   Described as “The Walking Dead meets The Secret Garden,” this coloring book contains intricate illustrations showcasing severed heads, monstrous beasts, …

A History of Coloring Books in Honor of National Coloring Book Day

A History of Coloring Books in Honor of National Coloring Book Day

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We all know someone who owns an adult coloring book (if you don’t own one yourself). Adult coloring books are marketed as a way to de-stress and have recently infiltrated bookstores everywhere.   In honor of National Coloring Book Day, here’s a brief history of how they got started.    Coloring books originated in the 17th century, according to art historian Anne Louise Avery. Artists would use coloring outlines to learn artistic skills, such as watercoloring. Robert Sayer, an 18th century British print seller and publisher, produced multiple books which were meant for adults to paint, such as The Florist.    Image courtesy …