Colouring Book Day is celebrated on Friday 2nd August and gives children and adults the opportunity to engage in an enjoyable, educational and stress-reducing hobby.
On Friday, you are encouraged to spend time colouring with your friends, children, grandchildren or simply by yourself; using materials readily available to everyone, regardless of age.
Not Just for Kids
Colouring books are no longer just for kids. In 2012, the first commercially successful adult colouring books were published – cementing their foothold in the hobbyist marketplace. The once-niche pastime has since grown into a trend with the likes of Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Disney having representation on the colouring book shelves.
Art therapists, researchers and even medical practitioners wax lyrical about the calming benefits of colouring. Creating art can be used to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness and manage behaviour and addictions. It can also be used to develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem*. Akin to meditation, colouring allows us to focus our brain activity on the moment – helping to alleviate floating anxiety.
The Works at PE1
In this busy world, our lives are often dominated by screen time, work and family commitments. So much so that we have very little opportunity to switch off, de-stress and focus the mind. By committing some time each week to mindful colouring, you can significantly reduce anxiety and stress – therefore benefiting your mental and physical health.
The Works at PE1 has a range of adult colouring books from which to choose. Here are our three favourites:
The Kew Gardens Flowering Plants Colouring Book: £3
This elegant colouring book features artworks of flowering plants taken from the archive of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, the world’s most respected periodical of its kind. There are 44 line artworks for you to colour in, each accompanied by the artist’s original watercolour plate. Drawn from life, these images show the detail, colour and tone of the actual plant and will inspire you to produce increasingly accurate representations.
Game of Thrones Colouring Book: £7
Experience George RR Martin’s epic series like never before with this one-of-a-kind colouring book featuring 45 exclusive illustrations.
In a world where weddings are red, fire is green, and debts are paid in gold, countless images leap off the page (or the screen) thanks to the eye-popping intricacy of the vivid settings and details. Now, for the first time, fans of this blockbuster saga can fill in the blanks and marvel as this meticulously imagined universe comes to life, one sword, sigil and castle at a time.
Haynes Cutaway Colouring Book: £4
Attention car enthusiasts! The Haynes Cutaway Colouring Book will be something right up your street (or road). The variety of cars included in the owners’ colouring manual appeals to all ages, featuring over 90 cutaways along with a brief history about the classic Haynes Manual.
Browse these and other adult colouring books in-store at The Works in PE1.
* Source: American Art Therapy Association