Do you know Johanna Basford´s Secret Garden Colouring Book? I know I had heard about it some months ago, but completely forgotten, untill I read an article on facebook today about colouringbooks for geownups, a rebellion agains the digital world. Several Norwegian Publishing Houses are now making colouring books, and they som varmt hvetebrød as we say in Norway, like hot wheat bread/buns. A Norwegian trendspotter say that the colouring books are a combination of mindfulness, meditation, creativity and silence
To keep sane during hard, stressful, busy, challenging periods in my life, I always have a sketch book, and a box with rainbow pencils. I am no artist, I can´t draw actually. But sitting down, playing with the colours, drawing lines, colouring, let my hand find her own way......well, it is my favorite part of the day. I have a very special book which I bought in London a few months ago which is my current art journal. And a few weeks ago I even started a very simple art journal at work, using an old notebook and some old crayons I found when tidying the drawers under my desk.
I remember I used to love colouring books as a child.
Now I have ordered Johanna Basford´s Secret Garden.
The photos shows a drawing I made in my art journal last night.
and here is Johanna Basford´s book: