Crafting Trends: Adult Colouring [+ Free Colouring Download!]
Once reserved purely for children (and the occasional adult who was roped in to help!) colouring in has taken the adult crafting population by storm in the past few years. Why? Because the power of art therapy is now becoming recognised around the world as a fantastic coping mechanism for the stresses of everyday life!
For the artistically gifted, indulging in a little creativity isn’t quite the daunting prospect that it can be for the rest of us, however. Which is why adult colouring books, tangling sheets, and other guided arts are on the up! You don’t need to be Picasso to sit and while away an afternoon colouring in an existing design… and the benefits are just as good!
So what’s going on in our minds when we colour? Psychologists actually liken the relaxed mindset to meditation!
Because colouring draws our focus down to a specific task, it allows us to filter out the multitude of other thoughts and distractions that busy our minds, and simply enjoy the moment!
Keen to give it a try? Check out some of our colouring top picks below, and discover a new way to relax!
These incredible watercolour inks are so versatile, they make for the perfect way to get creative with colour! You can use them with water brushes, traditional paint brushes or refillable markers, and achieve an incredible variety of effects! This fantastic bundle includes everything you need – and for inspiration, we’ve plenty of projects for you to have a look at!
Add colour to your work with gorgeous strokes as well as delicate fine lines, with these professional quality aqua brush pens from Kelly Creates. This beautiful set includes 10 coordinating shades ideal for use across a variety of colouring crafts. Use them with adult colouring books, to colour in your stamped designs, create eye-catching calligraphy, and more!
These high quality Artist Markers from Altenew are a must-have for colouring enthusiasts everywhere! These dual-tipped markers are alcohol based, enabling you to blend colours seamlessly. A brush tip and a fine tip allow for total versatility, plus each pen is ergonomically designed for super-comfortable use. You won’t want to put these down once you get started!
New to adult colouring and desperate to stock up on quality colouring books? This bundle of colouring books from Adornit is the perfect choice. You’ll receive four adult colouring books, each of which features 12 gorgeous designs for you to colour in (that’s a total of 48 illustrations!) And that’s not all… alongside your colouring in books, you’ll also receive 24 stunning watercolour shades, so you can get started as soon as your books arrive!
We couldn’t leave these incredible colouring books out – just check out the reviews and see for yourself how fabulous they are! Packed with a variety of designs ranging from fashion items to elephants, this book will entertain and delight you as you relax and unwind with your colouring pens! Each sheet is single-sided so there’s no fear of your inks bleeding through, and the high quality paper means these pages can handle gel pens, markers and more!
Whilst we’re talking about the relaxing benefits of colouring in – we just had to take a second to bring tangling to your attention! Never heard of it? ‘Tangling’ is the name given to the art of Zentangle, a fabulous hobby for those of you who are keen to do more than just colour, but don’t really know where to start. You don’t need to be an artist to learn how to tangle, but once you begin, you’re bound to get hooked! Learn more about how to tangle and check out our free downloadable zentangle designs here, or be inspired by the gorgeous Tangle Wood!
Are you already hooked on colouring in, or keen to give it a try? Let us know in the comments!