I always used to say that ‘colouring-in’ would be my occupation of choice. Actually, I still say it. The process of shading and colouring is a meditative process. The product is beautifully satisfying. And sometimes beautiful. (Now WHY did I NOT become an artist??)
Anyway, the trend for colouring books grows. For grown-ups as well as the littlies, pencils and crayons and colouring books are the new way to connect with creativity. And for mindfulness, meditation, relaxation as well. This article is about the benefits of adult colouring books for stress relief. I collected a few pattern books based on various cultures and countries at airports and in art gallery shops a year or so ago before they became such a trend. (Now where did I put those things??)
And when I was in Melbourne recently, and visited my favourite bookshop in Carlton, there was a great selection on display :http://www.readings.com.au/collection/colouring-books-for-adults
They are so popular, Amazon’s top 10 best-seller list currently contains four colouring books for adults.
Here is a story from BBC magazine: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMiaAcXnMdI?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
And for the children, here is a nice set of printables. Kids like to colour, too . 😉