A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published April 16th 2015
Is it okay for adults to colour in?
The latest craze to take off is colouring-in for grown ups. The bestselling title on Amazon in the US right now is not a romantic novel or the 50 Shades of Grey series, or books of a similar ilk, but Johanna Bashford's colouring books for adults entitled Secret Garden.
Basford's colouring books have intricately drawn pictures of flora and fauna in the Secret Garden. They have sold a whopping 1.4m copies worldwide to date. A newly released follow-up the Enchanted Forest selling just under 226,000 copies already. Clearly Johanna Bashford has many fans.
Colouring in is seen as a therapeutic thing to do. There is a Mindfulness Colouring Book, which promotes intricate templates with exquisite scenes and sophisticated patterns, which prompt you to meditate on your artwork as you mindfully and creatively fill these pages with colour. You can colour your way to peace and calm.
As someone who bought a colouring book incidently this year I have found it quite relaxing and creative. Perhaps it is nostalgia for days spent with little ones, or even further back to doodling with coloured pencils.
It is gratifying to know it is now socially acceptable to colour-in. With online posts on instagram, twitter and Facebook of ones creative colouring in. Each piece is individual, plus no real skills are needed! Kids may now find there art work being usurped on the fridge by grown ups wanting to put their own pictures up. After reading about the decline in handwriting skills perhaps it can only be a good thing to get more people using pencils again. Do you have your own colouring book? Posts and pictures welcomed.
It began for me when I was about 22. I bought a poster of a parrot in a jungle - colourful or what! It came with it's own set of textas. And I kept it a secret for nearly 20 years, rolling it up and putting it in it's postie tube away in the closet. It wasn't until someone at work shared her love of colouring in with me that I could really smile about it. I am so happy to hear that colouring in for adults has finally gone maintstream!