I guess you have noticed that colouring books for adults are now everywhere. This new trend started a few years back and grew massively to stay.
Mandalas are a spiritual symbol in Indian religions which represent the universe. There is something calming and enriching about mandalas because they take so much time and effort, so much detail and concentration on something that is actually meant to be destroyed once finished.
Modern colouring books get their inspiration from ancient mandalas. Whilst we give crayons and a colouring book to a kid to learn some skills, be entertained and ultimately give us adults a break, these books are a great tool for those who are not so young to relax and embellish into an hour or more to relax. And most important, no screen time. This is detox!
The number one seller on Amazon UK right now is Harry Potter Colouring Book by Warner Brothers (£4.99):
Also very close: Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book by Joanna Basford (£4.99)
Joanna Basfrod is a very talented artist. Have a look at the intricate detailed illustration.
Another recommendation is Secret Garden, also by Joanna Basford (£7.39)
Secret Garden is also a treasure hunt. Hidden within the book, there are all kinds of creatures and curiosities to be sought. There is a list of things to find at the beginning, which makes it also a kind of Where’s Wally? kind of book. By the way, for some reason Wally is Waldo in the States!
We have some entertainment at home already:
This is a great present for your Secret Santa at work, or as a Christmas present. As you can guess by the spelling, the last one is sold in the States:
And finally here is my Sunday morning therapy: