As the Huffington Post points out, coloring books for adults are best sellers in France and the U.K. Hachette, a French publisher, has even capitalized on the trend by selling a 20_volume collection of stress_reducing coloring books called Art_Thérapie. Using coloring books to de_stress has been especially popular amongst French women, who have even taken to posting their creations on social media and forming Facebook groups to share coloring tips.
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.