I’m not late to the party, I swear! I’ve had these book for a little over a year I would say, so if anything I was early! But that’s really not the point, the point is that they’re brilliant, such fun and really relaxing!

Recently, I can almost guarantee that if you’ve been in a book store, or a stationary/gift store (somewhere like Waterstones, Paperchase, WHSmiths or The Works) then you will have seen a display of beautiful looking adult colouring books, designed to be therapeutic and relaxing. I can say that they serve their purpose, they certainly are calming and relaxing, I find it a lovely way to wind down after a day’s work, or if I’m feeling particularly stressed. I believe it something to do with the attention to detail, the way that your brain focuses on the intricacy of the images and colours…

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Of all of the wonderful selection, and believe me, I know there are many, I have particularly enjoyed those of Millie Marotta, both her ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘Tropical Wonderland’ have given me hours of relaxing joy! I have a weakness for wildlife and wild animals, and the way she incorporates nature into all of her pieces is something I enjoy, especially in her animal portraits, which are made entirely of natural things such as flowers and leaves.

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I purchased ‘Animal Kingdom’ for myself after finding it online somewhere, not that I can remember where exactly, then after a few months I started to see the displays full of these books in stores. I then received ‘Tropical Wonderland’ as a gift from my boyfriend, who knew how much I had been enjoying the first book, and this one was just as brilliant. If you didn’t know this from my previous posts, I am a sucker for art, illustration and all things creative, so finding an illustrator that I enjoy so much has been great for me.

I know that a lot of people will have the perspective of ‘colouring in is for kids’, the same as a lot of people have the view that ‘drawing is for kids’, but I can assure you this is not the case. If I saw a child with these books I would probably panic a little bit, how could they stay inside the lines?! These are the sort of things that get to me…

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I know a lot of people who, in their adult life, could appreciate the pleasure of these books, and the pleasure of letting a little creativity lose, in such a calming way. I have in fact given a colour therapy book to my mother, for the exact purpose it was created. I think these books would make beautiful gifts (theres an idea for your christmas list), as they aren’t something that one would typically pick up for themselves. I think in this day, people spend an awful lot of time thinking that they have no time, which in turn wastes time, but having a method like this to wind down and slow down, it makes you realise that there is no need to be in such a rush. It’s amazing how much a colouring book can make you think about life.

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Anyway, I just thought I would share with you the wonder that is Millie Marotta and her incredible illustrations, and the mesmerising colour therapy I have been engulfed into.

On that note, I’m off to do some more.

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