I’ve always enjoyed being creative. So much so that when I was younger I did an art and design course at college, despite the fact I can’t draw. I’ve always felt held back creatively by the fact that I am useless at drawing and it’s something that still frustrates me. I have an idea of how I want something to look in my head but trying to put that to paper is pretty much impossible for me despite the fact that it seems quite simple in my mind!
I used to love colouring books when I was a kid so when I heard about adult colouring books I was immediately interested. The main appeal for me was that I could still create something beautiful without having to try to draw. I looked online for books a number of times but I never actually bought one. It was something I kept meaning to get; I’d remember every so often and put it off till pay day and then by the time pay day came round I’d have forgotten again and so on.
I was looking for some art things to get Steven for his birthday (he is ridiculously good at drawing, the lucky sod) when I came across the colouring books again. I finally decided that I was actually going to buy some this time. After having a look on Hobbycraft and not being that over enthusiastic about the designs available, I suddenly remembered The Works. I went straight to their website and had a browse. There were so many different options it was a bit overwhelming at first but I eventually decided on a Mandala Art Therapy Colouring Book. The intricate designs caught my eye and I knew I’d enjoy colouring them in.
There was a special offer on the book I got where you got the book and a pack of 36 colouring pencils for £6 which I thought was pretty good. You can also buy the book with a pack of pens instead for the same price. I chose pencils because I wasn’t sure if the pens would soak through the paper or not.
As you can see from the above picture I haven’t really gotten that far with colouring in yet but I am really enjoying it. It’s nice to be able to completely switch off and concentrate on something so simple. The book is of reasonable quality so I think it would be fine to use pens. The only thing I’m not too happy about with it is that some of the designs are repeated. I thought there would be a new/different design on every single page but this isn’t the case so do be aware of that if you were thinking of getting one. Overall though I love the book and will definitely be buying some more!
Have you tried an adult colouring book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!