Everything You Need to Know to Celebrate National Coloring Book Day
Get inspired by these five ways to celebrate your favorite stress-reducing pastime on August 2nd.
By Thea Voutiritsas
Be sure to mark your calendar for the most colorful day of the year! August 2nd is officially National Coloring Book Day. On this day in 1970, Dover Publications published Antique Automobiles, the first modern-day coloring book for adults. Since then, coloring has become a more and more popular way to reduce stress and spend time with friends and family. Here are five ways to get in on the action and celebrate our favorite stress-reducing pastime:
1. Host a Coloring Party
National Coloring Day is the perfect excuse to spend some peaceful quality time with family and friends or make some new ones. For those who love entertaining, hosting an adult coloring party is the perfect way to do just that. Equipped with yummy snacks, coloring pages, and a variety of tools, you’ll have the ingredients for a perfect low-stress get together. Don’t forget to queue up some music for your event to keep the crowd entertained.
If you don’t want to host your own party, try joining someone else’s! Adult coloring parties pop up in libraries, community centers, and cafes all over the country. Check out this list to help you find coloring enthusiasts in your area. Facebook is also a great tool for uniting colorists. Both businesses and individuals love to post invites to their public coloring groups.
2. Get Crafty
What better way to celebrate National Coloring Book Day than by surrounding yourself with your own works of art? Put those coloring pages to good use and get crafty! Create adorable jewelry with this paper beads DIY, or decorate your home with these colorful tissue jars, personalized corkboards, or these cute and simple refrigerator magnets.
3. Share Your Work
Show off your stuff, or get inspired by someone else’s! Use the official #nationalcoloringbookday hashtag to see snapshots of how others are celebrating, or tap into Instagram’s robust #adultcoloring community (and don’t forget to tag us with #MyPoshColoring!).
Before you share your stuff, here are some quick tips for taking a good photo of your page: First, find a spot with even lighting—by an unobstructed window or outside will probably work best. Feel free to move around the room and check out different lighting, and be sure your body doesn’t cast a shadow on your coloring page when you hold out your camera! Pro tip: Stage the area with your coloring tools for a cute photo with some interest and personality. Next, get the right angle—you can stand on a step stool to get a flat overhead shot, or just put your page on the floor. Shoot your pic, add your hashtags, and post away!
4. Splurge On New Supplies
Treat yourself! Splurge on those new markers you’ve been eyeing, or try out a new tool. This “holiday” is a great opportunity to experiment with watercolor pencils or give calligraphy markers a try. Expand your collection with these high-quality pens, or go for quantity with this massive artist-grade colored pencil set. Take a leisurely stroll down the arts and crafts aisle and see what inspires you. Your coloring pages will thank you.
5. Celebrate Solo
Studies show that coloring has health benefits, including helping to reduce stress. Use this calming activity to refocus your energy and let go of troubling thoughts. Set aside the day to combat stress and boost creativity. To kick off your “me time,” create a cozy indoor space. Curl up in your favorite chair, light candles, put on a calming playlist and let your mind unwind. Surround yourself with soothing coloring pages, patterns, and supplies for an endless Zen sesh. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even give Zentangle a go!
But don’t save the de-stress fest for just one day a year. Make it a habit with these easy stress-reducing tips. No matter how you choose to celebrate national coloring day, remember that above all, it’s a day to relax. Surround yourself with your favorite colors, patterns, music, drinks, and snacks so you can give yourself a soothing little brain break.