The Delta Record | Odd holiday: National Coloring Book Day

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BUCKHANNON – National Coloring Book Day, celebrated on Tuesday, August 2, recognizes the joy, children and adults, of coloring pages full of patterns.

According to National Calendar Day, “Dover Publications established National Coloring Book Day in May 2015. Founded in 1941, Dover Publications is leading the way. Dover published its first adult coloring book, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970. Dover now publishes Creative Haven®, a popular line of coloring books designed specifically for adult colourists. The Registrar of the National Day Calendar has declared the day to be observed annually on August 2.

Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but over the years adults have become more and more involved in the activity. Clearly, adult coloring is now a huge trend, with products created and intended for adults only. Many find it not only fun, but also a great way to reduce stress.

Coloring books also make great gifts all year round. When someone is visiting, be sure to leave a coloring book and colors in the guest room for downtime. In the office, keep a variety of books in the break room for your colleagues to fill in.

Recently, The delta of records published the story of Shanda Hoover, a Buckhannon native and owner of local business Mountain Mama Market and Artistry, who recently collaborated with others to create a coloring book for dementia patients. In July, dementia patients received coloring books, which were designed by Hoover and printed by Ralston Press with crayons made by Hen House Hues.

With National Coloring Book Day, here are 10 cool facts about all things color and coloring books from Design Pool, Medium, and mentalfloss.com.

1. Men and women see the color red differently. — Researchers at the University of Arizona have found that the ability to see red comes from a gene attached to the X chromosome. Since women have two X chromosomes, both copies of these genes help women see better the red-orange spectrum.

2. Coloring reduces stress and anxiety. – A 2005 study (and a 2012 replication study) found that people who colored mandalas – complex geometric figures commonly seen in Hinduism and Buddhism – experienced lower levels of anxiety than those who simply colored on a blank sheet of paper.

3. Coloring books were originally created for adults. — The first variation of coloring books dates from 1612. A long poem, Poly-Olbion by Michael Drayton, featured illustrations of maps and amusing creatures. It has become popular for readers to color the illustrations themselves. However, coloring books became popular soon after, mainly for practicing artistic skills like watercolor painting.

4. Coloring books have a long history of promoting political views. — The 1960s weren’t the only time cartoonists used adult coloring books to ridicule political figures and promote counterculture or fringe views. More recently, coloring book creators have used the books to comment on events and figures in contemporary politics.

5. Digital coloring books are becoming increasingly popular. – Many websites offer digital coloring books, allowing users to choose an image, choose a pen tool, and decide how to color it. But digital coloring books can be more than a glorified Microsoft Paint program.

6. You can create your own coloring book using personal photos. — The only thing better than taking a selfie is coloring your selfie! Thanks to Color Me Book, you can order personalized coloring books with your own photos. After uploading your images, a team of designers hand-trace them and turn them into pages for a personalized coloring book, perfect for those unaffordable family members.

7. People once used bread as gummies. — Before the invention of the eraser, people used rubber or wax pellets. To remove ink from parchment or papyrus, they used pieces of rough stone to erase it. In Japan, they used soft bread. The eraser was invented by an English engineer in 1770 who accidentally picked up a piece of rubber instead of breadcrumbs and found that it worked well for erasing.

8. People are more likely to forget something when it’s in black and white. — A black and white film or photograph is often not as easy to remember as a color image. Scientists believe this may be because color appeals to the senses more and therefore leaves a more lasting impression on the memory.

9. Color has a big impact on a first impression. — 62-90% of a first impression is based on how someone recognizes the color in the situation. For those who want to make a good first impression, avoid neutrals. Going on a first date? Add a splash of bright color to be more memorable.

10. Chromotherapy is often used today but has Egyptian roots. — The ancient Egyptians were the first to try and succeed in copying basic natural colors and incorporating them into their lives. The floors of their temples were painted green like grass and the walls were blue like the sky.

Share your coloring book ideas and post your photos on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay to encourage others to find coloring fun.

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