We usually think of coloring books as something that belongs to children. And no wonder, many of us grew up crayola-ing our way of filling in the promising outlines of the blank pages. Sometimes we color things way beyond the coloring book, like hands, a table, or even walls. In the latter cases, we would still be punished by the adult parental police.
But it turns out adults are rediscovering their fascination with coloring by borrowing coloring books from their kids. This rather recent trend is well documented by the subreddit “Color the Corruptionswhich is dedicated to sharing examples of adults turning “adorable images into twisted and/or hilarious corruptions of themselves.”
We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting, fun, and cool examples of these coloring corruptions, so scroll down and vote for your favorites. Also, be sure to check out our previous post with more photos of adults manipulating kids’ coloring books with fun results.
If you’ve noticed that more and more adults are breaking out their Crayolas for coloring books, you’re not alone. This new trend seems to be everywhere right now, from online books to actual color books with intricate patterns and tiny shapes that require coordination and attention to detail to fill out.
Part of the reason adults have rediscovered their passion for coloring books has to do with nostalgia and a sense of well-being that reminds us of more carefree childhood days. These feelings bring us back to a time of peace and clarity – and allow us to use that as fuel to recreate less stressful times. This has proven to be a particularly useful coping mechanism in the uncertain times we currently live in.
Moreover, the cost of living crisis may further fuel people’s passion for coloring. Wayne Bell, CEO of Really Big Coloring Books, based in St. Louis, Mo., who has been in the business since before the internet, say that during tough economic times, coloring book sales always increase.
“All the expensive electronic toys are going out the window as families try to save money, and a lot of people are turning to that family table with kids and grandkids and coloring books,” a- he explained.
A recent body of research has shown that there is a connection between coloring and mindfulness. Indeed, coloring allows us to disconnect our brain from other thoughts and focus on the moment. Additionally, focusing solely on coloring an image can make it easier to replace negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones.
It’s not just adult coloring books that are selling well, as more states issue stay-at-home orders. Coloring book makers have also seen increased demand for their large-print puzzle books, especially in the senior market.
Scott Ward, National Sales Manager of Coloring Book Solutions in Ashland, OH Explain this new buzz among seniors: “These are mostly seniors living in retirement communities or facilities where no outside visitors are currently allowed.” War argues that puzzle books allow them to engage in activity that will help stimulate their brains in addition to passing the time.
Note: This post originally contained 47 images. It was shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.