My New Addiction

18 Jul

ColoringAdult coloring. It’s a new craze, and I’m totally addicted. I bought my first coloring book (the first one in decades anyway) before we left on our missions trip last month. I knew I’d need something to help fill time with six full days in the van (three to our destination, three home). Out of many, many choices I picked a patriotic coloring book along with a new pack of colored pencils, never expecting to get hooked.

I did.

I colored several pages on our trip and have even colored a few since we got home. I enjoy doing it in the evenings while we relax and watch TV. It’s rare I need a break from evening reading–as that’s my ultimate addiction!–but occassionally I do and coloring has filled that void. It’s challenging, relaxing, and I’m still exercising my creative outlet.

What about you? What’s your creative addiction?


~Candice Sue Patterson writes contemporary romance for Pelican Book Group. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart releases in November. For more, visit her website at


5 responses to “My New Addiction

  1. Pegg Thomas

    July 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I loved coloring when I was a child. Love it. But I’m not drawn to it anymore. My other creative outlets are spinning yarn, knitting, sewing, making greeting cards, cooking, and gardening. Rarely anymore, but every once in a while, I’ll pull out a sketch book and do some drawing.


    • Candice Sue Patterson

      July 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

      I think I enjoy it so much because I’m not good a drawing or painting. Blending colors and making them pop on a page makes me feel like I have a small amount of artistic ability.

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  2. Robin Patchen

    July 18, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I keep thinking about buying a coloring book. I think I’d get addicted, too. I like to have something to do with my hands when we’re watching TV, and that seems like a good distraction. I used to do counted cross stitch, but I’ve had a hard time getting back into that craft after I put it away. (I used to lose my needles all over the place. I knew I had to quit for awhile when my two-year-old found one and pricked himself with it.)

    I maybe have to join you in this.


    • Candice Sue Patterson

      July 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

      I usually read in the evenings while my family watches TV (unless the show interests me, which it usually doesn’t). I’m able to block out the noise, so I’m still in the room with them, enjoying their company. But every now and then I need a change from reading and coloring has taken that place. I also enjoy cross-stitch but haven’t done it in years. Scrapbooking, quilting, and sewing are things I used to do in the evenings also, but haven’t for a long time. Coloring is something I can enjoy with no cleanup afterward. 🙂


  3. Pegg Thomas

    July 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I used to do A LOT of counted cross stitch. During it’s run as the “in” craft, I had many patterns published in magazines that have long been out of business. But like Robin, I put it away and other than the very occasional piece to put on a shirt or a hankie (for hubby), I’m just not drawn to it anymore.



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