This art therapy trend has yet to hit America, but because publishers have found it immensely profitable, it's probably only a matter of time before you find yourself shopping for a new box of crayons. And hey, why not? Coloring is a fun and joyful activity that is a much easier way to reduce stress than, say, dragging yourself to the gym. It just might get awkward if your friends find your completely finished Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book.
Concentrate on the basics. If you are just starting to color, keep things simple. Forget shading, burnishing, details and texture _ start off by block coloring and concentrating on keeping between the lines. Block coloring is simply the practice of taking your colored pencil and filling an area completely and evenly with that color. Get to know your pencil, feel the weight of it and practice control. Simply filling those spaces with color whilst trying not to go beyond the lines will help you master control and prime you for learning more advanced techniques.