A few weeks ago I read a really interesting article in the Independent about how French women are using colouring in books to relieve stress and anxiety. I found this a really interesting article and I was actually quite excited by the prospect. I used to love colouring in as a kid. I was never any good at art so colouring in was a great way for me to unleash some creativity that I could be proud of.
I instantly wondered to myself whether I would enjoy colouring in as much now that I am an adult and you know what? I think I probably would and what’s more, I think it probably would be quite a good stress reliever if you could find the right colouring in book. I mean you certainly wouldn’t want to be colouring in children’s images. You would want something with a more mature, adult feel to it wouldn’t you? I know I would.
So I was very surprised when a few days after reading this article I received an email from Mel Elliott of I Love Mel, a UK-based designer who draws and produces adult colouring in books for a living. Mel wanted to let me know about one of her latest books that she thought you guys would be interested in.
COLOUR ME GOOD CHAIRS is a sophisticated colouring book, for comfortable colour-inners, as well as beginners. It features all the iconic chair designs, line-drawn by Mel. Comprising of 36 pages, printed on paper which is made from 100% consumer waste, the book includes chairs by: Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Philippe Stark, Hans Wegner, Verner Panton, Eero Saarinen, Arne Jacobsen and of course… Charles & Ray Eames (plus many more). The book is also educational as it features information about each of the chairs such as when they were designed, the materials etc, so you can learn while you de-stress. All you need now is a nice hot cuppa and a pack of Crayolas and you’re off.
You can watch this video to learn more about Mel and her amazing artwork.
So what do you think? Would colouring in help you relax and get some much needed relief from stress and anxiety? I’m certainly willing to give it a go. If you are too then you could win your own copy of COLOUR ME GOOD CHAIRS worth £7.50 by entering my giveaway below.