Psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala tells the Huffington Post that coloring triggers and stimulates the brain areas associated with motor skills, creativity, and the senses. Coloring helps to calm the part of our brains called the amygdala, which controls our emotions and stress. Simply put? Coloring takes our minds off our problems, and as a result leaves us feeling much more relaxed, rested, and at ease. Furthermore, experts say that concentrating on a coloring book lets us mentally escape by bringing back memories of childhood, a less stressful time for many of us.
For a much lighter effect, you can mix a small amount of soft pastel with baby powder and apply it with cotton balls. This technique is usually used for gradient backgrounds. Lastly, enjoy your work! You can keep it in your portfolio folder or hang it on your wall. There are still a lot of ways to use coloring materials in order to give life to your drawings. Just don't be afraid to explore.