Art Therapy adult colouring books – Review

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*

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40 Comments

  1. August 28, 2015 / 7:49 am

    I colour, cross-stitch, do tapestry work or felting. Crafts help me to relax x

  2. August 28, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Making cards, painting, reading, yoga and meditation, all accompanied by some lovely essential oils and chill out music of course! Xx

  3. August 28, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Nice bubble bath with scented candles 🙂

  4. Jennifer Haden
    August 28, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    I love to just lay back and close my eyes and just out the world just for a bit x

  5. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    Music, audiobooks or a good DVD 🙂

    ~ Anthony G

  6. August 28, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    Adult crayon inn of course!

  7. August 28, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I love to draw and doodle

  8. August 29, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Netflix with a cuppa & some peace & quiet

  9. August 29, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Hot bath with a good book, & doing some colouring!

  10. Anonymous
    August 29, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    A nice long stroll by the sea

  11. August 30, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Long bath and a good book

  12. August 31, 2015 / 1:02 am

    Cross stitch, colouring and being down on the beach reading a good book.

  13. September 2, 2015 / 9:10 am

    I love a good book and a glass of wine 🙂

  14. September 9, 2015 / 5:22 am

    A good catch up with my favourite tv programmes and a glass of wine

  15. September 11, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    I've really got into colouring. I find it so relaxing.

  16. Sophie Davis
    September 15, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    What a great competition!! Would love to win 🙂

  17. Rebecca smith
    September 15, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    I actually really love doing the ironing

  18. AMANDA ROBINSON
    September 17, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Either a book all cosied up on the sofa/bed OR entering competitions

  19. September 17, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I'm already into adult colouring so I usually do that when I want to relax.

  20. September 18, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    A cheeky rum and coke when the kids are in bed 🙂

  21. Vera Bahounkova
    September 19, 2015 / 7:47 am

    walking with my dog Bonnie

  22. September 20, 2015 / 12:14 am

    Ha ha, i love the fact you wrote to keep it clean 😉
    A warm bath with some music, candles and a good book is my way of relaxing.

  23. September 20, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    A nice hot cup of tea and a chill on the sofa x

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