ART THERAPY – MANDALAS COLOURING IN AND MEDITATION  

Art therapy with colouringMorning! I am super excited as I this is the first book review post I’ve done for a while, and it seems to be book publishing season again so I have some lovely new releases to share with you over the coming weeks. First up is Art Therapy Mandalas –  with beautiful and mesmerising illustrations by Sophie Leblanc.Art Therapy MandalasVintage coloured pencilsLife is getting pretty hectic around here, so when I was asked to try out this book, I said yes please! I loved a bit of felt tipping as a child, so have embraced the opportunity to zone out and focus on one colourful thing whole heartedly, for a few minutes each day.Adult colouring booksMuch like colouring in your own wallpaper, I favoured the paisley designs, unafraid of my inner hippie, my colour choices did reveal a psychedelic edge. Yep, I really went to town on the brights and clashing tones, but don’t worry there are plans to calm down and use some pastel pencils for my next session.Felt tip inspirationColouring in for grown upsIf you are running around and chasing your tail or just looking for a way to fit a bit of creativity into your day. This art book will help you to relax and rediscover the pleasures of being creative – a blessing for days when you wake up thinking about all the things you need to do. I sometimes feel like I have so much to do it’s almost paralysing and I hide from what is expected of me, in turn, getting nothing done at all.Felt tip coloursUsed for centuries across different cultures and religions, a ‘mandala’ is a spiritual symbol, often used as an aid to meditation. Mandalas can therefore be spiritually healing and help to create a peaceful state of mind, a way of focusing attention away from external stress, encouraging a sense of relaxation and increased wellbeing.Art Therapy Mandalascolouring in for therapy Montreal based illustrator Sophie has filled the pages with 100 patterns based on Tibetan and Hindu traditions, as well as some original designs. She has worked for lots of publications, including Elle and Marie-­‐Claire.Mandalas Art Therapy Felt tip art works!Art Therapy: Mandalas – 100 Designs for Colouring In and Meditation is Illustrated by Sophie Leblanc, published by Jacqui Small and available from the 21st August for £12.99.  I am having a lot of calming fun, spending just thirty minutes a day this way, is it something you would try out? Adult colouring books

8 Comments
  • Kath Webber
    August 11, 2014

    I love this idea! I have seen lots of crochet mandalas, not knowing what it meant. But the idea of colour therapy though a mandala is totally appealing! Perhaps I will add this to my ‘must have’ list…

    • JeskaHearne
      August 11, 2014

      You definitely should Kath, I colour in the book for at least 30 minutes a day and it’s quite the calming addiction!

  • emilyquinton
    August 13, 2014

    These look so beautiful. I love colouring in as a way of relaxing and being creative in a really calm, no pressure way. I can also do it at the kitchen table while my little children colour in their books too. Thank you for sharing this one x

    • JeskaHearne
      August 13, 2014

      It’s so fun, Emily! I’m trying to get the husband in on the felt tipping relaxation ;)

  • Zoë Power
    August 20, 2014

    Oh that looks fabulous! I used to adore colouring in super neatly as a kid. Very tempted by that book :)

  • Aunt Nanny
    August 26, 2014

    I cannot wait to get this book. I color all the time! reat article/review thank you :)

  • michellefudge
    September 17, 2014

    Hey there! Love the review, I’m really getting into art therapy. I was just wondering if the pages are good quality? And thick enough to withstand a heavy felt tip pen? I can see you’ve used some in the above photos, but thought I’d ask anyway :)

    • JeskaHearne
      September 17, 2014

      Hi Michelle, yes the pages are of a nice quality, I love colouring with felt tips the most and it’s been fine. If you go over one area too much the felt tips will leak through, but that only happened to me once :) happy colouring!