When I was a brand new mum, I had a secret hobby. I would never admit it to anyone (except I stuck the evidence on the fridge, so anyone who popped over could have seen it for themselves), but I loved colouring in. I would buy kids colouring in books and colour away to my heart’s content. I enjoyed colouring within the lines.
It’s now popular knowledge that focusing on one activity like this reduces stress and anxiety. Back then, despite feeling slightly ashamed of what I thought was a childish pastime, I think I intuitively knew it was helping me unwind. So when I spotted Mindfulness Colouring by French illustrator Emma Farrarons at my local bookstore last year, I snaffled it up and eagerly started colouring – only to have my little book claimed by two-year-old Rose, who promptly coloured all over my favourite page of houses!
Today Emma’s second colouring book, More Mindfulness Colouring is out. I have a new fave page – the succulents – and child mags blog has scored an extra PDF download of it. This means that little Rose and I can BOTH colour it, and you can too! Download the fun succulents page here! You’re welcome!
Share your coloured pages with Emma on Instagram using the hashtag #MindfulnessColouringBook and tag her fabulous publisher @panmacaus.
More Mindfulness Colouring by London-based French illustrator and graphic designer Emma Farrarons is out today, 1 October 2015.
Words: Bron Bates