I’m sure many of us would love a nostalgic trip back to childhood with the aid of a colouring book. In a more adult fashion however, with a love of art and a need for relaxation combined, come Art therapy books.
This art media is a means of expression and communication in a therapeutic sense and can be employed in recreational use by all people, whether it be a casual leisurely pastime or as a little escape from a busy lifestyle.
From time to time, some of us may need some stress relief and this is a great method to encourage this.
Everyone can benefit from the stress relieving effect of elevated concentration and focus with the creativity it can implement. Even casual participants in art or drawing can enjoy the fulfilment of creating a piece of spontaneous and original beauty.
There is the initial Art therapy book with various intricate designs to allow your creativity to flow, illustrated by Hannah Davies and Cindy Wilde. There is also a Mandala version, my favourite, which includes 100 mandalas inspired by Tibetan and Hindu traditions illustrated by Sophie Leblanc.
Colouring in the mandalas, being a mode of meditation for some, it forces you to really concentrate and emboldens harmonious breathing, stemming a creative flow of thoughts. You can also find a stained glass window version to add to the collection.
You can channel day to day stresses into an artistic deluge and create a vibrant and individual book.
This is an inexpensive way to allow yourself some calm, with prices starting at just £9.09 on Amazon.