Most people don’t know this but I love to color, paint, and work with my hands clay sculpting. I worked at a summer Christian arts camp where the focus stemmed on creating visual and performing art. After being afforded the super fun opportunity to teach dance and drama during the day. I jumped on the wonderful chance to share my love, and passion for painting with my young campers. I found myself going to the Art room to paint random pictures whenever I had a break from my never-ending job as a camp counselor.
I would visit the Art teacher and ask her numerous questions on how to improve on my newly found craft. I cherished each moment that I had to work behind the sculpting wheel, or to immerse myself in a stream of water colors, and soak my hands in a wave of acrylic rainbow colors each week. Seriously, I think that I enjoyed the Art camp more than the kids! Art camp is the place where I learned about Harry Potter too, just a side note, because every camper had a Harry Potter book in hand before entering our camp doors. So to this day every time I see a Harry Potter book or movie I think about my days as a free-spirited camp counselor. As a child I loved the beginning of the school year, when school supply shopping rolled around, and the epic search of finding that flawless box of Crayola crayons. I think that is truly where my love of coloring and creating began in those early shopping spree days of Elementary School.
I rarely get the opportunity to paint or color for that matter being a busy wife, mother, and mompreneur, however when it is self-care time coloring is definitely one of my favorite creative outlets for the summer. My summer break actually began last week Wednesday when my little prince had his last day of first grade. I’ve been dancing in the streets ever since! However, my summer break maybe a short-lived one with my little prince returning to school the first week of August. But for now it is time to have some self-care time with my Sankofa Coloring book of African Prints and Proverbs by Lady Khadija.
Lady Khadija has created this masterful work of art in an adult sized African centered coloring book. I love to read African Proverbs from great authors like Chinua Achebe. But at the same time, the African prints brought a unique texture to this stunning coloring book. If you are a busy mom, work at home mom, stay at home mom, creative, or mompreneur you know that having self-care time is beyond treasured in your daily life.
This book is intended for adults and children 12 and up. It is only an introduction to African culture for members of the Diaspora and anyone interested in African prints, proverbs, and the diversity of our mother continent. I am a super fan of learning about African culture and this amazing adult coloring book sheds light on the tremendous impact of reclaiming our past through the spirit of Sankofa.
I believe that if you do not know where you have been, you do not know where you are going in the future. I have always lived by Sankofa and spent many years researching, reading, and loving the African Diaspora. I actually have a minor in African Studies, since my passion grew at such an accelerated rate in grad school. I found myself digging more into the true meaning of African culture, people, and the divine continent of mother Africa. I highly recommend this eye-opening coloring book to anyone who is willing to really have quality self-care time this summer!
It is called Sankofa but it barely scratches the surface of what we need to go back to retrieve, because our heritage and cultural legacy is very rich, and intricate formed of so many defining layers from every country on the African Continent. But this fascinating coloring book is a real hands-on method of getting a small glimpse into “The Motherland,” to discover the true richness of African proverbs, prints, and culture. Help me during the floods. I will help you during the drought- From Tanzania
3 Benefits of coloring
1. Coloring is a multi-sensory activity that stimulates the brain, develops motor skills, and enhances creativity.
2. It has a very meditative effect, quieting the mind and releasing emotional and physical stress.
3. You have the chance to create to practice self-care with doing something that only involves you working on a coloring project this summer!
How do you practice self-care time this summer?
If you would like to get this awesome Sankofa Coloring book of African Prints and Proverbs for self-care time this summer refer to the link below: