Colouring books – the perfect start to creative fulfilment

In a recent article, we explored why creativity is important. It not only helps with releasing stress, promotes a calm state of being and foster community connection. This weeks article, we dive into a particular type of creativity for those of us who are at the point of over load.

Beautiful floral inspired mandala colouring book for all adults and teens.

Colouring books can ease the so called “non-creative” into the world of creation without having to start from scratch.

Colouring books have become increasingly popular in recent years, not just for children but for adults and teens as well. Many people have found that colouring can be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety, and there are a number of benefits to this simple activity.

One of the main benefits of colouring is that it can help to calm the mind and reduce stress levels. When we colour, we are able to focus our attention on the task at hand, which can help to distract us from our worries and anxieties. This can be particularly helpful for people who suffer from anxiety disorders or other mental health conditions.

Colouring can also be a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. Many people find that colouring helps them to switch off from the stresses of daily life and enter a more meditative state. This can be especially beneficial for people who struggle to switch off and relax, as it provides a simple and accessible way to do so.

Another benefit of colouring is that it can help to improve our mood and boost our creativity. When we colour, we are able to express ourselves in a creative way, which can be very satisfying and rewarding. This can help to boost our self-esteem and confidence, and can also help us to feel more positive and optimistic about life in general.

Colouring can also be a great way to improve our cognitive function and memory. When we colour, we are using our brains in a different way than we do in our daily lives, which can help to improve our cognitive function and memory. This can be particularly beneficial for older adults who may be experiencing cognitive decline.

Finally, colouring can be a great way to connect with others and build social connections. Many people enjoy colouring in groups or with friends, which can be a great way to bond and connect with others. This can be especially beneficial for people who may be feeling isolated or lonely.

Colouring books can be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety, improve our mood and creativity, boost our cognitive function and memory, and build social connections. Whether you are an adult or a teen, there are many benefits to be gained from this simple and enjoyable activity. So why not give it a try and see how it can benefit you?

Digital colouring pages are a very cost effective way to start your colouring journey. Check out my Etsy store – Blue Unicorn Digital for alternative themed mini packs.

Abstract Portraits

We all know I’m rubbish at faces, but I’m trying to get better. We all know I’m good at painting flowers, there is always room for improvement.

Abstract Floral Portrait

So to make things easier and break the face down into pieces to practice, I’ve used flowers to help me out. What do you all think? I love the oil effect.

Floral Obsession

This one took a while for me to finish. It’s on a rather large stretched canvas. The colours and abstract nature make me feel a whole lot less stressed. I enjoyed creating these florals. In case you haven’t noticed it’s one of my favourite subjects to paint!

As I continue my way through my art journey I’ve found that I’m leaning towards fantasy and abstract art more and more. Using my palette knives and leaving streaks down the painting seam to make me happy.

Colours and shapes with soft blends and harsh contrast are far more interesting for me than “perfect hyper realism”. Hyper realism is a thing, but definitely not my thing. It’s kind of like when I cook, I can’t ever follow a recipe to the letter. I always have to change it, modify it and make it my own. For better or worse!

So far it’s working out for me so I think I’ll keep allowing myself to evolve. Painting and sketching for me may just be a hobby, but I’m absolutely at peace when in the process. Hopefully it turns into more than just a hobby – that’s the goal anyway!