Colouring in for adults: fad or forever?

photo (11)When I heard that colouring in was the latest way for adults to de-stress and unwind I had to give it a go for myself. So I jumped on Amazon and ordered illustrator Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden colouring book for all ages and a new set of 24 coloured pencils.

When the book arrived it was much more extensive than I had bargained for with page after page of intricate drawings, I soon realised that colouring in isn’t for the impatient as my pictures below will show you.

However, once I got into it time just seemed to fly by and I found myself spending up to three hours at a time just colouring in. The fact that I was concentrating so intensely on filling in each individual leaf and flower was actually quite calming as I forgot all the thoughts and worries that are usually whizzing around in my head. I also got an immense sense of achievement once I had finished a picture.

Colouring in for adults has been claimed to increase productivity, get our creative juices flowing and even boost our memory. I can certainly say that in my experience of colouring in I have gone from stressed to calm after spending a couple of hours with my book and so I think this “fad” is here to stay.

photo (8) Thirty minutes of colouring.

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An hour of colouring.

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Two hours of colouring.

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Three hours of colouring.

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