A Colouring Book For Children

I have written in the past about colouring books for adults, but I wanted to share with you this post that I have found about an innovative, new colouring book aimed at children.

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Created by a Swedish Mom, this colouring book is loosely based on Disney’s Princesses.  But instead of conforming to the “normal” gender stereotypes where the female characters are beautiful and the male characters are strong and heroic, she decided to take a new approach.

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These Princesses are all strong, “kick-ass” females.

The artwork is fun and modern, and the message is one of empowerment and gender equality.

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This colouring book is not just for girls though.  The creator hopes that it will be enjoyed by girls, boys and even adults.

And the best bit is that it is free to download from her website!

 

Do you like to colour?

There has been a big increase in colouring books that are designed for adults.

designs by Johanna Basford

designs by Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford, a talented illustrator and artist from the UK, has created a series of coloring books that have become incredibly popular, selling more than a million copies.

Her beautifully illustrated books, which can be found on Amazon are full of intricate line drawings depicting fairy-tale scenes, animals and plants.

This is just one example of the many colouring books designed for adults that can be found in a quick Amazon or Google search.  There are colouring books available on almost any subject designed for any age from the youngest toddler up to adults.

Not only can you just buy a colouring book, there are also a wide variety of websites with printable designs such as mandalas or other designs and pictures made to appeal to adults.

So why would an adult want to spend time colouring in the first place?

For starters, it is relaxing.  It has been shown to reduce stress, generate wellness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.  In a sense, colouring is a form of meditation. In fact, colouring or drawing a mandala IS a recognized form of meditation.

It is also a way of focusing your brain on something enjoyable, which helps you forget about your worries for a time.

I have been a big fan of colouring for a while now, ever since my psychologist suggested that I give it a try.  I personally own quite a few colouring books:

As you can see, there are quite a few.  The last two are ones that I used as part of my Massage Therapy studies a few years ago, and it was then that I realized just how much I enjoyed colouring.

My preference is to use coloured pencils to colour with.  But others like to use crayons or even felt-pens…

Whatever you use though, colouring is clearly beneficial.

So why not give it a try?

Do you colour?  If so, I would love to know about your favourite books and sites for pictures.

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