As we all know, colouring-in is not something that only children can enjoy. Today adults are rediscovering the pleasure and benefits to be derived from this activity. It’s a wonderful way to let your creative side express itself, and also a highly relaxing process, as your attention is drawn away from the stresses and distractions of everyday life. Meditative and rewarding, colouring-in is increasingly recognized as an art form in its own right.
We were sent two new books to review: Art Therapy: Aztecs & Mayas 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation and Art Therapy: Buddhism 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation. Both books are absolutely gorgeous hardback books which look more like coffee table art books than adult colouring-in books.
Art Therapy: Aztecs & Mayas 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation
The great ancient Aztec and Mayan city-states dominated Central and Southern America before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadores in 1519. Today the unique artistry discovered throughout the relics of both these majestic cultures continues to influence and delight many of us.
With 100 beautifully drawn illustrations and designs, this gorgeous book evokes the stunning motifs and imagery of Aztec and Mayan artwork – and the physical and spiritual worlds from which they drew inspiration. Through colouring in this wonderful collection of steles and temples, motifs taken from traditional costumes, and exotic flora and fauna, you will be transported to another time and place, and discover your own path to creativity and relaxation.
Art Therapy: Buddhism 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation
Buddhism was born in India during the 6th century BC. Today, thousands of years later, its teachings and philosophy are still taught and followed worldwide. From China to Japan, through Tibet and Vietnam, as well as Europe and America, Buddha’s vision survives and can be discovered and experienced through beautiful and colourful works of art.
Featuring 100 intricately drawn illustrations, this unique book evokes the splendid designs and imagery that lie at the heart of the Buddhist faith. Buddhism’s quest for harmony and inner peace which has led to the creation of varied artistic and spiritual representations, at times bursting with colour and life. Colouring in ephemeral mandalas, Dharmachakras, levitating Buddhas and other auspicious motifs will transport the reader to a place of serenity and help reach a state of calm and meditation.
I can’t wait to make a start with these book. The designs are stunning and I know they will give me many hours of pleasure.
Art Therapy: Buddhism 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation, illustrated by Martha Mulkey and Jeane Montano. Art Therapy: Aztecs & Mayas 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation, illustrated by Michel Solliec. Both cost £12.99 and are published by Jacqui Small Publishing, an imprint of the Quarto Publishing Group.