Why Colouring Is the New Grown-Up Chill Time
Do you ever wonder why we enjoyed the things we did when we were young? Apart from the fact that we couldn't drive, drink or date — it's because they were fun.
Colouring was one of my great loves as a kid. I had a tin of 120 Faber Castell pencils and I made sure every one was sharpened and put back in its correct place in the pencil rainbow at the end of an arty afternoon. That was love. Turns out, it's something we can also enjoy now that we're all grown up! Mel Elliott, creator of I Love Mel, says she started developing pop culture colouring books "when I realised that the things we enjoyed doing as young children, such as cutting out and colouring in, would still be enjoyed by adults, if only the activity books had 'grown up' with us."
The I Love Mel colouring books take our favourite stars like Ryan Gosling, Cara Delevingne, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift and turn them into 32-pages of the most fun you can have with a crayon in your hand.
The other thing about colouring as a grown-up is that it's good for you. Neuroscientist Dr. Stan Rodski, who has created several colouring-in books for adults, says it's perfect for stressed out people with busy jobs who find it difficult to get into other relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation. The brain relaxes and goes offline when colouring (which is the aim of meditation), allowing you to actually chill out!
Joel Pearson, senior lecturer at UNSW in the school of psychology, Business Insider Australia that certain colouring books are better for de-stressing. "There seems to be a greater drop in self-reported anxiety for colouring-in mandalas and patterns compared to just drawing colour on a blank page," he says. So having lines to colour within is important, and certain patterns and shapes are optimal. So they really do need to be colouring books for adults.
Books like Secret Garden by Johanna Basford, which became Amazon's top selling book back in April, have led the way with the adult-colouring craze, and with so many different interests being covered in colouring now (fashion, art, textiles, Tay-Tay), there's never been a better time to sharpen those Faber Castells.