Colouring Books – For Adults

I’m not the most visually creative person (I leave that up to my sister). I like to think I’ve always been much better with words. But there has always been a part of me that wants to be visually creative, and it’s a part of me that I struggle to satisfy. Because, let’s face it, I’m just not.

In 2014, I purchased Kerri Smith’s Wreck This Journal, and as you might expect, a lot of what I do with it is “wordy” (I’ll share it on the blog sometime, pinkie promise). Wreck This Journal can have many different purposes for different people, but the exercises in it are similar to those used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – they get you out of your comfort zone, make you express your frustrations in a constructive way, and force you to let go of the need to always be in control. However…

A new craze seems to be gaining momentum, and fast – Colouring Books for Adults.

No. I’m not kidding.

When writing this post, Adult Colouring Books accounted for five of Amazon UK’s Top Ten Bestsellers, four of The Book Depository’s Top Ten Bestsellers, and four of Amazon US’ Top Ten Bestsellers. A quick search on Amazon UK for “adult colouring book” returns 22 pages of options, with key title phrases including “mindfulness”, “art therapy”, “anxiety”, and “calming”. As cynical as I was, I was drawn to trying one out…

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