It started innocently enough.
Once a year, at Christmas time, I catch up with my old school chums, Alyson and Jane. We invariably exchange small gifts. This year, Alyson gave me Animorphia (an Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge) by Kerby Rosaines. When I opened the book, Alyson explained that colouring books were all the rage. I wasn’t oblivious to the colouring book phenomenon. Maus’ niece, Sharmila, had mentioned several months ago that she had one with Indian designs and loved it so much, she had bought one for her brother and dad. The conversation had piqued my interest, but nothing more.
Then, on Christmas day, I opened up a small parcel from Maggie, one of my darling Bichons, and in it were 24 coloured pencils to, as Maus explained, ‘colour in the book Aly gave you.’ I was doomed.
I still was only mildly interested but one night, whilst watching TV (television does not hold my interest), I got those pencils out. I started off colouring the pineapple and then the teddy bear (can you spot them?). To begin with, I found it a little stressful staying within the lines. My eyesight is definitely not what it used to be but, after adjusting the light, I got better at it.
It wasn’t long before 24 pencils just wasn’t doing it for me. I needed more variation in colour so I started combining two colours to get the shade I wanted. Before much longer, I needed even more colours so Maus went out and bought me 48 new pencils. Now I was cooking with gas!
I finished the rhinoceros in only a few evenings so I started on the wolf. At first, I didn’t like the animal head part, but now l like the shading challenge.
Then today, Maus and I were on-line checking out different titles and oohing and arrhing over the designs. Another book is on the horizon.
Ok, I am a person who gets bored very quickly, therefore, just as quickly as this started, it is sure to end but if you have considered buying one of the new mindfulness colouring books, go ahead. It is fun, it is relaxing, it is addictive and it is a great time waster. The promotions say the books are stress relief for the busy. I doubt the busy have that many hours to waste but if you are not so busy and have time in your life to stop and reflect, you may just enjoy it.
No skills are required – only lots of coloured pencils.