The first commercially successful adult colouring books were published in 2012 and 2013.
And, according to this article:
The once-niche hobby has now grown into a full-on trend, with everyone from researchers at Johns Hopkins University to the editors of Yoga Journal suggesting colouring as an alternative to meditation.
The American Art Therapy Association claims that art therapy is a mental health technique in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to:
Explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.
But, if the paranoid Christian nut who runs the Last Hiker blog is to be believed, books featuring mandala patterns, such as the one pictured, pose a very real danger.
The mandala itself is a receptacle for ‘deities’ and ‘universal forces’. It is not just opening a door to the spiritual realm, it is knocking on the door of a false temple …So my question when it comes to the whole adult coloring books is this –Is it really about coloring?
Or is it about spiritual hosts of wickedness sneaking mandalas into our homes and into our subconscious minds?
Is it really about recreation or is it New Age evangelism?
I can color all I want.
But if I do, I am going to get a big fat coloring book of Bible stories.
It isn’t so trendy and cool, but at least it is honest.
When the Friendly Atheist reported this story, one reader wrote:
A coloring book of the Old Testament? I don’t think I have enough Cadmium Red for that…
Better stock up on Deluge Blue, too??
A third said:
What color is ‘smite’? I’ll need some of that.
And a fourth replied:
I think there is a lot of red in smite.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn