The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book: A Review

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Creative Colouring For Grown-Ups: The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book is one in a long line of beautiful adult colouring books published by Michael O’Mara books. This book retails at £9.99 but can be found on Amazon for £6.99 The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book (Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups). From paper aeroplanes to planets, unicorns to umbrellas, hot water bottles to mountain scenes, this book has it all and then some. This is by far the most varied book content I’ve seen so far and there truly is something for everyone from the quirky to the beautiful, intricate and flowery to geometric and patterned. This book is a wonderful place to start your adult colouring journey so that you can discover what sorts of pictures you like colouring the best.

The paper quality, as with all Michael O’Mara books, is wonderful. It’s bright white and nice and thick so you can use just about any colouring medium you choose, including felt-tips pens which are often the nemesis of colouring books. The paper doesn’t get chewed up when you colour over yourself a couple of times and the outlines are all the crispest black and range from thick to delicately thin through the designs. My favourite medium to colour with is Stabilo fineliners and I did find that I had to colour very carefully with them as the paper is ever so slightly too thin and little dots were appearing through onto the back of the page but these almost certainly wouldn’t notice once you’d coloured the design on the back too.

So, to the mental health part. The images are really varied meaning you will definitely be able to find a calming picture that will help to settle your mind. The levels of intricacy range hugely throughout the book so on a good day when your concentration levels are high you can complete some of the more complicated pages and when you just need to zone out during a rubbish day where your mind won’t stop racing you can add colour to one of the simpler, more basic pictures and still get the calming effects you desire. The images are positive and many include nature themes of flowers, animals and weather. The patterned pictures are great to practice meditation and mindfulness techniques to keep you in the present moment and focusing on adding beautiful colours to the pages. I’m not sure how much this book would aid your sleep but it would certainly distract you if you can’t nod off and calm your thoughts which in turn would hopefully mean you had a more peaceful night.

The only thing I struggled with when reviewing this book was trying to choose which picture to colour first. So many beautiful pictures jumped out at me while I was flicking through and it took me ages to decide which one I’d attempt first. This is a lovely thick book with double-sided images so you really do get a lot for your money. No colour has been added to the pages so you’re free to choose any colour scheme you like and could easily use one medium throughout or mix and match as you fancy. Another great thing about this book that many others don’t have is a small blank border around each picture meaning that your images are not lost into the spine. Any of you seasoned colourers will know the frustration of not being able to colour that last 1cm of picture in the middle of the book and the unprofessional look it gives your work but none of the images in this book are printed into the spine so you will be left frustration-free!

I would highly recommend this book, particularly if you’re wanting to dip your toe into the world of adult colouring. It’s a great price for so many pictures and the variety of image content and intricacy levels means that the book will adapt to your needs as they change on good and bad days. Head over to my Facebook Page and send me your completed pictures from this book, I’d love to see them and hear what you thought of the book!

You can get your copy here-
The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book (Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups).- Amazon UK – Bookdepository

Happy Colouring!

For more information on the other titles in the Creative Colouring For Grown-Ups series head over to my review of them which can be found here.


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