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16 | J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 1 6 FROM BOOKSTORES TO GAS STATIONS, THE EVIDENCE OF A NEW, COLORFUL PASTTIME SEEMS TO BE EVERYWHERE. The world, and even our own community, has seemingly gone gaga over the new adult coloring book craze. Though the first commercially successful adult coloring books were published back in 2012 and 2013, the hobby has truly caught up and gathered momentum as a full-blown trend within the last year. Mega-selling site Amazon.com revealed that adult coloring books have held steady as eighteen of the top twenty sellers in the arts and photography category in the past twelve months. Well into 2016, coloring books for adults are present within the top twenty in the book category as well. So what exactly are adult coloring books? Picture the black and white coloring pages that kids adore, but with more intricate designs featuring adult topics and interests. The adult versions skip Disney characters and instead focus on beautiful and sometimes complex designs that are created for a more mature audience's coloring pleasure. The designs in these books can include whimsical cats, artistic swear words, circular mandalas, exotic animals, nature scenes, and even fantasy worlds; pretty much anything the mind can make up can be translated into an coloring book for grown-ups. If you are wondering why consumers are flocking to stores for these unique books, the answer seems to be a mixture of reasons. For some it may be the thrill and nostalgia connected to memories of childhood and the time spent hunkered over a prized coloring book and a fresh box of crayons. Others have reported that the creative element of these books is appealing, while many report that that they enjoy the relaxing and peaceful aspect of the craft. arts N O T J U S T F O R K I D S A N Y M O R E W R I T T E N B Y R E B E C C A F L A N S B U R G P H O T O G R A P H E D B Y S A V A N N A S M I T H The Adult Coloring Book — C R A Z E — Amber Haapajoki-Hahn uses coloring as a form of meditation. She enjoys coloring intricate patterns in books and creating her own designs.

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