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10 Intricate Adult Coloring Books to Help You De-Stress

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Though coloring is usually a pastime associated with kids, there are plenty of adult coloring books on the market—and there might be benefits for adults who color, too. Some suggest coloring can be used as a relaxation technique, and according to one study published in a 2011 issue of the journal Art Therapy, coloring intricate patterns can reduce anxiety. Researchers from Knox College had 84 college students think about an anxiety-producing situation, then asked them to color either a mandala, a plaid pattern, or a blank piece of paper. The study found that students who were coloring the mandalas and plaid patterns "experienced more reduction in anxiety than did the unstructured coloring group," which suggested that "structured coloring of a reasonably complex geometric pattern may induce a meditative state that benefits individuals suffering from anxiety." (It's worth noting that the students didn't have anxiety disorders, so coloring is probably best for minor anxiety, and not necessarily for clinical anxiety.) Here are a few hyper-detailed coloring books that you can use to help you chill out.

1. LOST OCEAN

This nautical coloring book by Johanna Basford is sure to tickle any seafarer's fancy.

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2. TROPICAL WORLD

You'll probably want to break out your brightest colored pencils and pens to make the tropical animals of this book really pop.

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3. TIME CHAMBER 

Follow a small fairy as she enters the human world and sees everything from a new viewpoint. Color in the ornate objects that the tiny magical being encounters on her journey.

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4. COLOR THERAPY 

This book was specially made with stress in mind. Each section utilizes a different hue, so users can pick the color that matches their mood. 

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5. COLOR ME CALM

Therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter worked together to create 100 different designs to color when you're feeling stressed out.

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6. SPLENDID CITIES 

This delightful coloring book features a number of different real-life cities like London and Moscow—and some imaginary ones as well.

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7. ANIMORPHIA 

Kerby Rosanes' animals explode into astounding detail that demands to be colored with as many different colors as you have. 

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8. CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

This coloring book is both relaxing and educational, providing the owner with valuable information about the subjects on each page.

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9. THE ANCIENT ALCHEMY COLORING BOOK

Color in sacred symbols and designs like celtic knots, mandalas, and more.

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10. COLOR YOUR OWN VAN GOGH

Ever see a painting in a museum and think you could have picked out a better color scheme? Now is your chance!

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Fabric Maps Highlight the Regional Embroidery Styles of South Asia
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Fashion in South Asia is known for its brightly-colored fabrics woven with beads and elaborate stitches. Vibrant, handcrafted garments are a common theme throughout Pakistan and India, but if you examine the areas closely you’ll find distinct patterns and styles that are unique to each region. One way to illustrate these nations’ regional textiles is by quilting them into maps.

These maps, spotted by My Modern Met, represent different regions using swaths of the materials that are native to them. In the below map of Pakistan, which comes from the Pakistani fashion company Generation, you can see examples of detailed embroidery techniques from 15 parts of the country.

The second map was published by the Indian clothing retailer Craftsvilla, and it highlights different woven and stitched patterns as well as many of the silks the country is famous for.

South Asia has been influencing global fashion trends for centuries. Paisley, for example, first appeared in India 2000 years ago before spreading to Europe in the 1700s. To learn more about India’s iconic textiles, read Craftsvilla’s breakdown of each style on their blog.

[h/t My Modern Met]

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This Font Changes Shape As You Type
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Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling around its neighboring characters, making the act of writing itself an interactive experience.

According to The Huffington Post, Futuracha Pro is the brainchild of graphic designer Odysseas Galinos Paparounis of the Greek branding agency høly. As a design student, he was inspired for the idea of a changing typeface while observing the movements of Caribbean cockroaches for an illustration class. The insects' sweeping antennae and prickly feet inspired him to superimpose these elements onto his favorite font: Futura.

Font changes shape as you type.
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The name Futuracha, which combines the words Futura and cucaracha ("cockroach" in Spanish), is a nod to the project’s quirky origins. After sharing his concept with fellow graphic designers, Paparounis sought to make a version of the font that’s accessible to everyone on an open source basis. He launched an effort to crowdfund Futuracha Pro on Indiegogo earlier this year and closed the campaign after raising $86,431. You can download the font for your computer from the høly website with prices starting around $29.

[h/t The Huffington Post]

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