Confession time here: I am an adult color-er, err, colorist, err, colorizer--not sure of the correct terminology here. Suffice it to say I like to color (as in coloring books and crayons). Most people give up the practice when they are ten to twelve years old and perhaps even earlier, but I have always found it to be another simple pleasure.
It is especially a pleasure after a stressful day of work or during my post-holiday, hibernation period in January. It is a pleasure to color with my grandchildren, who think it is just fantastic that Grandma-Nan will agree to color with them. The simple pleasure of coloring nourishes my creative side. Even if it isn't great art, it is great fun!
Because of the simple pleasure of coloring, I often give friends graduating from high school and heading off to college graduation presents that include a new coloring book and crayons so that they can use them as downtime after a particularly stressful exam. Often, at the time, they just say a polite "Thank you", but after a year (of schooling) goes by, I often get a different response--that of "I can't believe how much I colored" (after midterms or finals).
As a bookcrosser on bookcrossing.com I decided to see if there was any interest in other adult colorists (it sounds like the best term for the person who colors), and said that I would start a coloring bookring (now known as a colo'ring) if there were any takers. I am pleased to say that I am not alone in the pursuit of this simple pleasure called coloring. So far, I have thirty people who wish to participate in my colo'ring. Not only that, but two other bookcrossers (with whom I have become friends) have also registered coloring books and are starting their own colo'rings. All of these colo'rings are international in scope. From Down Under to the United Kingdom (lots of colorists in Great Britain) to the European Market to the United States, these coloring books will travel and be enjoyed by all. Who knows how many more will join in and add another coloring book to the collection. Regardless, in the end, my original coloring book should return to me filled with pages colored and signed by the artists/bookcrossers (from around the globe). And, if I am lucky, there will still be a few pages left for me!
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association