Hands up, who's in on the adult colouring book craze that seems to be so popular at the moment?! I know I am and I'm thrilled to see so many new books and magazines being released all of a sudden.
Johanna Basford is the lady responsible for spearheading the trend for colouring-in as a popular form of relaxation. It's really taken off recently and even celebrities such as Andrew Marr are having a go.
I love a spot of colouring in an evening and I know I've mentioned before that Christmas is not complete for me without new colouring books and fresh pens/paint! So when I received the "Enchanted Forest" recently (courtesy of the fab goody bag from The City Girls event*), I was thrilled and couldn't wait to get stuck in.
"Enchanted Forest" is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the sought after "Secret Garden" colouring book which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Enchanted Forest takes readers on a new adventure through a labyrinth of of over 60 illustrations, to find the secrets hidden in the depths of the Enchanted Forest.
Each page is just so intricate and so impeccably well illustrated that deciding where to start almost seems overwhelming!
The illustrations in the book are inspired by the woodlands that surrounded Johanna's grandparents house on the Isle of Arran. The pages are just magical and contain everything from flowers and plants to an abundance of wildlife such as rabbits, owls, birds, frogs and fish. The surprise on the final pages is breathtaking (I won't share it but trust me, it's amazing), I'm definitely saving that one for last!
The size of the book is impressive and the paper quality is beautiful. I've had a go with everything from crayons to watercolour paint and the paper has held up really well with everything that I've tried. My favourite method so far has been watercolour paint as it's quite portable and easier to tidy away than piles of crayons. I also find that it's easier to be creative with watercolour, though everyone is different!
If you're feeling proud of your colouring-in then you can submit your finished pictures to the online colouring gallery. It's a great place to get a bit of inspiration or to see how other people have completed their pages. Johanna posts the most liked photos up on her facebook page each week too!
Are you a fan of the adult colouring book trend?
* PR sample