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May 2016 Chroma Club Review + Giveaway
Coloring books for adults have resurged as a segment of the book industry and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. News outlets as big as CNN and the Washington Post have reported on the ways that coloring books can be therapeutic, reducing stress and anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I decided to see what the practice is all about.
Being a subscription box enthusiast, I couldn’t simply go to the store and get a coloring book there. Instead, I purchased one of the most popular subscriptions for coloring books: Chroma Club.
Chroma Club sends one coloring book per month that is hand-curated with custom designs that can’t be found elsewhere. They work with independent artists to produce the outlines and print all of their designs on eco-friendly paper. And - most important for a cheapskate like me - they only charge $8 per month for everything.
My May Chroma Club shipment arrived in a little envelope. This might cause alarm for people like me who are used to getting subscriptions in boxes, but rest assured, the book inside was not damaged - the envelope is sturdier than it looks. With that being the case, I appreciate the shipping method as a means of reducing waste compared to all of the subscription box packages I’ve had to throw away (well, recycle) over the years.
The Chroma Club booklet comes with a beautiful colored cover. The service only started this year, so May constitutes their third volume. If you’re interested in trying previous editions, you can purchase earlier volumes on their website.
Each booklet has 8 pages, with a unique design on one side and social media info on the other. As seen above, the social media hashtags match the design, allowing subscribers to share their artwork and see how other people colored their pages differently.
I had to give it a try, of course. I colored this piece called “Picasso, is that you?” I’m a bit peeved that I accidentally drew out of the lines on the right side, but other than that, it was a relaxing experience. As you can tell based on this above image and the mandala above, the designs are varied so you get different experiences from each one. In addition to other flower-based designs, Chroma Club Volume 3 also has designs featuring crabs, deer, and robots.
Want to get a Chroma Club subscription for yourself? You can use code “HALFOFF” to get 50% off your first month - making it only $4 for your first book, including shipping.
Furthermore, Chroma Club has offered a 3-month subscription as the prize for our May giveaway. Click on the “GIVEAWAY” tab of the site or use the widget below to get entries toward a drawing to win yourself a free three months of Chroma Club’s exclusive coloring books.