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Surely the publishing phenomenon of 2015 is the Adult Colouring Book and its partner, the Join-the-Dots book! They are represented on Top 10 lists in bookstores everywhere.

On jury duty, where we spent a number of hours out of the courtroom, I watched a young woman, obviously old enough to be on a jury, spend her time colouring in a book of Fairy pictures. Quite unselfconsciously, she took out her pencils, her book and proceeded to fill the spaces between the lines. We were on jury duty so long, she brought a second and even a third book – well “to each her own” thought I and went on my way.

I started noticing colouring books in a few speciality stores, but when one of our Starts at 60 sponsors suggested we review a colouring book for adults, I was taken aback. Even more astounding was the number of our community who responded positively to the book.

“A passing fad”, thought I – something which will last a few months and then go away to be replaced by the next big thing. Fortunately, I’m not employed to predict future trends!

As I sat typing this, in the background there is a serious discussion on the radio with a neuroscientist about the benefits to be derived from colouring books such as changing our heartbeat, making us happier, providing relaxation, focusing our attention, providing diversion; apparently even the colours we choose are indicative of our state of mind – give me strength! According to this expert, the only thing they can’t do is remove wrinkles.

I cannot believe the number of colouring books out there. No longer the prevue of speciality shops, my local variety store had a whole stands of them, Landmarks, Science, Animals, Gardens, Art Deco, Mindfulness – the list goes on and on. Then I spotted the … Join the dots book! Some of these are A3 size with illustrations where the dots number in the thousands and again there were so many subjects for the creative dot joiner – before they colour them in!!!

Hachette Australia offers dozens among which are:

Bollywood, By Hamlyn

Pick up your colouring pencils and create a wonderful oasis of peace on paper. How can you free yourself from niggling everyday worries? When your mind is distracted simply pick up this collection of 70 intricate designs inspired by India and the fabulous world of Bollywood and reach for your colouring pencils.

Tolkien’s World: A Colouring Book, By Bounty

“Nothing is more relaxing than colouring, and few books are more beloved than The Lord of the Rings. This book is the perfect combination; immerse yourself in the fascinating world of J.R.R. Tolkien and let your imagination run wild while you relax into the intricate illustrations. …”

Over at Dymocks, there are even more titles to for the colouring book enthusiast!

The Liberty Colouring Book, Author Anon

“Make your mark on this stunning collection of patterns from the Liberty archive.  …   The Liberty Colouring Book is a unique opportunity to reimagine Liberty’s iconic patterns in your own personal style. Lose yourself in paisleys and florals – and fall in love with your favourite Liberty prints all over again.” 

Game Of Thrones: Official Westeros Colouring Book

ALL MEN MUST DRAW – In a world where weddings are red, fire is green, and debts are paid in gold, countless images leap off the page (or the screen) thanks to the eye-popping intricacy of the vivid settings and details. With dozens of stunning original black-and-white illustrations from world-renowned illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold.

1000 Dot-toDot Masterpieces: Twenty iconic paintings to completeThomas Pavitt

After the phenomenal worldwide success of the 1000 Dot-to-Dot Series, for his fourth outing author and artist Thomas Pavitte is taking on the challenge of recreating some of the world’s finest pieces of art in 1000 dots! With Thomass unique style, 20 masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh and Hokusai are rendered in exquisite line drawings for you to complete yourself. 

Not one to avoid a challenge, I prepared to enter this brave new world; girding my loins, I sallied forth to research, on your behalf, the world of colouring books. Bought a book of Art Deco designs, some coloured pencils and left them to gather dust. Eventually, I opened the book chose a design and …… many hours later, returned to planet Earth totally hooked! This is so much fun and as I’m artistically challenged, I feel like a bona fide artist. Don’t worry Brian and Jacqui Lee you are quite safe – my artistic ability is limited to colouring (mostly) between the lines!

Enough of this review – this is keeping me from my new obsession – pages to fill, pencils to sharpen, new images to conquer!

Check out your nearest Dymocks for a huge selection of colouring books, or click here to take a look at their online range.


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Karen O'Brien-Hall

I've had many careers in my life and loved each one! My new career blossomed when I retired and become an OAP. I am passionate about childhood literacy, books in general and my garden. I love Ballet, Opera, Concerts, Theatre, (both professional and community) and Movies. I tend to have opinions on most things and enjoy a good debate about the topic, not the person. In my thirties, I married my GOM (Gorgeous or Grumpy Old Man) the love of my life.

  1. My 61 yr old sister is doing dozens of them and making them into place mats and coasters for Christmas gifts. I had a go at colouring the intricate designs but didn’t enjoy it. I’d rather do my papercraft. my 11 yr old and 8 yr old Granddaughters are loving the adult colouring books though.

  2. Not for me…..I’ve got many other things I find relaxing & when I’ve finished I’ve got more to show than a piece of coloured in paper..

  3. I have carried a voucher for Angus and Robertson since last Christmas and only last week cashed it in before it expired. I was fascinated by the number of colouring books and it took me a long time to decide on two. One quite large and one handbag size. I was quite keen to get on with it and asked if Angus and Robertson sold colouring pencils. NO. Wouldn’t you think they’d cash in on the trend by offering some up market colouring pencils. So – the books remain in pristine condition as I wait for someone to advise me on which are the best pencils and where do I get ’em.

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    • I went to art school many years ago and I always used Derwent Pencils, I had a huge box of them it had 5 tiers, I don’t know if you can still get them but they are the best pencils I have ever used

    • I also use Connector Pens (textas) Leone. If the pencil colouring isn’t too even, I rub over slightly with a tissue. Good luck, it can become addictive lol ……. this one is with texta and pencils 🙂

    • Victoria – that is so beautiful. I am in awe. I think my efforts will be more childlike. I also think that it is the act of handwriting or in this case hand colouring is the important act. Hand eye co-ordination and concentration which is something I don’t do anymore. I’m even hopeful the colouring will improve my handwriting which never was too good and now is absobloody terrible.

    • You’ll be right Leonne, just take your time and all will be well. As I said, I also use textas, the cheap ones and Faber-Castell, they’re cheap too, buy them at either Big W or KMart………..good luck 🙂

    • I have a box of Derwent they are expensive , but the other day went into Jolly Olly’s and they have thin colour pencils they are sharp at both ends name on pencils (DATS) and the best bit is they are just $2-00 putting photo so you can see what you are looking for have fun hugs ooo

    • Derwent, I coveted my girlfriends at school, so I’d be happy for you to test em out. I’ve been looking at colouring books as well. Keep us informed.c

    • I know what you mean but i love bright and vibrant so i have to go for a bit more expensive, but the good thing is if you go to an art store you can buy one or a dozen or more.

    • Libbi Elliot
      I bought new Derwent pencils a few months ago. They also have them in water colour pencils now.

    • With water coloured pencils you can go over them with a not too wet brush and it will blend the colour like water colour paint. Makes it brighter. I wonder if anyone has thought of painting them?

  4. I go to a colouring group, but I take stamped out images to colour in for cardmaking. I do have a book called “The Crap Colouring In Book” for Mindless Therapy. My Grandson made me buy it – it was SOO me, apparently!

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