Book – Coloring books are not just for kids. There are a ton of drawing and art books out there for adults meant to help relax and embrace your creativity. The following are just a few that our library offers, from drawing to painting, to Zentangle and more.
Drawing Calm: Refresh, Relax Refocus with 20 Drawing, Painting, and Collage Workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and More first and foremost has an impressively long title. Written by Susan Evenson, this book is perfect for getting your artistic juices flowing. The projects are relatively simple and each is inspired by a specific work of art. My favorite craft from the collection is very simple. You tear apart pieces of tissue paper, lay them on a sheet of watercolor paper and then brush over soaking them with a paintbrush and water. Leaving it to dry, you then peel off the tissue paper and are left with a beautiful stain from the shapes that can be used to write on, color a pattern in sharpie and anything else you can dream up.
Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour by Jean Haines is strictly dedicated to watercolor techniques. I love using watercolor paints because they’re so multi-functional. You can create something abstract or detailed, blending colors, and changing the intensity with just a drop of water. Simply browsing through the images in the book can have a calming effect!