Colouring in for adults is totally having a moment right now. And it’s way more than just pictures and pencils – mindful meditation such as colouring in calms the mind and occupies the hands, blocking out negative or intrusive thoughts and giving your brain a rest from the daily To Do lists, reminders, alerts and stresses that we all face.
And when street artists and publishing powerhouses such as Vogue launch into the colouring in sphere, you know it’s bigger than a box of crayons.
This month we’re loving Mulga’s Magical Colouring Book – it’s got to be one of the coolest of its type, featuring zombies with beards, toucans in baseball caps, gorillas with facial piercings, skulls and more. Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney-based artist, freelance illustrator and poet who runs weekly market stalls across Sydney and is regularly involved in live-painting events, group shows, private commissions and shop-front murals. His work is intricate, unique and perfect for some creative colouring. Choose your weapon – pencil, water colour or texta – and go!
Like your colouring with a side of fash? Keep your eyes peeled for the Vogue Colouring Book – hand-drawn artworks inspired by the iconic images from British VOGUE in the 50s. Out November.
Nature-lover? Add to your wishlist the the Colour Me Mindful series by Anastasia Catris. We can’t wait for these new releases – Underwater hits stores later this month, and just wait for the Butterflies and Enchanted Creatures books out November (you may have a battle to keep them out of your little princess’ hands!)
If yoga is too hippy, meditation is too passive and your brain just won’t quit, give colouring in a go. It’s portable, cheap, happy-making relaxation you can take anywhere. Keep your kit in the car for the afternoon school run or while waiting at the kids’ sports training, or ditch your social media trawling for ten minutes of colouring before bed. Switch off your stress and switch on to colour instead.