Inside The Lines

It’s therapeutic, artistic and gives you an excuse to buy pretty stationery. What’s not to love about the adult colouring trend?


Hear that? It’s the sound of your childhood calling of you in the rustle of every page and in the empty spaces waiting to be filled in with your worries and anxieties.

Colouring is calming, and an immensely fun way of unwinding, and has been the go-to for many adults now, with celebrities like Alia Bhatt and Zooey Deschanel as fans too.

Whether you are looking to distress or find an outlet for your inner Van Gogh, reach out for one of these gorgeously illustrated books and get coloring.


1. Color Me Swoon

– Mel Elliot

Colouring is nice. Staring into the eyes of your Hollywood crush is even nicer. And what happens when you combine the two?

A fool-proof recipe that helps you distress, while feasting your eyes on some grade-A beefcake.

Filled with the illustrated handsomeness of Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Channing Tatum and more, the book encourages you to get busy.


2. The Mindfulness Colouring Book

– Emma Farrarons

This book is pocket-sized, making it perfectly portable. The intricate patterns ensure that a surprise awaits you on each page.

Its stated purpose is to force you to leave worries behind and focus your energy on staying in the moment and within the lines.


3. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book

– Johanna Basford

With over 11 million copies sold worldwide, it is one of the most popular adult coloring books out there.

What started out as a series of illustrations the artist made for her own enjoyment turned into a page by page of escape for many.


4. The Official Game of Thrones Colouring Book

– Harper Voyager

Filled with beloved characters, sigils, and locales of the houses of Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen, the book is a great way to escape reality for a while.

If you’re a fan of the books or the TV show, you’ll definitely enjoy this little treat.


5. Animorphia

– Kerby Rosanes

An animal greets you on each page of this book. And that’s not even the best part. Each illustration is filled with tiny, intricate doodles that all come together to form an outline of an animal.

To up the challenge level, turn to the blank pages that come with directions on finding your own muse.

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