Wow, of all the things I ever thought I would do in my life, authoring coloring books was never on the list. But now I’m hooked.

It all started when my daughter-in-law, Jennifer, asked for a coloring book for Christmas. Then I got a really cool coloring book on my birthday from my friend, Vickie. As I sat there coloring I felt a range of emotions. I felt a little foolish. After all, coloring is for kids, right? As I continued, I got into a rhythm of picking colors and coloring spaces, totally focused on the task at hand.

I found as I continued my coloring sessions that playing happy or calming music as I colored further enhanced the coloring experience. I found myself browsing the aisles of stores looking for coloring supplies, pencil holders, pencil sharpeners, different kinds of colored pencils with a larger range of colors. I bought a clipboard to use as I started coloring in waiting rooms, etc. The clipboard gave me a compact, portable, hard surface to color on.

I started taking coloring breaks instead of playing Candy Crush or some such other mindless game online. I noticed after a coloring session I felt refreshed and while I was coloring, I was able to think deep thoughts. The sensation of the pencil on paper was soothing and the rhythm of my coloring strokes calmed my mind and made me able to think more clearly.

Now when I hit an obstacle as I am working, I pull out my coloring sheets and pencils and zen into my coloring break. Aftwards I always feel like I can focus more accurately and it opens my creative mind to be able to see possibilities I hadn’t considered before.

Try it yourself the next time you seem to hit a creative dead end or that knotty little problem you’ve been trying to work out just won’t click. It is a great way to get unstuck and move forward.

I am not an artist, far from it. But I have been told I have a good sense of color and design. There are some exquisite adult coloring books out there by very gifted artists. I will be reviewing some of them on this site over time. That being said, Peaceful Patterns has a different focus. The true purpose of my coloring pages is to relax the mind. There are no pictures on the pages, so there are no rules. There is no sky to be painted blue, no grass to be painted green, no dandelions to be painted yellow. These books are mandalas and patterns whose sole purpose is to give you ultimate freedom to choose the colors you want, the medium that gives you the most joy and the peace of knowing that there are no right or wrong ways to color in Peaceful Patterns, only coloring bliss to give you hours of satisfying and relaxing, drifting, contemplative bliss.

It is my fervent hope that all of my coloring friends will enjoy my “color shavings”, little thoughts on the magical world of coloring and how it can benefit each of us. Color on.