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The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people is illustrated by Emma Farrarons and published and very kindly sent to me for review by Panmacmillan publishing and is priced at £7.99. This paperback book is the smallest colouring book I’ve seen so far at smaller than A5 size making it a perfect size to fit into a bag for colouring on the go. The images are printed double-sided with no border and the book is heavily glue-bound meaning it can be difficult to colour at times unless you break the spine. Because it is almost pocket-sized the binding takes up a strip of the image that is impossible to get colour to and it’s very difficult to get the book to lie flat or even stay open without it being held. The paper is bright white and fairly thick – my Staedtler fibre-tip pens didn’t bleed at all but I did have very minor bleeding through to the back of the page using various brands of fineliners. The paper is smooth making it perfect for pens or pencils without seeing texture through your colouring. The criticism ends there and once you’ve got to grips with the tight spine you’ll probably be one of the many hundreds, if not thousands of people that have managed to get this book to the number 9 spot on Amazon’s bestselling books last week.
Because this book has been created by just one illustrator, the images have a lovely cohesive style that flows throughout the book. The emphasis is clearly on creating soothing patterns and repetitive motions rather than scenes and while there are a few animals and flowers contained within, they’re all drawn with a unique, almost childlike quality. I certainly don’t mean that they look like a child has drawn them but they are rustic and hand drawn and haven’t been heavily edited on a computer. As far as I could see, there are no truly straight lines, or perfectly shaped circles meaning that those of you who are natural perfectionists like I am can be free to make your work less perfect because the images themselves aren’t perfect to begin with. The line thickness is fineliner width throughout and the designs are beautifully intricate and detailed giving you plenty to focus on and meditate over whilst practising your mindfulness techniques. Double-page and single-page spreads are contained within and because of the size of the book they don’t take days to complete meaning you get the satisfaction of a completed picture quite quickly. There is a wide variety of image content from flowing waves to foxes, mushrooms to patterned stripes, pears to diamonds and cubes. This book will keep you mindful for hours and the natural style and flow of the designs will certainly aid relaxation and calm your thoughts. You do need fairly good vision and fine motor control in order to be able to fully enjoy this book because the lines are pretty thin and the book is small but it’s worth persevering because the images are really lovely and you’re likely to find inner peace even if you do go over the lines a few times.
This book is popular for a number of reasons and these must include its size (perfect for handbags and travelling), the charming nature of the illustrations and the cohesive, flowing, calming images that it contains within its whopping 112 pages. This is a lovely book to colour whilst practicing mindfulness techniques and it’s sure to help your mental health by calming and focussing the mind and it’s a steal over at Amazon where it’s currently selling for just £3.99 The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people. So what’s stopping you? Get on board with the colouring craze and learn some mindfulness techniques while you’re at it to keep yourself mentally healthy!