If you’ve been to a bookstore recently—or Hallmark—or PaperSource—or virtually any store where they sell stationery, cards, books, trinkets, and cute things (my favorite kind of store!), you’ve probably seen displays of adult coloring books. The most popular are those by Johanna Basford: Lost Ocean, Enchanted Forest, and Secret Garden. Some say there’s a strong likelihood that the 2015 Coloring Craze is primarily responsible for the 5% uptick in paper book sales in 2015.
There’s something meditative and calming about coloring. Sherry Turkle wrote in Reclaiming Conversation about the anxiety that so many of us feel now, primarily because of our attachment to our devices. She wrote about how we start to perform for them—we take pictures and record events to get more views and likes. We experience nearly everything through a screen, even if it is right in front of us. But we’re not necessarily happy about it. We know it’s a problem. We’re just not sure how to stop.Continue Reading