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The Creative Colouring Book for Grown-ups (Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups) was the first adult colouring book I ever bought. Many of you who’ve followed my reviewing journey from the beginning will already know this story but for those that don’t…. in 2013, while I was working as a Nursing Assistant on a female acute ward at a psychiatric inpatient unit, one of my patients would spend a lot of her time colouring and she showed me her book and it was a copy of this one. It was the first colouring book I’d ever seen that was designed specifically for adults and I fell in love with it immediately and from there my adult colouring journey truly began. When I was originally signed off sick with a severe anxiety disorder I went straight on Amazon and bought a copy of this and The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-Ups and away I went.
This book contains all kinds of patterns including geometric, repeating, swirling, kaleidoscopic, and abstract. There are also loads of floral pages that are in various styles including patterns, wallpaper style and garden-type scenes. There are images including berries, butterflies and paisleys but the overarching theme is patterns rather than scenes so do be aware of that if you’re not such a fan of patterns, then this title isn’t for you. In terms of mental health, this book, as with the others in the series contains a huge variety of image content, image style and complexity. The images are drawn in various line thickness from very thin to very thick and a few have black backgrounds. Some are very intricate with plenty of detail which will take hours to complete and others are simpler with less detail and larger open spaces. This means that the book adapts to your fluctuating condition so if you can’t concentrate well then you can colour some of the plainer images and if you really need to get stuck in and distracted you can use the more complex pictures. The patterns are great for practising meditation and mindfulness techniques so it’s really useful for your mental health. This book is a great all-rounder and can be used by those with a range of levels of fine motor control and visual acuity. 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 style and intricacy levels means that the book will adapt to your needs as they change on good and bad days. For more information about the book itself including paper quality and binding style and for more information on other titles in the series click here. If you’d like to purchase a copy then head to Amazon via this link The Creative Colouring Book for Grown-ups (Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups)
N.B. There is a travel-size version of this book which has a different title but contains all of the same images which can be found reviewed here.