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Who doesn’t love colouring? Have you ever had your little one come ask you to colour with them so you settle in and start colouring, only to realize moments later that they have stopped colouring and moved onto something else and you are still colouring away?

Colouring is an activity from our childhood and is often associated with children. As we get older, most of us have traded in our crayons and pencil crayons for pens, computers and cell phones. Turns out, colouring is actually a relaxing and calming activity that helps adults cope with stress and anxiety.

A Scotish illustrator named Johanna Basford decided she wanted to come up with a colouring book for grown-ups because she still loves to colour. The books are filled with intricate, sophisticated patterns. You don’t need to have any artistic background, just fill the patterns with colour.

“I think it is really relaxing, to do something analogue, to unplug, and it’s creative. For many people, a blank sheet is very daunting; with a colouring book you just need to bring the colour. Also there’s a bit of nostalgia there. So many people have said to me that they used to do secret colouring in when their kids were in bed. Now it is socially acceptable, it’s a category of its own. These are books for adults. The art in my books is super intricate.” ~Johanna Basford

Other illustrators have gotten on board with the adult colouring book trend, bringing the total to 22 adult colouring books in circulation today.

Check out the selection of adult colouring books

Adult colouring books are now a thing; so much so, Johanna Basford’s colouring books for adults are topping bestseller lists all over, beating out hugely anticipated novels. So when you are not busy scanning facebook, checking emails, surfing the web or playing candy crush, unplug and pick up your pencil crayons and distress with some soothing, therapeutic, quiet time.