Let’s talk about this adult colouring craze

I’m not the most patient person in the world. In fact, impatient is probably one of the top 10 words some would use to describe me.

I was also never a child who liked using a colouring book. I liked dot-to-dot, and activity pads like word search and crossword puzzles, but colouring always seemed rather pointless.

So I really don’t get this colouring-in business for adults. All those fiddly lines…. How would you colour properly with standard pencil crayons (colouring pencils)?!

I posted a pic on Instagram – the one below – and a few of you weighed in and told me it’s quite soothing and such.

I do agree because I actually finished colouring this picture on the day I was meant to be studying for exams so yes, it is a great procrastination tool 🙂

One of my twins, Connor, likes colouring so I printed out some of the pages from Leonie Dawson’s colouring book and he and I will do those pages together.

There’s a difference though – Leonie’s pages are not fiddly, and so I can colour with pastels, crayons and colouring pencils.

So then I realised two things… I don’t like to strain my eyes on a so-called enjoyable activity so the designs have to be easy on my eyes, and I really like to use stationery that will bring me joy, not frustrate me.

Now I can enjoy a bit of colouring with Connor (and it helps – he’s a quality time child!) while sneaking kisses, and I can play with lovely stationery!

Do you colour? Have you always enjoyed colouring or is this a new craze for you?

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  1. Well I think you know exactly how I feel about this? And funny enough -= I like the very tiny fiddly ones.

  2. I LOVE colouring in. It IS relaxing. Always have. That said, my preference is always text (like graffiti-style images)and non-fiddly images.

  3. I actually find it pretty relaxing. I have several fiddly books at home, and an app on my phone (colorfy)that I use most days. I think it’s a way for me to play with colors and relax, kind of a wind-down for my brain.

    The Colorfy app has a 9-shade color palette each day (voted on by users), and each evening I pick a random picture and use that day’s color palette. And then add filters to make it fun (for example, you can make it look like your picture is painted on a wooden fence. That’s one of my favorites)

  4. I love it too, but recently have not been getting enough time to indulge in it. I also like the fiddly ones because with the bigger images/spaces you can see the lines the colour pencils leave when you are colouring in (that’s my OCD coming in). Now if I could just get a bit more time to enjoy this hobby.

  5. Not my thing and I doubt I would ever like it. I’ve never liked it. Like you I would rather do dot to dot and word searches. Talking about I saw an intricate dot to dot the other day in exclusive books


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