Colouring the stress away

Remember as a kid you’d colour away – either to keep you quiet (much to the parents’ delight) or to get it displayed on the glorious fridge?

Well – who’s to say you should stop that as an adult?

On Pinterest, there’s pins on colouring in geometric shapes, such as Zoally’s board on templates you can print, while there’s anti-stress colouring books available in bookstores and online.

So… why not? I ordered the Art Therapy Colouring Book, some new felt tip pens that the inner stationary geek was squealing with delight with, and got started as soon as it arrived.

Talk about peace and quiet for a bit – if it’s not just me concentrating on what colours I want next and filling in each bit, it’s definitely peace and quiet for the boyfriend who can watch whatever is on TV without me whining about Grand Designs and PawnBrokers in Las Vegas. To be fair on him, he normally whines when I watch Hollyoaks so perhaps this might be of some use to him 😉

There are some amazing examples of others doing it which just look stunning (compared to mine!);

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If you don’t want to buy the book (cost me £3.99 for a paperback version), why not print some off Pinterest? Here’s some boards that have some beautiful illustrations for you to colour – and don’t be afraid to experiment!:

Have fun! x

17th May 2015
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