I couldn’t believe my ears when I was approached by Boxtree editor Cindy Chan to work together on this pattern led colouring book. Being both lovers of traditional wallpaper, hand painted tiles and Liberty fabric. Not only was it great fun, but it also felt natural to work together. And what perfect timing! Our meeting was just a week before I was to leave for Sweden to complete a textile and printmaking course to learn about the art of pattern repeat.
I've been practicing mindfulness the past three years. It has been a great way for me to wind down. As an illustrator and graphic designer living in busy London, I'm always working on multiple projects (actual ones and brainstorming new ones). My eyes are in continuous exposure to computer screens, tablets, and my iPhone. So my brain tends to go on overload with thoughts. Mindfulness has been helpful way to switch off my autopilot way of life.
One of the exercises I often practice is actually in the tube, when I feel I've had a long and busy day. I like to meditate on sounds around me. Being in a noisy wagon is perfect. I mindfully hop from sound to sound: the sound of the train vibrations, the doors closing, people talking, the sound of newspapers ruffling, someone on the phone, foot steps, high heel taps, a scratch, entering a tunnel, two trains passing in opposite directions, the doors opening, people running for the train, people shuffling out, phone conversations, zippers, earphones booming...whoever thought one could find peace from thoughts in a noisy carriage? And then I've arrived at my destination with a clear mind.You'll find my colouring book here and in bookshops across the UK. And if you are reading this post in another part of the world, I'm happy to say that it will soon be available in 14 other languages including: Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
Why not give mindfulness a go by grabbing a colouring pencil? Here's free pattern to download, get creative and colour it in with your very own unique style. Are you a colouring pencil fiend...or a felt tip lover? I'll find out if you share your creation with me @EmmaFarrarons on Instagram using #mindfulnesscolouringbook. To download, simply click on the pattern below and you'll be directed to a printable A4 sized scene. I look forward to see what you create!
And here's a second treat. THE WINDOW SEAT blog are giving away The Mindfulness Colouring Book as well as this exclusive print from my Etsy store. For a chance to win, check it out here. (UK entries only. The winner will be announced February 2.) Good luck and enjoy the colouring!