Until recently, if you'd asked me to describe a colouring book, I'd probably have imagined something along the lines of simple pictures for children, on that scratchy grey-ish paper, with big thick black lines - and probably a few ugly scribbles where some other kid had gotten hold of it.
Well that's all changed now.
The adult colouring book market seems to be ever expanding as we try to move away from screens and back towards more traditional downtime hobbies. Besides simply being an enjoyable way to pass the time, these books have the benefits of being calming, stress relieving and boosting creativity. In an increasingly digital world, it's lovely to just step back, gather your crayons and lose yourself in the lines.
Admittedly, I was dubious at first.
I love being creative and arty, but for me much of the pleasure comes from starting with a completely blank page and building up the pencil strokes to create something of my own. Using someone else's black and white pictures felt a little bit like cheating...
However, drawing from scratch takes time I don't always feel I can allow myself during my busy university life. I find sketching the outlines takes a lot of preparation and precision and this puts me off - which is a shame because I love getting out my colouring pencils!
Using these colouring books gives me that 'head start' to finding time to be creative during the week, and they have become one of my favourite ways to wind down in the evening, or spend a Sunday afternoon.
The images are beautiful, the books of excellent quality and the details mean that these books will last me a long time. In fact, they're probably going to outlive my well-loved colouring pencils that have seen me through GCSE art, personal drawings and beyond!
Have you tried out any of the many adult colouring books out there?