I have no words to express how excited I am to announce the first of a series of adult coloring books intended to relieve stress and anxiety and to give joy to those who either buy them or receive them as a gift. The book is now avaialable on Amazon.com. “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy – Joy is in the Journey” is LIVE.
This being my first foray into publishing, I want you to know that this has been an awesome experience. I want to thank all of those who have been instrumental in helping me get to this point.
When we dream…when we plan…when we conceive of a project, it’s all in our mind, percolating and growing and beginning to take form. As we proceed to create a plan, to assemble our tools and materials and to begin fleshing out the framework for the finished project, it sometimes feels like achieving that goal seems really far away.
That’s the journey I have been on with creating the very first book in a series: “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy – Joy is in the Journey” A mindful approach to stress and anxiety relief.
So when the delivery guy showed up with a slender box from Create Space, i admit to feeling like a kid at Christmas time. However, I didn’t just rip it open. I had promised the fam that I would open it in their presence when it arrived and I had promised my friends and family who could not be there that I would video-tape the unboxing event.
So here it is. The video of the beginning of my career as a published author. Without further ado….Drum Roll Please!!!!
I remember hours of time spent with my grandmother, and my sister, coloring and chatting and just enjoying the time together. No television on, no cellphones and rarely a phone call, no criticism but plenty of suggestions and tutorials on how to shade, the source of light, the direction of shadows, the three dimensionality we were trying to replicate, how to blend colors and create new shades.
As an adult, when I color, my mind flashed back to those peaceful hours of mutual enjoyment. These days, I like to first consider and idea, a quote, a scripture or a project I am working on as I color. Happy music is also on the list of creating my peaceful, stress free coloring session. While I let my mind works in the background on that thought I have chosen to contemplate, I focus on the feeling, the colors, the shading, the ultimate look of the coloring page. Although I admit that most of them are not planned.
Since I am a mandala colorist, I actually like to blindly reach into my coloring pencil box and pull out random colors to work with. Some of these mandalas have turned out surprisingly well. I really enjoy my random coloring sessions because it is relaxing and delightful to watch the picture almost create itself and reveal its ultimate beauty.
The other fun thing about coloring is, admittedly, showing the finished piece off to someone who cares. I have joined several coloring groups and post my finished pieces occasionally, but it is even more fun (like the little kid that I am) to show it to a family member or close friend. I also share finished pieces with my local coloring club.
One of the benefits of mindful coloring is that often, in the course of creating the finished piece, I find solutions and have thoughts that might not have occurred to me in the hectic daily routine. This is invaluable. So often we rush through our day through the noise and bustle and frantic pace of modern living never having that quiet space that allows us to really think.
I am ever so grateful for the trend of adult coloring. It is one of the truly joyful places in my day to day routine.
We are pleased and excited to announce that our first in the series “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Theapy” books, “Joy is in the Journey” will be published on Amazon.com later this month (September 2016).
This is a huge milestone for Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy. This has truly been a joyful journey, learning a new skill and exploring the world of coloring books for adults. I admit to intense nostalgia as I wrote the dedication, noting the impactful teaching and mentoring of my grandmother, Juanita H. Tussey.
The essence of this book is “A Mindful Approach to Anxiety and Stress Relief”. Below each mandala is a quote from names you will recognize relating to the idea of joy. The idea is to read the quote before you start coloring and ponder it’s meaning and relate in a positive way to your life. The mindfulness of this approach creates a sense of well-being, relaxation and peace that will give you all the benefits research has shown that coloring can achieve.
Seeing the book cover mock up for the first time gave me a feeling I am at a loss to describe, a mixture of joy, gratitude, shock and awe that this dream was quickly becoming a reality. The test copy of the book will be arriving on Monday, September 15. It feels like waiting for Christmas morning. When it comes, I will do a video “unboxing” of the finished product and, of course, I will present it here for all of you who have been following my journey up until now.
Even as we speak I am in the process of creating the next book in the series, “An Attitude of Gratitude”, which follows the same pattern of this first book. Also, after the test book arrives, assuming everything is as it should be, we will be allowing pre-orders here on our Coloring Books page, so stay tuned.