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September 14 is National Colouring Day!

 





 


NATIONAL COLOURING DAY SHOULD BE SPENT BY COLOURING OF COURSE!


THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY WHEN IT COMES TO COLOURING! AFTER ALL, IT IS A FORM OF ART AND CREATIVE FREEDOM.

YOU CAN USE A COLOURING BOOK, COLOUR ON A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER, OR PRINT COLOURING PAGES OFF THE INTERNET. YOU COULD PRINT SOME FOR YOUR KIDS AND EVEN FOR YOURSELF. WHO SAYS ADULTS CAN’T ENJOY COLOURING! THERE ARE MANY ADULT COLOURING BOOKS!


YOU DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO STICK TO CRAYONS. THERE ARE PASTELS, WATERCOLOUR PAINT, ACRYLICS, KWIK STIKS, SHARPIES AND MARKERS. USE MANY COLOURS OR JUST A FEW. COLOR ALONE OR WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, JUST COLOUR! YOU WILL FEEL GREAT!

 

DID YOU KNOW?


Coloring became popular in the United States as part of the "democratization of art". Basically it means that it is one of the most powerful forces in the realm of culture, dominated, shaped and controlled art to an unparalleled degree. Colouring books and colouring is claimed that its artistry and creativity is beneficial , as it improved cognitive abilities, advanced skills useful for finding a career, and aided with finding a spiritual sense. It can be beneficial to children and adults, and helpful for those going through trauma, and those trying to de-stress.


Who Invented The Colouring Book?


The McLoughlin Brothers Co. invented the first coloring book, in the 1880's named the"The Little Folks Painting Book" .

Early on, paint was used in coloring books instead of crayons. Crayons gain popularity in the 1930's. Coloring is still fun to do in the present day. National Coloring Day was started by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, "Queen of the Holidays".


But it wasn't just one company that made coloring happen. Big driving trends range from societal to technological, and include the 'Revolution of Printing' which was the first development of lithography. Invented in 1796, lithography became mainstream and made its way to America from Europe in the 1850s, becoming perfected in the 1870's. It allowed for easier printing than with a wooden block or copper plate. It also reproduced thousands of images quickly and easily. Children's literature always had a strong profit motive, but some demand came from a more high-minded place, reflecting changing views of education and kids. Friedrich Fröbel, the inventor of kindergarten became more influential to people. He encouraged children to be creative, how to teach art and allow for more freedom within art. The use of coloring books allowed for more of this creative freedom. This too reflected in other colouring books of that time, in which they experimented with interactive forms like paper dolls and tracing paper attached.


 

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