History of Coloring
In a time when coloring books are used as a means for de-stressing and relaxation, it’s interesting to note that the first coloring and painting books in the United States were introduced as educational tools to develop cognitive abilities and to enhance a student’s understanding of tangible ideas. Coloring books and pages were also widely used for children’s spiritual edification.
The “Little Folks” Painting Book was produced in 1879. It was published by the McLoughlin Brothers and illustrated by Kate Greenaway, with accompanying stories and poems written by George Weatherly. The McLoughlins later became part of the Milton Bradley Company, known worldwide for its lines of children’s toys and books. Who’d have guessed that over 130 years later, coloring books would be ranked among the best-selling book titles for adults?
Coloring books for adults have grown in popularity as a way to relax and relieve stress and as a means to connect socially with individuals who share this passion via Coloring Meet-Up and Facebook groups. Libraries and community centers across the country are also joining the coloring movement by hosting workshops and events to bring coloring enthusiasts together.
Crayons come in about as many colors as you can imagine and are typically the first coloring product we think of when contemplating how to color coloring book images. As youngsters, most of us owned our fair share of wax crayons and never considered that brands other than Crayola® existed. There are different varieties of crayons as well made from charcoal, oiled chalk, hardened grease and other materials. In recent years, several companies have added artist crayons to their product lines, taking coloring quality and capabilities to all-new levels!