Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 2113 - Colouring-in for adults

Do you like to colour?

This year the top selling books on Amazon have been colouring books for adults

I have always liked to colour-in. Even as an adult I've been known to sit beside my kids and colour with them.

I'll even colour without a child in sight. I do it to tap into my inner child which is important when you're writing for kids.  



Colouring is a great way to take us to a happy place.

My mum was telling me recently that colouring-in is being touted as a way for adults to relax, zone out and go into a type of meditative state.

Tests have shown that when an adult starts to colour their brain waves can quickly go into a much calmer alpha state (which on a chart looks like a soft rolling therapeutic type wave).

I read that an Aussie bloke is now creating colouring books for adults filled with intricate geometric designs so that grown-ups can experiment with colour, shape and pattern without having to resort to their kids books filled with clowns.  You can read about him here.

I've found a very clever man in India who has been doing my Cheer Chick Charlie colouring sheets.  He'll make them as intricate or as simple as I wish.

A snippet of some of our colouring sheets. 

Recently I've been more specific when I request a gig. I've been more involved in the design, I've sent him photos of backgrounds I'd like him to use with my characters.

Right now he's working on a colouring page to fit in with the release of my new book.  I sent him a photo of the Aussie bush down at the South Coast and he sketched it for me overnight.  He nailed it. Note: This is not the finished product. He always sends a sketch first to make sure I am happy with his interpretation of my brief. 

The draft background for my next colouring page.  The characters will be slotted into the foreground. 


Previously I sent him a photo of my kitchen and asked him to sketch Charlie in it as she cooked.



This got me to thinking.

This whole customised colouring sheet gig doesn't have to be just about Charlie.

It would make a great gift idea.

It would also be an awesome kids party activity.

Imagine sending photos of your house, your favourite holiday spot, your local park, your school ... YOUR world (and even your family members) to someone to create colouring sheets that the whole family can get into.

Colour-in your own environment.

I actually thought of this years ago and tried to do it myself by turning my digital photos into an outline.  It didn't quite fit the bill.

I love the idea of custom made colouring-in.

I love the idea of colouring-in. Full stop.  

Do you like to colour? 

Are you ready to sharpen your pencils?


If you would like to tap into my colouring-in-sheet dude you can find him on Fiverr. His name's Dev and he's from India.  Tell him Leanne sent ya! 

Did you know that in Australia we say "colour-in" where as in America they just say "colour"? I think this is one of the first times they've shortened a phrase before we have. 

If you want to check out the Cheer Chick Charlie colouring downloads click here. They're free!   

32 comments :

  1. That's an awesome idea Leanne! To be honest I have made zero time to colour in since this new craze started. But I love the idea!

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    1. I am so behind I didn't even know there was a craze until recently ...

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  2. I actually bought my husband a colouring in book for his birthday- with a new set of derwent pencils!

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  3. This is quite the thing at the moment! I don't think it's my thing, but I've noticed nights out at the pub where you do being advertised....

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  4. That is fantastic! Yes, colouring in is really taking off for adults, and having a resurgence for kids too I think. I used to love colouring in, in fact I won a colouring competition when I was about 6. And Miss 7 is following in my footsteps, she won the Bunnings mother's day colouring in comp this year at our local store lol!

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    1. I always wanted to win a colouring competition. I never did :( Yay for Miss 7! What did she win? A hammer?

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  5. My lovely neighbour gifted me a adult colouring book, I just haven't had time yet to begin colouring. I did love it as a child and as a Mum of littlies, now that the kids have all grown out of this stage, it's not something done very often in our house anymore. I must find some pencils and give the colouring book some love xx

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    1. I found my pencils yesterday. They're all broken. Don't you hate it when you sharpen them but the lead inside is damaged and they just keep breaking. I hate that.

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  6. I have always enjoyed sitting down with my kids to draw and colour in and I just bought my first adult colouring in book and am having such great fun with it.

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  7. I need to colour in. Lately I've felt so frazzled with life. On the weekend I saw so many colouring books for adults. Maybe it's a sign that I need to start colouring ASAP? X

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  8. That sounds like a great idea! I started colouring in a few months ago. I just googled "colouring for adults" and printed off some pages. I did about 10 sheets in 2 weeks, but then uni got overwhelming and I stopped for a while. I am sure I will get back into it. There are lots of beautiful colouring books for adults out there. And I think personalised colouring sounds like a fantastic idea! xo

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    1. Uni will do that to ya. No time for reading books for pleasure, colouring or watching TV box sets when there are assignments due!

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  9. That's a great idea Leanne - kids (and adults) would really go for it. I've been drawing and colouring in mandalas quite a bit lately. It really feels calming and therapeutic.

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    1. I knew you'd be all over it Kathy :) I thought, "I bet Yin Yang Mother colours".

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  10. Yes I love to colour! I forgot I do but my 21 month old daughter reminded me how much I like it :-) I keep hearing that it's become socially acceptable for adults to colour now. I think it's great. I also feel really relaxed when I get a chance to do it. I love the custom ideas too - they would make lovely gifts

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    1. My kids aren't of the colouring age anymore. My colouring time is sadly solo.

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  11. OMG I have several friends who are obsessed with this at the moment. They are even in FB groups where people share their work! Not for me, I have to say. I'd rather read I think.

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    1. FB groups for colouring? LOL. I'm still at the point where I'm doing it sneakily because it feels weird to openly colour as an adult ...

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  12. I LOVE the idea of custom colouring sheets/books - that would be an awesome idea. I have the Secret Garden but have yet to open a single page and start to colour. I was so excited to buy the book and now I seem to have fizzled out before even starting one page :/

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    1. I actually hadn't heard of the Secret Garden until I googled colouring books for adults. It's crazy how popular that book is! Open it Josefa ...

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  13. I bought my Nana The Secret Garden colouring book for Christmas and she loves it! She shows it to everyone who visits and finds it really relaxing and therapeutic. She 83 and I said to her that it may seem like a random gift but it ended up being her favourite gift :)

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  14. I love your ideas. I haven't gotten into the colouring in as I think I would like it.

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    1. I don't do it very much (it's kind of a sneaky pleasure) but I find it really relaxing

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  15. One of my favourite things to do with the kids when they were little, was sit down and colour in. Now they've grown up, I think it's time I got some felt pens and colouring-in books of my own!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

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  16. Oh that's awesome! I love colouring and I think personalised colouring is a great gift idea!

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