Color Me Calm

Have you jumped on the colouring bandwagon yet?

It seems like everywhere I look, new books are popping up and people are getting into mindful colouring. There are even colouring parties (just add wine!)

There are so many different themes and styles of colouring books to choose from now... but what if you're not really sure what kind of book you're into? Or you're looking for a relaxing activity but colouring kinda stresses you out? (I hear that one more often than you would think!)

If either of those sound like you (or if you're just looking for a bumper book of designs), you might like "Color Me Calm".

Written by Lacy Mucklow and illustrated by Angela Porter, "Color Me Calm" features 100 pages designed for the adult colouring enthusiast as well as a little insight into why colouring is relaxing, how to use the book as part of your mindfulness routine and even which colours are calm! It's like a guided journey into the adult colouring experience.

The book is divided into thematic sections ranging from mandalas and geometric patterns to water imagery and nature scenes. It's really nice to have such a wide array of designs in one book.

The single-sided pages ensure that colouring with your favourite markers is possible. Yay! While the detailed designs and variety of styles make sure that you don't get bored.

I will admit that some of the pages are a little juvenile for my taste (and there are a handful of designs which are puzzlingly fuzzy) but in a book of 100 designs, I don't expect to love everything and the author doesn't expect you to either. The wide array of styles was designed to help you pick and choose what kind of subject matter you find calming to colour.

While I don't love the more scenic pictures, I do love the patterns and mandalas. With a picture, I find having to select the right colour for each element can feel a little stressful - there's more a sense of doing it right / wrong when colouring a picture.

On the other hand, with mandalas, you pick a colour for one element and then repeat that choice around the circle. That repetition combined with the circular movement is really calming.

I'm pretty pleased that "Color Me Calm" helped me narrow down my colouring preferences - mandalas all the way! (And I know just what do do with my finished pages!)

Color Me Calm is published by Race Point Publishing. You can find it at (and the other titles in the Color Me series) at major booksellers like Amazon. This book was provided to me by the publisher but all images and opinions are my own.

Do you have a favourite colouring book?
What kind of designs do you find the most relaxing?