Although I didn’t really make any new years resolutions this year, there were definitely things I wanted to work on and improve over the next year. One of those things was to make a bit more time to myself, to do things I enjoy, look after myself and relax more. These included buying new sheets and pillows for my bed to make it extra comfy and cosy, taking more long baths with a cuppa and a good book and being creative with simple things like colouring and sketching.

Illustration School - Lets Draw Plants and Small Creatures Sachiko UmotoOne thing I’ve made the effort to do, is to go to bed an hour early where possible and put on an audio book and getting out my colouring books and sketchbook. Although January was a very busy month for me and I certainly didn’t manage to do this every day, when I did I definitely felt better for it.

Illustration School Little Miss SunflowerI recently picked up a lovely book, with step by step guides to drawing cute little plant characters and flowers. The Illustration school series is a lovely set of adorable books, each showing you how to draw different sketches. So far this year I have whiled away quite a few hours copying all the cute little pictures.

Illustration School SunflowerI love that you can try different poses and expressions on the little characters and once you’ve worked your way through the book you can put all the ideas together and create your own pictures or even make your own characters. The possibilities are endless and I’ve really enjoyed having an easy creative outlet at the end of busy days.

Illustration School Sunflower PictureI’d love to share some more of the things I’ve been doing in my down time this year. So look out for some more posts about things I do to relax. What do you to when you take time out for yourself?

This book is available to buy on Amazon.

I have always been a big fan of colouring, it’s the most relaxing way to pass a little time being thoughtful and creative. Even before colouring became as huge as it has recently, I used to hunt out adult colouring books and settle down with a nice set of pencils.

In the last few weeks my occasional hobby has become a little bit more of an obsession. It’s not like me to do things by halves and I’ve thrown myself into colouring big time! As this blog has always been about me sharing things I’ve been doing and enjoying, I thought for the time being I’m going to write a regular post about colouring. Whether it’s reviewing my favourite colouring books or talking about the best felt-tips or even just sharing some of my own colouring I’ll try and do a little update every now and then.

Over the last few weeks I’ve bought a few colouring books that I’ve really enjoyed and I thought I’d start by sharing them with you.

Colour Me Mindful UnderwaterI picked up Colour Me Mindful Underwater a few weeks ago to take on a train journey with me. I love that the book is quite small and has lots of simple quicker designs as well as more detailed ambitious ones. So far I’ve coloured in quite a few pages with a mixture of felt tips, colouring pencils and glitter gel pens.

Colour Me Mindful Underwater Koi Carp

Colour Me Mindful Underwater Fish

Colour Me Mindful Colouring Book FishI’d love to try some of the other Colour Me Mindful books, I’ll definitely get another one once this one is complete.

Liberty Colouring BookAs a little gift to myself I bought a copy of the Liberty colouring book. It features a section of Liberty’s most famous prints and I’ve loved colouring the book in, mostly with felt tips. This is definitely a book I plan to complete, as I love almost every page.

Liberty Colouring Book Busy Issie

Libert colouring Book Mitsi Print

Liberty Colouring Book Floral

Liberty Colouring Book Tessa PrintHow gorgeous are all the amazing prints! I love the little bits of background information on each page too.

Harry Potter Colouring BookI’ve recently rekindled my love of all things Harry Potter and have been re-reading the books and re-watching all the films. Rob bought me the Harry Potter colouring book as a little gift and I’ve just started filling in the pages. I’ve been using my Derwent artists pencils on this one as I wanted to add a little more attention to detail to the pages.

Harry potter Colouring Book Sorting Hat

Harry Potter Colouring Book Dumbledore's ArmyI usually put on a audio book and settle down on the sofa for an hour with a big cup of tea to do my colouring. After a busy day juggling the kids and working from home, it really is a great way to wind down.

Have you tried colouring? What are your favourite colouring books?

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