Colouring in is not just for kiddies anymore. No siree, us grown-ups now have some rather smashing colouring books to get down with and what’s even better is that apparently it’s good for the soul!
Colouring books for adults have been taking France by storm where over 1 million of these Art Therapy books have been sold! That’s pretty phenomenal for something most of us left back at junior school.
So I was sent a couple of copies to review – Art Therapy Stained Glass and Art Therapy Mandalas. Both books are beautifully bound in thick card hardback to keep your colouring in tact; inside there 100 designs for you to colour in.
The Art Therapy books really are just that – therapeutic. I haven’t tried colouring in for yonks! But I really enjoyed just taking the time to switch off and colour in.
I nabbed some colouring pencils/crayons from my little sister as my stash disappeared about 20 years ago, and I was surprised just how pants I am at colouring in now. Remember at school your friends would make fun of you if you went over the lines? Yeah, well that was always me. I was all over the place. But the joy of not being at school is that I can go over the lines as much as I want.
I particularly like the Mandalas book as it appeals to my Hindu/Buddhist leanings. I like what the mandala represents – it’s a universal symbol and set of patterns relating to the universe and they act of creating mandalas reminds us of our relationship to the world.
As the book states:
‘Colouring in a mandala forces you to concentrate and breathe harmoniously. It also stems the flow of thoughts that assail our brains.’
These books are brilliant, in both design and ideal. I really do recommend giving them a go. In fact, the publishers have kindly offered the readers of Rosalilium some samples pages to try out for free. Sweet, eh?