Title: Enchanted Forest
Author: Johanna Basford
A few weeks ago I walked into my local Waterstones store (one of my favourite places, I could spend days in there and not get bored) and was presented with a display of beautiful colouring books and a sign that read, ‘Not just for children!’.
Ever since I worked for Hobbycraft, I have become obsessed with different creative hobbies: card making, knitting, drawing, decoupage. Now, I say I’m creative, but I’m just no good at drawing or painting freehand. So colouring seemed like a great outlet for some of my creativity. Back in December, I actually brought a Christmas themed colouring book but I felt like I needed a more summer book for this time of year. So I brought ‘Enchanted Forest’ by Johanna Basford. And I LOVE it!
Colouring is an extremely relaxing, almost therapeutic, activity. You feel productive, and get a sense of achievement and accomplishment when finishing a colouring, and it takes almost no effort. When i first started colouring, I used it to de-stress in the evenings after a day of writing my dissertation. I would make a cup of tea, put on an audiobook in the background (I’m currently re-experiencing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and settle in at my desk to colour.
Another advantage to this hobby is time-wasting. Usually when I’m waiting, whether for a train, an email or just for the kettle to boil, I’d read a book. But when I’m colouring, time seems to fly by. The OCD in me loves to colour-coordinate the pictures and colour within the lines, but sometimes it’s nice to experiment and go a little crazy with the colours. For me, colouring has also ignited a love of pens. I’ve been using colour pencils, felt-tips, glittery gel-pens and whatever I can get my hands on.
Of course, lugging a full-sized colouring book around with you, along with all your pens and pencils isn’t always practical if you’re on the move, but there are also post-card’s available for you to colour, in various different designs, and they add a lovely personal touch if you’re sending someone a little note to say hello.
So, there you have it. Colouring isn’t just for children. Many of my friends have also been using these books so don’t feel embarrassed to sit in your local cafè and enjoy a bit of colouring over your chai latte. It’s a great way to unwind and also have fun.