Recently I read a great post reblogged on one of my favourite sites, Reading, Writing and Riesling. It was all about adults and colouring books. You read that right — adults and colouring books. I enjoyed it immensely and later that week I was browsing in my favourite bookstore, Chapters (also called Indigo — a Canadian real store as well as an online virtual store) and found a huge display of colouring books for adults. I took pictures so I’d be able to tell you about them and have their titles at hand.
I thought these two, Color Therapy — An Anti-Stress Coloring Book and Outside the Lines, Too, captured the essence of the joy of colouring as an adult. Anti-stress is certainly a good reason to take up a colouring book of your choice. And how many times as a child did you hear someone tell you to stay inside the lines? Well you don’t have to anymore and how much joy there is in not having to follow lines and rules! (A second book was called simply, Outside the Lines.) Peeking out at the bottom is a book of Optical Illusions to colour which also looks like it could captivate for hours.
Another one I thought really appealing was The Big Book of Mandalas although I’m not sure my eyesight would last through too many of them. Very intricate designs with the potential to creating beautiful pictures possibly worth framing.
There were several that had to do with cities: Dot to Dot — Cities (20 exotic locations and one 20″ x 14″ poster), Fantastic Cities, and Secret Paris, all looked terribly interesting and like they’d be fun to do.
Magic Garden and Winter Magic also looked like they’d free your mind while you bring to life the delicate magic in flowers and holiday creations.
Color Me Crazy, I thought might just drive me crazy with its teeny, tiny details crowded into a single page. For people who crave a challenge, I guess. Compare it with the other silver-coloured book, Creatures Great and Small which I could see appealing to many. There were actually lots more books covering both sides of the display table and spilling over onto an upright stand. All of them for adults!
The only difficulties lay in, 1) making a choice, and 2) figuring out where I’d find the time to finish even one page from one book! I suppose if I was truly stressed out, I’d have to find the time, so, perhaps the obvious choice for me would be Color Me Crazy! Which one would you choose? Or do you already have a favourite?