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Why You Should Be Coloring – Featuring Artist & Interior Designer: Kendra Castillo

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The artist in me is telling the artist in you, that even though you are no longer a kid, you can still color. I’m a huge advocate for finding any way to express your creativity and not letting fear hinder your potential; this can even be paired to coloring. Don’t let the fear that coloring is just for kids stop you.

At first, when the adult coloring books came out I thought they were pretty neat-o, but never bought one because I thought I didn’t have the time to just focus on coloring. If I’m being real, when I sit down and color it takes me a looong time cause I’m a perfectionist.

The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve always had a love for art, drawing, and photography (hence the Architecture major in the beginning of college) but when I entered college I couldn’t find the time to pursue it as much. A couple weeks ago I grabbed one of the most beautifully simple coloring books and just scored, shaded, outlined, and saturated the shiz out of that paper. Took me about an hour just to color one page. It may have taken me a long time but I was in a different state than normal. I was focused, yet relieved. I was present and technology was absent. I was in a sense structured, yet in a state of freedom.

Kendra Castillo, a culturally creative artist & interior designer, produced a 6 page printable coloring book (pictured below) that I couldn’t get enough of. While I was filling in these floral scenes, I remembered why coloring is so darn good for ya:

  • It’s a form of personal expression: Light and cooler tones are friendly, warm, and open. More use of dark shades express an authoritative and powerful mood. Bright hues can show your playful side. Pastel colors are more calm and soothing.

  • The good ol’ nostalgia: This could bring you back to the time when you were a kid: light hearted and optimistic. There’s nothing wrong with a blast from the past!

  • Maintains dexterity: Clearly, coloring is a hands-on kinda activity. You’re keeping focus on hand strength/ grip and staying inside the lines (we don’t always have to “color outside the box”).

  • You activate the right hemisphere of the brain: Yes, the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body but it is also aids in releasing your creative and artistic abilities. You should give the left hemisphere of your brain, cool down on the analytical gears turning in your mind and let the flow begin.

 

  • Calms down your nervous system: Coloring helps reduce stress and anxiety as it relaxes your amygdala. The amygdala is the center of for your emotions and regulates our fight or flight response.

 

  • You activate the left hemisphere of your brain: It’s not all about being “right.” Yes, you’re engaging the right hemisphere through your artistic abilities, but concentrating on color balance and design you are activating your problem-solving skills in the left hemisphere of your brain! Smarts isn’t all numbers, being creative can improve your problem-solving skills as well.

 

Check out Kendra Castillo’s 6 page coloring book, featured above,  HERE!!!

Kendra is an artist in the Pacific Northwest, she loves a good cup of coffee, yoga pants and getting to know other people’s life stories. Her life motto is “finding beauty in everyday moments.” She believes that there is beauty and joy to be found in every situation,  and her hope is that her artwork brings joy to everyone who sees it.

 

Platforms you can connect with Kendra Castillo on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kendracastillodesigns/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KendraCastillo_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KendraCastilloDesigns

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kendracastillo/

Website: https://kendracastillo.com/

 

 

 

 

 

21 Comments

    1. reading is great too! So many different ways to get your body and mind to relax.

  1. I love sitting down and coloring with my daughter. It is fun and relaxing and we get to spend some quality time together. I have my adult book and she has her kid one, and we just color away.

    1. That’s a great idea, fo you each to have your own instead of using your daughter’s coloring book. That way it gives you more of a chance to pay attention to detail and put your mind to focusing on something else!

  2. I always see people bring out their colouring books everywhere I go but I just never seemed to reason with you. After reading your post, I’ve definitely see the other side to it. Thanks for the tips. I’m definitely going to make my way to a bookstore tonight to pick one up 🙂

    1. That’s awesome, Shobika! Let me know if you stick to it and find it beneficial (:

  3. I have an adult coloring book. It is so relaxing. I love coloring with while drinking a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

  4. I have done several coloring programs at the library, even for adults. It is such a beautiful form of expression and its very relaxing for the people who do it.

  5. These pictures are beautiful – I like that they allow so much freedom to shade as desired. My oldest daughter is a coloring fanatic, and will love adding this to her planner!

    1. Brandi,

      Thank you! The coloring books with detailed outlines are good as well, but sometimes it’s good to take matters into your own hands and use ones that are more simple to fully express your “stress” or “relaxed” state! I hope she loves it!

  6. I love the idea of adult coloring books. Ii is a welcome respite from everything including technology and it is a great avenue to explore your creativity without feeling too overwhelmed by artistic expectations!

  7. I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff about adult coloring books recently. They bring a kind of nostalgia back to life! This would be perfect to pass some time on a cold day or on a plane! I wish I could draw so I could color those too.

  8. I’m 48 and I still love to color. I make my own doodles and then color them in with color pencils. I thought about using some of them as blog images but not sure if I want to share them yet.

  9. I love painting once in a while. Agree that it helps calm down the nervous system and activate left brain hemisphere. Coloring is fun when I did it with my 8 yr old.

  10. Colouring does seem like a relaxing way to spend some time. I think your colouring looks a bit more advanced that what mine would be like. I’ve seen some great looking adult colouring books.

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