If you’re a creative sort that isn’t lucky enough to regularly revel in the luxury of working to your own schedule, it can be tough finding time to kick back and enjoy simple pleasures like doodling, colouring and crafting. There’s also the issue of finding a decent colouring book or sketchbook that really suits you to work on. Head to a high-street stationers and you’ll likely be met with rows upon rows of books for kids and low-quality paper to boot. Colouring can be incredibly therapeutic and while some of you may take no issue with working on a Dora the Explorer book, it’s often more stimulating and far more engaging an activity to work on an array of patterns that appeal to your creative tastes as a ‘grown-up’.
The Gorgeous Colouring Book For Grown-Ups, a publication from Michael O’Mara Books, is a compendium of hundreds of illustrated patterns influenced by floral formations, geometry, pointillism and swirling abstract shapes. With pages guaranteed to inspire creativity in just about anybody, this unique colouring book is ideal for taking your mind off the stress of a long day, helping you to focus and experiment with colour.
Whether your weapon of choice is a posh pack of pencils, markers, crayons or felt-tips and fineliners, each page is a colourless canvas waiting to be filled. The patterns are already in place, so just focus on the fun bit and build textured layers with mixed materials, copy out the designs for larger projects or adorn your walls with the pieces you’ve already completed.
We love the idea of scribbling away on trains and buses, in our front rooms or tucked up in bed and have it on good authority that The Gorgeous Colouring Book For Grown-Ups is a quick-fix for anyone craving a healthy jot of creativity. We discovered our copy in a lovely little shop called The Lavender Room, nestled in Brighton’s Laines, but you can just as easily find a copy of this paperback colouring book online or in tonnes of independent bookshops and creative stores around the UK. Gift it, keep it, share it, use it, use your imagination and feel better.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth