You can’t fail to have noticed that Adult Colouring Books have become a bit of a “thing” of late. I must admit that I rather scoffed at the idea at first. Who has time to sit down and colour in for goodness sake? However I’ve been somewhat won over after I sat colouring with Ben and Chloe one day at the dining table. Whilst we sat and coloured together we talked about their day, their colour choices and I modelled how to colour in neatly – to stay within the lines and to get an even coverage of colour. I realised that whilst I was unlikely to sit and colour in on my own of an evening, it would be quite nice to have something a little more challenging to colour in than a big grey elephant in a jungle scene!
For adults, colouring in can provide a real distraction from the stresses and strains of every day life whilst you focus on this creative outlet – for someone like me who can’t draw, colouring in is really quite satisfying. I won’t deny I’ve enjoyed a bit of colouring in for my classroom displays over the years!
Over the course of the summer holidays, colouring in has provided a calm and focused activity in our house on rainy days or just those times when we need to chill out a bit. I’m not a complete convert, you won’t find my sitting down with a colour book when the kids are in bed however I am really appreciating having my own colouring books to do alongside them.
The most recent additions to the Art Therapy range are “Aztecs and Mayas” & “Buddhism” – each hardback book available with an RRP of £12.99. Whilst spending over £10 on a colouring book may seem excessive in reality these are beautiful books of 100 really detailed images printed on high quality paper which is a pleasure to work on. When you consider how long this book will take you to complete I should think it is worth the investment. As an aside you may need to invest in something a bit more special that your children’s crayons – I have found that using your average colouring pencil doesn’t give the strength of colour I crave nor is it easy to maintain the really sharp point necessary for some of the really intricate patterns. (I believe Sharpie are great for this sort of thing)
*Disclaimer – I was sent the colouring books free of charge for the purposes of writing this review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links*