Colour the world, colour your mood

Lately I have been obsessed with coloring books for adults. It’s the new trend and it is nearly impossible to miss them when you are in a Bookshop. Anyway I own a few of them and I really enjoy using those books whenever needed. I believe coloring has a grounding effect.

It all started when my friend Ana (my former Spanish teacher from Colombia) offered me a postcard from the artist: Johanna Basford! When it comes to coloring book, this girl is a GURU, believe me! Her work is amazing: have a look at “Secret garden” (my fav), there is so much poesy in her art, she managed to create a real enchanted universe.

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Colouring book for adults “Secret Garden”, Johanna Basford

So I started with her books and her postcards that I would share with some friends. Sometimes we would go together to the café, with some pencils and we would colour some beautiful magic scenes while chatting. It turned out to be very effective, especially when we were stressed or worried about something. It acted like a colour therapy session and it was a very calming and a comforting activity.

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Texturing and colouring my breakfast bowl: a good way to start the day happy and zen 🙂

It is a combination of little things that separately are just details, but when all combined, it is like a ritual where all your senses are activated. The colours that are dancing in a farandole in front of your eyes, the paper texture under your fingers, the soft  sound of the pencils pressed on the paper, the delicate smell of the drawing in progress and the taste of gratitude as the image starts to appear more and more alive.

 So now I extended my selection to other colouring books such as: Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford, The mini Mandala by Susanne Fincher, the little book of Mindfulness colouring by Holly Macdonald. I really enjoy them as they are a great help to meditate , to relax and sometimes to escape .

What about you? Have you ever tried it? Tell me all about it in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences when it comes to coloring books 🙂

2 thoughts on “Colour the world, colour your mood”

  1. I haven’t coloured a book since I was little but the way you describe it makes me run to the shop and buy any of those lovely colouring books. If it’s true what you say; it’ll be the perfect therapy for a stressful long day. Thank you for sharing 😉

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    1. My dear sweet Virginia. Thanks for your lovely comment. I promise you will not regret it at all. Those colouring books for adults are magic! Go to the store and pick one from Johanna Basford (she is a british artist). May I recommend “Secret garden” (my fav.). I have heard that her last one “Magical jungle” is amazing. She did many, she is a pioneer in colouring book for adults and she really launched a new trend. Now book shops had to allocate a whole area dedicated to colouring book for adults because there was a HUGE demand. They are perfect when you feel stressed, bored, or simply when you need to meditate and to escape everyday life…a very grounding activity 🙂

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