A couple of nights ago, I was scrolling through the events tab on Facebook. Normally I just like to poke around and see what’s going on near me. I never usually attend anything, but one event caught my attention. There’s a coloring club that meets three nights a month at the local Urban Chestnut for brews, coloring and stress relief. Before I could talk myself out of going, I went to the the event page, bought a ticket for the coloring club and patiently waited until Tuesday.
The midwest has an exploding beer scene and St.Louis is no different. (There’s over twenty breweries within the metro area, including some big ones. Most notably, Anheuser-Busch.) This was my first time going to Urban Chestnut and it was pretty cute. They had a dining hall area with long tables and benches that encouraged you to pull up to a stranger and get comfortable. I didn’t get many pictures though. I’m still trying to get comfortable with all the attention that comes with carrying around a dslr and taking pictures of everything.
I always forget how relaxing coloring is until I’m actively doing it. If you’re looking for a new hobby that will help you wind down, coloring is definitely a good start. Anyone can do it, not just creatives or the artsy types and it helps me practice mindfulness. When I’m coloring, I’m so focused on the task at hand (figuring out what crayon to use next and making the picture more aesthetically pleasing) that I remove focus from what ever else may be bothering me.
The event was put together by Jessica Leitch over at City In a Jar. The ticket included all coloring materials, the custom coloring page and discounted brews. (I’m strictly a fruit flavored cider kind of gal so I passed on the beer but if that’s your cup of tea, it’s a really good deal.) She hosts coloring clubs across the midwest, including Chicago and Kansas City. If you’re ever in the area, you should keep an eye out for an event near you. It won’t disappoint.
Have you ever practiced coloring as a form of art therapy?