Colouring books for grown-ups


Dear friends, 

I am SO excited!

As a girl I loved to colour in, spent hours doing it. 

Then I grew up and that was the end of colouring. 

However I have discovered that you can now buy colouring books designed particularly for adults and once again I can colour-in, in fact encouraged to colour in!!

JOY.

And here is my first attempt after all these years. No bad!


There are lots available with both Amazon and the Book Depository selling a large range and to my pleasure, so does my local independent bookstore. The Secret Garden by Johanna Bamford is one worth looking at (and the one I bought). If you visit Pinterest and type in her name and book you will see lots of examples of her drawings, such as the picture below.  Many are bought by embroider who convert these beautiful ink drawings into masterpieces. 


According to a recent article by The Guardian, those who colour in, find it calming, soothing and it has therapeutic qualities. In France, these colouring books are outselling cookbooks!! So if you loved colouring as a child and still have a secret desire to colour-in as an adult, do have a look for them. 

Its fun, its good for the brain, its relaxing (listen to music as you colour makes it even more enjoyable), it creative, its good for your health and its harmless - what more could you ask for!! And its not overly expensive - all you need is some coloured pencils, a sharpener and pictures to colour (and they can be printed freely from the net if you want to).


This is one I started whilst I was on hold for 30 mins on the phone waiting to speak to an operator. It passed the time and I didn't mind waiting quite so badly!!

My 22 year old son asked for colouring book - he loves it. Only the other night he spent an 1 1/5 colouring in and didn't even realise the time had past. He is finding it very calming which really helps his anxiety and fears and sleeps better at night. I gave one to my daughter-in-law for Christmas. She was excited about starting.

Its one of those simple pleasures we should get back to. As the lady in my local bookstore told me, it isn't the finished product that is important, its the process and I think that is true. 

If you don't want to buy the books, Pinterest has many great colouring-in pictures that print well and brings hours of enjoyment. 



I really like these ones and if printing them off, would use textas instead of pencils. 


*****

Comments

  1. thanks for this-will be checking into these

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  2. I haven't started my Secret Garden yet - maybe I'll take some time out to do some tomorrow on the public holiday! I've got a collection of colouring books for my children, and I've started a small collection for Dan and I to do. We all love colouring - it IS relaxing and therapeutic no matter whether you're a child or adult! In fact, sometimes when I read aloud to the family, all of them sit and colour while I read! I think it would be a great activity to do while listening to audio books, too! :)

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    1. Or when you are on the phone waiting for an operator! I also do it when I am talking to dad as well!! There are many places to colour!!

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  3. Carmen is seriously excited ... she didn't know you loved to color! Now she is wanting a copy. She's taken them on trips before; or, she colors in an evening while she's watching a movie. N.

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    1. This is one cool book and its not only colouring, its also incorporates some puzzles as well and some drawing :)) She will love it.

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  4. PS. I knew there was a reason I kept getting your names confused (not just old age).

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  5. I love colouring in!! I bought the kids posters at Smiggles this year for Christmas that are for colouring. It's been so fun to help them work on them. I think I might look for some books for me online. What a great way to pass the time. Your's are gorgeous!

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    1. It is a great past-time and so relaxing :) Happy colouring.

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  6. I love coloring, too!! and agree - this would be rather relaxing!! A whole book for me!! :)

    Oh, and that quote at the end. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! it's so true!

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    1. Go for it!! it is so much (harmless) fun that is relaxing!!

      Have a wonderful new year.

      In God's gracious care.

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  7. These are great! Just looking at the pictures makes me think it would be a huge stress relief. Sort of like slowing down and knitting. I'm a horrible artist, so I appreciate having all of the lines drawn for me.

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    1. It is very relaxing and doing it as an adult means it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as you enjoyed the journey :))

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  8. Ooo I love it! I've long said the colouring in is great therapy, but I had no idea there were colouring books for grown ups!

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    1. When I was at my local bookstore this evening (where I bought the book from) the owner said that she is amazed at how many colouring books and jigsaws they are selling to adults - I think it is so nice that adults are taking up these gentle hobbies :)

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  9. I have been looking for some coloring in pictures so I can visually track how much money I am saving. Thank you for the tip about finding them on Pinterest. #SmallVictoriesSunday

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