Before you proceed with the following information, vow to not call this “a trend” or refer to it as “a hobby.” Adult coloring is not something two hipsters thought of one night in an urban bar with chalkboard menus on the wall. Lukas didn’t say to Jessa after feasting on artisan cheeses and sipping bespoke whiskey drinks and craft beer, “I’ve grown tired of Snapchat, Jessa. I’m bored.” Jessa didn’t reply with, “I have this crayon that came with my vintage Samsonite Train Case that I’ve upcycled into a purse/retro camera case. You can play with that.” Lukas didn’t have a lightbulb go off in his head that prompted him to respond with, “Coloring books Jessa. It’s what we’ll do. Let’s celebrate with some bone marrow and tapenade.”
Adult coloring is a form of art therapy. Its purpose is to help improve one’s overall mental, emotional and physical health through self-exploration and self-expression. Art therapy in the mental health capacity has been explored and practiced since the 18th century, and according to The American Art Therapy Association (AATA), those who participate are able to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
A goal of art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being, both mental and physical. Studies have proven that art therapy in all forms (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.) have a tremendously positive mental and emotion impact. For instance, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health states on their website there were two studies conducted in the same year on these types of effects. In a randomized, controlled trial of mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT) for women with cancer, the MBAT group demonstrated a significant decrease in symptoms of distress and significant improvements in key aspects of health-related quality of life. In the other study, the cancer patients who underwent a 1-hour art therapy session stated that their level of anxiety and discomfort was reduced and had an “overwhelmingly expressed comfort with the process and desire to continue with therapy.”
Let’s face it, stress sucks. When it makes its jerky appearance, you can physically feel your body changing and reacting. Your heart rate increases, you start to sweat and your breathing becomes constricted. Before you know it, you’re unable to focus, your mind is undergoing various degrees of distress and “fight or flight” is in full-effect. When your brain becomes subjected to ongoing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression, the structure of it becomes altered and the injured brain requires rehabilitation. It requires recovery and rewiring. This process is called “brain plasticity,” and it can be done through mindfulness-based activities like meditation and—you guessed it—art therapy. Since adult coloring is a form of art therapy, it’s time to grab some crayons, markers, colored pencils or whatever strikes your fancy as a drawing media and repair your brain.
With all that said, here’s what we’re going to do for all the People of Industrie—our creative community and faithful followers. We are going to make it possible for YOU to participate in some “Industrie art therapy” by supplying you with some hair-inspired coloring pages. When you sign up to receive our newsletter, you get a new coloring page at the beginning of each month. Click, print, color. If you want to put it on your refrigerator at home, great, go for it. If you feel like sharing your masterpiece on Instagram for the entire world to see, even better! Make sure you tag us @industriebeauty and use the hashtag #industrieart.
Now go forth and color!