I (sometimes) like to think I’m creative. I have loads of ideas, love to write, I enjoy photography and can walk into different situations and see what needs to be done to fix/repair/update/pretty it up. My levels of creativity, however, do not extend to crafty or artsy tasks (ie. Easter bonnet/hat/thingo making, painting, etc). Add to that, the fact that I have the patience of an overtired toddler – non existent.
When I was younger, I didn’t mind colouring in. The fact that I couldn’t get it done in a couple of minutes meant I’d get over it really quickly. I clearly didn’t appreciate it enough.
A little while ago, a beautiful friend of mine had spoken about colouring books for grown ups. It’s a big thing! Honestly, I thought it was a weird idea at first, possibly even rolled my eyes. Then I kind of warmed to it and thought it was a good idea, but probably not one I’d get into. Then Trudie was lovely enough to buy me a little book of my own.
For a bajillion reasons, it’s been sitting untouched on my desk for a little while now. A couple of weeks ago after my misters wouldn’t share their colouring in stuff with me, I went to the shops and bought my own pencils (so there!) and sat down with my book after they went to bed and started colouring in. And I loved it.
So what is it about these books?
Sure, it’s nice to be able to
rub it in show your kids what real, in-the-lines colouring in looks like, but for me, it’s a silencer. My mind runs at a million miles a minute and I have to fight to change the channel in my head or just switch it all off. When I’ve got my colouring bits out and I’m shading in a pattern, everything else is quiet (except for my inner nagging telling me I should have picked a different colour). I can switch off, even just for a little while.
This whole colouring thing is different things for different people. For me it’s a silencer, for others it’s purely an outlet, or a stress reliever or a detox from our hectic lives. It’s kinda awesome.
Where can you get them from?
The pictures inside my book are quite detailed and varied in design. And there’s not a superhero in sight!
Do you have your own colouring books? What do you love about them?