Colour Yourself Happy

So recently I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz on the internet about colouring books for adults, a sort of art therapy, a stress relief, a little something to give you another outlet for your creativity. I had been reading up a lot about it and it’s benefits and the philosophy behind it, and I have to say I jumped on this band wagon faster than you can say colouring books. Now, when we think of colouring books it’s easy to assume they are designed for a younger audience and couldn’t possibly amount up to what it says on the blurb. I thought the same too, until I bought one such book for myself and I can honestly say I was blown away with the amount of detail that the author and artist, Millie Marotta manages to capture on paper. My curiosity was peaked, and I immediately went on a hunt for long forgotten colouring pencils and pens.

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My book’s theme is ‘Tropical Wonderland’ and it is indeed a swirling planet with beautiful patterns of nature, and intricate detail that is ours to bring to life with any medium of colour that we wish to use. I think it’s rather fascinating how the artist chooses to embed unique patterns into familiar. But by using this technique she takes these house hold shapes to a whole other ethereal level.

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In a day and age where every other person has mobile phones, tablets and laptops glued to their hands, it’s refreshing to see that many are going back to an oldie but a goodie way of relaxing and de-stressing. I started off with the first page, no colour scheme in mind and I can’t describe how therapeutic it was. The soft scratching of a pencil on paper took me back to the days of my childhood, where, admittedly, my colouring wasn’t always within the lines and as neat as it is now.

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The whole idea is rather brilliant! Designed and illustrated by Millie Marotta, there is some serious creativity behind the designs created in this book. I almost sometimes feel a bit apprehensive to colour in the pages for fear of ruining the pristine white patterns. Colouring is something that I believe is well loved by both adults and children alike, and with a book like ‘Tropical Wonderland’, it becomes all too irresistible. Be warned though, it is rather addictive activity and I always have to limit myself to a few patterns every now and then, when I am in the mood for a touch of colouring. This form of ‘art therapy’ is so hyped up and with good reason, in my opinion. Yes, it acts as a marvellous stress relief, but not only that, I find it so refreshing to unleash creativity that doesn’t involve a glaring screen and the pitter patter of keys. All you’ll need is a colouring book and some pens, and you can lose yourself in a magical world for a few hours and dream in colour.

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