3 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Coloring Book

3 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Coloring Book

We’ve all seen ‘adult coloring books’ sweep through the nation. At first, I thought an ‘adult’ coloring book was something inappropriate, but quickly realized they were just time-consuming pictures to fill in.

I’ve purchased a few of these, along with plenty of colored pencils and sharpies. Initially, after each purchase, I wondered if I was wasting my money.

Then, I had an epiphany.

I really enjoy coloring. Why should I deny myself this hobby (that happens to be on the cheap side)? It seems to be the perfect way to break up work or unwind at night. It’s good, clean fun.

With that being said, I still felt the need to make the most of what I spent on coloring supplies. And that I did.

Here’s what I recommend.

Color to calm down.

I already mentioned I enjoy coloring to break up work or unwind, which lead to this deeper realization. Throughout the day, I tend to accumulate little worries that turn into stress if left untreated. One of the treatments? Coloring. If you are a high-stress individual or tend to have a lot of built up emotion/energy, give it a try. Your body will thank you.

Make a card.

It always blows my mind when I look at the price of a card I want to buy. I’m already on a budget for the ‘present’, and paying $8 for a birthday card is outrageous when that money can go towards the gift itself. So, this is what I’ve discovered - folding your finished coloring paper is way better. Not only will it save you money, but it will show that you put time and effort into personalizing the present. It’s a win-win.

Hang your finished artwork.

After finishing a picture, I’m often left with a “Well, now what?” feeling. Sure, I could forget about the hours it took me to finish coloring in the small details. But I don’t like to do that. The solution? I bought a few cheap frames and am hanging the pictures I love! Check out my most recent below. (Side note: Check out Hobby Lobby for cheap frames and supplies. They almost always have a 50% off sale going on!)

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If you’re interested in the coloring book I used for the above picture, you can find it here.

Is there something else you do with your finished papers? Let me know in the comments below!

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