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2020-08-15 12:02:40 AM  
I've been painting by numbers for the whole summer. Extremely satisfying and you literally don't think about anything while you do it. Amazon has a nice selection.
 
2020-08-15 12:11:41 AM  
Because sometimes deciding what color is to make a tree is the correct decision to make while the country is on fire.
 
2020-08-15 12:36:17 AM  
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2020-08-15 12:41:35 AM  
Because some people don't know how to adult
 
2020-08-15 12:43:29 AM  
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2020-08-15 12:46:07 AM  
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Www.reddit.com/r/blackbookgraffiti
 
2020-08-15 12:57:46 AM  
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2020-08-15 1:18:43 AM  

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2020-08-15 2:20:03 AM  
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The artist behind this coloring book offered a digital version for free for a month into the lockdown. I colored several pages before breaking my wrist... It has healed enough that I could get back to coloring. Hmm...
 
2020-08-15 3:31:00 AM  
Because kids need to be entertained and their unemployed parents can't afford Disney+?
 
2020-08-15 4:58:42 AM  
Because calm, repetitive actions like coloring, woodworking, and other crafts are proven therapies for PTSD.
 
2020-08-15 5:02:22 AM  
Holding onto pen is relaxing I guess
 
2020-08-15 5:44:03 AM  
"Colour Me In" - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
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2020-08-15 6:31:14 AM  
I don't get the attraction.
 
2020-08-15 9:16:20 AM  
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2020-08-15 10:00:06 AM  
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2020-08-15 11:06:07 AM  

foo monkey: Because calm, repetitive actions like coloring, woodworking, and other crafts are proven therapies for PTSD.


COViD gave me the PTSD.
 
2020-08-15 11:10:15 AM  
I've always had "The Bag o' Fun" full of silly stuff what lives at mom's place for my nieces and nephews. The latest acquisition was a big box of various sized sticky googly-eyes.

Two of four niece/nephews are teenagers now, but they still love the Bag o' Fun!

Seriously... Who doesn't like googly eyes?
 
2020-08-15 11:40:49 AM  

foo monkey: Because calm, repetitive actions like coloring, woodworking, and other crafts are proven therapies for PTSD.


What if you have ptsd from a tablesaw accident? Besides getting a sawstop
 
2020-08-15 11:41:29 AM  
Because everyone has been looking for hobbies they can do while stuck at home and coloring is soothing and can be done alone and indoors? It's not that hard.
 
2020-08-15 12:50:34 PM  
I worked at a big box bookstore in 2015, when the coloring trend hit hard. There was no way that people were going to complete the stacks of coloring books that they were buying, especially when each book had 50-100 pictures. Now they've got time and desperation to go back to them.
 
2020-08-15 1:02:52 PM  
It's the focus. When you color you are focusing on the picture, choosing which color to use next, making your color smooth, and you don't think about anything outside of the coloring. It's also a distraction. If your focus is turned to the task of making it pretty you aren't thinking about anything else. It's like a mini-vacation for your worried brain.
 
2020-08-15 1:24:23 PM  
I'm quite sure I would really enjoy coloring books. Unfortunately my wrists have other ideas.
I can knit for hours on end, but anything in the writing/drawing area becomes painful very quickly. Wouldn't think those two activities differed enough movement-wise to make that much of a difference but apparently they do.
 
2020-08-15 2:28:30 PM  
I prefer to actually draw but I think it's cute. If that's how people stay entertained then cool.
 
2020-08-15 3:01:26 PM  
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2020-08-15 3:13:19 PM  
Black Lines Matter
 
2020-08-15 3:53:36 PM  
It's weird how the proponents of nonconformance all sound the same.
 
2020-08-15 4:24:51 PM  

maxheck: I've always had "The Bag o' Fun" full of silly stuff what lives at mom's place for my nieces and nephews. The latest acquisition was a big box of various sized sticky googly-eyes.

Two of four niece/nephews are teenagers now, but they still love the Bag o' Fun!

Seriously... Who doesn't like googly eyes?


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2020-08-15 4:26:11 PM  
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It's very relaxing and I'm glad I got my Darth Vader coloring book
 
2020-08-15 4:29:27 PM  
CS,B:

Gave a double red blood donation a month or two ago, and they gave me a $10 WalMart gift card.

What did I get?

You got it. GOOGLY EYES!
 
2020-08-15 4:48:57 PM  
Actually, there's kinda an advantage to having a fat book of construction paper and a box of crayons handy in the bag o' fun.

One of the people who went on to work at Pixar and another one worked at Disney what drank my beer and smoked my G/F's pot once they figured out they weren't picking up chicks that night. (Oh! Let's go hang out with Max and J!) I have (well, the Bag o' Fun has) many sketches.

Crayons and construction paper!
 
2020-08-15 5:17:12 PM  
I think these arguments lack perspective.

Do we berate people who fix something? OMG, no ingenuity, they followed the manual and safety regulations. Such a sheep.

It's a time waster. Like fishing or watching a movie. You still have creativity to make up your own colors. You can even take a sharpie to it and add your own stuff to the page. There are even artists who do that on purpose for the internet points.
 
2020-08-15 5:18:46 PM  
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2020-08-15 5:21:08 PM  

cretinbob: Because some people don't know how to adult


Fark off; it's relaxing!

S'also difficult to adult much right now, staring out the window for the fifth month in a row.
 
2020-08-15 5:34:01 PM  

cretinbob: Because some people don't know how to adult


As opposed to people who won't do something totally harmless that they enjoy because they are afraid what other people might think?

/Most people realize that this shiat doesn't matter by the time they leave high school
 
2020-08-16 11:27:04 AM  
My friend got me a Marylin Manson coloring in book awhile back. It's cool and I'll treasure it forever, but, it's pretty much completed itself.
 
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