People scoff about the current trend for adult colouring books but I for one could not be happier. I've always loved colouring books and over the years I've even brought children's ones just to satisfy my needs to relax by doing some colouring in.
One fond memory is of a trip I took to Florida many years ago with my cousins. I had come armed with colouring books and pens for the flight which my teenage cousin mocked me for. Unfortunately our plane didn't have individual tv sets that we're familiar with today and ten hours with limited entertainment makes for a very boring environment.
Halfway through my flight when he could suffer boredom no more he asked for some colouring pages to relieve his boredom. Now I'm sure he'd be less mocking due to all manner of titles that are available to us today. Even my recent trip to Florida I was armed with Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland versions to meet the needs of both the adults and younger members of our party.
Those I'm talking about today are the more calming variety, one a gift from my friend and another I was recently sent for review both providing the perfect activity for this Easter weekend
Colour Yourself Calm is a 'mindfulness-inspired' colouring book which includes 33 colour mandalas with accompanying black and white templates for you to copy. A Mandalas is a design that draws your eye to the centre and therefore focuses the mind, therefore allowing you to relax the mind, body and spirit and relieve stress whilst exploring your own inner creativity. Housed in hardback allowing you to colour in whenever you need to take a step back from the world. A perfect gift I received from a friend at Christmas.
One Year Wiser* is a book filled with 52 images based on the words of inspirational thinkers such as Gandhi by Mike Medaglia a Zen Buddhist practitioner. Like Colour Yourself Calm he recognises colouring books help adults to soothe and calm themselves and this One Year Wiser will aid empowerment and it's a great mix of full page images and smaller doodle like creations with the accompanying quotes.
Are you a fan of the recent colouring book trend?
*this post contains press samples.