My Favourite New Way to Chill: Colouring Books

Colouring books for adults (distinctly different from adult colouring books, just so we’re clear), have become hugely popular in the last year or two – check out how many of the best-selling books on Amazon right now are colouring books for grown-ups. For Christmas, Ben gifted me Lost Ocean, a beautiful “inky adventure” hand-drawn by Scottish illustrator Johanna Brasford, and I’ve become pretty hooked. 

Colouring books for grown-ups |

Colouring books for grown-ups |

Colouring books for grown-ups |

This great piece by Julie Beck at The Atlantic reckons that colouring books fit into the trend of meditation and mindfulness: “one response among many to the high levels of stress many adults are living with.” Even more than that, for Julie (and me!) it solves the what-to-do-with-your-hands-when-watching-TV conundrum, as “a lifetime of multitasking” has left many of us “occasionally incapable of subduing the entirety of my mind with one activity”. 

Colouring books for grown-ups |

I find the repetition and patterns soothing and relaxing. As Julie says: “There’s something satisfying about seeing your thought and effort create a tangible, pretty thing at a reasonable, predictable pace. This rarely happens in life.”

Colouring books for grown-ups |

And since the trend has taken off, it has exploded in lots of interesting ways – IKEA have even got in on the act, with a free downloadable colouring book, so you can make that Poang chair whatever colour you want.

Have you given it a try?

Pics: The book in all pics is Lost Ocean by Johanna Brasford (who also has a lovely series of vids on YouTube). The pencils and markers are Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, Artiste dual-tip brush markers (love these) and Staedtler Ergosoft colouring pencils.


  • Your photography is gorgeous – such vibrant imagery! I’ve heard a lot of positive things about colouring books for adults but have never picked up one for myself, and really want to change that now after seeing Lost Ocean!

    Amelia xx

    • Oh it’s lovely Amelia, definitely give it a try – and let me know how you get on!

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