LONDON: All you need are some coloured pencils, a little bit of time and some black outline drawings to colour in. Adult colouring books are the latest thing to buy in a bookstore or from a fashion department store like Liberty’s in London these days.
Sally Keller, the senior designer at Liberty art fabrics, brought together a full range of her typical Liberty designs in her latest book THE LIBERTY Colouring Book, just in black outlines for you to colour in. Another great fun to use your coloured pastels is on EDWARD BAWDEN’s latest colouring book which gives beautiful, black outline details of animals which almost look like artful tattoos. Or if you want to relax in a botanical atmosphere, get the SECRET GARDEN by Johanna Basford which becomes an inky treasure hunt into a secret garden where you will encounter lots of tiny creatures that take away your mind from everyday business.
You do not have to be into textile design or an illustrator to get into the colouring mood. It is actually a mind exercise to focus on just one simple process which relaxes your mind, enhances your creativity and lifts your ability to concentrate.
Some people really take care of their colour placement and others just let their mind wander and pick up any colour that comes to their mind. Whichever direction might be yours, I can promise you will colour out until the last page.
Some even say it is addictive. I have done it and I think it is extremely calming.
VOGUE COLOURING BOOK by Iain R. Webb
PARISIAN STREET STYLE, THE COLOURING BOOK by Zoe de Las Cases