National Coloring Day is celebrated on Sept. 14 every year as a day to appreciate the art of coloring, irrespective of the medium used.

Coloring became popular in the United States as part of the "democratization of art" that advocated for everyone's right to enjoy art. The first coloring book called "The Little Folks' Painting Book"   was printed in the 1880s by The McLoughlin Brothers company.

Over the years, coloring books for adults became popular after experts found out about the numerous health benefits and therapeutic effects of coloring.

Here are some  reasons  that will encourage you to color:

It helps to reduce stress and anxiety - Researchers have found that coloring relaxes the mind and brings it to the same state of quietness as meditation would do. 

Coloring improves fine motor skills and vision - The art of coloring requires two hemispheres of the brain to communicate and balances logic and creativity. When logic helps us to stay inside the lines, creativity helps us to choose the right colors.

Coloring helps to improve focus and sleep-  By relaxing the mind and reducing stress, coloring helps to improve focus and quality of sleep.

You can celebrate National Coloring Day by exploring your creativity and experimenting with a new medium of art. Call your friends for a coloring party and have fun with crayons, pastels or markers. You can also spend the day learning more about great artists in your locality.

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Here are some inspirational quotes from celebrities and artists that will inspire you to enjoy the colors around you and indulge in coloring.

courtesy: Brainy quote, Wise sayings.

  1. “Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.”-Claude Monet
  2. "The colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas."-Edvard Munch
  3. "The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls."-Pablo Picasso
  4. "Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will."-John Sterling
  5. "Colors must fit together like pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel."-Hans Hofmann
  6. "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."Pablo Picasso
  7. “My childhood smells like a box of Crayola crayons.” -Terri Guillemets
  8. “Artists are just children who refused to put down their crayons.” -Al Hirschfeld
  9. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou
  10. "Color should be used to depict the three major emotions in a man's life—anticipation, realization and retrospection."-Ernest Lawson
  11. "Color does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it."-Pierre Bonnard
  12. "Colors are the smiles of nature."-Leigh Hunt