When we were children we were given colouring books for long journeys, sitting in restaurants and visiting grandma. Now colouring books are back in a big way, and they are lot more grown up than colouring in the Hamburgler.
This new wave of grown up colouring books sees beautiful designs of woodlands, castles and of course Ryan Gosling. You can never colour in enough Ryan Gosling.
The best part of colouring books is that they are used in many therapies to practice mindfulness. This is the mental state achieved by focusing your attention on the present moment. You acknowledge and accept your feelings and thoughts but the act of mindfulness allows you to remain present.
So lets have a look at my favourites;
is incredibly detailed. It has a lot of small patterns so be prepared to wear the old reading glasses and stick your nose on the page to help see the most miniature of patterns.
is slightly less busy page by page but is not less brilliant. If you are more a fan of animals than forests then this is the one for you.
It is slightly cheaper than
but is very different in style so it’s all about personal preference.
is completely focused on practicing mindfulness. With swooping lines and simple patterns, this one is less about creating a work of art and more about calming your nerves.
does what it says on the tin. I’m a massive fan of Mandalas but am not great at creating my own, this is a great way to relax and make beautiful patterns at the same time. And look how easy it is? Who doesn’t love that?
has to be in my list. How can it not? Look at that face, you can’t say no to that face. So why not stick on your most romantic Spotify playlist, curl up with a book of Ryan Gosling illustrations and a glass of wine and have a night in with a handsome man. It’s almost like he’s actually there, well kind of.
All prices taken from
Amazon UK, 21st August 2015