Colouring books for adults have been an invaluable resource in helping my mind recover since Hugo died, so I was delighted when Phoenix Yard Books invited me to review two from their range.
Both books are full of a wide range of different patterns to colour in, from fun bold designs that are easy to get stuck in to, to very intricate pictures covering two pages that require great concentration.
The diversity of designs means that there is something for everyone, and to suit most moods and states of mind. I’ve enjoyed colouring in the bold designs as a way to relax in the evening, and the intricate ones are good when I have really needed to switch off my racing thoughts.
The market for grown-up colouring books has exploded this year with adults eager to reconnect with their inner child, wanting to engage that sense of few worries we had as children. Colouring-in is a brilliant way of switching off your brain for a while. You don’t have to identify yourself as a ‘creative type’ either – anyone can pick up a coloured pencil and interpret a page however they please. Full control, how refreshing!
Priced at £8.99 each, and with enough designs to keep you entertained for many happy hours the One and Only Colouring Books are a good buy. They’re a similar size to the compact version of glossy magazines, making them perfect for slipping in to your case for holidays, or even perhaps a bag for commuting or long train trips.
I took one of the books on my recent holiday to France – the colour of the bunnies in this picture were inspired by the Tricolore!
And the finished masterpiece…
Disclosure: I was sent these books in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are mine.