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THE MINDFULNESS COLOURING BOOK: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people


I'm really excited to share with you my new book THE MINDFULNESS COLOURING BOOK: ANTI-STRESS ART THERAPY FOR BUSY PEOPLE. It's a 100 page paperback colouring book that is small enough to fit in a coat pocket. It's filled with abstract, wavy, floral and animal illustrations to colour-in. Here's a closer look:
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. 
I'm certain fellow illustrators will agree that illustrating can be relaxing and even therapeutic. There is something comforting about picking up a pencil and drawing. I forget about everything around me. I'm in the moment, feeling the blank sheet underneath the nib, hearing the sound of the lead scratching the surface of the paper. To me, it's the same with colouring-in. Maybe it's a feeling of childhood nostalgia, spending a day filling in scenes, choosing the next colouring pencil...hours free from thought.

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!

11 comments:

  1. I love the concept of the book! Wish you the best of luck with it :)

    Rosa
    www.rosemarynotes.com

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    1. Thanks Rosa! It was lots of fun to work on :)

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  2. I bought this a couple of weeks ago Emma. Fabulous designs and such a great size.

    Thank you :)

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    1. Hi Shaz, that's so nice to hear. Thank you. Glad you are enjoying the colouring-in and like the designs. I used so many ink pens to complete the book :)

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  3. HI Emma! i really want the book, im from Chile. I go to a DBT theraphy and i learn every tuesday to work in or on jaja i dont know how to say it but in mindfulness! so i found your book and congratulations, for people like me, that go to DBT therapy this type of book is very useful. I've been looking online coloring books that I can download online for so start coloring , because it helps me a lot.
    I want very much your book, but i dont have the money! and in Chile the book is not here! sorry for my english, im trying to explain why this type of book, that use the concept of be and work in mindfulness when you are painting! helps a lot of people that have borderline personality, because it is an activity that helps you tolerate the discomfort you're going through is anger, sadness , anxiety , pain, etc. and makes you forget everything and focalizarte in what you're doing !
    thanks Emma
    pd:when there is the option to download online let me know lol

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  4. Just bought your book thank you for making it OK for me to colour in as an adult. I love it so relaxing.
    Adri

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    1. Dear Adri, thank you for your lovely message, I hope that you are enjoying the colouring in!

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  5. My dear friend Donna in the UK told me today about art therapy coloring books for stress relief - I found yours and absolutely love it. I have not seen anything like this in Central New York. Cannot wait to receive it!

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  6. Hi Rebecca, thanks for your lovely message! The American edition of my book is actually available in the US. It's published by The Experiment and should be available in all shop there:
    http://theexperimentpublishing.com/catalogs/fall-2015/mindfulness-coloring-book/ Very happy you're getting the UK edition either way :)

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  7. Hi Emma, just received your book as a gift from my husband (took a major hint before he got the message!) and wanted to check what type of pencils you recommend -- water colour pencils have a lovely effect but the paper may not like the wetness. Normal colored pencils can be a bit scratchy. Any suggestions? Tks Cindy

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