More colouring books for grown-ups
Isabel Popple has written before about why she loves colouring books. But what happens when you've filled in all the spaces between the lines? Never fear, Isabel's back to suggest where to go after you've made your way through Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden.
By the power invested in me as a bookseller, I hereby declare that 2015 shall henceforth be referred to as the Year of Colouring.
Yup, the colouring bug doesn’t seem to be contagious so much as on the verge of an epidemic. There’s been a bit of background buzz about the joys and benefits of colouring in for all ages for quite a while now, but Johanna Basford’s gorgeously detailed Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden have definitely opened the floodgates to a whole new world of design and beauty in the colouring book world.
A new wave of colouring books are hitting our shelves, and they’re just as much about art as they are about colouring. Aside from chilling us all out, filling them in feels like creating your own little masterpiece. Whatever your mood, your taste, or your reason for picking up those pens, paints and pencils, there are loads of fantastic colouring books to choose from right now.
Vive la colour!
New Artists on the Block
Christina Rose’s drawings for Dream Catcher: A Soul Bird’s Journey have a similar look and style to Johanna Basford.
With Mindfulness in Mind
Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons is packed full of pattern – and is pocket-sized so you can keep it with you while you’re on the go.
Colour Yourself Calm by Tiddy Rowan does what it says on the tin.
For cat lovers, Cat Therapy: Anti Stress Colouring by Charlotte Segond-Rabilloud is a perfect choice!
Share the Love
Colour in these postcards and then send them out to friends and family to show off your skill and spread the colouring-in love! Or send them blank and give them a chance to try out colouring for themselves…
Just for Grown Ups?
If colouring is not just for children, then should there be colouring books just for grown-ups? Perhaps adding this moniker helps to make the trend more acceptable for the older partakers! Nonetheless there are lots of lovely designs to get to grips with.
Decorative Designs: The Gift of Colouring for Grown-ups is full of manadala-esque patterns.
Tattoo Designs is perhaps the most unusual option in the Creative Colouring for Grown Ups range.
There we are! Enough colouring to last a lifetime or, at least, until the end of Spring. Most important of all: have fun!