Our first coloring book for adults and older children was so wildly popular that we’ve created Virtue Affirmation Mandalas – a coloring book for advanced colorers. This second one is even better.
By now everyone has heard about the benefits of adult coloring books. They have been called “better than drugs” for reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Another technique that is good at uplifting people and improving their self-esteem is the use of positive affirmations. Imagine how positive and serene you will feel when you combine both these approaches in one activity!
60 beautiful mandala images have been paired with 60 empowering virtues, but this time the virtue page has the added inspiration of a circular affirmation incorporating the name of the virtue. For example “I feel kind because I am kind,” or “I feel happy because I am happy!” Written in a circle, these affirmations reinforce the connection between our feelings and our virtues – “I feel focused because I am focused because I feel focused because…” With each repetition of the affirmation only taking a few seconds, you can begin to reprogram negative self-talk with over a thousand affirmations an hour – all while creating beautiful and harmonious designs in the colors that speak to your heart. (These affirmations were the inspiration behind our Character Coins.)
Even if you haven’t colored since you were a child, you can produce beautiful art just by filling in these patterns. There is no wrong way to color a pretty design that strikes your fancy – though we do recommend that you not use permanent markers because they bleed and soak through to other pages. Fine-tipped water-based markers, colored pencils and well-sharpened crayons* – or any combination of the three – will produce pleasing and very different effects. While it is usually considered blasphemy to cut pages out of a book, in this case, feel free to remove pages. The spiral binding makes it easy.
The spiral binding also allows you to open the pages wide enough to be able to color as a team. Though the mandalas require a steady hand, many of the virtue images can be colored by elementary school children. What a fun rainy day activity for the two of you – you working on the mandala while your child colors the virtue and you talk about the day, the colors and the virtues!
The designs are by three artists: Joe Paczkowski, who lives in Finland, Howard Jacobs, from IL, and Justice Saint Rain, who turned the names of virtues into colorable art.
Please respect the artists’ copyrights and do not make photocopies of these pages. It will only save you a few cents, and is not very virtuous.
8.5×11″ and 128 pages. Spiral Bound to lay flat for coloring.
* Consider using our Color with Character crayons that name their colors after virtues, like Patient Purple and Honest Orange.