Why do these things stress me out?!
This is kind of an old trend now (I mean, it became popular a couple years ago), but like all popular things I ignored it. (I’m such a hipster! HAhaha!) But after a while, I caved. I mean, I used to love coloring and I suck at drawing, so why not? And everyone said it’s so relaxing and it’s a great way to clear your head and what not. So, I was like, okay. I’ll buy one. When I finish, I’ll buy another.
That was over 2 years ago. -.-
I bought one adult coloring book that was like… magical forest or something. So it’s all nature-based and there’s some magical creatures and what not. It’s really beautiful and I even had a whole set of colored pencils to make sure I could have lots of variation. I was all set!
And I hated it!
Adult coloring books are SO FREAKIN’ STRESSFUL!!!!! I don’t know how ANYONE can consider this to be a fun, relaxing task because this is my line of thoughts while I’m coloring:
“This needs to be this color. And that will be that color. But there are so many plants. I’ll need like… 12 different colors of green. What?! I only have 3 shades?! But they’re obviously different leaf types! How can they be the same shade of green?! You’ll never be able to tell them apart and everyone will just see a bunch of the same green all over the page! And it’ll be ugly! And I can’t use that green for that leaf because that’s not biologically correct!”
“Wow. This is a large space. It’ll take forever to color. Okay, I’ll just broaden my stroke a little bit to speed it up. *hand slips* NO!!!! NO!!!! NO! I ruined the whole thing! I colored outside the lines! How did I even pass kindergarten if I can’t color inside the lines?! Now anyone who sees my coloring book is going to think I’m such a fraud! It’s going to be so ugly! God and I’m never going to be able to NOT see that I colored outside the lines and it’ll never be perfect! WHY DID I THINK I COULD DO THIS?! I’m not artsy! I can’t even color inside the lines!”
“Okay. So, this line goes this way, which means it connects to this line and that means it’ll also be this color. And that line goes… nowhere. Wait, what? That can’t be right. No, for sure. Those lines don’t match up. But if they don’t match up, then what is that? What does it belong to? What am I supposed to color it now?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? It’s supposed to belong to that?! Well, fuck! I just colored it the wrong color! What am I going to do now?! It’s all ruined! I just made that plant the totally wrong color and it doesn’t work! And the page is symmetrical so now I have to screw up the OTHER side of the picture, too! WHY DIDN’T THE ARTIST NOTICE WHERE THEIR LINES WERE GOING?!”
See?! Adult coloring is sooooo stressful. I really do not understand how anyone thought this would be a good idea because all I do the entire time is remember how much of a perfectionist I really am and then freak out because my picture will never be perfect. And someone else’s picture will always be ten times better than mine because of the ‘artist sight’ and can like see something before they start and they know how much pressure to apply when coloring to make one colored pencil now look like they used six colored pencils! And mine looks like a freakin’ child colored it!
But what do you think?
Are adult coloring books fun? Or insane?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week: