Time to update you on my new hobby! This post may end up being more pictures than words, but that’s not a bad thing in this case…
You might remember a post from a while back in which I clapped my hands with giddiness about buying my first adult colouring supplies. Lots of people with chronic health problems have found colouring to be relaxing, so I decided to give it a go. Check out the original post for details of the exact items I bought & how much they cost.
So, having had several weeks to test drive adult colouring, here’s why I love it:
- The act of colouring itself I find soothing, though I can see how a perfectionists might irritate themselves by seeing ‘mistakes’ as a disaster…they’re not.
- It’s an activity that is engaging enough to claim your attention but doesn’t require deep thought – great if you’re trying to distract/calm yourself when dealing with chronic pain or depression.
- It’s a family friendly activity. My 4 year old is absolutely loving curling up on the sofa with a big blanket and our colouring stuff.
- There are sooooo many cool books for adults with more being released all the time – I’m particularly excited about upcoming Doctor Who & Sherlock colouring books!
Couple of pointers if you’re taking up colouring for the first time:
- Check reviews when ordering books – I prefer thick paper so pens can be used without bleeding through too much.
- Similarly, I like books that have a picture on one side of each sheet rather than both.
- If you’re likely to be colouring by the light of a side lamp, consider colouring pencils that are easy to tell apart; my pencils are gorgeous but all black on the outside which causes a lot of squinting at the pencil nibs to decide if it’s navy/purple/black…not helpful if you’re a chronic migraine warrior like me!
- When buying colours, think about buying extra pink/tan/brown/peach shades – my mermaids are waiting for their skin to be coloured because I don’t yet have enough choice of colours!
I think Autumn is a perfect time to take up colouring; blankets, hot drinks & pretty pictures are a great way to relax when the weather is grim.
Have you tried adult colouring? Do you find it relaxing?
Wishing you good luck & happy days,
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This is not a sponsored post; the products discussed were purchased with my own money.