Why an Anti-Coloring iPad App for “Adults Only”?
When The Anti-Coloring Books® first came out I was not surprised to hear from children how much they liked it, because I worked with children every day as they drew and painted in my art room. The published collection came from the art activities that my students liked best and were most creative at. I was very surprised, however to get comments from adults. Not just parents who appreciated having the books to expand their children’s creativity, but from adults who were using it themselves!
“I am a woman of age 57 with time on my hands. Can’t sew or knit, but I do like to draw pictures and color my own style in the Anti-Coloring Books.”
I am thirty-one years old and I bought the Second Anti-Coloring Book for myself. I love it. After a hard day at the office I have a wonderful time sitting down with my markers and drawing. Why should kids have all the fun?”
It was also a best seller on college campuses, so the publisher asked me to write one book especially for grown-ups. That book is now an iPad app!
The app is coincidentally going live when adult coloring books are being published. With this app, however, there is no need for crayons or messy materials. You can easily draw on your iPad while riding in a crowded bus or train, even in the middle of a boring business meeting. You will find that the app was designed to simulate the effects of drawing or painting with actual art materials.
I have the same objection to coloring books for adults as I do for children. Making art is fun! Every piece does not have to be museum quality. Sitting down to draw can be relaxing and give you a chance to express yourself. It is often a learning experience, and sometimes what you learn about is yourself. Coloring in another adult’s drawing requires little thought and no investment. I always picture putting a battery in your elbow to move an arm back and forth and back and forth and back and forth……without being attached to a brain or heart.
The Anti-Coloring App asks provocative questions:
~”If your house was on fire and you only had five minutes to get out, what would you take with you?”
~”Where would you like to get away to?”
~”How will you look when you get old?”
~When you are old, what will your favorite memory be?”
~”…and what will be your biggest regret?”
Adults who were raised on coloring books learned to be very insecure about their own art ability.