Do you see the world through rose-colored glasses? If so, National Coloring Day, an annual event every September 14, is right for you! Following behind National Coloring Book Day in August, National Coloring Day expands the experience into lots of artsy mediums. As a stress-reducer, coloring isn’t just for kids anymore.
Whether it’s been decades or merely days, National Coloring Day is all about setting aside some time for ourselves to, well, color. Get creative with paper and crayons, colored pencils or markers. Try oil pastels and paint. On National Coloring Day, let your imagination fly into a colorful world and brighten up your day!
National Coloring Day Activities
Whether you like crayons, colored pencils, pens or permanent markers, there are art supplies somewhere with your name on them! Grab your favorite materials and sit down with some paper or a coloring book. If you don't have one, go online to download and print out free coloring pages at home.
Have a coloring party
People love parties and you can share the joys of coloring with all your friends on National Coloring Day. Buy some colored pencils, a coloring book with perforated pages and spread them out on any flat surface. Share the colored pencils and socialize while you work!
Donate some art supplies
It's unfortunate that over the past decade, schools are experiencing reduced budgets for their fine arts programs. On National Coloring Day, make a difference by donating coloring supplies to your local school arts program. Many libraries also offer after-school activities and, thanks to your generous donation, coloring might just become one of the children's favorite activities.
Why We Love National Coloring Day
Coloring promotes wellness
It might seem like adult coloring suddenly became popular out of nowhere. But it's widely-known that coloring is a profoundly beneficial hobby. The activity of coloring is both creative and repetitive, allowing your mind to get absorbed in what you're doing and let some of those high-level cognitive functions take a break. Coloring is also wordless, which lets your linguistic processes take a breather, too.
Coloring is fun
All those health benefits aside, coloring is really enjoyable unto itself. As you relax and start coloring, you can practically feel your creativity flowing faster. All your daily, intrusive thoughts start to lighten up. Coloring provides a wonderful get-away experience.
It takes you beyond coloring books
National Coloring Day doesn't exclude coloring books. Instead, this holiday calls on us to get extra creative by trying new mediums and to color outside those lines. Go one further — apply this idea to other parts of your life!