Editor’s Pick: ‘Enchanted Forest’ By Johanna Basford

Above: Johanna Basford's second colouring book, 'Enchanted Forest' debuted in January
Above: Johanna Basford's second colouring book, 'Enchanted Forest' debuted in January

Colouring books… they aren’t just for kids anymore!

It’s true. The latest book craze is colouring books for adults, and they’re being touted as the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day at the office. Adult colouring books are not only a way to revisit a much-loved childhood activity, they are increasingly favoured by psychologist and therapists around the globe as a means of relaxation and a positive activity for stress relief.

And, people can’t get enough of them.

The trend kicked off in 2013 with Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford’s colouring book Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book. It sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide and really paved the way for adult colouring books to have a mainstream moment. One quick glance at the top sellers list on Indigo.ca or Amazon.ca and you are bound to see some form of adult colouring book.

Earlier this year Basford’s latest effort hit shelves: Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book, published by Laurence King Publishing. Like Secret Garden, it’s an intricately hand-drawn book that allows your inner-artist to emerge. She says there’s “definitely a nostalgic charm” to her work, but she also thinks adult colouring books are simply a good way for busy adults to unwind and relax.

On tonight’s agenda? Unwind. Relax. Create a masterpiece.

Christopher Turner

AmongMen’s Editor-in-Chief is a well-respected fashion and style writer whose works have appeared in Fashionism, Fashion Television, MSN, DesignLines, the Kaboose Network, the Disney Family Network and Sun Media. He also has a collection of designer kicks that would make Imelda Marcos blush and lives in Toronto’s trendy east end. Follow him at: @Turnstylin.

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