Art and Wellbeing – Part One: Colouring
Hello everybody! I hope you are doing well. I can understand these are testing times, but by staying at home and taking the necessary precautions, we are all working towards a bigger cause, and the world needs that right now. I personally feel that engaging in creative and artsy projects is a great way to distract yourselves from the anxious thoughts that are more common nowadays. To build on that, we at The Fabric Guys have decided to put together a five part series, giving information and ideas on how to spend this time by tapping into your creative side and helping your mental well-being along the way!
The first aspect we’ll be focusing on is colouring. Although the notion of colouring is usually associated with children, research has found that for adults it can be “a calming relaxation tool with nostalgic undertones that they used to express creativity and unplug from the digital and screen heavy modern world.” (The Guardian, 2017) With the rise of social media, we tend to consume a lot of information, a lot of which is often negative, and don’t have an outlet to let go of our worries. By putting everything aside and spending some time with colour pencils and mandalas, we can be more mindful and try to enjoy the little pleasures in life. Because these require concentration and attentiveness, you are likely to focus all your attention on this task, and if it gives you 15-20 minutes of peace (or more!), it’s definitely worth it.
Following are a few links to free printable mandalas that you can use to make the most of your free time.
Remember, the concept of arts and crafts has always aimed to take us into another world altogether, where we can express ourselves freely, enjoy our stay, and take away as much positivity as we can. As they say, when nothing else makes sense, we all turn towards art and its therapeutic qualities.
Share your colouring pages with us on Instagram by tagging us (@fabricguysonline) and we’ll share your work to spread some happiness!