Over 50s colouring books-don’t go over the lines!

Over 50s colouring books-don’t go over the lines!

Do you recall colouring-in during your childhood? , what resonates is if I was ever colouring-in within a team there be a constant reminder ‘Don’t go over the lines’ more testament to accuracy than discipline perhaps?

A page from Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure
A page from Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure

Adult colouring books are all the rage, perhaps the resurgence is partly due to Black Sabbaths Ozzie Osborne-a keen colouring fan. I recall several years ago inadvertently watched a reality show about the Osborne’s and found it fascinating to see Ozzy Osborne diligently colouring-in a giant illustration neatly arranged on his cavernous kitchen table. Is there more to this hobby than the aesthetics, perhaps something therapeutic?

Anti-Stress Colouring: doodle & dream by Christina Rose
Anti-Stress Colouring: doodle & dream by Christina Rose

Benefits cited from working with your pencil case apparently could include stress relief in fact Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC wrote in an article for the Huffington Post entitled ‘7 Reasons adult coloring books are great for your mental, emotional and intellectual health’ citing: ‘coloring also brings us back to a simpler time. An activity that can invoke the easier and happier times of childhood. A time when we did not have as many responsibilities, and could just do something because we wanted too, for the pure joy of it. To be able to tap into this time and these emotions is very cathartic and enjoyable. It can take you out of your present stresses and worries for even a few hours at a time, which can have an exceptionally recuperative effect.’

Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom - A Colouring Book Adventur
Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom – A Colouring Book Adventur

Lose yourself in a riot of colouring in and drawing as you bring the exotic creatures and plants in Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland to life. Millie’s intricate style of illustration encourages you to make your own mark, whether it’s to add to the fine lines on trees or add a splash of colour to the feathers of a tropical parrot. Explore the rainforest further and you will find extraordinary flowers, birds, butterflies and reptiles, including a rainbow boa with shiny scales crying out for a touch of colour. This book will bring enjoyment to anyone who is looking for a creative outlet or a mindful and relaxing activity.

We say, why not enjoy them for the pure fun; it’s incredibly rewarding producing something creative –and surprisingly relaxing too.


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