The one where I indulge in some colouring in

I’ve never been one to rush into a trend.

I didn’t get my first pair of skinny jeans until 2014 and my apparent lack of awareness when it comes to fashion and general trends – what’s cool and not cool – didn’t especially work in my favour when it came to making friends at school.

A little while ago I was chatting to Bee and dreaming about a holiday. “What I’d really love,” I said, imagining I was the first person ever to have thought of it, “is some sort of really relaxing, warm holiday where I just had to lie down and have someone bring me cocktails. There’d be the sound of running water – maybe it’s a beach?”

“It’s called a beach holiday,” said Bee, eyebrows raised, “it’s what everyone, everywhere wants.”


In similar ‘behind the times’ style, I have just starting colouring. In my defence I’ve always been keen on a bit of felt tip pen fun, (another reason I was a bit of a loner in my teens), but it’s not really something I’ve ever done as an adult. Over the last year or so though it’s been hard to move in WHSmiths without tripping over a rack full of adult colouring books.

Before you click away, nervous about what Karma Sutra colouring examples might be coming up, adult colouring is just patterns and pictures with a little more complexity than Thomas the Tank Engine or simplified characters from Frozen. Think intricate floral spirals and swirling mandalas.

I was inspired by the arrival in the post of some goodies from Faber-Castell, and indulged in a spot of colouring in or our holiday in Ireland. There was something wonderfully relaxing about lying out on the grass on my stomach, the sun warm on the back of my legs, the sound of the felt tip pen swoosh-swooshing gently back and forth across the page.

colouring in

These are not just felt tip pens though. These are clip colours – felt tip pens where the lids click together to make patterns. It’s almost as much fun as the colouring.

Faber-Castell felt tip pens

All I have to remember now is to spend as much time on the actual colouring as on reorganising my pens.

Are you a colouring book fan? Do you find it therapeutic? 



  1. 2 September, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    I love colouring books! I’ve been buying the for my kids every year at Christmas just so I can do them so I’m glad there are adult versions out now :)

  2. Dawn F
    2 September, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    I’ve bought two colouring in books recently but haven’t cracked them open yet because I don’t want to ruin them with any inferior old pens/pencils that are lurking in a drawer somewhere. But these pens! Oh my! Is it weird to get excited about interlocking markers? I’m 36 years old, for crying out loud! Thanks for the post. I’m heading over to Amazon now.

  3. Sharon Arnott
    3 September, 2015 / 8:23 am

    I am addicted to adult colouring books, my collection gets bigger by the week. It is such a relaxing hobby, I lose myself in it for hours some days.

  4. 3 September, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I have just recently indulged in this myself, i cant seem to just sit and watch telly at night to chill out I like to have something to do with my hands, knitting and crochet are my normal choices but sometimes the pattern needs some concentration! So I thought I would jump on the bandwagon for this one and I am so glad I did- it is very calming. That is apart from when my teens come in and laugh and take the mickey out of me………………but who cares eh?

  5. 8 April, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    I love colouring and I do it every weekend with my kids. Nice Article post

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