Fall, printables

Coloring in the lines

October 25, 2015

Grab your crayons and colored pencils. Your inner 6 year-old will thank you.

Twineandtable fall coloring

“Adult coloring books” are everywhere… the front tables of major book-sellers, the shelves of every craft store, the top of Amazon’s best seller list. Many boast their stress-relieving effects. Some fill their pages with mandalas. Others even specify their specific ‘relaxing’, ‘energizing’, or ‘zen-like’, qualities.

While looking around the world-wide-web for a world-wide array of coloring books, I was surprised to come across quite a bit of controversy regarding the therapeutic effects of coloring.

I found this amusing for a number of reasons. Firstly, the majority of those speaking out against the popularity of coloring as some form of therapy or meditation are highly educated professionals who have clearly spent some time speaking out against… coloring books.

I certainly don’t think coloring books are the answer to all of our anxiety. And, I am not at all encouraging the replacement of every therapist with a box of crayons.

Here is what I do think.

We’re not so great at doing nothing.

We’ve learned to stay so constantly occupied that in fact, it can feel a little uncomfortable to be alone with our own thoughts.

It can even feel a little uncomfortable to be doing only one thing at a time, without alerts and notifications as our constant companions.

Active meditation – whether that is practiced through focusing on one’s breath, a chanted mantra, a specific pose, or simply coloring in the lines…allows our minds to focus intently on a simple task. That task, while requiring our full attention, does not ask us to make decisions or analyze the process. It does not ask us to prioritize or plan. It does not ask anything of us.

And, as if that is not reason enough…

coloring brings us back to a time when what we dreaded most was the suggestion of a mid-day nap.

Twineandtable - fall leaf coloring page

 

Try it, just one night.

Sit down with colored pencils or crayons.

For 20-30 minutes, focus on one image as the rhythm of your hand’s movement fills a page with color. Don’t turn on the tv. Just sit with yourself and your thoughts.

Fall leaf coloring page -Twineandtable

Download and print -fall leaf

 

 

Fall leaves multi coloring page -Twineandtable

 

Download and print -fall leaves

 

 

 

Fall mirror leaves coloring page - Twineandtable

 

Download and print – mirrored leaves

 

 

Fall butterfly leaves coloring page -Twineandtable

 

Download and print – butterfly leaves

And afterwards…consider how that felt – giving yourself a gift of several moments strung together in which nothing was asked of you – in which no decision needed your approval – in which such simple yet focused movements created such satisfying results.

 

 

I’d love to see & share your colored creations.
Take a pic & send me a copy so we can inspire even more creative coloring together!

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6 Comments

  • Reply olaf78 October 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    These are beautiful. Thanks for being so generous.
    I saw this on craft gawker.

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com October 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

      You are so welcome…I’m so happy you found them! Thank you for such kind words.

  • Reply Bev Wilson October 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Hi I got connected to you & your blog through your aunt on fb !! ”
    ‎Anne Werdel‎ to Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks
    A very creative niece hosts this blog… it seems like something many of you would really enjoy!”

    thanks to Anne for noting letting is know about your blog!

    I am an artist – but getting into colouring and zentangle for the meditative – slowing down aspects – thanks for your post! one of my grounding things from nature is leaves….perfect! and I also loved the leaf-bird. great name of your blog twineandtable.

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com October 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Bev,
      So glad my Aunt Anne shared this with you…she’s pretty wonderful.
      I love that my leaves have meaning for you, and that you use coloring and zen tangle for meditation. It’s pretty amazing how powerful deliberately ‘slowing down’ can be.
      Thanks for sharing!

      Jeni

  • Reply Ann November 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks! These are exactly what I was looking for to start a zen coloring area of our library makerspace.

    • Reply twineandtable@gmail.com November 18, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Ann,
      A library zen coloring area sounds wonderful; what a great idea. I’m so glad you can use these coloring pages to get started!
      Thanks,
      Jeni

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