I have no shame in admitting that I do a mental fist bump whenever my 6 year old nephew suggests partaking in a bit of colouring-in. Oh, how I do love a good colouring session with one of his books and inevitably he'll get bored long before me and move onto the next playtime activity, while I insist on continuing until that dinosaur / tractor / astronaut is completed to my satisfaction with not a single part of the page remaining colourless.
It's a relaxing, un-intimidating creative outlet which really doesn't take any brain power at all - only that to decide which colours to use. You simply can't do it wrong - who cares if you like to colour outside the lines?!
With the growing and somewhat surprising popularity of adult colouring books, I wanted to get in on the action. I liked the idea of whiling away a relaxing evening or two by indulging in a spot of grown up colouring, only to be rather disappointed with the samey-samey myriad of books available...
Don't get me wrong, as much as I am in complete awe of the drawing talents of Johanna Basford and her Secret Garden, I hate, hate, hate all that intricate detail with no large areas to colour. Unfortunately, all the books I am seeing on bookshelves on the high street have the same overcomplicated intricate design - beautiful artwork, but just too fiddly to want to colour in.
Suffering with eye strain from all the years of sitting in front of a computer, I can think of nothing worse than squinting at these overcomplicated pages, making me feel anything but relaxed! :(
Then, this beautiful image popped up on my Instagram feed from the super talented Nina Stajner:
© Copyright Nina Stajner
...I immediately fell in love and bought myself a copy.
Flicking through the pages is a joy, the book is filled with the most charming illustrations. Each one just as beautiful as the last and an absolute dream to colour. Mostly wintry / autumnal / woodland themed, the illustrations have some lovely large areas where you have all manner of shading possibilities! (I love to get in there with more than just a single colour in a given area, but you just can't do that with the other colouring books I mentioned).
It's no surprise that the book sold out immediately, but there is great news - Nina will soon be releasing a second edition with five new pages inspired by Easter and spring, how exciting!! Be sure to follow Nina on Instagram and keep an eye on her Etsy store so you don't miss out.
So, I can now happily indulge in what has become a completely acceptable (and encouraged) adult hobby and feel great, knowing that I am supporting a fellow Creative. Thank you Nina!
In case you're wondering, my pencil colours of choice are Koh-i-noor's Polycolor. I recently upgraded to these from Prismacolour and *love* them (here is the best price I've found online).
Have you indulged in a spot of adult colouring yourself?
What are your favourite colouring books / resources? Let me know in the comments! :)