I think most people have fond memories of colouring from their childhood, there is something about making a black and white picture come to life with colour that is very satisfying. I first heard about adult coloring books about a year ago when looking at forms of meditation. As a child it is called colouring in, as an adult it is called mindfulness. As a software engineer it is good to have a hobby that doesn’t involve looking at a screen.
I started with The Mindfulness Coloring Book, and although it is probably good for some people I didn’t like the mindless random patterns. I think anyone with even a mild case of OCD would find this book frustrating as sometimes the lines don’t match up making alternating patterns impossible.
My wife has a couple of good colouring books such as Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom and Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest. The problems is I don’t want to colour in flowers, animals or random patterns. My 2 year old daughter loves colouring at the moment and I think it was colouring in with her that made me realise I like using realistic colours.