Get Your Crayons Out?

A little four-year-old girl was hard at work drawing with a crayon.  Her mother inquired, “Sally, what are you doing that requires such concentration?” She replied, “I am drawing a picture of God.”  Mom smiled and said gently, “Sally, no one knows what God looks like.” to which the young daughter countered with, “Well, they will when I get through!”

The year was 2011.  The place was Scotland.  The artist was Joanna Bashford.  Ms. Bashford was approached by a publishing company to draw pictures for a children’s coloring book.  However, she suggested a different kind of coloring book, one for adults.  The reason was her noticing that the commercial black-and-white drawings she’d been producing for a line of bottle labels were constantly being colored in by adults.  The publisher agreed with her idea and in 2013 printed the first two adult-level  coloring books: The Enchanted Forest and The Secret Garden.  To date, 13,500,000 (million) have been sold world-wide and a for a time they were number one and number two on the Amazon best-seller book list.  Today, in 2016, adult coloring books are still the hottest item in bookstores with publishers unable to keep up with the demand.  In the Christian publishing field, there are currently about 300 different titles you can choose from.  And Crayola has not been oblivious to the modern trend.  They sell a variety of adult coloring kits for $25.00 each which includes – twelve 11″ by 17″ exceptional detailed coloring pages on premium paper as well as 50 Crayola count coloured pencils.

There are many reasons given as to why after all these years adults are once again picking up crayons and coloring: a nostalgia longing, a stress reliever, a tech revolt, a creative outlet, a simple hobby, a brain exerciser, a problem forgetter, a boredom solver?  Whatever the reason, in kitchens all over the world, the more intricate coloured pages of mom and dad are now joining the much simpler colored pages of their kids on refrigerator doors.  So if you are having a hard time coming up with a gift for an adult in your life (husband, wife, mother, father, grandparent, teacher, etc.) this is what’s currently in.  But if they are not receptive to such a thing, remember the Bible does say in I Corinthians 13:11, When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.


In the year 1885, Edwin Binney (assisted by his cousin, Henry Smith) took over the family’s pigment business.  And the two men came up with three great patented innovations: red oxide paint for barns, carbon black dye for tires, and white dustless chalk for classrooms.  But it was Edwin’s wife, Alice, who would  be the catalyst for  their most famous product.  A school teacher, she challenged her husband to come up with a safe, high quality, affordable, wax marker for her pupils.  The result?  Crayola crayons (from the French for chalk oil).  And so in 1903, the first box of eight different coloured crayons went on sale for five cents.  Today, there are 120 colours with over 3 billion crayons produced yearly (12,000,000 daily or 650 a minute) due to the fact that the average child goes through 730 crayons by their tenth birthday. Crayola is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is now owned by Hallmark.  And believe it or not, Edwin, the man maybe responsible for more colour in the world than anyone else, was color blind.