The Colouring Craze for Grown Ups

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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…

Fantastic Structures Colouring Book

Fantastic Structures Colouring Book

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.

 

Parisian Street Style The Colouring Book

Parisian Street Style Colouring Book

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.

 

Vive Le Colour! Mandala

Mandala Colouring Book

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.

 

Vive Le Color Serenity Colouring Book with Coloured Pencils

Serenity Colouring Book

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.

 

Vive Le Colour! Africa

Africa Colouring Book

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….

Staedtler Noris Colouring Pencils

Staedter pencils

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.

 

Stabilo Coloured Markers

Stabilo Colouring markers

Perfect for those messy arts and craft days, these intense colour fibre tip pens are designed for detailing and sketching. They can even be left for 24 hours without drying out.
Stabilo Swan
These fine liners feature a metal encased tip, making it suitable for rulers and stencils. Totally smudge proof, great for left-handers, long cap off time, 0.4mm line width. Water-based ink makes it a popular choice for artists and children. Ideal for writing, drawing and sketching. Includes 20 assorted pens in a handy desk set.

 

Sources: http://www.independent.co.uk/ and http://www.irishnews.com/

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