Trend To Try: Hand-Colouring

Perhaps you have a desire to de-stress, get creative, reminisce about childhood or to simply procrastinate? …Perhaps you’re not alone!

Quickly becoming one of the biggest trends of 2015, the adult colouring book phenomenon is gathering pace amongst people from all walks of life. Not just another quirky fad, or something to do when you have nothing to do, adult colouring has serious merit – it’s being lauded as a simple and effective way for highly-charged and stressed adults to change gears.

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Finished illustration from ‘The Secret garden’ Image: www.ttinkerplanett.com

 

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According to colouring book website ‘Colourtation’, by focusing on the single task of colouring between the lines, we can immediately change our brainwaves from being in a continual state of ‘BETA’ (pressured and stressed) to a more relaxed state of ‘ALPHA’ (relaxed and rested).

Some major Australian companies such as ANZ, Wesfarmers and Bupa rolling out colouring books to their over-worked and frazzled staff. (Talk about a bandaid solution, but better than nothing right?!)

Colouring books from http://www.colourtation.com/

Colouring books from http://www.colourtation.com/

 

There are currently several adult colouring books on Amazon’s best-seller list, with some of the earliest releases such as Joanna Basford’s ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘Enchanted Forest’ selling MILLIONS of copies to newly-recharged fans all over the globe.

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Colouring in ‘The Secret Garden’ Image: youtube.com

 

According to Basford, the practice has been adopted by people who are looking for a wholesome and non-destructive method to decompress. “I’ve heard from so many people ranging from lawyers, financial advisers, business owners and busy mums, all say the same thing: that colouring in helps them relax. Then there’s people who are recuperating from illness or dealing with a difficult time in their lives, they too find the calming, almost meditative effects of colouring is beneficial to them.”

Joanna Basford’s Secret Garden is not only a colouring book, as her website states it’s “also an inky treasure hunt. Hidden within are all kinds of creatures and curiosities to be sought. The book opens with a list of things to be found, throwing down the eye spy gauntlet. 63 beatles, 20 songbirds, 116 butterflies, 1 shark…”

Take a scroll below to view some of the gorgeous imagery contained within the books..

Pencils at the ready!

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Image: http://artjunky.net/

Image: http://www.johannabasford.com/

Image: http://www.johannabasford.com/

Image: amazon.com

Image: amazon.com

 

Plenty of adult colouring books are available at AMAZON, ETSY as well as direct from the the two illustrators mentioned here: Johanna Basford and Colourtation.

 

What do you think of the concept of adult colouring in? Would you colour…. have you? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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8 Comments

  • Luci
    Reply Luci Thursday 16th July, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Love this idea!

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Wednesday 1st July, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    oh wow looks great! now if only i had the time

  • Reply argentonDesign Wednesday 1st July, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Love this, I have a few of these books and my kids and I colour together, I find we all get into a mediative state and find it relaxing to do before bed.

  • Reply nursetabs Tuesday 30th June, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve got one of these called Creative Therapy, I think there are 3 different ones in the series and I think its a great, relaxing hobby to have

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Monday 29th June, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    What a great idea!

  • Reply BellaB Monday 29th June, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I saw a colouring book today that was adult sex positions. Wonder what frame of mind that’d leave you in…

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Tuesday 30th June, 2015 at 8:51 am

      HAHAHA!!! That is crazy!!!

      • Reply BellaB Wednesday 1st July, 2015 at 4:36 pm

        I assume that particular one isn’t issued in many workplaces!

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