On trend: adult colouring books

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Take a look on just about any bestseller list and you’re likely to find something curious dominating the charts – colouring books for adults.

A healthy dose of nostalgia and the purported anti-stress benefits of colouring have prompted a boom in sales for the relatively niche genre; adults everywhere are picking up their watercolours and coloured pencils and enjoying a meditative moment in front of a blank page.

With plenty of modern stresses and little opportunity to unplug from the demands of work and home life, it’s no surprise people are seeking out new ways to ease the tension. Colouring is a great solution; it takes little preparation or formal skill and offers the chance to be creative and focused without expending too much energy – great at the end of a busy day when you’re already feeling tired.

Try it yourself

If you want to give colouring a go, you’re not alone – the book credited with starting the trend, Secret Garden, has already sold more than six million copies worldwide. Adults revel in the opportunity to relive an aspect of their youth and enjoy how the intricate designs have made a pastime typically reserved for children accessible for adults as well.

It doesn’t need to be a lonesome activity, either; colouring clubs, meet-ups and pub gatherings have all sprung up around the country. You could even give it a go yourself – instead of heading to a restaurant or bar, invite one or two friends round for colouring and a catch up. It’s inexpensive, fun and an easy activity for anyone to join in on.

Thanks to the surge in popularity, colouring books are now readily available at bookshops around the country and easy to buy online – below are a few available from Waterstones.

We’ve also put together a gallery of a few of our favourite free colouring pages to be found online, for you to download and print for yourself – click here

 

What do you think of this trend? Are you tempted to give colouring a try? 

 

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mikzun
17th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I think my wife might like it, but i was told years ago i have the patience of a hungry vulture, it has'nt improved with age!!.
artlampkin
5th Aug 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Love doing this so much but also love making cards and not many people talk about this hobby. I personally would love to make cards with others but can only sit three people at a time around my table.
Jessica10
31st Jul 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I used to love colouring in but I thought people would think it a bit weird that an adult would do it, so am so pleased that this has become a favourite with a lot of people. I'm working my way through the Enchanted Forest as the moment.
EmeraldCity
7th Jun 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Can't work up any enthusiasm for this hobby at all. I've tried it and found myself losing interest very quickly. I'll just have to stick with the knitting and needlework.
Babs Bass
6th Apr 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I love colouring, have two books at the moment. can't stop buying felts and pencils
must have at least a hundred. Really enjoyable.
Lauralee
21st Apr 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I love coloring too have you tried the gel pens yet?
artlampkin
5th Aug 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Gel pens work brilliantly with not much bleed through like alcohol pens. Wish they would just print designs on one side of the page.
Jessica10
31st Jul 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I've not tried the gel pens, are they good?
Babs Bass
22nd Apr 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
No not yet, I'll give them a try. I do like the
metallic pens the best, but can only find a limited number of colours.
Ruth52
16th Apr 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Do you find pencils better than felt tips? Ruth
Babs Bass
16th Apr 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Hi, no I prefer the pens, find the pencils ok for very small areas, but I prefer the strong colours of the felts.
Dylena
26th Jan 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
My daughter got one for Christmas and I promised I myself I would get this. Brings back many memories.
Alicia
17th Jan 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Good fun and relaxing.
MiNeRvA 59
17th Jan 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
i have a number of colouring books and they a great way to relax, you can be as artistic as you like,
pattywest
16th Oct 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I have always done this. Not to achieve anything but just for the act of doing. I find my mind settles and I feel relaxed after. I have only been able to get childrens books though and I choose carefully. But if there are books designed for the adult I for one would be interested in looking at them. For me the more detail on the design the better.

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