Really. The best people are. Coloring, I mean. If you are like me, coloring calms you. After all, “Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds.” (Click the link for source.) Therapists still prescribe coloring for many patients. Not only can it reduce stress and anxiety, but it also benefits your fine motor skills, helps train your brain to focus, and the new trend, coloring parties, allow you to be more social.
Now the question arises of what to color? Well, have I got a book for you! Wonderland, by Amily Shen, is a coloring book inspired by Alice and her Adventures in Wonderland. Just as the story becomes curiouser and curiouser, so does this book, but in a beautiful way!
There are even chapters in this book, from “Down the Rabbit Hole” to “A Mad Tea Party” to “Who Stole the Tarts” and everything in-between. Each chapter has a short snippet from the book to introduce the drawings that make up that chapter.
The drawings are not the typical Alice in Wonderland that you imagine. They are more defined and refined than that, making this a decidedly adult version of the story. Not saying that kids would not like to color it, as well, but there are many fine, intricate details that might be difficult for small children, but will certainly boost eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
For my first choice, I hit the “Teahouse in the Mushroom Forest” for this beautiful nest. I love it. I also started out quite literally with a brown nest, but in Alice fashion, I festooned my nest with lots of colors. After all, it wouldn’t be “mad” if it weren’t a little crazy!
There are also pages that have very little artwork, allowing you to add your own touch and flair. Two examples below are the owls, who need more company, and the tea party plates which need cakes and the letter that needs to be addressed.
As you can see, the lines and details are somewhat complex, causing you to really concentrate, and therefore helping you to let go of worries and anxiety! I just love it! And an added bonus? Lots of inexpensive, personal art to decorate your space!
If you like to color, or if you are a little stressed out, try Amily Shen’s Wonderland. Because “All the best people are!”
Have you rekindled your love of coloring? If so, please share your stories and your creations!