Forget about the idea that colouring books are for kids. In a busy world, increasingly dominated by time spent in front of screens, grown ups are turning to the soothing art of colouring in. But the books we’re talking about are not reminiscent of the freebie colouring sheets handed out at chain restaurants that we remember from our childhoods.
Once considered a novelty activity, stress experts are now praising colouring as a fantastic way of practising mindfulness.
But does it work? Can we really find relief in colouring carefully in between the lines?
Part of the attraction in adult colouring in books is the nostalgia element, reminding us of our childhood, allowing us to recreate that part of it that we once loved.
Colouring books also let us become creative, without actually requiring any drawing skills.
The beneficial purposes to adult colouring books can be therapeutic, relaxing and allow us to be creative.
Colouring books are no longer just for the kids, so grab those felt tips or pencils and get started.
If you’ve not got into the craze of colouring, then here are a few books to get you started…
In this eagerly-awaited follow-up to the internationally-best-selling Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald applies his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful, detailed line drawings of amazing buildings and other structures from around the world.
In her stylish adult colouring book – Parisian Street Style – Zoe de Las Cases invites you to join her on a day trip around the streets of Paris.
This Mandala themed colouring book offers 72 pages of beautiful illustrations, each printed on a single sheet of high-quality paper stock and the detachable pages encourage you to display and share your favourites.
This brilliant colouring book contains 90 pages of beautiful patterns and designs for you to colour in to your heart’s content. The book also comes accompanied by a collection of 8 colourful pencils in tones ideally suited to its theme, so you’ll find it’s easy to create everything from a dazzling doodle to a wonderful work of art.
This Africa themed colouring book offers 72 pages of beautiful illustrations, each printed on a single sheet of high-quality paper stock and the detachable pages encourage you to display and share your favourites.
Don’t forget the pens….
Perfect for artists both young and old, these 12 brightly coloured pencils have a traditional hexagonal shape and attractive stripe design. These ergonomic pencils come in an assortment of brilliant colours that will cover all your artistic needs.
Sources: http://www.independent.co.uk/ and http://www.irishnews.com/