Colouring was once defined as the democratization of art. Many educators concluded that students, regardless of background, could benefit from art education. This would in turn, enhance their conceptual understanding of the tangible and further develop one’s cognitive ability to observe, enlighten and inspire perspective. Thus, we transcend to today. As a restauranteur, I have learned that colouring knows no age.
What is a colouring book? Line art to which colour may be added. Numerous examples are individual, a single image that begs for decoration, others tell a story and are part of a series that facilitates personal beautification. More recently, many childrens’ colouring books feature affectionate cartoon characters that are used to promote popular animated motion pictures and the imaginary cast of players that we grow to feel a familiar and binding connection toward. The story has already been told … These renderings are a reminder. You don’t really need to remember the picture, you just need to add colour. Ultimately, the difference between drawing and colouring, something that most of us learn at a very young age. And yet, the two go hand in hand.
Indulge me for a moment and revisit a time held nostalgic to me … Childhood during the 1970’s. There was no Pinterest or apps on breathing computer screens to awaken our imaginations … Just story books and television programs and all of the images surrounding our tiny worlds. Awe inspiring architectural structures, organic tattoo designs and interactive colour schemes were premature notions in our minds.
Just to reminisce … I have listed a few of my personal favourite relations with colour:
- Frog Latch Hook Shag Rug, Yellow and Green Wall Hanging, yes, Google it!
- Pyrography: How to Wood Burn without setting fire to your home
- Origami, no one could pronounce it but the paper was very pretty
- Macrame Planters, we all had that one relative who shamelessly produced them
- Paint By Number, usually displayed bedside to avoid embarrassment
- Kenner Rotodraw Spirograph and the introduction of Multi-coloured Ink
- Tie Dye Tee Shirts that inevitably stained countertops, furniture, siblings and pets
- Paper Dolls that weren’t perforated … That’s how you learned to use sirrors
- Toll Painting, clunky masterpieces on blocks of driftwood
- Beadwork and Weaving for Beginners with cat tails and rocks
- Vegetable Stamps and Dyes, you know those potato floral stamps that rapidly mould
- Pottery, wonky bowls and cups that we all gave at Mother’s Day
- Decoupage: the Art of Decorating Objects with Paper Cut Outs and Sealing them with Toxic Glue remember Mod Podge … It’s making a come back, too.
I could continue and I welcome your memories … Tell me about your childhood colouring crafts.
I like the concept of adults colouring. No, I’m not thinking of those risqué, torrid cartoons that can be interpreted several different ways. I’m speaking of the natural process of pulling out the coloured pencils, pastels, markers, chalk or paints and perhaps creating the images yourself … Incorporate your drawing from simple observation or even a photograph and colour away! Then it is truly your art work and relaxation piece. Happy colouring!