Lose Yourself, Find Yourself with Zen Doodle Coloring Books

I was at a festival recently, where people gathered to teach, learn and create through a series of workshops for yoga, dance, music and art. Throughout the days and nights, folks would hang out on the grounds, people-watching and relaxing. I ended up doing just as much of this as I did taking workshops, and found myself parked under a tree next to a creek, sitting on a blanket with friends. Among other items scattered on the blanket were bottles of nail polish, sketchbooks, markers and coloring books for adults.

When I saw the coloring books, I smiled to myself, knowing that the wave of doodle art–drawing and coloring it–is growing. And I get it. So does Kristy Conlin, as you’ll see below.

Zen doodle art by Catherine Langsdorf | Draw like this with ArtistsNetwork.com

Bird of Pray (Sakura Pigma Micron pens and soft pencil on bristol paper) by Catherine Langsdorf (Pin this!)

Zen Doodle Coloring: Enjoy the Simple Things by Kristy Conlin

Some days I just need a break. A break from the stresses of everyday life. From the million little tasks and responsibilities that crowd my to-do list. A break from the world around me and its 24-hour news cycle. You know what I need? I need Me Time. I’m betting you could use a little Me Time, too. Am I right?

So I’m going to give us both permission to stop and smell the proverbial flowers. Put the bills away, turn off your phone and put the tablet away.

The Zen Doodle Coloring Book is a tool that can help you relax and wash away the stress and lose yourself–for at least a little while and if only you’ll let yourself go. Remember when you were a child and you got deeply, intensely focused on coloring in your coloring books? Well, that’s what we have here–a coloring book for adults. This coloring book is built of some lovely Zen Doodle art, and the premise behind the art form is that drawing simple, repetitive patterns on paper can be calming and can unlock creativity. Coloring in these inspiring, fun and unique designs will surely help you relax and relieve stress. You’ll clear your mind, you’ll have fun and you might even have a pretty piece of art to frame when you’re finished.

So grab some colored pencils, artist’s markers, watercolor pencils or even watercolors. Find a nice quiet, comfortable spot, and … color to your heart’s content. Meditate, lose yourself, find yourself.

Enjoy the simple things. ~Kristy Conlin

The Zen Doodle Coloring eBook is included in North Light Shop’s Secret Garden Zen Doodle kit. With this special offer, you’ll also find a set of Dual Brush Pens and one of the hottest-selling coloring books for adults: Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by “Ink Evangelist” and illustrator Johanna Basford. Her black-and-white linework is nothing short of spectacular, and it’s ready for you to add a touch of color.

Happy coloring!
Cherie

Cherie Haas, online editor
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