Parents, it might be time to ask the kids to share their colored pencils.
Local painter Candace Lovely just released her first coloring book for adults. Before you relegate coloring books to childhood diversions, know that Lovely is in good company.
Adult coloring books have exploded in popularity in the past few months, occupying top spots on Amazon's bestseller list and disappearing from bookstore shelves.
The Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head Island has seen an increase in people buying and asking about coloring books for adults, assistant manager Ally Garcia said. The bookstore carries between 10 and 30 adult coloring books at any given time and has been ordering more than usual, Garcia said.
The Beaufort Bookstore has also had to stock up, manager Kate King said. Detailed content and intricate lines are what separate adult coloring books from those for children, she said.
The so-called queen of adult coloring books is Johanna Basford, whose "Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book" has sold about 1.5 million copies and has been the subject of national news stories. As of Wednesday, the book was out of stock on Amazon.
Nan Sutton, owner of Beaufort boutique Lulu Burgess, said she was selling "Secret Garden" a year before it was in the news. She's since sold out.
"As soon as it went on the morning talk shows and Facebook, that was it," she said. "Now everybody is waiting on more."
Lovely's coloring book is coming out at an opportune time, said her Hilton Head publisher Jodie Randisi of Cowcatcher Publications.
"Color Your Own Candace Lovely Paintings" features 17 of Lovely's original paintings in four locations: Kennebunkport, Maine; Boston; Nantucket, Mass.; and Hilton Head. It is available on Amazon (and in stock).
Unlike other coloring books, "Color Your Own Candace" has no black outlines. Instead, images are made from values of blue. Black is not a real color, Lovely said.
"And life is not full of black lines. There are lost and found edges."
Each image is paired with a picture of the original Lovely painting for reference, although that doesn't mean there is a "right" way to do it, Randisi said.
But those wanting to be more artistic with their coloring can purchase Lovely's accompanying e-book, "Coloring Book Art Lessons."
In addition to being fun, coloring has proven health benefits, research shows.
Psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala told the Huffington Post that coloring calms the part of the brain called the amygdala, which controls emotions and stress.
King, at Beaufort Bookstore, said she colors for anxiety management. "I think it's a way to unplug."
Randisi, who is also a life coach, recommends coloring to her clients as a way to manage stress.
"You're just in the moment (when coloring)," she said. "You're not thinking about your job or your boss. You're just thinking about what color you're going to use."
That adults are noticing the benefits of coloring means the books will probably stick around, Sutton speculated.
"They hit on something," she said. "It's not just for kids."