According to a news article I read the other day 4 of the top 10 best selling books on Amazon are adult colouring books. No, not adult colouring books (although I am sure there are plenty of those in print too), colouring books for grown-ups. I’m sure you already know what I am talking about, these books are springing up all over the place. I should know I got two for Christmas!
As a kid I used to love those colouring pads of tesselated shapes,and not just because they had perforated pages. They were highly addictive to colour in but they had a computer generated quality and there were only ever a handful of different designs in each book. The Creative Colouring Therapy book takes all those intricate repeated patterns to a whole new level turning them into some dazzlingly beautiful designs just begging to be coloured in.
You know what else having one of these books means? The perfect excuse to buy a new set of colouring pencils and fineliners. Alongisde the colouring books I was also given a fabulous new set of staedler fine line pens. This is where the adult colouring books really come into their own.
You know when you were a kid and you’d got yourself all set up for the afternoon; streched out on the carpet, finally found your best felt tips (most of which you are pretty sure haven’t dried out yet), hardbacked book just about big enough to fit under your sheet, you start colouring…and the page disintergrates under your pen nib! Not so with the Creative Therapy Colouring book. Hardbacked and printed on perfectly smooth, white colouring pages thick enough to stop ink penetrating from one page to the next, this book is an absolute joy to colour in.
To be completely honest, I am not crazy about the title. But that’s a philosophical debate for another time, and if something so trivial as the title of the book is the only thing that I can find not to like then that tells you all you need to know!
There are so many different books to choose from on the market at the moment but it was the variety of beautiful designs in Creative Therapy Colouring and the hardback binding that really swung it for me.
Illustrated by Hannah Davies, Richard Merritt, Jo Taylor.
Published by Michael O’Mara Books Ltd